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Morning Brew: April 2nd, 2008

Photo: "college" by blogTO Flickr pooler edanscime.

Your morning news roundup for Wednesday April 2nd, 2008:

The police, feeling rather fly after the last two Comfort Zone busts, have gone after Harvey's hookers and other assorted denizens of the sketchy strips around the Church-Seaton neighborhood. The kicker is that out of the 287 people arrested, only 23 of them lived in the area; a fact that doesn't bode well for the next area they decide to hang out at.

Apparently those environmentally-friendly tetra paks the LCBO are so fond of don't cut it with the Toronto Environment Alliance who take issue with the fact that they're made out of virgin pulp, aluminium and plastic; some not-so-green ingredients. The LCBO counters that refillable bottles are not practical despite evidence to the contrary.

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The Toronto District School Board is considering a partial homework ban after parents and students complained about late hours and time cut from family vacations during holidays.

Everyone's favorite "fat f*ck", Rob Ford, issued a barely-audible apology on Monday for using the term "Oriental" during a Mar. 6th debate on stores being open during statutory holidays after the rest of the city councilors decided his excuses for the inflammatory remark weren't good enough. It's almost like getting Mel Lastman back.

With the minimum wage being raised by 75 cents for a grand total of $8.75 an hour low-income earners now only have to work 12 hours per day to reach the much-vaunted $100-per-day mark. Baby-steps...


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