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Morning Brew: December 19th, 2008

Photo: "Nathan Phillps Square" by anotherfaceinthecrowd, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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

The award for most comprehensive online storm watch coverage goes to... Live blog: Watching Toronto's 'snow-mageddon' by Natalie Alcoba. My suspicion is that it's not going to be all that bad. Perhaps I'll be eating my words later today or tomorrow, when I get trapped in a snow bank without food and water and no high tech solution.

Being a serious animal lover, yesterday's tragic humane society fire is really hard to joke about. But sometimes, even in the face of death, newspaper headlines sing ironic/humourous/woah: "Mice get blame for fire that massacred 100 cats."

First move-ins at the newly revamped community housing project at Regent Park (an ongoing, 12-year, $1billion project) can be expected in April of 2009. Rent rates are yet to be determined, but for low income earners will be a floating value, based on a percentage of their income. It's fabulous to see these improvements made.

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Former Leaf captain Mats Sundin has signed with the Vancouver Canucks. It's too bad he's gone to a west coast team (who the Leafs play against just one more time this season, on Feb 21st). His homecoming better be full of respectful cheer. No booing deserved, IMO.

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) was so close to success in their quest to hire a new director, but have learned that the man they were courting is not going to take the job offer. Sterring the direction of education in Canada's largest city is an incredibly important job that apparently no one wants or no one is quite qualified for.

And according to a 680news alert (no link yet), the US government is poised to announce loans for the "big three" automakers, which means that Canada's plan to do the same (which was contingent on the US lead) will likely go ahead. In the year 2025, when the world collapses on itself and only cockroaches survive, will we all be looking back on this as a big mistake?


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