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Morning Brew: October 7th, 2008

Photo: "fastlane" by tomms, member of the blogTO Flickr pool. ~ See it bigger ~.

What's happening in the GTA:

It's a classic case of they said and the police said different. Did Toronto police mistake a physically and mentally handicapped man for his brother? Was entering his bedroom and beating and tasering him more than once excessive? The courts will have to decide.

More than half of the hundreds of homeless people surveyed in Toronto suffer from traumatic brain injuries. This raises some important questions, for sure. Is brain injury be a risk factor for becoming homeless? Can the risk be reduced if detected and treated early?

The story is thin on details so far, but someone out there is a wannabe gangster, who actually pulled the "two slugs" routine by shooting the victim in both legs at a Mississauga bar. Not sure if the slugs took out the knee caps.

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Seven Toronto schools are tackling learning and behavioural issues in an unconventional way. Rather than focusing on established disciplinary techniques, they're going to try to work on a root cause - hunger.

Even though hybrid buses have so far proved to be an inefficient way to reduce financial costs, Toronto will be placing an order for 120 more on the merits of reducing emissions. Good move or bad move?

Toronto is doing pretty well, says the annual Toronto Community Foundation's report - except things have gotten rather grim for new immigrants to the city, who are facing greater challenges than previously.


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