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Morning Brew: September 26, 2008

Photo: "_IGP0160" by phocrastinating, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

Your Toronto morning news roundup for Friday September 26th, 2008:

Guilty. That was the verdict handed down in the very first case to be completed in the "Toronto 18" saga, and the first ever judgment under Canadian anti-terrorism laws that came about after 9/11. It's a controversial decision for sure, but the message is clear - just because they were potentially incapable of enacting their plan, they may still be guilty of planning the attempt. I'm looking forward to the follow up in the New York Times, after this article alludes to them being just ordinary Timmy's drinking, spinning-donuts-in-the-parking-lot Canadians.

Sometimes raw chocolate can be so weirdly wholesome that it's mistaken for hashish and results in unjustified arrest at the border or at customs at Pearson airport. A wholesome GTA couple don't want to be mistaken for drug traffickers again.

An historic building at Bloor & Sherbourne was propped up and slowly moved about 20feet yesterday, to make way for new condos that will be built where it previously sat. Maybe they can do the same to Starbucks after it's rejected by Kensington, only moving it further (say, 20 blocks) and building a giant, stinky dreadlock sculpture where it previously sat.

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If you're a student at Queen University in Kingston, even if you're of legal drinking age, you might have to chill outside the beer store and pester strangers to buy booze for you - if it's in a keg. I wouldn't be surprised if someone takes this to court as a violation of human rights.

Bang. Bang. Bang. Sigh.

42 shuttle buses weren't enough, and traffic was snarled too much to move the throngs of commuters that were stranded yesterday when the Yonge subway line was shut down all evening due to mechanical problems. It's back up and running now.

In a way not all that different from how you might look up hotel reviews, you'll soon be able to check online data detailing of C. difficile infection rates at Ontario hospitals. Hospital food reviews (and death rates due to C. difficile) are not included.


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