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Morning Brew: Don Bosco Eagles fall in final, Toronto's elephants California bound, an Argos party, switching Fords, parking ticket leeway, and the Sun gets a paywall

The city might have landed the Grey Cup but Rob Ford can't be pleased with developments since then. He's been ousted from office and now the football team he coached at the expense of many a meeting (and a bus load of commuters) has fallen at the last, losing 14-28 to the Huron Heights Warriors in the final of the Metro Bowl. There were plenty of tearful faces on Ford's team; the match was the finale in a long season of matches. Ford vowed after the game to keep on coaching.

The protracted saga of three Toronto Zoo elephants, Iringa, Toka, and Thika, is finally over. City council decided (again) yesterday evening to send the trio to PAWS, a sanctuary in California, before Dec. 31, despite hearing concerns over cases of tuberculosis among other pachyderms at the facility. Council also voted to urge Edmonton to ship their zoo elephant to a warmer climate.

While it was doom and gloom for Rob Ford inside City Hall yesterday, it was a different story outside in Nathan Phillips Square. Ford appeared on stage at the Grey Cup party to declare Tuesday Argonauts Day in the city. Contrast happy Ford with sad Ford.

So how about mayor Doug Ford? The Star discusses substituting one Ford for another at city hall. If things play out like they say, Rob Ford could have an eye on provincial politics. Could it happen? Would Rob voters support Doug?

Drivers who accidentally overstay on a parking meter will be allowed better access to a 10-minute grace period that city rarely advertises. As a result of a council vote, the city will now publish details of the exemption period on its website and at its four parking ticket offices. Will you use the time?

It's going to cost you to read the Toronto Sun, Sue-Ann Levy, and the Sunshine Girls online from next Tuesday. The paper is joining the Globe and Mail behind a paywall in an attempt to recoup a reduction in ad revenue from its print publication.

Oh, here's a festive (and a touch psychedelic) Toronto skyline graphic. [via Reddit]

Alyssa Bistonath is a photog and blogTO alum who's now directing music videos, most recently for Toronto country band The Most Loyal. The group is launching a new EP on Dec. 12 with a gig at Lee's Palace, but for now you can enjoy Bistonath's gorgeous handywork and a good ol' toe-tappin' tune via YouTube.


Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Photo: "IMG_6280-3" by 416Pictures in the blogTO Flickr pool.

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