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Morning Brew: More worries over Rob Ford's behaviour, email sheds light on gala event, OLG struggles to find casino host, TTC defends costs, and fire in Kensington

More councillors are piling on, urging Rob Ford to seek help for his alleged alcohol abuse. Speaking with CBC's Metro Morning, coun. Joe Mihevc said he'd seen Ford acting as though he's "not fully there". On Monday, coun. Sarah Doucette seconded claims that Ford's alcohol problems are widely known at city hall.

Meanwhile, coun. Paul Ainslie - the only member of council quoted in the Star's initial story and an organizer of the military gala at the centre of the controversy - has fleshed out his story, saying he was approached by at least 8 people about Ford's behaviour during the event. In an email leaked to the paper, Ainslie described Ford as "intoxicated" and "incoherent" and claimed he asked Ford's chief of staff Mark Towhey to remove the mayor.

The wife of fallen Toronto police officer Sgt. Ryan Russell says she's "heartbroken" over the jury's decision to find Richard Kachkar, the driver of the stolen snowplow that fatally struck her husband, not criminally responsible for his actions. Russell was killed on Jan. 12 2011. Christine Russell says she'll advocate for the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act proposed by the federal government.

The CEO of OLG thinks Ontario's gambling regulator could fail to find a willing host for its proposed GTA casino. The corporation could add more cities to its list of candidates, as it did with Vaughan, to drum up more support. 39 Ontario communities have voted to talk about hosting a gaming resort, trouble is none of them are on the Toronto region. Does this lack of support mean a casino is doomed to fail?

Two men have been shot after an altercation outside a King Street West nightclub. One man was shot in the head, according to the CBC, near Portland Street around 2:30 am. So far no arrests have been made. Part of the intersection was sealed off and streetcars are diverting via Queen Street.

The TTC says there was no avoiding the higher-than-expected cost of installing a track connection to its new Leslie Barns facility in Leslieville. Weak sewers beneath the road need to be replaced and the Commisssion has decided to co-ordinate work with the City. The total cost is now expected to be around $105 million. The TTC originally budgeted $14 million.

A spectacular fire tore through a Kensington Market apartment yesterday afternoon, requiring the attention of 40 firefighters. The blaze at 34 St. Andrew St., a fruit shop with upstairs apartment next door to Moonbean CafĂŠ, broke out around 12:20. Firefighters had to punch a hole in the roof to extinguish the flames. A gas leak was ruled out and there were no injuries.

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

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