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Morning Brew: G20, G20, G20, G20, G20, zoo animals found safe, Chinatown shopkeeper's trial deferred to the fall

The countdown to the G20 circus continues. In the news...

At 3:30am this morning, over a dozen off-duty RCMP officers witnessed a gun being fired from a black sports car, just outside the traffic restriction G20 security zone. I'm not sure what's worse; that security force personnel are out in droves at 3am on a Monday night, or that the car sped off and the suspects managed to evade arrest.

The first organized summit protest saw about 100 protesters take to the streets yesterday, which was met by very heavy police presence. As military helicopters and planes continued to conduct surveillance and practice exercises overhead, police herded the group and kept them away from the downtown security zone. Thousands of Toronto Police officers are on the beat all week, and if you're heading out it's a good idea to have ID on you, just to avoid hassles.

The first arrest of a protester also came yesterday, when Kitchener-Waterloo-based aboriginal-rights activist Mark Corbiere was nabbed. He was taken down by four officers, surrounded by another 30 on bicycles, and then tossed in the back of an unmarked, black minivan, and faces charges for... pot possession. Good times in the city of Toronto.

And in brief:

The ad space in New Yorker magazine's June 28th issue is an all-Canadian affair. With the big summits here, various governments, organizations, and businesses all bought into the exclusive advertising deal.

Been wondering what that small plane is that's been incessantly buzzing over the city? Meet C-FSUJ, the RCMP's modded surveillance craft.

The Bowmanville zoo's two camels and tiger, that went missing late last week, have been found safe in Quebec.

Chinatown shopkeeper David Chen, who faces charges of assault and forcible confinement after apprehending a shoplifter last year, had his trial deferred to the fall.

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