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Morning Brew: March 19th, 2008

Photo: "A warm streetcar stop" by blogTO Flickr pooler robannz.

Your morning news roundup for Wednesday March 19th, 2008:

Apparently all it takes to get stabbed these days in Toronto is to say hello to the wrong person while on a TTC bus. Is this a wacky, isolated case, or is this city so messed up that this kind of thing could happen again?

A knowledge of martial arts is little defense against a bad idea (i.e. a 400lb lion). During a creative photo shoot at the Bowmanville zoo for Star-owned magazine Desi Life, the lion tackled and injured the human subject and the Toronto Star has it on (not as dramatic as Fox TV) video.

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The Ryerson student who was facing potential expulsion after he ran a Facebook study group will not be expelled after all. A black mark on his academic record, taking a course in academic misconduct, and a zero on an assignment worth 10% of his course grade still seem like steep punishment in my mind.

Students at UofT's Scarborough campus have begun voting on the much debated U-Pass discounted monthly TTC transit passes for students. The controversy stems not from the amount of the discount, but from the conditions of the deal - all student would pay for the passes in their school fees whether they use transit or not, and there would be no opt-out. The results are expected on Friday.

If you support the Liberal party, here's a reason not to announce your political views to the public by putting campaign signs on your front yard - you may wake up to find your car keyed and tires slashed.


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