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Morning Brew: HST Exemptions, Pedestrians Killed, Poppy Donation Robbery Thwarted, Sexsomniac Jan Luedecke Discharged, Toronto Sun Apology to Toronto Port Authority

Photo: "Underneath" by M_Ruth, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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

A brave 84-year-old WWII Navy veteran and a 64-year-old volunteer foiled an armed robbery attempt at a Toronto-area Royal Canadian Legion. A man was looking to steal donations collected from Remembrance Day poppy sales, but the two got all Chuck Norris and lunged at him, scuffled with him, and saw him run off empty-handed. It's a great hero story, but I'm not convinced that it was the best way to deal with the problem - it could have easily gone the other way and the news headlines would have read quite different.

Back in 2003, Toronto's Jan Luedecke had non-consensual sex using a condom with a woman who woke up to him on top of her, in the act. After six years in the courts, he's finally been found to be not criminally responsible for sexual assault, deemed no threat to the public, and been granted an absolute discharge. He suffers from a rare condition called sexsomnia, over which he has no conscious control.

Of three separate vehicle-pedestrian incidents in the GTA, two accidents resulted in fatalities yesterday. A teen is dead after being struck by a Viva transit bus in Vaughan, a woman was killed in Scarborough, and a third woman is in serious condition after being struck in the Jane & Wilson area.

Fast food under $4.00, coffee, and newspapers are also going to be exempt from the controversial Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). These are in addition to basic groceries, feminine hygiene products, prescription drugs, diapers, kid's clothing, and other items previously announced as exempt. It's shaping up to be a general rule of thumb that stuff we absolutely need and stuff that's cheap and we don't really need are likely exempt.

And a correction and apology notice appears on the front page of the Toronto Sun today, over an article published on Monday. So far, we're not seeing The Star apologies for reporting on expense irregularity allegations or the TPA's alleged altering of meeting minutes.


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