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Morning Brew: iPad launches in Canada, chicken pox in a prenatal class, elderly man arrested after shootout, shortage of road paint may affect road work, Miller scolds feds on G20 security costs

The iPad went on sale at Apple stores in Toronto at 8 a.m. this morning. Early adopters and eager tech-toy types are lined up around corners to be amongst the first to own the device, which was touted as being a game-changer but hasn't yet proven to be much more than a glorified netbook or a jumbo iPod Touch.

Like a fox in a hen house, chicken pox somehow made its way into a prenatal class at York Community Services. Toronto Public Health is reaching out to all of those who attended and haven't already had chicken pox to seek immediate medical care, due to the risk of serious adverse effects on the wellbeing of the unborn children.

The Dufferin and St.Clair area got a little bit wild wild west yesterday. An 85-year old man is under arrest after a showdown with a neighbour's son took a turn for the worse and resulted in the two firing bullets at each other and using parked cars as shields. The younger of the two duelling gunslingers took a blast to the shoulder before police and paramedics arrived.

Due to issues that have affected output at a chemical manufacturing facility in Texas, there may or may not be a shortage of road paints for our roads and highways. Toronto has enough paint to last through August, but depending on how the demand backlog is remedied, the possibility of paint shortages affecting road construction timelines in the fall does exist.

Mayor Miller is speaking out about the ballooned costs of providing security at the G8 and G20 meetings. Scolding the feds, he reminded them how that kind of cash is desperately needed in Toronto, and could have been used to fund the construction of the Finch LRT and create jobs. He also reminded them that had they chosen Exhibition Place as the G20 site, which was the City's recommendation, much money could have been spared. Harper is in town today to speak at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual meeting.

And just because I'm curious... I wonder what the official lines protesters in Toronto will be getting from police when they assemble outside of designated protest zones? Here's what they got in Pittsburgh, with my location-based edits incorporated:

"By order of the City of Toronto chief of police, I hereby declare this to be an unlawful assembly. I order all those assembled to immediately disperse. You must leave the immediate vicinity. If you remain in this immediate vicinity , you'll be in violation of the Ontario criminal code, no matter what your purpose is. You must leave. If you do not disperse, you may be arrested and/or subject to other police action. Other police action may include actual physical removal, the use of riot control agents and/or less lethal munitions which could cause risk of injury to those who remain."

Photo: "Hippies Use Back Door. No Exceptions..." by chewie2008~, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.


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