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Morning Brew: Moving company charged with extortion, 11 charged with alleged insurance fraud, boat licensing problems, TDSB's art show, mixed martial arts protest, and happy Victoria Day long weekend

Nobody likes moving. While there are some great moving companies in Toronto (that make things less painful and offer reasonably good rates for the service), others aren't so honest and reputable. Police have shut down family-run moving company Desi Movers, which is alleged to have operated under 18 different names, and extorted customers out of thousands of dollars by hiking fees mid-job and holding possessions ransom. To make matters worse, some of the people involved in the company are alleged to have been collecting welfare illegally, on top of the high income they were illegally acquiring. There's a word for these types: lowlifes.

Two vehicles carrying a total of 9 people had a collision on highway 400 near Aurora, two tow trucks arrived to remove the vehicles, and a number of the victims suffered injuries. Sounds unfortunate (but routine), right? The problem: police believe the whole thing was set up as an elaborate insurance fraud scheme. All 11 people involved are being charged.

Operating certain types of boats requires a boating license in Canada. Cottagers have been given ample time to acquire the required licenses, but this summer enforcement is expected to be given more attention. But the program isn't without issues. First, the online tests are prone to cheating and anyone can take the test in anyone else's name. Also, police aren't able to access a central database for record verification, which in some ways makes the whole program prone to fraud and somewhat useless.

The Toronto District School Board showed off their prized collection of valuable art works yesterday, to select members of the media (who signed confidentiality agreements vowing to not reveal any information about their locations). The TDSB is working on a report that will explore possible means of bringing students into contact with the art, and while it's been mulled over and the monies needed, it's not looking likely that there will be a mass sell-off of the paintings.

Fans of mixed martial arts (MMA) are planning a march on Queen's Park this Saturday, advocating for change to provincial laws that make it illegal to hold fighting events in Ontario. Also, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) head Dana White plans to make an announcement early next week that involves the sport and Toronto, with rumours that UFC 115 will be broadcast live from Vancouver on the Rogers Centre screen on June 12th. Other rumours suggest that the popular reality show The Ultimate Fighter will be filming its next season here in the GTA.

And the weather for the Victoria Day long weekend is looking up and gas prices down. Here's a list of what's open and what's closed on holiday Monday.

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