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Morning Brew: Arson the cause of the fire at Harold the Jewellery Buyer, Toronto wants Oprah, Canadians love the Internet and Raptors lose

Now they ain't saying anyone's a golddigger, but police are saying arson is what caused the fire at Harold the Jewellery Buyer's store early Monday morning. "The fire was deliberately set. There's no doubt about that," said Staff Sgt. Courtney Chambers. Throughout Monday, forensics officers were examining the scene and looking at video surveillance from neighbouring businesses. No arrests have been made. Chambers said it looks as if an incendiary device was thrown through the storefront window.

I'm not sure how I feel about this, but a Toronto woman is trying to lure Oprah here to host her talk show during its last season. Tanya Lee wrote a poem called, "Our Oprah Holiday Wish" and created a Facebook group that attracted 2,000 members in its first few weeks. The 39-year-old is hoping to have two million people join the group to help bring Winfrey to Toronto for a mother's day show in May. Although she has never broadcast a show in Toronto, Lee said Winfrey is an inspiration to Canadians. That's true. She has inspired my goal of world domination.

Canadians sure are enthusiastic about this here internet craze. Canadians spend more time online than users in any of the countries tracked by measurement company comScore. We also watch the most YouTube videos (based on per capita) and Canada's population on Facebook is one of its most significant. Oh, and we also use Wikipedia more than any other country. Gosh, I hope we're actually getting some real work done...ooh! A new friend request!

In case you missed it, this week's EYE calls 2010 the most dubious year ever for Toronto (for real). Some of the lowlights they cover include: our worst election ever (our worst night-mayor come true?); "worst violation of civil rights in Canadian history" (that would be the G20); TTC workers sleeping on the job; and prostitution being decriminalized in Ontario (a whole other kind of sleeping on the job).


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