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Morning Brew: January 9, 2009

Photo: "Blue Screen, Orange Shark, Black Ball" by tonalmotion, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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

Does Peel have a doda problem? No, not that Doda. This one's straight from Afghanistan and is created by grinding dried poppy husks into a fine powder. Apparently, Brampton city councillor Vicky Dhillon said he first noticed the problem when he spotted people lined up outside of neighbourhood meat shops.

Meanwhile, a Newmarket man was busted for importing 37 kilograms of raw opium in cans of expired tomato paste.

Speaking of Brampton, Post gossip columnist Shinan Govani says former 905er Michael Cera is at the top of the list to star as Gilligan in a big-screen revival of Gilligan's Island.

What was that about lost at sea? Oh, yeah, that would be the ongoing strike at York University, now looking as bleak as ever and threatening to derail the entire academic year. Some are now calling for the government or a binding arbitrator to intervene.

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Anyone else notice the high salaries earned by former fundraisers at the Hospital for Sick Children? The Star found that administration expenses at SickKids soared to $6 million annually, three times what they were five years ago; and that some of the paid fundraising initiatives (like those people on the streets constantly hitting us up for money) deliver less than 50 cents on the dollar.

Jane Finch is now called University Heights. But the signs erected in October are being called an insulting exercise in revisionist history. In the quote of the day, Paul Nguyen of jane-finch.com says "Air Canada used to call it coach, now they call it Tango. They're just giving it a fancy name. It doesn't change the fact you're still in the back eating peanuts."

More rallies were held in Toronto on Thursday night, by both Palestinian and Israeli supporters in the ongoing conflict in Gaza. CityNews has video from both sides of the conflict. The Sun also has coverage.

And finally, Leafs lose!


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