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Morning Brew: eHealth Spending, Phone Numbers Dwindling, Keanu Reeves Jr.

Photo: "Huh?" by Air33, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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

Ontario is looking to leap into the 21st century by bringing our health records into the electronic age. But eHealth, the government-run agency that has been given this task, is spending money like there's no tomorrow. Check out the consulting fees, the bonuses, and the expenses. It's ludicrous (and has people calling for resignations).

CityNews is everywhere. On one hand, they got the skinny on what could have been a really bad situation. A woman is lucky to be alive (let alone uninjured) after a huge tree fell onto her car as she drove by in the St. Clair and Mt. Pleasant area. The city says the tree was rotting, and simply came down. In less important news, someone put soap in the Flatiron Building fountain.

Blame it on the ubiquitous nature of mobile phones (even amongst teens and tweens!). We're running out of phone numbers. That's right... Toronto could very soon end up being Canada's first region with three area codes.

A 16-year old with Asperger's Syndrome, visiting Toronto for the first time, and who was missing since he was kicked out of a concert the Sound Academy was found - apparently drowned, in Lake Ontario. Now the club's security practices are being questioned. My sense is that this is just one of those really unfortunate freak accidents.

A guilty verdict for manslaughter was handed out in the case of the high school rugby incident that resulted in a player's death. What does this mean for school sports? We'll see. Hopefully the news affects only those with wild, uncontrollable, violent streaks and has little other impact on which sports are played and how.

Heads up, celebrity chasers! Keanu Reeves Jr. may be on the GO bus from Barrie. Or not. They may look at DNA, but I say they speed things up and simply judge his reaction to a bomb threat on a bus.


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