Morning Brew: Santa Claus Parade sued over candy-throwing clown, SIU won't identify other officers, rocket subways will be late, and Saint Nick is Canadian

A freak accident put a damper on an age-old tradition when a man sued Toronto's Santa Claus Parade after losing partial eyesight when he was hit in the face with a candy bar during the event. Now Toronto resident, Mark Weist, is moving toward settling his $500,000 lawsuit. Weist filed the statement of claim in November, noting that he sustained "serious-and-permanent injuries to his right eye and nose" while attending the annual parade with his young son in 2008 when one of the "celebrity clowns" who usually lead the parade "forcefully threw a miniature candy bar" at Mr. Weist's right eye, states the claim. Great. Just when I was getting over my fear of clowns...

Here we go again. Ontario's Special Investigations Unit says it knows the names of all three police officers involved in the alleged assault against Adam Nobody during last summer's G20 summit -- but without independent witnesses it can only lay charges against one officer. SIU investigators said they have evidence against the two officers but the trouble is they can't identify them and despite interviewing 12 other officers -- described as witness officers -- their identities remain unknown. The SIU said they will face charges if independent witnesses can be found to identify them.

The first of the new Toronto Rocket subway cars was originally promised for revenue service by January. Now transit officials say it will be at least February before Toronto gets a taste of its new ride.The first of the six-car trains was delivered in October to much fanfare, but that was just for show. TTC officials hastened to explain that the trains still needed testing to make sure they were mechanically sound and could safely take the curves in the tunnels. Seventy trains, each with six cars, are supposed to be delivered by November 2013. Two are here now.

Bah-humbug, indeed. Legal aid lawyers have shut down a free clinic for Wellesley fire victims in protest of what they're calling an unfair compensation offer from Toronto Community Housing.Volunteer lawyers are withdrawing their services because tenants are being asked to make a decision by Jan. 21 about taking compensation immediately or waiting for the results of a pending class action lawsuit, which isn't fair," said Jack De Klerk, a lawyer with Neighbourhood Legal Services."What's putting so much unfair pressure on the tenants is that they don't have any money," de Klerk said. "They're not getting any money if they don't sign . . . and that means people are being forced to sign."

'Tis the spirit of giving, and a group of bank employees are really getting into the spirit as they took it upon themselves to bring Christmas dinner to the tables of families in need. Sophie Choy-Wallace and her 35 Scotiabank colleagues have raised money to hand out turkey dinners to 90 families, instead of buying presents for one another. She started the initiative with her husband five years ago. Brianne (no relation), a single mother and recipient of their goodwill says "Without (their generosity), I wouldn't have a turkey. It makes me feel good knowing that I can cook a turkey for my daughter and we can have a traditional Christmas dinner." She also said she hopes to pay the generosity forward one day.


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