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Morning Brew: Anne Mroczkowski lands at Global, anti-scalping by-laws challenged, the bystander effect and the yellow emergency bar on TTC subways, ATM skimmers, cat goes missing at Pearson

Toronto lawyer John Weingust is not happy about our city's anti-scalping by-laws, suggesting that enforcement by police hired by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is unnecessary and discriminatory. In addition to laws being skewed toward protecting multimillion-dollar corporations, he adds that "the practice of people coming to events to sell or exchange tickets is a North American custom that has gone on for decades," insinuating that it's a valued tradition worth holding onto. Does this guy have a case, or is he out in left field on this?

Anne Mroczkowski is making a return to daily TV broadcast news, joining Leslie Roberts on Global's Toronto News Hour. Mroczkowski made headlines when she, along with a significant number of her coworkers, was let go rather unexpectedly by Rogers' Citytv back in January.

Everyone's been talking about the "bystander effect" after 79-year old Yusuf Hizel was mugged and assaulted on a busy subway train on the weekend. But now that the fit has hit the shan, one witness is coming forward and insisting that he did react by pressing the yellow emergency strip on the subway during the altercation. The TTC refutes this claim, saying that no alarm was sounded on their end. Did the witness fail to properly activate the alarm? Did the alarm fail to activate as it should have upon use? Is the witness being dishonest? Something doesn't add up here.

ATM card skimmers and cameras used to acquire user data and PINs, make fake cards, and withdraw money from unsuspecting bank customers' accounts have been around for years and still fool people. But once in a while an ATM user with a keener eye discovers the scam and it results in arrests. Two GTA men are in police custody out in Calgary, accused of setting up such devices and sending the stolen info bank to an accomplice here in Toronto for completion of the theft.

After his cage was accidentally dropped by WestJet staff and the door swung open, Ludwig the cat made a dash and is now missing and likely roaming in the depths of the baggage handling areas in Terminal 3 at Pearson Airport. WestJet staff and airport security allowed his owner to enter the secured baggage area to try to lure him out, but he's nowhere to be found so far. While I'm usually all for playful teasing, I do think it's pretty mean of them to be making fake cat meowing sounds and cracking jokes about sending in a dog while the owner was desperately seeking to find her companion.

Photo: "Checking out the Vegetables - Kensington Market" by Dan Cronin 1977, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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