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Morning Brew: Star and Globe defend their Ford stories, city issues a heat alert, Captain John's looks sunk, Mercer Street townhouse is safe, and cops rescue dumped kitten

The Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail defended their reporting of Rob and Doug Ford's alleged drug use yesterday at a special hearing before the Ontario Press Council. "The story is true. Every word of it," said Michael Cooke, editor in chief of the Star about the original front-page crack video story. "Mayor Ford still owes Toronto a full answer," he added. Rob and Doug Ford were invited to attend but didn't respond.

Today will be a late-summer scorcher, according to Environment Canada and the City of Toronto. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid 30s and the humidex could make it feel like the 40s. In fact, it could feel like the hottest day of the year so far. Temperatures are expected to return to normal on Thursday.

Captain John's looks like it's finally sunk. The city has started the process of seizing the floating restaurant, which is permanently moored at the foot Yonge Street, over an ocean of unpaid bills, taxes, and fees that total more than a $1 million. The government management committee will need the approval of council before owner John Letnik is forced out of the boat he calls home. Is it time Captain John's walked the plank?

A Mercer Street heritage property appears to be safe from demolition (for now) after the city's planning division turned back a proposal to build a boutique condo tower. The Alexander Johnston House was built in 1858 and is a rare surviving example of an urban townhouse. It's one of a few known buildings designed by John Tully, the architect behind Walnut Hall, a Georgian terrace on Shuter Street that was demolished in 2007.

Former deputy mayor Doug Holyday has received his first promotion since becoming a PC MPP. Tim Hudak is expected to announce Holyday will become the party's new accountability critic later today. The internal shake-up was prompted by the firing of finance critic Peter Shurman, who was ousted over a housing allowance claim.

Finally, let's all feel better thanks to this cute ginger kitten that was rescued from a garbage can by Toronto police. The little cat, pictured snuggling a teddy bear, was found near St. Clair and Arlington overnight and given a clean bill of health by a vet. A police officer intends to adopt the cat, says CP24.


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

Image: Frank Lemire/blogTO Flickr pool.

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