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Morning Brew: June 10th, 2008

Photo: "Rubber duckie race" by chewie007, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

Your Toronto morning news roundup for Tuesday June 10th, 2008:

A Toronto-based ad agency is refusing to run Conservative Party ads that attack Liberal Party policy on LCD screens mounted on GTA gas station pumps. Is the ad agency opting to steer clear of a political mess, or are they concerned about the questionable legal status of the screens being brought into the limelight?

Speaking of poop, next year we should see new public pay toilets in the city. Drop in $1, do your business, and then the washroom sanitizes itself after you exit, making it fresh and clean for the next person to do their business.

A TTC bus went out of control and crashed into several objects and vehicles on a 1km long stretch of road in the Yonge and York Mills area before coming to a halt. Early reports suggest that the driver may have suffered from a medical episode that led to the crash. Union boss Bob Kinnear is expected to tell us that absurd suggestions like driver training and periodic physicals are both violations of employee privacy.

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CBC has learned that only about one third of people charged with the new crime coined "street racing" are actually being convicted in the courts, with the rest having charges reduced to speeding or having them thrown out. One thing is for sure - the new law keeps me well under 150km/hr, and gets those going over 150 off the road, even if temporarily.

Apparently Mayor Miller hasn't given up on his failed "One Cent Now" campaign to get the feds to give a chunk of the GST back to cities, and will relaunch the campaign in the fall. I expect the feds to laugh off and/or ignore the call again, and people to complain about the money wasted on the campaign.


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