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Morning Brew: August 20th, 2007

Photo: "good neighbours make good parks" by LĂş_, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

Your Toronto morning news roundup for Wednesday August 20th, 2008:

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced its full schedule yesterday. 312 films from 64 different countries will be shown on 36 screens (including the new AMC at Yonge-Dundas Square) over 10 days. And if you put all the red carpets that will be used end to end, they'd go to the moon and back 6509 times.

Toronto will soon have new, purple neighbours. Kyiv and Istanbul will flank us on the new world edition of Monopoly, which resulted from votes tallied on the internet. Montreal earned the coveted property that is Boardwalk, and Vancouver beat us too. Did our fellow Canadian cities have better campaigns, or do Torontonians just not give a funk about getting high rank on a board game?

Can it be?! The end of the condo boom in Toronto is near?! According to some condo market analysts, things will certainly be taking a downturn, but not necessarily crash.

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A new(ish) law in Ontario allows authorities to seize, and then give away or even sell the vehicles of those charged more than once with impaired driving. This one is sure to cause a stir amongst those that feel that the civil liberties of drunk drivers are being violated. But some will surely side with the civil liberties of the public, who deserve to be able to drive or walk our streets without being run over by a repeat drunk driver.

Thank goodness for razor wire and 10m tall walls. A failed prison break attempt at Kingston Penitentiary ended promptly last Friday, when two inmates made it onto the roof of the prison gym but tossed their homemade grappling hook into the razor wire on the wall.

And the 680news website finally got a much needed makeover. It's still pretty basic (which is good), but still seems rather chunky.


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