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Morning Brew: January 19, 2009

Photo: "Who, me?" by a_mandolin, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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

Doors closing opening. While the train's in motion! And one rider nabbed video of the debacle. Now that's a good reminder to not lean on the doors.

Toronto is putting the finishing touches on its PanAm Games bid, and is touting the associated projects as good for the economy, but not everybody is buying it. Unbridled optimism for the games seems a bit unwise while Vancouver struggles to build the Olympic Village. Not to mention we haven't exactly won the games yet, and until we do there won't be one penny of economic stimulus from them.

The latest contract offer at York U - which the union has said it doesn't like - will be voted on by the union today. And after this offer is rejected they'll be back to the bargaining table, I suspect, just in time for York to cancel the rest of the school year.

After glossy dreams of street tacos, kebabs and other ethnic delights were squashed by City Hall Bureaucracy I kind of lost track of what was going on with the ethnic food carts. Well now the city is accepting applications, and potential vendors are crying foul thanks to the costs and fees that they say are outrageous. Getting started can run nearly $45k, not counting food costs, which means you better be sure you're gonna sell a lot of empanadas.

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Toronto police raided a west end home looking for drugs. They found cocaine, weapons and... and alligator. No word yet if it was a boots or purse business as the front for the drug trade.

Apparently the fish are hungry on Lake Simcoe, much to the delight of a Unionville man and his daughter. The fishing huts are around +20C, so it may be the next best thing to deep sea fishing off the Florida coast this time of year.

Hey, did you notice we've been getting a lot of snow? At least it warmed up yesterday, but the white stuff outside just keeps on a coming, potentially at record levels. Oh, and it's made for a big mess on the roads.

After basking in the Argentinian sun for a few weeks, Jerrold is back in town, so he'll be handling the Morning Brew again tomorrow. Unless the cold and snow ran him right back out of town.


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