Morning Brew: March 20th, 2009
What's happening in the GTA (and sometimes beyond):
The jury in the high-profile Stefanie Rengel murder case is going into their second day of deliberations today. To be honest, I'm looking forward to this one being wrapped up - I'm tired of the media's constant and relentless efforts to tug on our heartstrings. Yes, it is a really tragic story, but the saturation of depressing daily headlines and photos of Stefanie are bringing me down.
The National Post has a very telling list of six things you should know about Toronto City Councilor spending. While many expense items seem easily justifiable, others are not so: a $3500 Macbook Pro, $1039 (or $173 each) for six councilor's Pride festival beads, and one councilor's $15,583 annual cell phone bill jump out as excess to me. Then there are professional development expenses, which are a whole other beast.
Another day, and another flag controversy. This time it's not a question of the legality of flags though... it's a question of where they're purchased from and whether or not saving taxpayers money should come before supporting local industry. Ontario flags that are made in China are causing some debate.
Massasauga rattlesnakes from Ontario were amongst the strange and slithery loot police intercepted at the Canada/US border, in a major animal smuggling ring bust. And I'm liking CityNews' high-quality embeddable (i.e. accessible) video content.
A 15-year old boy and a 71-year old man were amongst some 122 people that were tasered by Toronto police in 2008. In another instance, a 12-year old boy was shown the current but not zapped. The debate rages on about both the safety and appropriate use of tasers, but until we see some in-depth, independent testing and reporting we can't be sure, can we?
A typo on the front page of the Toronto Sun (the classic Eglinton vs Eglington Avenue mistake) has led to them taking a deeper look into other city street and landmark spelling evolutions.
And if the ultra-ironic fact that Coke is a sponsor of Earth Hour isn't enough to make you think that the event is a pseudo-eco farce, check out the irony-rich details on what Pearson Airport is doing to mark the event.
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