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Morning Brew: November 7th, 2008

Photo: "In flight..." by chewie2008~, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

What's happening in the GTA:

Out of respect for the mourning family of recently deceased video game addict Brandon Crisp, Future Shop canceled its planned promotional efforts for the release of (violence-heavy) video game "Gears of War 2" last night, instead electing to get all kinds of free press for being sensitive enough to cancel its promotional efforts. Here's a review of the game on Ohmpage.

The family members of a recently deceased girl in Woodstock are in shock and angered after learning that they buried her without her brain. Permission to perform an autopsy was granted, but it wasn't until after she was buried that they learned that the body was missing the organ - a horrible situation gone worse. Do we need to make changes in our medical procedure definitions to avoid these kinds of conflicts from happening, or were the doctors not being forthcoming in this case?

Is the proposed 24-page, City of Toronto newsletter called "Our Toronto" a necessary channel of communication to city residents, or is this Mayor Miller's way of using city resources to start his campaign for re-election in 2010? Councillor John Parker had his mic cut off during council session for making such an accusation. I think the media should be focusing more on that part of the story.

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After being left abandoned in an apartment, a Mississauga cat is believed to have been so saddened that it jumped out of the 17th-storey window, broke a few teeth and got a few bruises... and survived.

A man driving a Rogers cable TV van has allegedly been picking up prostitutes in Peel region, and sexually assaulting them and beating them before booting them out of the van. I'm going to go out on a limb and surmise that future Grand Theft Auto V promotional efforts will not be halted as a result.

The "Pixels for Pistols" campaign has resulted in over 350 guns being traded for cameras and photography lessons. That's a lot more than I would have guessed be turned in, but I also think that in addition to speaking to the success of the program, it suggests that there must be a helluva lot of guns still out there.


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