toronto news april 2008

Morning Brew: April 18th, 2008

Photo: "DSC_0559" by blogTO Flickr pooler Louis Tam.

Your Toronto morning news roundup for Friday April 18th, 2008:

How valuable is information about organized crime? An ex-Hell's Angels biker is taking home a $450,000 pay cheque for 18 months of work as a mole/agent with the OPP. History has proven that the war on drugs isn't cheap.

Go, Rami! The illegalsigns.ca activist scored a couple of big victories that will hopefully force the city to firm up and clarify laws related to advertising in public space, and force advertisers to comply with the laws on billboard advertising.

Worst headline ever (ok, maybe not ever, but worst of the day for sure)!

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If you have a car, fill your gas tank now. Prices for gas are at about $1.20 today, and are projected to continue to rise into the summer and eclipse the all-time high. The timing isn't ideal, what with a TTC strike potentially in effect, come Monday.

The CBC reports that Torstar is cutting 160 jobs in its newspaper division, including 122 positions at the Toronto Star. According to CTV, their entire Internet production staff are being let go as well. Apparently many are leaving "voluntarily." Is that another way of saying "laid off with decent severance," or do people actually want to leave and find new jobs?


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