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Morning Brew: July 22nd, 2008

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Your Toronto morning news roundup for Tuesday July 22nd, 2008:

A U.S. environmental lawyer is warning us that current laws governing the diversion and use of Great Lake waters will eventually doom and deplete them. An Ontario government spokesperson, on the other hand, hopes we find solace in the fact that beginning in 2009, we'll be charging companies $0.00000371 per litre.

Imagine walking through your apartment lobby with your child, and having to dodge bullets? Welcome to Toronto in 2008, where multiple homicides, drive-by shootings, and innocent bystanders getting killed are taking centre stage.

The somewhat legendary "beer guy" at SkyDome, who was recently fired for allegedly serving a couple of brews without doing an ID check, now has 15,000 people in his Facebook group, MTV on his side, and is considering a wrongful dismissal lawsuit. We, the citizens of Toronto, should also take on Rogers for a wrongful renaming of the dome lawsuit.

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Gambling isn't illegal if it's government-run, and the chances of getting charged are slim if it's just you and your small group of pals playing on Friday nights and staying under the radar. But if your small group becomes a big group and plays more often, you'll get busted.

Does tough guy OPP commissioner Julian Fantino talk too tough? The former Toronto police chief is in hot water over threatening remarks he made to a First Nations protestor last June. Did he cross the line?


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