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Morning Brew: Elderly Driver Runs Red and Kills Pedestrian, Doctor Speeds, Reward Upped in Christopher Skinner Case, Yonge Street Media Launch, Another Acquittal in Creba Case, ROM Expansion Plans

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

A tragic accident at the Martin Grove and Eglinton intersection that saw a young mother killed, a baby in a stroller escape unscathed, and an 83-year old woman potentially facing charges has reignited the debate about licensing and testing of eldery drivers.

When, if ever, is it justified for a driver to exceed the speed limit? A doctor on his way to perform an emergency treatment was stopped by police and ticketed for doing almost twice the speed limit on a city street in wintry conditions. Should he have been let off? What constitutes an emergency?

A new, larger cash reward is now being offered in the still unsolved death of Christopher Skinner, who was run down by an SUV and killed back in October. Video evidence suggests that a number of witnesses are out there, and the friends of the driver have so far not given up the suspect. The family continue to grieve over their loss and are hoping that a $100,000 reward will help them bring the culprit to justice and some closure to the tragedy.

Yonge Street, a new online publication that is driven by sponsorship (including funding from City of Toronto) and positive reporting on Toronto and the 905, launches today. The e-zine will aggregate news, and also include feature articles about businesses and people who display creativity, innovation, contribute to urban development, social well-being, and so forth.

There's been another acquittal in the Jane Creba case. Defendant G.C., who was present during the shooting but was not alleged to have been armed himself, saw manslaughter charges dropped as the Crown once again failed to effectively prove "common unlawful purpose." Having spent some three years under strict house arrest, G.C. seemed enthusiastic to have his life back. Hopefully, if anything, this ordeal has taught him a thing or two about how to choose friends.

And thanks to $2.25 million in infrastructure funding from the feds, the ROM will be expanding its exhibition space. Two new gallery spaces will be added and an existing (Jamaican bat cave) space refurbished. Renovations are expected to start right away, and the new galleries open by March of 2011.

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