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Morning Brew: May 28th, 2008

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Your Toronto morning news roundup for Wednesday May 28th, 2008:

It's going to take a lot longer to bring samosas and sandwiches to the streets, and until then the hot dog, the sausage, and the veggie dog will remain street food monopoly/podium sitters. I understand the food safety and fair competition measures that need to be considered, but for crying out loud, why do we need so much red-tape to do something so simple. A five year pilot project?

Happy 75th birthday, Ted. I was going to send you a cake and a card, but having already sent you $200 this month I was only left with enough pennies to insert my $0.02 into the Morning Brew today.

Leon's plans for incorporating their "home furnishings for urban spaces" retail showroom at the historic Roundhouse have been given the green light by Toronto's City Planning Division. Have a first look at some of the planned signage and restoration proposed (PDF1, PDF2). I think they've done a decent job of making it fit in with subtlety (and thanks for the tip, Sean).

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The Toronto leg of the Just for Laughs comedy festival had its inauguration just last year, and this year the July laugh-parade returns with a really stellar lineup of popular comedians. Jason Alexander, Jimmy Fallon, and Martin Short are just a few of the many stars who are slated to appear, and crack us up.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has been ordered by the high courts to pay a cool $25,000 in retribution to mega-nightclub CiRCA for a failed injunction to halt their liquor license. I wonder how many tax payer dollars were involved in this kerfuffle from start to finish, with the net result being nada.

Bad drivers beware. The police are on a bad driver blitz, and aim to catch you in the act this week. [typical Torontonian response]And I hope they do, because I'm a good driver, even at 140km/hr, and you guys are all to blame for all the accidents on our streets[/typical Torontonian response].


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