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Morning Brew: October 16th, 2008

Photo: "readers digest" by chorb, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

What's happening in the GTA:

According to the Toronto Star, Stephane Dion will be relinquishing his leadership of the Liberal party today. While this is no surprise, the burning question remains - who will replace him? Not McGuinty. But could it be Parkdale-High Park's Gerard Kennedy? 2006 party leadership challengers Bob Rae or Michael Ignatieff? ADDENDUM (10:30am): the Toronto Star may have jumped the gun this morning, and has since completely changed the headline and contents of their article, rendering my statements above nonsensical. This is a prime example of how NOT to make corrections to content posted to the web and already hyerlinked (generating a new URL or posting corrections to the original one would be better).

Ever have a grocery/furniture/clothing shopping venture cut short due to "nature calling"? City councillor and licensing and standards committee chair Howard Moscoe is continuing his effort to make public washrooms mandatory for big stores, but big stores are reticent because the logistics and costs of implementing such new arrangements stink.

It's alleged that on more than one occasion, a man has stalked and attacked women after disembarking from TTC buses. Police have released a couple of TTC security camera images in hopes that the public will be able to identify him. Smile, you're on camera.

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He has a license from Health Canada, sought permission from his landlord, and had a professional electrician install the setup, but that hasn't stopped Toronto Community Housing from ordering his electricity cut off. Should tenants be allowed to maintain legal medical marijuana growing rooms in their apartments?

If you're a homeowner in a trendy Toronto neighbourhood, brace yourself for a property tax hike of as much as 8% next year. Roncesvalles, Parkdale, west Queen West, Trinity Bellwoods, Seaton Village, the Danforth, Riverdale and Leslieville will all see sharp increases.

Peel region has yet another homicide to investigate, and an explosion in youth violence is being blamed. This time a 14-year old succumbed to his wounds after being stabbed on his way home from school.


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