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Morning Brew: Rob Ford's office slow to release records, doored cop wants collisions recorded, "Garbage Guy" causes trouble, man scales building, and the CNE is over

Rob Ford's office is delaying handing over email and phone records to freedom of information officials, according to the Toronto Star. The paper says it's seeking information related to Ford's staff and the events surrounding the alleged crack video but says it could be months before the data is made public because the information has only just been presented for review. Three documents were more than a month overdue.

A Toronto cop who fractured his sternum after being doored on duty is hoping police will begin resume collisions between cyclists and parked cars. Police haven't logged the incidents since 2012 when the province changed the definition of a collision to exclude stationary cars. Jeff Taylor, who was on patrol near St. Clair and Oakwood Aves., says his fall was cushioned by his bullet-proof vest.

A controversial transit advert could be about to appear at a subway station near you. The "Disappearing Palestine" poster, which has already raised hackles in Vancouver, is being reviewed by the TTC for public display. Cllr. John Parker, who sits on the TTC's advert panel, called a slightly different version of the poster "provocative."

A Scarborough man's obsession with collecting human waste in plastic bottles and piling trash in shopping carts is starting to really upset the neighbours. "Garbage Guy," as he's known locally, is also known to smear feces on the cars and garages belonging to people who file complaints, according to his fellow Military Trail residents. Though he's in breach of bylaws, it's hard to do much about the scofflaw who may have mental health issues, says Cllr. Paul Ainslie.

Justin Bieber may have lost a $40,000 gold chain in a Toronto nightclub this weekend after a fellow clubber "tried in vain to tackle" Bieber in a VIP area. The ensuing melee and the loss of the chain hasn't been officially reported, according to the Globe and Mail.

A man who scaled the outside of an apartment building at Charles and Jarvis in his underwear was, perhaps not surprisingly, on drugs and possibly hallucinating. Police were called to the building Sunday afternoon when multiple people spotted the man clinging to the outside of the building at around the 23rd floor. He was outside for about 15 minutes before police grabbed him from a nearby balcony.

Finally, with the CNE officially finished for the summer, here's filmmaker Robert McLeod's look back at the neon nut house that gave us the Cronut Burger, countless thrill rides, soft toys that weren't filled with used band aids, and just a few cases of food poisoning. Until next year.

FROM THE LONG WEEKEND

IN BRIEF:

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

Image: Jack Landau/blogTO Flickr pool.


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