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Morning Brew: June 4th, 2008

Photo: "O HAI" by Adam Schwabe, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

Your Toronto morning news roundup for Wednesday June 4th, 2008:

Remember a few years ago, when that Air France jet attempted to land at Pearson Airport, in bad weather, and it ended up overshooting the runway's end and bursting into flames? Now, Air France is suing the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the federal government, and the air traffic control agency for a whopping $180million because they're all alleged to have cut corners on safety.

While I sometimes admit to feeding my addiction to coffee while writing the blogTO Morning Brew (I'm sipping on a fine Vietnamese Arabica/Robusta blend right now), being 3 times over the legal blood alcohol limit at 11:30am while driving a TTC bus is not something I'll ever have the opportunity (or enough lack of better judgment/control) to do. Clearly this man needs help.

Scarborough appears to be seeing some of the "Transit City" dream come true. Two new (and much needed) Light Rapid Transit (LRT) lines, that will fill some voids in the troubled transit system, are in the environmental assessment stages and we could see shovels in the ground as early as next year.

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The day after the devastating news that four manufacturing plants are destined to close and many jobs will be lost, GM unionized workers have set up a road block on the route into the company's headquarters in Oshawa. Other than making things even more difficult, I can't see this action making much difference. If the company wants to close a plant because it's not making the desired profits, they will.

Halton region Catholic School Board trustees have they heads up their ____s. Reality is that the overwhelming majority of youngsters will not choose to practice abstinence over sexy-time, no matter what they're taught at school. Rejecting the HPV vaccine on scientific grounds may have merit, but to do so on ethical grounds is outright foolish because it's a rejection of reality.


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