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Morning Brew: November 20th, 2008

Photo: "DSC02620 idc sml" by mikepop2ca, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

What's happening in the GTA (and sometimes slightly beyond):

High-rise condo dwellers were introduced to the idea of green bin composting of organic waste, rather than dumping all of their unsorted garbage down the chute. Listening to CFRB last night, it seems that many condo residents are reticent because of fears that organic waste will smell bad and attract bugs and mice. With attitudes like this persisting, it'll be difficult to reach our 70% landfill diversion goal.

Oshawa drivers are being given a neat option this holiday season. Rather than paying parking ticket fines in anger and disgust, they're able to pay their fines with toys, which will then be given to children in need. I suspect that the only thing stopping Toronto from following suit is... well... being broke and needing the money desperately.

The Toronto Zoo wants to turn poop into something useful by me and you - electricity. There's not quite enough crap being generated by elephants, lions, and orangutans to run a 4MW digester (i.e. more crap would need to come from elsewhere), so it being hosted by the zoo would be a largely symbolic gesture.

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A chilling note that read "Do not enter. Call police" was posted on the front door of a Scarborough home yesterday morning. Inside lay the bodies of four slain people, all described by neighbours as good people. More details about this grisly scene are expected to trickle in throughout the coming days.

CBC Toronto got a bit of a makeover this morning. It's a little cold and blue, but I like it!

Previewing of mystery artworks is now open on the OCAD Whodunit? art sale page. Come Saturday morning, it'll be first come, first claims - and they're going for just $75 a pop. Don't be a jerk and beat me to the ones I want. Please and thanks!


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