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Morning Brew: May 21st, 2008

Photo: "Unwin Avenue" by magda.s, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

Your Toronto morning news roundup for Wednesday May 21st, 2008:

I had no idea that the poor little caterpillars on city boulevard trees were so despised by home owners. Some fear that they'll kill the trees (untrue) while others simply think they're gross (true to some I suppose). Either way, I think pruning nests and throwing them in the garbage or blasting nests with the hose is a little much.

Skateboarders have always been given a hard time, particularly those that wax curbs, hang out in groups, and ride railings in both public and private squares. But not all skaters are created equal. The Star has an interesting piece on skateboarding commuters, and their challenges with city traffic and bylaws.

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Porter Airlines has been ordered by US aviation officials to scale back their weekday flights into Newark due to congestion at that airport. The often disputed island airport-based short haul carrier responded by cutting a flight per day on weekdays and adding new flights on weekends.

Idling your car curbside for more than 3 minutes can land you a $125 fine if you're caught. Police are on a blitz this week, apparently. Only 33 fines were doled out last year, which suggests that enforcement of this infraction as much a problem as the infraction itself. Also, I didn't know that idling when heat or air conditioning are needed isn't illegal (which the article suggests is the case).

News headline/graphic combo of the day goes to the National Post for their depiction of an incident at Spadina station, where a woman fell onto the tracks and narrowly escaped having her head crushed by an oncoming subway train.


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