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Morning Brew: June 19th, 2008

Photo: "nest" by usine de nuage, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

Your Toronto morning news roundup for Thursday June 19th, 2008:

1 in 3 Torontonians are overweight, and 1 in 9 are obese. A Statscan study looks at how we rank relative to national stats for body mass index, and level of physical activity and while the results aren't much of a surprise, they're sure to spawn yo' mama jokes and a surge in health food and diet pill sales.

Thousands of customers using several ATMs from over a dozen banks were duped by fraudsters with sophisticated technique and technology, and robbed of their account info, PIN numbers, and then cash. Eight people face charges, and the full extent to which they're believed to have pilfered is yet to be determined. It's getting harder and harder to detect these scams, and more people are going back to the old "wad of cash under the mattress" strategy.

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A report suggests that the St.Clair TTC streetcar Right-of-Way may be a serious hindrance to fire trucks responding to emergency calls. While falling short of saying that lives may be lost as a result, Fire Chief Bill Stewart notes that high curbs and obstructing poles could slow emergency crews down.

The development of a proposed and highly ambitious Berkeley Playing Fields, which were to see an eco-centric condo/retail/hotel/leisure building project engulf yet retain the old Berkeley Church has been nixed by the city.

A study suggests that more and more people are choosing to live in condos and townhomes over detached houses. I'm inclined to think that these numbers are skewed because many people don't actually have a choice, and end up in condos and townhomes because detached homes too so bloody expensive for people these days.


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