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Morning Brew: December 13th, 2007


Photo: "Toronto Is... Ice. Blur" by blogTO Flickr pooler lepagejp (online sporadically).

Your morning news roundup for Thursday December 13th, 2007:

Here's a weird one: an undercover Toronto police officer investigating a murder pretended to have supernatural powers - and it seem that he was so convincing that he talked suspects into turning over a murder weapon and revealing details of the murder.

The province will announce today that $100million will be dedicated to improving transit service. Most of the funds will go to GO Transit, who recently got scolded by the auditor general for having serious service deficiencies.

We're so backwards that it's not even funny. City council passed a law to ban airport limos from picking up fares in Toronto (to make it fair to city cabs, that aren't permitted to pick up fares at the airport). Effectively the city is forcing all cabs going to and from the airport to drive without passengers. So much for working towards cutting air pollution.

The Conference Board ranks Toronto the second most attractive city in Canada in terms of overall health, housing, the economy, the environment, education, innovation and society. Calgary got top honours because oil is good for health, housing, the environment, education, innovation and society.

Speaking of Calgary... a Calgary man got a legit mobile phone bill from Bell Canada - for $85,000. He'd plugged his phone into a PC and was using it to download large files. Bell didn't let him know until the end of the month, then reminded him that this type of use is not intended, agreed to reduce the bill to $5000 as a sign of goodwill, and recommended a mobile different plan.


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