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Morning Brew: June 17th, 2008

Photo: "tree & sky" by Bonnequin, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

Your Toronto morning news roundup for Tuesday June 17th, 2008:

Everyone knows that feeding a cute and cuddly Mogwai after midnight results in the spawning of an ugly and ill-behaved Gremlin. Whether or not feeding breakfast to teens at high school will prevent them from going Gremlin is yet to be seen.

Not everyone knows, or perhaps cares, that parents smoking cigarettes in confined spaces like cars is bad for the health of their children (who are only guilty of breathing, but pay the price). Ontario has banned the practice of smoking in cars with kids present, and decided that a maximum $250 fine is a good start. One problem with the law? If a 19 year old is cruising and smoking with his 16 year old friend in the car, is that like... "statutory smoking" or something?

Another road-related law passed yesterday makes speed limiters on trucks mandatory in Ontario. Most large trucks, regardless of where they come from, will be required to be fitted with a device that caps their maximum speed at 105km/hr, which will reduce emissions and make the roads safer. More importantly, to many non-truck drivers, it'll make blowing by them in the fast lane at 140km/hr so much easier.

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Yesterday areas north and east of Toronto saw the coming of the locusts. Well, not quite. But the GTA did see some crazy hail and a giant pot of gold. Well, not quite. But a complete rainbow was observed.

Toronto is half way through Bike Month. What better/worse a time for police to be cracking down on bad cyclists, eh?

Oshawa is still dealing with the fallout of losing auto jobs, but there's some good news about new jobs in the future. Two new nuclear reactors to be built and operated at Darlington will create an estimated 3500 jobs, and zero trucks that nobody wants.


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