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Morning Brew: March 2nd, 2009

Photo: untitled by Torontogal Photos, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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

There are ongoing concerns that the new speed limiter law for large trucks (topping them out at 105km/hr) is actually making our highways less safe. Truckers will be staging a convoy protest at Queen's Park today, so the inner city roads will likely be snarled some. I wonder if they'd settle for 110 km/hr. Or 115 km/hr.

Another weekend, another brazen daytime shooting. This time police have been really quick to release security video footage (embedded below) that shows two men walk up to an Etobicoke apartment complex and fire several rounds each, wounding but not killing their target. Seeing this makes me feel both ashamed and ill that this kind.

Those fluorescent-lettered portable pop up signs that we see pretty much everywhere in the city are almost all illegal, but enforcement has been slow and challenging. Now the city's municipal licensing and standards department is cracking down on illegal signs, and hopes to have twice as many removed this year over last.

A couple of teens were fatally run down by a car in Ajax, and it appears that it was done intentionally. Police are investigating a car wreck that came after a brawl, and believe that the two are directly related. It's a grave situation, but being young offenders might make the consequences laughable.

And scientists at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital have made some significant progress in stem cell research. They can now use for research adult human skin cells (rather than embryonic cells), without using viruses that are associated with increased cancer risk.


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