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Morning Brew: eHealth Head Fired, Google Street View Delayed, Recession Hits Sex Trade

Photo: "Docked Boats" by *Visual Noise, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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

Sarah Kramer, the head of eHealth Ontario and target of much controversy (mostly related to contract and spending decisions), has been fired amid continuing developments in the growing scandal. What does this mean for the electronic health record transition program? Likely more delays to the process, and hopefully more sound operating budget decisions going forward.

The recession is hitting even the most unlikely of industries. The Star ran a piece this weekend, revealing huge drops in the street price for sexual services from prostitutes. Oral sex, for example, now has a going rate of $20 compared to $60 just last fall and escort services are seeing less business as well.

According to provincial data, less than half of children in grade 6 enjoy reading. I find this rather alarming. Is this an effect of portable video game and DVD distraction culture? Fallout from the demise of effective parenting? Residual effects of cost-cutting cutbacks of school library staff?

$3million were raised at the annual Ride for Heart charity bike ride this weekend - a significant chunk of funds that make the temporary closure of our downtown highways well worth the minor inconveniences caused.

There was plenty of violence, death, and injury in the GTA this weekend. Read all about it, or skip clicking the link and put it out of sight and out of mind.

Back in early April, Google was saying that their Street View feature would be introduced into Toronto's online Google Maps searches within weeks. But delays have clearly pushed back the launch, and all we know now is that they still plan to introduce it "soon".


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