Morning Brew: Craigslist ticket scammer jailed, York U and Humber College go cage-free, fewer parking cops are being assaulted, alleged hate crime in the Village, and an extreme winter weather alert for the GTA

There's one less scam on Craigslist today. A Toronto judge has ordered Shaun Nixon, a man who made his living selling bogus concert and sports tickets on Craigslist, to six months in jail with a warrant of being unlawfully at large. He also pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud under $5,000 and possession of fraudulent identification. Using a variety of aliases, including Ryan Tellert, Robert Cook and Sarah Lambert, Nixon gets victims to wire him the money, asking that they provide him with the transfer code number. If would-be buyers balk, he sends them the bar codes purporting to be on the tickets. They send him the money, the tickets don't arrive and he disappears. P.S. Nixon apparently also uses the dating site, Plenty o' Fish--proving he's a real catch.

York University and Humber College are becoming more animal-friendly. Their cafeterias now only use eggs from cage-free hens. "We are proud to be part of a community that supports the humane treatment of animals and happy to work with our student population to 'walk the talk'," said Terry Kyritsis, Humber's director of campus services in a news release. The two schools are the latest to join a growing movement in support of animal welfare. Humber is the first college in Ontario to make the switch. More than 350 post-secondary schools across Canada have taken similar steps, according to to the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). I think this is really great, but I doubt the cafeteria food is going to taste any better.

So this is good news, I guess. According to a police report, fewer Toronto parking enforcement officers are being assaulted by angry drivers. A police report shows 34 officer assaults in 2010, down four from 2009 and 24 less than the 58 in 2008. Councillor Michael Thompson, vice-chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, said "it's hard to put your finger" on the definitive reason for the second annual decline of assaults on parking enforcement officers (PEOs).

Tired of winter yet? Too bad because apparently we're in for a doozie of cold weather and snow over the next couple of days. There's been a cold alert warning issued today for the GTA. This means extra beds will be made available at shelters and TTC tokens will be handed out to those who are most vulnerable, so they can get themselves to a warmer place. And come Tuesday, we're supposed to get our heaviest snow fall yet: twenty centimeters across the GTA. Snow day!

The Star looks into an alleged homophobic attack in the Village, one which would represent an escalation over a slushie-throwing incident two weeks ago. Ryan Lester and his brother Ben were called "faggots" and beaten just after midnight on Saturday. Toronto Police Det. Chu Chang categorized the attack as a hate crime, the first that he's dealt with.


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