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McRoad Repair, Stupid Crimes, and Rugby Manslaughter

Photo: "Freestyle Photoshoot: Christie Pits" by tanjatiziana, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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

My daily roundup started with a freaky finding this morning - city councillor Joe Pantalone is a barking, two-faced mutant [Sun]!

Here's an idea that's sure to stir up some debate: the privatization of road repair in the city of Toronto [CityNews]. On one hand, it seems like a great idea (because our roads are always in such a sad state of disrepair), but on the other hand, do we really want more ad creep?

Here's another one that'll anger some people into barking up a second face: making more of the city's busier intersections no-right-turn-on-red-light situations [G&M]. Please don't do this. Our roads are snarled enough. Put more emphasis on pedestrian safety!

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In other news, I'm forced to question how on earth people expect to get away with certain crimes and behaviours: It's alleged that thieves who held up an armoured car in Richmond Hill in February have been caught because they've been living it up so lavishly that it was obvious they'd gotten insta-rich somehow [NP]. In another story, a real estate agent is accused of masterminding an elaborate and extensive marijuana grow-up network [Star].

And an intriguing case from an incident that occurred in 2007 is now in the courts. When a player dies on the field of a high school rugby match, after an illegal tackle that results in a penalty in the game, is it manslaughter [Sun]?


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