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Morning Brew: Pearson officials say Heathrow needs better equipment, minor hockey coach reinstated, elevated transit could be an option, and 20-somethings go caroling for a good cause

London Calling -- er, calling London: Pearson Airport says the remedy to your current airport woes is, well, better equipment. "(Heathrow) doesn't have the equipment nor the experienced manpower to deal with snow as quickly as we do," added Paul Schenk, a senior maintenance manager. "Based on their snowfall levels they can't justify purchasing the equipment that we have." Pearson has invested about $50 million in top-of-the-line snow removal machines. As Heathrow officials continue to grapple with unusually heavy snowfall in the region, tens of thousands of stranded travellers were warned that they may not make their Christmas destinations.

The Ontario Minor Hockey League finally got it right: hockey coach Greg Walsh will be back behind the bench in the New Year, facing the same team he was playing when he made the decision to pull his team off the ice in protest of a racial slur. For taking that stand, Walsh was hit with a full-season suspension until a slew of public outcry forced officials to reconsider. On Monday, the league told Walsh his suspension had been lifted, reinstating him effective immediately. The crowd cheers.

There might be an alternative to the Toronto transit fiasco that would appeal to both Team Transit City and Team Ford: elevated transit. It's one of the alternatives Metrolinx is considering to address Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's concerns about street-level light rail that takes away car lanes from city streets. There are already North American examples, including Vancouver and the Scarborough RT, where elevated light rail has proved effective, said Metrolinx chief executive officer Bruce McCuaig. "Is it the absolute solution? I don't think anyone would suggest that. But it's something we should look at," he said.

Who says Generation Y doesn't like to get away from their BlackBerrys and get old-timey now and then? The group at Brady and Alex Jones' Annual Caroling for Kids certainly do. This twenty-something caroling crowd began huddled around a piano in the Joneses' living room five years ago. A group of friends in their finest ugly Christmas sweaters forging their own holiday tradition. Today there are 150 of them and they had to move the singing to downtown bar Cabin Five. They have raised to-date $10,000 for Ronald McDonald's Children's Charities.

"Do you feel safe at home?" It's a simple phrase with heavy meaning at St. Michael's Hospital in downtown Toronto, which has taken a pro-active approach to helping victims of domestic abuse. The hope is that by asking all women who come to the emergency department that question, patients will be more forthcoming. The current debate is whether the question is a sign of intervention or intrusion.

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