Morning Brew: McFalafels and McShawarmas, Street Racing Law Unconstitutional, Blue Jays Attendance at All-Time Low, Ghost-Hunting Tragedy
What's happening in the GTA (and sometimes beyond):
It's a really low point for the Toronto Blue Jays. Last night they saw just 11,159 fans come out to the ball game, representing the lowest attendance count ever at the SkyDome. With kids going back to school, and the team going from hot stuff at the beginning of the season to weaksauce (mostly due to problems plaguing pitching), it's no wonder the stadium is under 25% of its capacity when Minnesota is in town.
A man and woman believed to be taking part in ghost-hunting atop old buildings at U of T saw their adventure become tragedy when the woman fell to her death when trying to hop from one section of roof to another. Ironically, her quest to discover ghosts may make her the figure of a ghost legend in the future.
Unless he's selling Irish/Mediterranean fusion food, I can't see how using the prefix "Mc" in his falafel restaurant's name is wise to begin with. Why would anyone who cares about good food willingly associate their business name with McDonalds? Apparently the "Mc" was chosen to represent "Mediterranean Cuisine". And the red and yellow colour scheme and prominent "M" in the logo design? He's fighting a losing legal battle, I think.
Ontario's "street racing" law has been deemed to be unconstitutional by Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee after a 62-year-old grandmother, Jane Raham, fought the charge. She claims that she was passing a transport truck when the OPP nabbed her, and admits that she was speeding but since street racing is an "absolute liability" offence, there is no possible defence. The OPP are saying that they'll continue to enforce the law (immediate vehicle impounding and license suspension included), even though every single charge will likely be thrown out later.
Waterfront development of Queen's Quay may be slowed due to the slump in the condo market. The dependence on private-sector funding to supplement government dollars means that uncertainty is major factor in the project.
No balloons allowed! Leon's is sad that they can't do a promotional giveaway in Toronto involving the launch of balloons containing prizes. As much as this appears to be anti-fun, I'm sure there's a reason for it (whether that be air traffic safety, or pollution).
And check out this (clearly planned but seemingly unannounced) public performance of "Seasons of Love" from Rent that went on in Yorkville earlier this week:
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