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Morning Brew: inmates stage hunger strike, teen charged after bragging online about speeding, G20 charges were delayed in the mail, Blurred Vision get Pink Floyd's support, Greyhound Canada lockout looms, cocaine bust at Pearson

According to an inmate at the Toronto East Detention Centre in Scarborough, the food served is not healthy enough, the portions are too meagre, and special dietary needs aren't being acknowledged. As a result, some 300 inmates are staging a hunger strike and may even consider rioting. Generally speaking, being incarcerated doesn't come with the same expectations as staying at a resort hotel, but if inmate health is at risk, perhaps this should be looked at more closely.

It's not clear to me exactly how charges were laid, how the prosecution supported their case, or why the suspect plead guilty, but a 19-year old has been charged and convicted for street racing without having even been caught in the act. Instead, he was reported by an online forum reader, who pointed police to his online boasting about doing 140kh/r in a 40km/h zone. Is being caught bragging about committing a crime enough to substantiate charges and result in a conviction? It would appear to be so.

The only G20-related charges that were laid under the controversial Public Works Protection Act were mysteriously absent when David Vasey, the sole suspect, showed up for his scheduled court date back on July 28th. Police originally stated that an administrative error must be to blame for the missing charges, and now, two weeks later, the official explanation is that the documents' arrival was inexplicably delayed in the mail. Vasey remains sceptical, however, saying that "We know they're scared to challenge us now in the open court system because they know that they will lose this public battle.

Toronto-based band Blurred Vision has garnered the permission and backing of Pink Floyd's Roger Waters to cover and modify the 1979 classic "Another Brick in the Wall." Fronted by two Iranian brothers in exile here in Toronto, the song aims to draw exposure to ongoing political issues in Iran (where it's illegal to play rock music).

Following rocky contract negotiations between workers and management, Greyhound Canada is poised to lockout drivers and bus terminal staff pending a solution. Some bus routes in Ontario would be affected by a Thursday lockout, so if you're planning to use the bus service, be sure to look into things before heading to the terminal with your luggage in tow.

And a Colombian man arriving at Pearson Airport was a little too shifty in front of border services agents, who took him in for secondary inspection. They found almost 2kg of cocaine (a street value of over $200,000) hidden in pellets within bags concealed in his underwear. The suspect will soon appear in a Brampton court, and if convicted he'll face deportation.

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