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Morning Brew: OCAP protest gives glimpse of what's to come, challenging the sweeping powers of the police, the city empties out, winning tickets for Lotto Max are out there, more G20 coverage

The big news this morning comes courtesy of, what else, the G20. The first major protest took place yesterday afternoon, as the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty led activists through downtown streets under the watchful eye of swarms of police. Despite the high tension and a few detentions, the prevailing sense is that this was just a warm-up for today and tomorrow's protests.

After yesterday's revelation that police temporarily have the right to arrest those who don't produce identification on demand when near the G20 security fence, word comes today that one activist arrested under this legislation plans to mount a Charter challenge against this law. Dave Vasey, who was detained on Thursday, told reporters at Allan Gardens that he'll "be filing a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of this dangerous police state law." Meanwhile, lawyers are concerned that due to the law's "secretive" passing, the advice they've given clients is no longer accurate.

Despite the attention protesters and police are getting, Toronto has also emptied out quite profoundly as the G20 has moved in. Apparently people have heeded the advice to flee, giving certain parts of the city an almost apocalyptic quality.

As far as what's open and closed goes, check out the weekend city guide I put together yesterday. Or, for a more lighthearted take on the state of the city for the next two days, head here.

And there was another one of those Lotto Max things yesterday. Better yet, there were actually some big-time winners. Unfortunately, neither of the two jackpot tickets were sold in the GTA. You'll have to wait to buy one of the fancy helicopters we all keep seeing.

For more coverage of the G20, see these recent stories:

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