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Morning Brew: July 15th, 2008

Photo: "Sky over Scarborough 1" by lunarworks, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

Your Toronto morning news roundup for Tuesday July 15th, 2008:

She was left abandoned in a stairwell on a cold winter day earlier this year, and yesterday the accused parents (who deny being her parents despite DNA evidence that proves they are) didn't show up to court. As a result, Baby Angelica will soon be legally adopted, by a couple responsible enough to be parents.

Residents of the Junction are telling frightening tales about an allegedly angry, violent, threatening, and maliciously destructive father and son pair. The notorious neighbourhood bullies were arrested and face a slew of charges, hopefully ending three years of residents having to live in fear.

Police may be pursuing charges against the local distributor of "legal ecstasy" after the death of a man in a Toronto nightclub was believed to be linked to the product. I'm not sure that the police have a leg to stand on, since the product isn't a controlled substance in Canada. If a person dies after inhaling cooking spray, or drinking toilet bowl cleaner is the grocery store culpable?

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McGuinty is vowing to protect the equivalent of about 20% of the province's land area. The plan to ban mining and forestry in half of our Boreal forest is significant, and I suspect it could work - until it starts to affect our economic growth, at which time chopsticks and particle board furniture will be cranked out in massive quantities.

The fate of the Gardiner Expressway is under the magnifier today, as city council votes to kick start the process of looking into the feasibility of tearing down a section on the east side of the core. Take it underground, Toronto. Do it!


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