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Morning Brew: Smitherman on Skates, Parking Enforcement Officers not Following the Rules, Shark Tank Talk, Falling Tools, Ads too Risque, Drunken Snow Blower

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

George Smitherman will officially enter his application for mayoral candidacy this morning and will also show off his skills on ice skates. Should we treat this public appearance like we do the groundhog's on Groundhog Day? If Smitherman falters on his skates (or falls), he loses the election, but if he sticks the landing on a triple-axel attempt, he wins. Hopefully there will be no flashbacks of 1994 today.

Ever park in a roadside "no parking" area because you know you're going to be just two minutes to pick up your pizza, and the whole time you have to constantly pop your head out to make sure one of those parking enforcement officer's cars doesn't drive up? Apparently they think that they themselves don't have to worry about parking illegally, and the Toronto Sun is holding two of them accountable after reporters observed two parking enforcement cars parked illegal while the officers had sit-in lunch nearby.

Who doesn't find sharks fascinating? Talk of the proposed Ripley aquarium at the base of the CN Tower is getting more and more interesting, and word is that if approved, we may get a really impressive walk-inside-the-tank shark exhibit.

A construction worker some 40-storeys above the ground dropped a tool, which fell through a glass skylight of the atrium at First Canadian Place. No one was injured in the incident, but I'm sure butter fingers is getting a pretty good scolding from his bosses.

Apparently Mississauga and Calgary are too prudish for Virgin Mobile's kinky advertising. The ad in question features a photo of a man grabbing a woman's ass and the phrase "hook up fearlessly," which has proven to be too much for some people. I wonder how people will react when a planned similarly-themed ad, featuring two men kissing, launches.

And here's a weird story coming out of Barrie. A man was arrested and thrown in jail to sober up after being found completely wasted drunk, pushing a snow blower in the middle of a busy street, during rush hour. Either he was so intoxicated that he didn't know what he was doing, or he was trying to make some sort of ill-advised, civic-minded statement about the efficiency of the city's snow removal.


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