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Morning Brew: Highway Hog Spared, Suspect Hogtied, and Smogtown Sports

Photo: "conformity rd." by tomms, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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

On Jarvis, it's goodbye to alternating center car lane and hello to bike lanes. City council voted in favour of making the roadway change, and at an estimated cost of $6 million, I hope it makes for a vast improvement overall. Otherwise, it's just politicking.

Citizen's arrests are possible, but there are most certainly limits and restrictions on how they can be performed. Chasing down a suspected thief, roughing him up, tying him up at the hands and feet, and putting him in the back of a van until police arrive is not recommended.

Sports fans - mark June 22nd on your calendar. On that day, we're expecting to hear a Phoenix bankruptcy judge's decision on whether or not to allow Balsillie to bring the Coyotes NHL team to Hamilton, Ontario.

GO Transit is looking at replacing diesel trains with electrics. The study aims to begin in 2010, but any actual rail line conversion would take a long period of time (over the next decade or so). With the rate of expansion and sprawl into the greater Toronto area, and with our seriously troubling smog problems, this seems like a crucial, forward-thinking strategy.

And a tiny little pig, that is thought to have fallen from a truck on highway 401, was found injured and rescued by a Good Samaritan. The Toronto Humane Society says that she will be spared from future slaughter and will instead find a home somewhere less bacon-y, like a petting zoo or educational farm.


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