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Morning Brew: Electrifying the GO a go?, McGuinty won't ban smoking in apartment buildings, Rob Ford gives out his cell phone number (again), it sucks to be a Toronto teenager, and police impersonators rob home

Residents living along the Georgetown and Lakeshore GO lines are feeling vindicated thanks to a Metrolinx study that recommends electrifying those tracks. 60 per cent of GO users travel those lines and members of the Clean Train Coalition have pushed to electrify the Georgetown line because they fear the health and environmental impact of hundreds of diesel trains running by daily. However, the transport authority still has to approve the recommendation before sending it to the province for funding consideration. And with a price tag of about $1.8 billion, that's not going to happen before the Pan Am games.

Did you know yesterday was Weedless Wednesday? Anyway, the Ontario government apparently used the day to encourage people to butt out but Premier Dalton McGuinty said he won't ban smoking in apartment buildings because "It's pretty intrusive for us to go in there and start to determine what activities are appropriate and what are inappropriate." Though, to be fair, the province says it spends $1.93 billion each year to cover tobacco-related health care problems. But I'm guessing he wouldn't be down for a game of naked Scrabble either, so...

Those who couldn't put in their two cents last night regarding Toronto's budget can do so tonight. During Wednesday's meeting at the East York Civic Centre, mayor Rob Ford had even taken off his jacket and addressed the crowd of voters: "It's very, very important that we're here to listen to you. You're the boss, you're our taxpayers, you're the ones that pay our bills," he said, even sharing his cell phone number inviting calls of concern. Who thinks he totally fake-numbered them?

It does get better. In a six to two vote Tuesday night, Halton Catholic District School Board Trustees voted to scrap a section of the Board's "Equity and Inclusive Education Policy" that effectively banned gay rights groups -- a policy that made international headlines earlier this month, prompting criticism from around the world, and even raising the ire of celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton. It opted instead for a standardized equity policy until new inclusion measures can be put in place.

In this week's EYE Kate Carraway looks at what it's like to be a teenager in the digital age we live in and according to Toronto high-schoolers, it sucks pretty badly.

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