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Morning Brew: York U students get lucky again, Toronto's future is unfolding at the waterfront, outdoor ice rinks are getting new lease on life, Hydro cares about your dog this Christmas, and the Raptors lose

Those York University students really don't want to take their exams. Several hundred students writing exams were evacuated from the Curtis Lecture Halls at 11 a.m. yesterday after a bomb threat targeting the building was received, associate director of media relations Keith Marnoch said. This is the second interruption in York's exam schedule. A fire at the school's central utilities building Monday shut off heat to the campus and forced its closure until Wednesday. Exams scheduled for Monday and Tuesday have since been rescheduled -- that is, if the school isn't struck by some other calamity.

According to the Star, the best show in town right now is not at City Hall but at the waterfront; in 2010, we've had our first glimpse at the future unfolding and at what a revitalized waterfront could really mean to the city. For North American cities such as Toronto, the waterfront represents nothing less than an opportunity to make the city whole again. At a time when there is a lot of squabbling about Toronto's fiscal state, let's hope the waterfront isn't dismissed as just another part of the gravy train.

The ice rinks of Toronto are getting a new lease on life, thanks to Jutta Mason. Mason, who's worked for years to rejuvenate these outdoor pads, and now has a councillor, a parks manager and a $100,000 grant in her arsenal to take her rink fix across the city. After transforming her own community ice rink into a local hotspot, she has her sights set on transforming Dufferin Grove. The ideas at Dufferin Grove have since spread to several of the city's 51 other rinks, including Wallace Emerson, just up the street, and the Campbell Avenue rink near Dupont Street and Lansdowne Avenue.

Today the Recession Relief Coalition is releasing 10 top recommendations that are key to combatting the troubling rise of hunger in the province. They are geared toward policy-makers at all levels of government. Included in the recommendations are: increasing wages, investing in income security programs, providing affordable housing and improving access to community food programs. "Hunger and poverty are at a crisis point," said Dr. Gary Bloch, a family physician with St. Michael's Hospital and assistant professor with the University of Toronto, who helped draft the recommendations.

Do you know how many cars you're allowed to park in your driveway? Well, Toronto is moving to clear up that confusion as city council voted to send the issue to the January 27 planning and growth management committee meeting where citizens will have their say. Councillor John Filion said the city was pursuing a well-intentioned goal of discouraging homeowners from parking cars indiscriminately. "We wanted to eliminate people just parking cars all over their front lawn and saying it's their driveway," said Filion, former chair of the planning committee. "Sometimes it's five or six cars. It was to bring some law and order to the situation." As well as preventing neighbourhoods from looking like trailer parks.


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