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Morning Brew: hydro bills on the rise, verdicts in Creba and O'Keefe murder trials, long weekend weather and events, careless smoking to blame in two of last week's fires, globetrotting Giambrone, Leafs win

Hydro bills are on the rise in Toronto, and one firm predicts that by 2011 consumers will be paying $25 more a month on average than they do now. A $15 dollar increase is on the immediate horizon, but Aegent Energy Advisors claims that high-priced contracts for nuclear and renewable energy will see costs rise even more next year. Energy and Infrastructure Minister Brad Duguid disputed the $25 figure, but failed to offer one of his own.

Two significant murder trials concluded yesterday. Louis Woodcock, 23, and Tyshaun Barnett, 22 have been found guilty of manslaughter in the Jane Creba case. Facing second degree murder charges, the verdict came after jurors requested clarification of the timeline of events on the fateful Boxing Day in 2005. Now that the trial has concluded, the Star has published an in-depth account of witness Shurlon Trotman's testimony, who describes the events of that day in detail.

Verdicts were also returned in the John O'Keefe murder trial. Edward Paredes, 24, was found guilty of second-degree murder and Awet Zekarias, 25, was convicted of manslaughter. O'keefe was killed walking along Yonge St. when a stray bullet struck him in the head.

If you're looking for stuff to do on this gorgeous long weekend and you've already had a peek at our Radar, the Sun has a round up of events -- although, to be honest, none of them sound particularly exciting. But, who am I to judge? Perhaps the FIRST Robotics Competition Greater Toronto Regional will be a hoot.

In brief:

Careless smoking is being blamed in two of the fires last Sunday, which killed three people. Fire Chief William Stewart had this to say: "These tragedies were preventable and we in the fire service are devastated. I cannot tell you how frustrating it is that our fire-safety messages do not seem to be getting through to some people."

The Sun looks into Adam Giambrone's $18,000 travel bill and finds that the TTC chair is quite the globetrotter.

In Sports:

Continuing to establish hope for next season, the Leafs finally solved goaltender Ryan Miller in defeating the Buffalo Sabres four to two last night. It looks like there's still a possibility they'll avoid giving Boston a lottery pick in this year's draft.

Photo Early Morning Fog Shots III, by bigdaddyhame, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.


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