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Morning Brew: January 24th, 2007

Your rules rules rules morning news roundup for Wednesday January 24th, 2007:

Toronto-Danforth City Councillor Case Ootes wants a ban on panhandling in tourist-designated areas and has the support of Police Chief Bill Blair and businesses. He also thinks this city needs a trailer park in the downtown core and has the support of the Ontario RV Dealers Association.

Toronto Community Housing is attempting to clean up Jamestown by employing some strict measures. If a resident has gang connections, his/her entire family may face eviction.

School Trustees are considering a ban on cell phones at schools city wide. The distractions, potential for using them to cheat, and privacy are some of the concerns raised, while parents are keen on the safety and security phones offer. A no-phones-seen-or-heard-in-the-classroom rule would be a nice compromise.

Hundreds of Canadians attempting to get passports are learning that they aren't Canadian. An obscure, outdated law stipulates that if you were residing outside of Canada on your 24th birthday and didn't complete the required form, you automatically lost your citizenship.

If you ever find yourself being devoured by a great white shark, there's an unwritten rule that suggests that if you poke it in the eye, you might live to tell the story.

Today, at around the time when Sesame Street airs, I roll into my thirties and officially become an old man :)

(photo: blogTO Flickr pooler Seeing Is)


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