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Morning Brew: More Drug Squad Corruption Allegations, Ashley Madison Ads on Streetcars, Domestic Homicides Way Down, Cottage Country Getting Hammered by Snow, Bawdy House Raided

Photo: "Tracks on Villiers Street" by Kim Yokota, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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

How deep do corruption allegations with the Toronto Police drug squads go? A joint investigation by the CBC and Toronto Star is digging up additional, previously uncovered dirty details about potential corruption in a second squad. Did those running internal investigations knowingly push things under the rug, were they simply not efficacious, or are these new allegations untrue?

Are ads for Ashley Madison too taboo for the TTC to approve? Pro-family advocates won't be very happy if the ads for the online service, which helps people find partners for extra-marital rendez-vous action, end up wrapping several streetcars in Toronto.

Domestic-related homicides are way down this year, with just two of the 59 so far in Toronto being of that type, compared to seven last year and ten in 2007. Is this easily attributed to effective police policy on domestic violence issues, or it purely coincidental?

Cottage country is getting absolutely hammered by snow storms, with some areas getting as much as 50 to 80cm of the stuff. The volume of snow and dangers that come with it have prompted police to ask people not to visit the area (especially Hunstville).

And a Yonge Street bawdy house was raided by police this week, and 11 people arrested. Several teenage girls were allegedly recruited from nearby youth shelters, to work at Toronto Health Spa (above Elephant & Castle), where massages are reported (on escort review site TOsluts.com) to have come with happy endings.


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