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Morning Brew: Ford opposes transit expansion tax, Don Bosco needs a morale boost, meet Doug Ford's basketball team, talking holiday shopping, and our rising skyline

Rob Ford says he's totally against any taxes, fees, tolls, duties, tariffs, levies, charges, dues, imposts, or user fees to help pay for transit expansion in the city. That said, he did OK a public consultation on the topic at yesterday's meeting of his executive committee. Sure, no-one wants to pay more taxes, but isn't this getting just a little bit ridiculous?

By the way, Rob Ford doesn't give out pizza money either.

Speaking of Rob Ford, turns out the kids at Don Bosco Catholic Secondary are having a bit of an image crisis. The school is holding a morale-boosting event later today to help combat its negative image, exacerbated recently by the increased scrutiny around Ford's coaching activities. Elsewhere, Doug Ford now has his own basketball team.

Want to buy something on Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, or Thanksgiving Day? Well possibly some time in the future there's a chance it maybe could happen!

It doesn't take an eagle eye to notice how much Toronto's skyline has changed over the last decade. To illustrate the transformation, the CBC has a neat little tool that lets you compare current photos with ones taken between 1998 and 2012. Click on the picture to move the slider and watch the Royal York hotel disappear.

Move over Toronto Batman - someone's on an anti-communication (or anti-clutter) crusade all over Ossington Avenue and Little Portugal. According to The Grid, a mystery man is taking down posters - sometimes minutes after they go up - across the area. Strange.

Finally, here's local hip-hop artist Church Chizzle with City On My Fitted 2.0. featuring the TTC and a trip along the Bloor-Danforth line.


Photo: "R0027852" by Trevor_Hughes in the blogTO Flickr pool.

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