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Morning Brew: Commuter Rage, Plastic Baggery, and Paving Fees

Photo: "This Flight Tonight..." by Froz'n Motion / Cameron MacMaster, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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

City Hall says merchants can keep the 5-cents they collect for plastic bags customers take away from their stores. Is this no-strings-attached policy appropriate? Are consumers and the environment basically taking a hit, or should merchants be forced to dole out a portion of the money collected for green initiatives?

The fate of the elevated Gardiner Expressway between Jarvis and the DVP is also in question at city hall today. Leave it as is, repair it, replace it, or tear it down?

Imagine making your way to work on the GO train, and arriving with 2nd degree burns after a co-commuter tosses a piping hot coffee in your face? Commuter rage reared its head at Union Station, and the judges reaction in court says it all. Is the raging coffee tosser insane or evil?

Balsillie has officially submitted his application to the NHL - to move the Phoenix Coyotes to Hamilton. Is he wasting his time? I mean, it seems that Gary Bettman has already made up his mind, and since Gary Bettman has already demonstrated that he's able to make up the rules as he goes, this application may just be a put directly into the waste bin beside his desk.

Should Torontonians have to pay the City a $127 permit fee to re-pave their driveways? Some people may be inclined to think that the City should fine people who DON'T re-pave their driveways.


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