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Morning Brew: April 8th, 2009

Photo: "afternoon.rush" by jonathancastellino, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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

Getting mugged for your valuables, at gunpoint, must really suck. Having a gun pointed at you while getting mugged for your valuables AND your pants [Star] must suck even worse.

Looking to get wealthier? Leaving Toronto for greener pastures in the 905 [G&M] might be a start. The drawbacks? You wouldn't be able to claim that you hate going north of Boor, you'd have to blame your neighbours for the surly behaviour at downtown bars and clubs, and it'd be hard to find a nearby place that sells great indoor scarves and tapered jeans.

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Should parents be able to "shop" for schools for their kids [Star] by using data on income, parental education levels, and immigration info made public on a government web site? This appears to be a heated debate, with Education Minister Kathleen Wynne agreeing to yank the data and Premier Dalton McGuinty vowing to keep it on the site. If I were a parent, I'd want to know that my kid was attending a school made up of students with the greatest diversity possible.

The City of Toronto's recently revealed investment in Filmport continues to cause a stir with a number of other studios, who are peeved that the taxes they pay are essentially being used to prop up a competing enterprise [NP]. It's kind of like how our taxes pay for the (free) glossy Food & Drink magazine, making the LCBO a direct (and unfair according to some) competitor to private-sector publishing companies. Is it fair for Filmport to be partially financed by the City?

And in hyper-local media news, there's a good news announcement that Torontoist is here to stay [TOist]. The newly-formed company Ink Truck Media takes over financial control but Torontoist continues its affiliation with Gothamist. With financing controlled by a local company (rather than an American one), Torontoist is now more hyper-local than ever. The rumour mill had been turning for months, and Torontoist editor David Topping remained tight-lipped on details at a panel discussion at the annual Mesh web conference yesterday, prompting plenty of conjecture in the audience.


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