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Morning Brew: May 12th, 2008

Photo: "Standby" by wu5mike, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

Your Toronto morning news roundup for Monday May12th, 2008:

Twenty years later, five familiar faces and voices will be returning to Toronto for a show at ACC on September 21st. Are Danny, Jordan, Jonathan, Joey, and Donnie still hangin' tough? Can they still make the teenaged girls scream the way they used to, or will this be a stadium full of 30 and 40-something screaming ladies? Tickets go on sale today.

A new report on tourism in Toronto suggests that the Big Smoke isn't a "must-see" amongst tourists because our sight-seeing is stale, service at attractions is poor, and roads and traffic are bad. When did Toronto earn the nick name "The Big Smoke" anyhow? I've lived here my whole life and only very recently has the use of this horrible name picked up steam.

Despite several years passing under laws preventing people from smoking cigarettes in public buildings, people are still lighting up in many of Toronto's night clubs. The Star went bar-hopping for an investigative story, and found that in some cases bar staff are clearly aware that this goes on.


New, big recycling bins are a problem for residents living above retail shops. Carting a massive bin up and down stairs just isn't practical or possible for many Torontonians, and the city still doesn't have a solution to the problem. Bags may be the answer.

Is Yonge-Dundas Square for the people? Apparently not. In an incredible twist of irony, when the National Post attempted to photograph Toronto chief city planner Gary Wright (who was on the planning team for Y-D Square back in 1996), they were asked to stop because a multinational company was about to start giving away free pizzas in a corporate promotion.

A fender bender outside the Guvernment night club escalated to assault, abduction, and attempted extortion. One victim ended up in the suspects' car where he was roughed up and threatened, before being dumped on the side of the road way out near Pearson airport. Police are looking for 5 people and Torontonians are sure to blame 905'ers for polluting the downtown with their uncool, suburban, bad-ass behaviour.

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