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Morning Brew: April 11th, 2008

Photo: "Streetcars Glowing at the End of the Line" by blogTO Flickr pooler Bobcatnorth.

Your Toronto morning news roundup for Friday April 11th, 2008:

Blue Jays fans seated in the 500 level and 200 level outfield sections at the Rogers Centre (i.e. "the cheap seats") will not be able to buy beer at the ball game. Blame the rowdy, drunk, fighting fans for the prohibition. No word yet on how long the booze ban will be in place, but I suspect it's temporary because at $10 a pop it'll be a lot of lost revenue. What would happen if they sold pre-rolled joints instead?

New rules in the health care field have been approved, and aim to keep non-surgeons in Ontario from calling and promoting themselves as "surgeons" in Ontario. What a great idea. I wonder if we can lobby the city to do the same to prevent unionized TTC employees from calling and promoting themselves as "workers" (I kid, I kid!).

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Gas is $1.14 today, and will continue to rise. And the gas companies will have really interesting explanations for the rises, and will reveal record profits in their annual report at the end of the fiscal year. Time to renegotiate that $0.35/km your employer pays you when you use your own vehicle for business trips?

There was yet another emergency lockdown at a Toronto school yesterday, after reports that someone had a gun on the premises. The gun and suspect weren't found. How scary would it be to be a student at that school? Times have changed, that's for sure.

Kids and parents want their school pools to remain open, but the board appears to be pushing forward with plans to close a whole whack of them across the city, and lay off the staff that worked at them. It's such a shame that we're being forced to cut such basics. Maybe those ludicrous red light camera fines can help save a few pools?


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