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Morning Brew: April 9th, 2008

Photo: "Make a difference" by blogTO Flickr pooler alexindigo.

Your morning news roundup for Wednesday April 9th, 2008:

Revival of the Toronto-Rochester ferry service may one day see the light, employing old hovercraft that used to do the English Channel run connecting France and England. And their idea to couple the lake crossing with a rush hour commuter run from Hamilton to Toronto is ingenious.

Remember that string of deliberately set laneway and garbage bin fires last summer? Police have a Burlington man in custody, who they believe may be responsible for the arsons. Hopefully they have the right guy, and this summer doesn't see any more pyro-destruction.

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TTC Strike Watch:
Talks are ongoing, but the Union is not pleased by the slow pace and the public are pretty much in the dark. They are now suggesting that the fate of the system and potential for strike will likely be clearer tomorrow, when the Union holds a press conference (which is sure to piss off the vast majority of Torontonians). If Giambrone is so optimistic that a strike can be averted, does this mean that the Union once again gets everything it has demanded?

The dark cloth-covered pillars at the Museum subway station were finally disrobed yesterday, revealing the ornate decor and making critics ooh and aah before asking themselves if the upgrade was worth $5-million. If you can't make a quick stop at the station to see them in their full glory, be sure to check out Torontoist photographer Miles Storey's most incredible shots.

And in news outside of Toronto, over at our sister site Beyond Robson in Vancouver they've reported on a creative strategy to turn Google Maps into a giant game of Where's Waldo. They've also posted an interesting piece about the shortcomings and potential of the Vancouver forum on stillepost.ca . The Toronto and Montreal forums on Stillepost have thrived but the Vancouver forum remains rather stagnant.


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