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Morning Brew: prisoners accidentally released, Bombardier Q400 planes inspected, tough steak leads to domestic violence, G20 charges dropped, TTC transit museum moves ahead, Bautista chasing home run record

All organizations are susceptible to administrative errors now and then, but knowing that several convicted prisoners have been accidentally released from Ontario prisons seem like a major problem worthy of serious scrutiny. In addition to being rather tight-lipped about the number of incidents (after an 16-month wait on a freedom of information request, we now know that the number is 143 over a period of 8 years), the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services is still withholding information about the nature of the crimes involved, the number that are still at large, and more. Aren't you curious? Is community safety at risk?

Earlier this year, Bombardier discovered an issue with cracking of an engine cover on their model Q400 planes - a problem which in turn required inspection of over 90% of the total fleet. Porter Airlines, operating out of Toronto island, uses the Q400 exclusively, and has stated that they've already done the inspection on their planes and found no problems. This issue appears to be mostly resolved, and won't likely be fuel for the anti-island-airport fire.

A Barrie man is in custody and charged with assault after he allegedly struck his girlfriend with a metal pipe and threw her purse out into the rain. Perhaps more disturbing though is that the violent domestic dispute started after his steak came off the grill and wasn't cooked to order. Yikes!

Several of the 303 people charged during the G20 weekend had their day in the circus court yesterday. Many saw charges dropped outright, others paid $50 to charity to have their charges diverted (with no need for admission of guilt), and others facing more serious accusations had their cases pushed to October. Among those who saw all charges dropped were an accredited National Post photographer (who still hasn't had his camera and photos returned by Toronto police), and Natalie Gray (who was allegedly shot with rubber bullets).

The timing couldn't have been more inopportune. On the same day that a scathing report on customer service within the TTC was released, the commission pushed forward on its plans to build a $5-million transit museum, creating a stir amongst critics and mayoral hopefuls. While most agreed that a museum would be kinda cool to build, they also feel that priorities need to be kept in check.

And Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista knocked two out of the park last night in a 3-2 win over the Yankees. He now leads the majors with 40 dingers, and just might surpass the most ever hit in a season by a Jay. The record he's chasing is 47, set by George Bell in 1987.

Photo: "Bautista Blast" by sjgardiner, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.


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