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Morning Brew: October 29th, 2008

Photo: "Midnight eats" by un_owen, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

What's happening in the GTA:

Steven Page cashed in his Get Out Of Jail Free card and will have the drug possession charges in New York dropped. His lawyers earned their keep in securing a deal that lets Page avoid life behind bars, not to mention continue to cross the border into the US, making BNL US tours still possible. Page has to stay clean for 6 months, and since I like the guy, I hope he sticks to Kraft dinner and dijon ketchup this time 'round.

Saturday's shooting suspect Kyle Weese turned himself into authorities yesterday. After a huge manhunt, it's nice to have your guy turn himself in. He's due in court today, which should be the first of many media circuses.

And so it begins. It's snow season again, and officials are warning morning commuters about slippery road conditions. After near record snowfall last season that extended well into spring, and a snow pile I swear wasn't all the way melted a couple weeks ago, I was looking forward to a snow-less run up to the holidays.

Apparently WestJet is in the Halloween spirit. If your name is Candy, Orange, Web or Sweet you fly free on Friday while the rest of us get 5% off. Too bad the return portion is full price.

Surprise! An historic and hidden ceiling was found during rennovations at U of T's Gerstein Science Information Centre. Wooden carvings and a skylight have been covered for years by a false ceiling. More construction projects should hide major features; it would add to the excitment of future rennovations.

Except when it's a major brand, I thought teams already ditched First Nations names or mascots, especially schools. But Scarborough's West Hill Collegiate Institute is the Warriors, which seems ok until seeing their mascot is a typical First Nations warrior head (similar to the Blackhawks). As the TCDSB considers a change, one alum has a petition going to save the Warriors.

Also in the sports world, the Raptors open their season tonight, hoping to make a third straight run at the playoffs. Last year they limped into the postseason and made an early exit. Despite a potential winner in the House that MLSE built, Leafs fans are working on a bandwagon that won't even limp out of the garage.


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