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Morning Brew: Bailao to fight impaired driving charge, benefit cheat cabbies, new study pods land at the TRL, a Don Jail toilet explosion, and an apocalyptic heart PSA

In an emotional press conference yesterday, city councillor Ana Bailao said she intends to plead not guilty to charges of impaired driving. Her voice quivering, the Ward 18 Davenport representative told reporters the court case won't affect her ability to serve her constituents. Shortly after she finished several other councillors publicly addd their support. Do you think members of council should be standing behind Bailao? A MADD executive doesn't think so.

A report headed to city hall's audit committee suggests several hundred taxi drivers could be playing the welfare system by claiming zero income while holding a valid business license. While there are those with legitimate reasons for their claims, councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, a member of the committee, told the National Post cheaters are working the system to a tune of $20 million.

For anyone that wants to read in a transparent sealed capsule, five new study pods are coming to the Toronto Reference Library in the next two weeks with another 10 on the way. For inspiration, visit the centre's new Idea Gardens.

In other TRL news, they've got binders full of women too.

It was a pretty crappy day for inmates at the Don Jail. An out-of-service toilet erupted in a fury of poop yesterday and flooded a 50-bed section of the prison at Broadview and Gerrard. In places the raw sewage was up to five centimetres deep, contaminating eating surfaces and several beds in its path.

Finally, here's a terrifying PSA from the Heart and Stroke Foundation promoting their attempt to break the world record for the largest CPR training session at Canada's Wonderland next Thursday.


Photo: "Untitled" by krygene in the blogTO Flickr pool.

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