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Morning Brew: police officer shot in training facility, survivor of scaffolding collapse suing the Province, bed bug solution may be heat, ski hills saved for now, left-handed menus at Chili's

A Toronto police officer was whisked away by EMS from a 22 Division training facility in Etobicoke yesterday after reportedly being accidentally shot in the leg. All we know is that he wasn't shot by anyone else, but police wouldn't confirm whether or not he accidentally shot himself. The details might be embarrassing, but does that make them worth hiding?

Dilshod Marupov, the sole survivor of the tragic scaffolding collapse that killed four fellow workers on Christmas Eve of 2009, is suing the Ontario Ministry of Labour and the companies involved for over $16 million. This news comes shortly after the Ministry of Labour laid 61 charges against the companies under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Citing their failure to ensure worker safety, Marupov seeks compensation for his extensive injuries and pain.

The explosion of bed bug cases here in Toronto (and around the developed world) may be in part due to the banning of the harmful pesticide DDT way back in the 1970s. The bug sure is resilient, but there's a chemical-free way to kill them. Applying high temperatures will do the trick, but comes at a high cost and isn't something you want to do on your own unless you don't mind visits from the fire department.

Urban ski hills at Centennial Park and Earl Bales Park will continue to operate this coming winter. The City has decided to dedicate a combined $500,000 to funding them, after calls for private companies to take over their operations went unanswered.

And the owner of international restaurant Chili's Grill and Bar up in Vaughan (their only location in Ontario) is reaching out to southpaws by creating menus that cater to left-handed people. About 10% of patrons favour their left over their right, and of those 10% I'm willing to wager that very few care at all about having to reach over the cover to open a standard menu.

Photo: "Centennial Hill // 01" by Christie Photography, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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