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Morning Brew: February 23rd, 2009

Photo: "Streetcar Silhouettes" by sjgardiner, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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

For the second time in February, a car has crashed into the same Etobicoke home, this time jumping right through the master bedroom window and landing on the bed. Area residents say that a nearby stop sign is often missed, but it appears that other factors may have played a role in these incidents - age (driver in his/her late 80s) and booze (alcohol involved). Both of these drivers are probably wishing that they could have the opportunity to turn back time and take that tricky turn once more (happy Do Over Day!).

City Councillor Rob Ford says that people want city staff who are caught committing fraud to face the same shame that anyone else would - and be fired and go to jail. He's seemingly taken on the role of investigator, with more and more tips coming his way.

Dog owners in the Beach community are taking a collective stance against the potential for stricter conditions being imposed on their pooches. Part of the city's water quality improvement plan calls for a ban on off-leash dogs on the beach during winter months, something that dog owners hope to prevent.

Wait times for diagnostic MRIs in Ontario (for MS, cancer, and other, less serious ailments like back and knee problems) are all over the map. Even in Toronto, the variation in wait times from one hospital to the next is huge (St. Joe's is 34 days, St. Mike's is 108 days). Clearly it's an issue of demand... in Sarnia, people need wait only 17 days.

York region police have released security video images of the suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred at Pacific Mall this weekend. Much like the suspect's appearance, details are sketchy, but it's believed that the victim is one of the two men that run a cell phone shop.


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