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Morning Brew: February 7, 2008

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Your morning news roundup for Thursday, February 7th, 2008:

It's not surprising to see that one thing is dominating the front pages of newspapers today: the same thing that is dominating your driveway this morning, the storm. After another dumping of snow hit the city last night, around 30cm of snow is lying around on city streets, making the commute treacherous and giving you an excuse to be late to work this morning.

Massive delays have hit Toronto Pearson Airport, giving hundreds of travelers an excuse to stay in the tropics for a few more days before coming back home to the cold.

And for the kids...snow day? Well, for some, maybe, but schools are open and buses are running for the Toronto District Public and Catholic School Boards.


It's not only us people that have had to face the grunt of the storms: during last month's snow storm, a bus shelter exploded because of the wind. Other bus shelters (and the people in Toronto as well) should still be worried though, because this surely isn't the last gasp of winter: more stormy conditions are forecast for this weekend.

Those plans to raise rental fees for rinks and other recreation facilities we wrote about last week? Well Mayor Miller seems to want to bury them under the snow after the vocal outcry. Too bad GO Transit is still going ahead with their 15 cent fare increase, outcry or not.

Toronto schools may still be open in this snow storm, but students from Sir Robert L. Borden Business and Technical School were sent home early yesterday after a hazardous chemical started seeping through the ventilation system. 50 people suffered burning eyes and throats, but nobody was seriously hurt.

In school related news that's even more frightening than chemicals in the ventilation system, a new survey by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health found that "more than one-quarter of girls in Grade 11 were pressed into something sexual they didn't want to do." The survey goes on to highlight more schoolyard atrocities, which makes me ask the question yet again: are Toronto students scared to go to school?

And if this year's exciting Super Bowl wasn't enough for football fanatics in the city, Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson made the official announcement that some NFL games will be coming to Toronto. Where do I line up (yes, I'll even brave the snow) for tickets?

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