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Morning Brew: Giambrone Doesn't Like $126 Metropasses, Hospital Execs Get H1N1 Vaccination Early, Toronto Bid for 2015 Pan Am Games, Rogers Family Butler Wanted, 450kg of Weed

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

In addition to pro athletes getting vaccinated ahead of high risk groups, we're now learning that members of the board of directors at Mount Sinai Hospital also got the H1N1 shot in advance. While they claim that they made the decision before they knew that there would be a shortage of vaccine, it doesn't look good that hospital executives have little regard for what are supposed to be strict deployment guidelines. Is it fair to call this vaccination process a fiasco yet?

TTC Chair Adam Giambrone appeared on CP24's new "On the Rocket" show last night, and was interviewed by the Star before taking to the air. He hinted that the insane $126 price tag for the Metropass (proposed for January 2010 implementation) may not have his endorsement (and hopefully won't get approval!) - probably because it makes no sense and they can't spin it to make any sense. Rob Ford would rather see the 22,000 free passes for TTC employee and retiree revoked.

Will Toronto score the 2015 Pan Am Games? We'll learn later today. In the final push to convince the deciding committee members that Toronto is their best choice, we waxed them with showers of Toronto's finest poutine, smoked salmon, and chardonnay.

Need a job? One of the folks in the Rogers family is seeking a live-in butler, and took out an ad in the Toronto Star. The job looks pretty attractive in terms of duties but at a low $72k salary, but they won't be finding anyone this good:

Municipal Affairs Minister Jim Watson quickly shot down the idea of a Toronto Sales Tax. Getting city spending under control should come first, right?

And a Toronto man is facing major criminal charge trouble. We're talking 450 kilos of weed trouble.


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