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Morning Brew: Danzig shooting update, Mr. Christie's workers fight condo, school could refund TTC, a mini PRESTO card, uranium next door, and bag ban goes soft

Toronto police are expected to announce an arrest in the Danzing Street shooting case later this morning. According to reports, police arrested someone Wednesday, possibly in connection with the deaths of Joshua Yasay, 23, and Shyanne Charles, 14. One person has been charged in connection with the mass shooting, for reckless discharge of a firearm.

The bakers at Mr. Christie's in Etobicoke are preparing to fight for their factory. The plant is expected to close next year at a cost of 550 jobs and its owners plan to rezone the site for a condo development. The city seems to favor protecting its employment lands - is it right to keep condos out of these work areas?

The Toronto Catholic District School Board and Don Bosco high school might reimburse the TTC the cost of the shelter bus at the centre of this week's controversy, mainly because people keep calling up to complain. In other ill-gotten public vehicle news, The Star reports that the last time a shelter bus was used for transportation was during the Sunrise Propane explosion.

618 ships docked at the Port of Toronto between 2008 and 2011. The Grid finds out what's on board.

GO Transit riders will know the wallet-sized PRESTO card is colossal and hopelessly unwieldy, which is probably why developer Daniel De Sousa has reverse engineered a smaller, keyring version [via Reddit]

Some west end residents are finding out about about a uranium processing plant in their neighbourhood. Though the General Electric-Hitachi facility has been on the site since 1965, neighbours are concerned about the 2,000 tonnes of radioactive uranium dioxide the plant spits out each year.

Forty years ago yesterday, Toronto finally came to its senses and overturned a decision that would have seen its streetcars traded for a wink and the promise of a kiss, or something like that. Steve Munro has the story at Torontoist.

Businesses might get until the summer to prepare for bag prohibition. According to The Star, industry groups have convinced city officials to include a grace period between January 1st and June 30th when no fines, only warnings, can be issued. You know what that means? Yep, another hilarious video from pro-bag pressure group "Reverse the Bag Ban." This time, society collapses when bin liners run out.

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