Morning Brew: March 16th, 2009
What's happening in the GTA (and sometimes beyond):
Although the heart of the issue lies in a country thousands of kilometers away, we're seeing repeated demonstrations right here in Toronto. This afternoon, protesters against the ongoing military actions in Sri Lanka will be aiming to make a human chain that stretches from Yonge & Bloor, down to Front, across to University, back up to Bloor, and across to Yonge again. Not be honest, I'm not sure how snarling evening rush hour for one day is going to impact our federal government's inaction, but if the protesters can pull it off, it'll surely get their attention.
A wealthy Toronto Bay streeter has been ordered to pay over $30,000 monthly in temporary child support to his five-year old daughter. At what point does such an arrangement become inappropriate? Is this essentially a transfer of wealth, rather than child support? I know that kids can be a financial burden, but no kid I know needs that kind of support.
Pubs and parties in the suburbs were the scenes of stabbings this weekend. Peel region saw it's 4th homicide when a bar fight escalated to a fatal stabbing, and up in Richmond Hill, a house party turned nasty and three ended up with knife wounds.
Misleading headline of the morning goes to Adrian Morrow at the Star. The man was not robbed for a stick of lip balm and keys. He was being mugged for his wallet, but the robbers weren't able to get it before fleeing.
The Hell's Angels U.S. headquarters called, and they want their stuff back. The return of belt buckles, jackets, and Christmas cards, all bearing the Hell's Angels logo and that are currently being stored in Ontario following raids here in 2006, is being requested.
And after an icier than usual winter, the City of Toronto is facing a reported 533 lawsuits related to injuries sustained on city property not cleared of ice in 2008. This comes with a price tag of an estimated $5.5 million in settlements and legal fees. Yikes.
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