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Morning Brew: Ossington Debate, Dandelion Blight, Gang Sweeps, and Empty Seats

Photo: "looking down from Massey Hall" by Phil Marion, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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

Tonight at 6pm is an opportunity for opponents, proponents, and fence-sitters to have their voices heard about the forthcoming Ossington strip restaurant and bar moratorium (between Queen and Dundas). I predict some heated debate between area residents and business owners at St. Christopher House (248 Ossington Avenue).

What would happen if an all-girls Catholic school is relocated and lands right beside and all-boys Catholic school? Dare I say: real life stuff that will (and probably should) happen regardless (gasp!).

Are dandelions really a blight? I guess so, if you're allergic to them and weed-killing chemicals are no longer allowed to be used to control them.

As the June 1st deadline approaches for new documentation requirements for entry into the US, Canadians are applying in droves. And Passport Canada is processing 21,000 applications daily, efficiently.

Tomorrow's conversation (with a big price tag, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre) between former US presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton isn't sold out yet. Some 400-500 tickets are still available. Blame the recession?

Several sweeping raids of West Toronto neighbourhoods were underway early this morning, as police aim to be proactive about the gang and gun problems that continue to be problematic. Perhaps this afternoon we'll see a press conference, complete with a table spread with their catch.

Heritage and city history buffs rejoice! To mark Toronto's 175th anniversary, the city has made 8 of our museums and attractions free on weekends through July and August. Sites include: Colborne Lodge, Fort York, Gibson House, Mackenzie House, Montgomery's Inn, Scarborough Museum, Spadina Museum, and Todmorden Mills.

And there's drama in the Toronto fashion scene, courtesy of an article and comment thread on Toronto Life: Toronto's Best Dressed: Deena Pantalone.


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