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Morning Brew: June 16th, 2008

Photo: "The Folk Dancers" by peter bowers, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

Your Toronto morning news roundup for Monday June 16th, 2008:

Christopher Hume is singing the praises of the Yorkville makeover plan, which should make the Bloor Street strip more pedestrian-friendly. Wider, granite-paved walkways, the removal of street parking, and lots of new trees will be welcome changes.

Urban explorers take note: if you're not really careful, sometimes things can go terribly wrong. A man who was exploring in the old, abandoned Hearn power station fell three stories, landed in a coal hopper, and after a complicated rescue, is very lucky to be alive. At least he didn't attempt to climb the 706ft tall chimney stack.

There's a deer hanging out in Roncesvalles, that evaded capture by police this weekend. Hopefully after escaping police, it scampered back to High Park, where it likely came from.

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Thieves continue to practice ingenuity and display bravado by cutting out the catalytic converters from vehicles parked at video-monitored GO Transit commuter lots. The small amount of platinum within, which has black-market value, is what they're after (and the exhaust component can cost you quite a bit of money to replace).

Monday headlines like this make it hard to start the work week with any perk in my step. Four stabbings and four shootings made this weekend a very bloody one in the city.

The Toronto FC beat Colorado 3-1 this weekend, and remain unbeaten at home (they're 5-0-2 so far this season). Soccer fans are loving this!


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