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Morning Brew: Sunnybrook pulls Gangnam Style video, fowl play as turkey runs wild, a festive fraud, a winning ticket, happy people, and a letter from Santa circa. 1914

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 24, 2012

toronto king yongeA Gangnam Style parody video (yep, people are still doing that) made by the maternity team at Sunnybrook hospital has had to be pulled after upsetting a small number of viewers. The hospital received complaints that the video, featuring the refrain "Hey, pregnant ladies," and "Hey, catching babies," caused offense to some birthing women. The original posting had more than 90,000 views.

Darwin the Ikea monkey isn't the only creature running wild in these parts. Over the weekend a wild turkey ruffled a few feathers in southeast Scarborough, mixing it up with traffic on Kingston Road and taking flight at repeated capture attempts. The animal might not be alone - pictures show other wild turkeys in the area. Police eventually snagged the rogue bird in a net, unharmed.

A former top York University could be in hot water after a fake invoice racket that defrauded the school of nearly $250,000 was brought to light. The school alleges a former assistant vice-president of campus services and business operations, Michael Markicevic, used construction materials and resources meant for the university on improving his own home, adding a hot tub and a snowblower for the garage.

Someone in Toronto is sitting on a $50 million Lotto Max ticket, according to OLG. The ticket was sold somewhere in the GTA and won the cash on Friday night's draw.

Just in case you're feeling lonely this festive season, here's video of people reuniting for the holidays at Pearson Airport to make it worse.

For more festive goodness, here's a Star feature on the Good Shepard ministry at Queen and Parliament that's preparing to host more than a 1,000 needy people at its annual Christmas dinner.

Finally, here's one for the history buffs. A letter from the Eaton's store Santa to little Velma Robbins of 70 Spruce Street has surfaced in a garage, complete with beautiful illustrations and a heartfelt message about being good during "the busiest year I've had." St. Nick was busy because it was the first year of the first world war and many of the "daddies" were away. It's possible the letters were sent to Santa at the Queen and Yonge store that year.



Morning Brew will break tomorrow for Christmas. It will return, hungover, Boxing Day.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Photo: "Toronto" by Che.Pei.En from the blogTO Flickr pool.



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