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Morning Brew: January 27th, 2009

Photo: "winter sunlight" by allan0709, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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

There's another massive storm brewing to the south, and it's heading our way. We're expected to mostly be spared, and get just a brushing (5-13cm of snow) over the course of 14h. Places directly in its path have much more to worry about.

Talk about an opportunity to set an example. During this recession, will Toronto City Councillors vote to freeze their salaries, or will they vote to accept what was already coming their way (annual increases tied to inflation)? Mayor Miller has already said he won't be taking a raise, but he's expected to vote in favour of keeping the increase in place for his colleagues.

There's still no word on why the Loblaws at Dupont & Christie was closed by Toronto Public Health. I'm really hoping to learn what happened sooner rather than later, so I can share the news with the people who joined me in gorging on food purchased from there. Repeated phone calls to the store this morning resulted in a busy signal.

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Was the raid on Ontario farmer Michael Schmidt's raw milk "cow-share" unconstitutional? Unless serving cinnamon buns to fellow officials during the raid is a violation of basic rights, I think Schmidt is not going to have much of a case.

The Island Airport owes "taxes", and the City and the Toronto Port Authority may end up going to court over who owes what. The curse of the inner-city airport continues.

And in completely non-Toronto news... a woman in Bellflower California became the second human in recorded history to give birth to eight surviving babies at once. Apparently she plans to breast-feed the litter entire family. Clearly her challenges have just begun.


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