Morning Brew: Sleeping TTC Worker Photo Goes Viral, Rocco Rossi on Transit City, Gun Found on Bus, Paraplegic Patient Arrested for Dealing Drugs from Hospital, Raw Milk Victory
What's happening in the GTA (and sometimes beyond):
It's still January, but I'm ready to declare this snoozing TTC collector's snapshot the most widely known Toronto photo of 2010 after it was passed around through social networking sites, reported on dozens of blogs and pretty much every mainstream news web site, and even came as the lead story on the 11pm news on Global TV.
Mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi had a lot to say yesterday, and appears to be looking a little right of center on a few issues. Putting a halt to the city's ambitious and costly Transit City plan (to explore other options), curbing spending and the stranglehold that unions have on city function, replacing city councillors who are on the TTC board with private sector people, and selling city assets to curb debt were issues he spouted. Hmmm. We're listening.
When you accidentally disembark a TTC bus and leave something of value behind, it's usually a far cry to expect to be lucky enough to get it back - especially if it's a semi-automatic gun. Some poor thug is going to have to get a new gun, which in this city should be easy enough.
Here's one for the weird but true list. A paraplegic patient wearing a hospital gown and in a wheelchair (and who already has a criminal rap sheet) was arrested at a coffee shop within St. Michael's Hospital for dealing coke, ecstasy and marijuana. Police also found and seized a loaded gun and bullet-proof vest.
North of the city, a Newmarket court has found raw milk activist Michael Schmidt not guilty on a long list of charges related to selling unpasteurized milk. Eating or drinking raw milk products in Canada is fine, but you can't sell them. Schmidt appears to have gotten around this by creating a co-op of people that buy into shared ownership of the cows that provides the raw milk. Now if only we could buy shares in cows at supermarkets, and get free samples of raw milk cheese with those shares.
And tomorrow is the big day for those opposed to Harper proroguing parliament. Hopefully the turnout at the Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament Toronto Protest event is substantial.
Bob Rae sings "Stephen Harper: He Prorogues":