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Morning Brew: September 11th, 2008

Photo: "shelter from the sun" by jakemartella, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

Your Toronto morning news roundup for Thursday September 11th, 2008:

The Listeria outbreak death toll now stands at 15, after a case was confirmed in Windsor, Ontario. While nowhere near the count of 44 that died during the SARS outbreak of 2003, the fear and media attention haven't let up. On a related note, raw milk cheese advocates couldn't have had a more unfortunate time to be fighting their cause.

After a major nose-dive that took the stock exchange into the basement, the TSX made large gains yesterday despite falling commodities values. The economy is like a rollercoaster - hope you're ready for the ride.

If an 87 year old woman can ride her bike to work on Car-Free Day, maybe you can too? Check out the National Post's interview with Mississauga mayor "Hurricane" Hazel McCallion, where she talks greener transportation.

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As fuel costs soar, GO Transit continues to see ridership grow. But because GO's costs were forecast when oil was at (what now looks like a bargain basement price) $70/barrel, they're seeing red. How to deal with a $13.5million shortfall, and how to solve the Catch22 will be on the board's agenda.

If Toronto's bid for the 2015 Pan Am Games fails, will it affect our collective self-esteem? Christopher Hume seems to think so, but personally, I wouldn't be even slightly upset about it.

Details in the gruesome 401 highway murder are slowly emerging. The victim has been identified, the car involved tracked back to an address in Mississauga, and the car's registrant is missing in action. Despite early speculation, police now say that this case is not related to the shooting of a young man at a TTC bus stop the day before.


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