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Morning Brew: Darcy Allan Sheppard Memorial Ride, Michael Bryant and Self-Defence, TTC Bus Arson, Fall Election Looming, Confusing Cell Phone Terms of Service

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Insanity... and what's happening in the GTA (and sometimes beyond):

A memorial ride for Darcy Allan Sheppard, the cyclist killed on Monday night, is planned for tonight, as more details about the man and his troubles begin to surface. The debate rages on as to whether or not former attorney general Michael Bryant, who faces criminal charges, has a strong self-defence case.

A suspect is on the loose after a dispute between two people on a TTC bus escalated. The man and woman were arguing, and despite passengers' attempts to stop the man, he allegedly punched the woman, and then doused the seats with a flammable liquid and set the bus ablaze, destroying it and forcing passengers to flee in shock.

It appears that we're heading for a fall national election, if recent announcements by the Liberal party actually pan out this time. Ignatieff says they're no longer able to support the Harper's Conservatives. Until the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois get on board, it's simply more hot air. According to the Conservatives, it would be irresponsible to call a fall election when the economy is showing signs of recovery. But it's not irresponsible to prorogue parliament when the economy is nose-diving?

Is the Globe and Mail Ontario page broken, or do they actually want random reader commentary to appear up front in greater frequency than feature stories by staff?

Canadian cell phone service providers are vowing to make things easier for customers to understand. Apparently we're not able to fully comprehend the terms of our services, and they want to change that. Really? I was under the impression that the more confusing and hidden-fee-ridden our bills are, the more money can be made by the providers. I'm looking forward to seeing just how simplified my Rogers bill, upgrade options, and phone calls to customer service become under this new code of conduct.


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