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Morning Brew: June 20th, 2008

Photo: "TO Toy Factory" by tomms, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

Your Toronto morning news roundup for Friday June 20th, 2008:

A Whitby man faces fraud charges after allegedly selling plastic covers for license plates that allow vehicles to enter and exit camera-based pay toll highways without being recorded and charged. A friend of mine tells me that going faster than 150km/hr when passing the camera also prevents being billed, but I don't see myself trying that and don't suggest anyone else do either.

A major police raid in the GTA has netted a significant number of illegal guns and massive amounts of narcotics, including fake Viagara. This weekend may be a little flaccid for some people but also safer for others.

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Annex neighbourhood mainstay Dooney's Cafe was sold and will be changing hands. A changing demographic and a (failed?) restaurant makeover leave the current owner unable/unwilling to veer from his vision of what the place means and who it serves.

Pro soccer in Toronto has become so wildly popular so quickly, that there's talk of expanding the BMO Field seating capacity by 50%. Toronto FC has been selling out the 20,000-seat stadium while the Toronto Blue Jays barely maintain those kinds of numbers.

Toronto City Councillor spending is under the spotlight, and a tightening of the rules may soon follow. Questionable spending has seemingly always been an issue, and caps appear to be needed. Some things just don't seem appropriate - like "bunny suits for an Easter Parade in the Beach, an espresso machine, a limo rental, and a late-night taxi ride to Bolton".


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