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Morning Brew: Brawl at Sikh temple, Porter going public, ETF simulates G20 hostage taking, SIU probing Port Lands shooting, girl fights for life after TV falls on her, TTC town halls continue

Hammers, machetes and construction knives were involved, blood was spilled, and five people were hospitalized when over 100 people got into a brawl at Guru Nanak Sikh Centre (a Sikh temple in Brampton). An ongoing, heated dispute concerning the control of the temple by its board members is at the heart of the problem, although no one wants to talk openly about that, apparently. It doesn't get much more ironic than bloody violence at a place of worship, does it?

Porter Airlines is planning on going public. The airline running out of the island in Toronto has seen unprecedented growth and expansion during a time when most other airlines are struggling to stay airborne, and the money garnered in a IPO would likely represent a quick boost for continued unfettered growth.

Toronto Police Emergency Task Force got some practice for the upcoming G20 meetings by simulating a hostage taking in the Commerce Court underground PATH system. We have no idea how much chaos this meeting will bring, but I suspect there will be scenes of physical crowd control and the need for police action. Hopefully the scenarios being mocked up in training exercises aren't foreshadowing for what's to come.

An early morning police chase and apparent shooting has the Port Lands closed off for investigations by the SIU. Details are sketchy, but what we do know is that a car with headlights off was running reds, that a man is dead and a police officer with minor injuries, and that there was a shotgun fired.

Thoughts are going out to the parents and loved ones of a 3-year old girl who is fighting for her life after a 27" television fell on her. How this happened is something everyone wants to understand.

And the second of three planned town hall meetings bringing the TTC and its union members face-to-face with the public was held yesterday. The tone at this one was more confrontational than the first, but probably will pale in comparison to the fireworks that will likely be seen when the final meeting is held at Ryerson University the downtown core. Oddly, the opening paragraph of the Sun article highlights a bus driver who refuses to touch transfers that customers hand to him for fear of communicable diseases.

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