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Morning Brew: June 18th, 2008

Photo: "Players" by wvs, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

Your Toronto morning news roundup for Wednesday June 18th, 2008:

Air Canada announced yesterday that they'd be cutting 2000 jobs and frequency of some routes to the US. When I lined up to check in and fly the airline from Pearson on Monday, it felt like they'd already made the huge staff cut, which means service will very likely be highly compromised when the cuts are actually made.

Here's yet another ridiculous (expensive and unnecessary) idea being pondered by the TTC. They're considering using state-of-the-art facial scanning technology to detect fatigue and impairment in drivers. Once employees learn how to put on their fake "tired face" we're screwed because they'll probably be sent home with pay.

Aiming to take a bite out of Google and make going to the library a more welcoming option, Toronto library-goers are now permitted to read The Catcher in the Rye while eating their smoked salmon on rye.

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Toronto Urban Explorers are going to have to play it cool for a while. The abandoned space photo enthusiast, who had to be rescued after suffering a fall in the old Hearn power plant on the weekend, has died from the injuries he sustained. I only did the Hearn once, back in 2006, and it was pretty obvious then that some parts were far too rickety for climbing.
Niagara-on-the-Lake meets 90210? I'm not sure about you, but I don't care how many Hollywood actors gush over Ontario Cabernet Franc. Cold-climate reds just don't to it for me, and celebrity endorsement doesn't trump taste buds.

The skyrocketing price of sweet crude corn has Torontonians rethinking their summer movie-watching plans. At $139US per bag (not including butter half way through), many people are opting to rent or torrent films for watching at home, where they can munch on less expensive alternatives like potato chips.

The plan to bring green bin composting to apartment buildings in Toronto has been delayed to next year. In the interim, building owners should put a giant green bin in the parking lot, and make composting fun by encouraging tenants to aim for the target and throw their food waste from their balconies.


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