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Morning Brew: LCBO Workers Poised to Walk Out, Toronto 18's Ambitious Plot, Guns and Parties

Photo: "Streetcar's Gonna Be Late" by St-Even, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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

The city union strike is turning some of us to drinking our sorrows away, but come Wednesday that may not even be an easy option. A walk-out by unionized LCBO workers, unhappy with trending in full-time and part-time job allocation, could shut down the vast majority of retail locations. In my opinion, they should be happy they have a job at all during this unprecedented time. And since the entire province's booze business is run by an archaic government-run monopoly, you can't buy booze legally anywhere else. I say let them strike, let the public wake up and smell reality, then revisit the 2005 Sorbara report and make it reality.

Details of the alleged bomb plots that were being planned by the infamous "Toronto 18" are being revealed. Apparently they were talking about using rented moving trucks, turning them into explosives, and attacking three very high-profile targets including the Toronto Stock Exchange, CSIS headquarters, and a military base on three consecutive days. Sounds like a terrible plan to me.

Could automated drug dispensing machines be the way of the future? Imagine approaching an ATM-like device, popping in your credit card and your prescription, having a brief video-call with a remote pharmacist, and getting your medication dispense right then and there? This could work.

What was billed as the "hottest MMVA after-party" at the Century Room in clubland ended up being a stressful situation for those in attendance (some 500-600 partiers). Police raided the club and found three guns (two loaded). Arrests were made. Why guns are needed at a party is something I'll never fully appreciate... unless of course, I join the mafia or start partying with the wrong friends.

The Ontario Ombudsman is set to release the findings of his annual report today, revealing a "treasure trove of government maladministration." Will it be any different from last year? It's hard to be an optimist when it comes to these things, but the least we can do is hope that his feedback is taken to heart and suggestions implemented.

Hope you're enjoying your garbage, folks. It could be a while before someone is willing to take it away for you.


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