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Morning Brew: August 10th, 2007

Posted by Jerrold Litwinenko / August 10, 2007

Photo: "Gun and Ink" by blogTO Flickr pooler bitefight.

Your morning news roundup AND POLL for Friday August 10th, 2007:

Morning TTC commuters were halted and angered by a major shutdown of the Bloor-Danforth subway line west of the core. The TTC has declared that a personal injury at St.George station was the cause but so far have said nothing more (was it a jumper?).

Three more small, but deliberately set fires kept fire crews busy last night in the Queen & Dufferin area. Perhaps these fires were the dirty deeds of that asinine serial arsonist who has yet to be caught.

"When Panhandlers Attack" could be the theme of a really bad TV show, but it's also what happened near Trinity Bellwoods Park late on Wednesday night. A man was stabbed repeatedly after refusing to give money to a squeegee kid.

An Oshawa tattoo parlour that was using dirty needles was shut down and has since reopened, but not before as many as 2000 customers were potentially exposed to HIV and Hepatitis B and C. Hopefully no one was infected by disease or chose to get Chinese characters running up their neck.

A poll you can vote in after the jump...



Ben / August 10, 2007 at 10:15 am
I saw 3 police cars at the St. George station as I biked by this morning. No ambulances / firetrucks though. Maybe someone was stabbed by a squeegie kid...
Laurence / August 10, 2007 at 11:35 am
wow.. that's a very insensitive poll question...
Jerrold / August 10, 2007 at 11:43 am
I can see that some people would find the question insensitive, but it's a valid question.

In Tokyo, Japan, instances of subway jumpers are so numerous that they have actually implemented fines against families of people who commit suicide in this way. I'm not sure that it acts as any deterrent, however.
Ryan C / August 10, 2007 at 03:28 pm
What's insensitive is the bank forcing your next of kin to pay your student loans in the case of accidental death.
Gloria / August 10, 2007 at 06:15 pm
Get them! They're learning for free!
Eric S. Smith / August 15, 2007 at 01:30 pm
I voted "no," because "no, you schmuck" wasn't available, and I have difficulty articulating my distaste for such a proposal any further. I'm not sure what you "yes" and "not sure" people are thinking, but it must be pretty ignorant.
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