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Morning Brew: Ikea monkey owner prepares for court, Yonge Street arsonist sentenced, poll shows drivers fear Gardiner, Metrolinx gets choppy, and identifying Linda

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 17, 2012

toronto richmond sheppardThe former owner of Darwin the Ikea monkey will appear in court Wednesday to try and get the little primate returned to her. A motion asks that the animal be taken out of a Sunderland sanctuary and returned to Yasmin Nakhuda who maintains the animal is emotionally attached to her. As an alternative, Nakhuda also seeks regular visiting hours.

The arsonist who lit the fire that destroyed the Empress Hotel on Yonge Street has been sentenced for ten years in jail. Justice Rebecca Rutherford said Stewart Poirier "expressed no remorse" in risking lives with his actions. The 53-year-old confessed in October to a string of other fires, including one at a city-owned wood chipper.

More than half of Toronto's residents feel the Gardiner is unsafe, according to the results of a Forum Research poll. Sounds like a high-speed drive over an aged concrete flyover isn't quite the luxury it used to be. Do you feel safe on or under the road?

Toronto's Union-Pearson rail link is coming under further criticism from residents located on the Georgetown GO corridor. Metrolinx, the transit agency building the line, is clear-cutting trees along the planned route to make way for extra tracks. Some residents fear the removal of the plants could mean a natural air filter for pollution will be lost. Should those near the line be concerned?

A mystery woman suffering from amnesia that turned up at Toronto shelter in September could be identified by police later this morning. A DNA test will confirm whether Linda Hegg, a missing woman from Delaware, is "Linda," the woman who is unable to remember any details about herself.

According to a sign photographed on Reddit, Batman and Robin have taken over neighbourhood watch duties on Roncesvalles. What a coup!

While most casino lobbyists are trying to sell the idea of a Toronto hotel and gaming complex to councillors, one company is doing just the opposite. Onex Corp., which has holdings in various other gambling resorts, says a downtown site would negatively impact the city's economy and prefers Markham instead. Reverse psychology?

Finally, the NHL lockout seems to have taken an unusual turn in Toronto. Real Sports, a restaurant next to the ACC, is refusing to take reservations from Maple Leafs players. What's really strange: the restaurant is owned by the same company that owns the team.

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14 Comments

MrsPotato / December 17, 2012 at 09:07 am
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She loves her monkey like a baby, yet she left it unattended, in a freezing cold car, in the parking lot of IKEA?

Yeah, I always leave my baby alone in the car while I do my shopping.

Picard102 replying to a comment from MrsPotato / December 17, 2012 at 09:25 am
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Wasn't really all that cold that day, and for the temperature it was the jacket would have been more than enough.
MrsPotato replying to a comment from Picard102 / December 17, 2012 at 09:35 am
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Like I said, i always leave my baby in the car, in parking lot while i shop, don't you?
iSkyscraper / December 17, 2012 at 09:38 am
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Do we really have nothing to talk about other than the IKEA monkey? Clearly, this city needs Rob Ford to come back from vacation.
fucking idiots replying to a comment from Picard102 / December 17, 2012 at 09:39 am
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it was 2 degrees out that day! (i just checked)
are you fucking stupid?! yeah totally okay to leave an animal in the car?!!?!
MrsPotato replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / December 17, 2012 at 09:45 am
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that's EXACTLY what I was thinking. :(

Please come back soon, Rob.
I miss reading about everything you screw up on an hour basis :(
X replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / December 17, 2012 at 10:11 am
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I for one will never tire of hearing about Ikea Monkey.
Matt / December 17, 2012 at 10:23 am
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Actualy, have the Mayor and IKEA Monkey ever been seen together at the same time?
Skye replying to a comment from Matt / December 17, 2012 at 11:03 am
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And what a coincidence that Rob Ford "left for vacation" around the same time the Ikea monkey was sent to the sanctuary. Hmmmm. You may be onto something.
Moe / December 17, 2012 at 11:39 am
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Her elephant tusk BMW's heater keeps going so the tiny baboon felt right at home. You downtown fools dunno about the difficulties of suburban life.
Picard102 replying to a comment from fucking idiots / December 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm
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I hope you don't take your child out if it's below 5 degrees then.
Chris replying to a comment from Picard102 / December 17, 2012 at 01:11 pm
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"I hope you don't take your child out if it's below 5 degrees then."

Hey genius - try leaving your "child", alone in a car, to go shopping at IKEA and then when Children's Aid shows up to take him or her away, explain to them that "it was only 2 degrees outside and he had a coat". See how far that gets you.

The point you seem to be missing is that this woman is claiming that she treated the monkey like it was her child, and the fact is, no responsible parent would have left their child in a car alone to go shopping at IKEA - regardless of what the temperature is outside. In other words, its an animal, not a child, so her claiming that it was her baby doesn't change the fact that she's not allowed to have monkey as a pet.

Besides, for all her talk about how much she cares about the monkey, the fact is, she left it alone in a car and the monkey managed to unlock the doors and wander around IKEA for quite a while before this so-called "responsible parent" even noticed. How responsible can she really have been in that case?

Is that really so hard to understand?
McRib / December 17, 2012 at 01:44 pm
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maybe Rob is hanging out with sweeet pea at the sanctuary and the monkey is sunning himself and getting shitfaced in Florida.
Matt replying to a comment from McRib / December 17, 2012 at 04:05 pm
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Why don't we offer to trade Ford to Yasmin Nakhuda, and let her monkey serve out the rest of his term?

I guarantee there'll be less poo throwing.

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