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Morning Brew: Adam Giambrone uses taxis, will suspended TTC driver be fired for drinking and driving?, Corey Haim funeral, Harper on pot legalization

How often does How often does TTC Chair Adam Giambrone use taxis for work purposes? Fairly often, it would seem. Or is this making a mountain out of a mole hill? The Toronto Sun has done a dissection of his expenses, and found that in 2009 he billed for more than $3000 for transportation (which includes taxis, TTC Metropasses and weekly passes, and tokens). Doing some quick math (something the Sun could have done but didn't): of the $3000, the taxi portion is an estimated $2344. Assuming an average cab fare of $15, this puts his annual taxi use at a approximately 156 trips or 3 per week. This is hardly something to be concerned with, isn't it? Talk about trying to make something out of nothing! I arrived at a high estimate of $2344 using the info provided: $3000 (total) - $200 (two monthly passes) - $256 (tokens) - $0 ("several" weekly TTC passes) = $2344.

In real TTC news, the commission is expected to deliver a decision today; one that the public is watching and waiting for with anticipation. Will the bus driver who was pulled over and had her license suspended for drinking and driving be fired or not? Take our poll below (sorry, no actual money wagers allowed).

Over a dozen reporters and fanatics (including one who drove 800kms from Philadelphia, and some arriving as early as 6 a.m.) showed up to report on and "pay their respects" to Corey Haim at his funeral, despite advanced, highly publicized requests for privacy.

Prime Minister Harper conducted his first YouTube interview, in response to a series of video questions posed by the nation (also via YouTube). When asked about pot legalization (the most asked question in the survey, skip to 35:40 mark), he responded: "When people buy from the drug trade, they're not buying from their neighbour. They are buying from international cartels that are involved in unimaginable violence and intimidation and social disaster and catastrophe all across the world." Umm, hello? If pot were legalized, we would be buying from our neighbour, and not supporting international cartels.

And despite wearing a life jacket, a man in Newmarket died due to drowning when he went over a dam in his canoe and got caught up in turbulent water.

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