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Morning Brew: February 28th, 2008

Photo: "more darkness than light" by blogTO Flickr pooler gardinergirl.

Your morning news roundup for Thursday February 28th, 2008:

Gas prices continue to have a mind of their own, and dropped a few cents overnight in Toronto. One expert predicts a drop to $0.95/L by summer even though we continue to see crude oil costs breaking records. Hummer owners (who have never taken their vehicles into combat duty, or even off of a city street) won't likely notice because they're too busy shining their rims and pulling the Smart cars out of their tire treads.

In the meantime, our federal government continues to display utter incompetence by fast-tracking a ludicrous plan to connect Peterborough to Toronto by rapid rail when the city's transit system is majorly screwed.

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In related news, the highly ambitious $6-billion Transit City LRT plan is moving forward even though there's been no commitment by the federal government to assist in fund it. How awesome would it be if we could insist that Harper commute by transit from north Mississauga to north Scarborough, and Jim Flaherty commute from Markham to South Etobicoke for a few weeks, just to test it out?

UofT's Robarts Library is planning for some major expansion and renovation. A new wing, and an outdoor amphitheatre-style seating area are amongst some of the proposed changes, and the province is going to give them cash to start the project.

Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman is talking big. Apparently he's prepared to wear an adult diaper and piss and shit himself to draw attention to the low standards of care in Ontario nursing homes. Reporters planning to cover this story are encouraged to carry a clothes-pin on them in case he actually follows through on this.


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