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Morning Brew: Survey says Ontario students disagree with McGuinty's politics, the province is going green, Giambrone goes over his budget, Toronto's digital rockstar heads to Cali and the Leafs beat the Habs

Seems like Premier Dalton McGuinty's nothing but a square to the kiddos. According to a new survey, the first of its kind, conducted by the Ontario Student Trustees' Association, the Premier's policies and procedures don't really mesh with the majority of students. More than 2,600 students, mostly in Grade 12, responded to the survey that was circulated through Facebook and e-mail with the help of Scholarships Canada and Student Vote. The students disagreed on issues including texting in the classroom and sexual education, noting they don't believe texting is a great educational tool and they actually welcome sexual diversity in their classrooms. So maybe the kids are all right after all.

Speaking of the Ontario Liberal government, Energy Minister Brad Duguid announced yesterday the province is going green, proceeding with dozens of large wind and solar projects, despite having to delay hundreds of smaller green energy projects, including a moratorium on off-shore wind farms, because of limited access to the power grid. The 39 new wind and solar installations and one hydro-electric station will generate a total of 872 megawatts in one-to-three years, enough to power about 200,000 homes.

Apparently this is what gravy looks like. Outgoing TTC chairman Adam Giambrone went over his $125,000 budget by almost $3,500--but now he has to pay it back. Giambrone racked up $135,504 in travel, staff, phone, texting, and self-promotion costs on the TTC's dime before he stepped down from his duties last November, say documents obtained by the Toronto Sun. When told of Giambrone's expenditures as TTC chairman last year, deputy mayor Doug Holyday said, "Holy cow!" Holyday said when people wonder where the "gravy" is, he can point to expenses like this involving thousands of dollars.TTC spokesman Brad Ross confirmed Thursday the Chair's special expense account still exists but has been reduced by 20% to $100,000 this year.

Maybe it was Toronto's new nickname, maybe it was just sheer luck. Whatever it was, the Leafs beat the Habs last night and it finally felt good to be a Leafs fan. With the win, the Leafs moved into 10th place in the East, a point up on idle Atlanta and four points back of eighth-place Carolina. Four points may not sound like much with a quarter of the season to go, but it given the 90-92 point magic number, the team still has a long way to go.

This week's EYE takes a look at one of Toronto's 'digital rockstars', Josh Sookman, who is representing our city at the biggest software event in the industry, the DEMO conference, in California. Only a few dozen companies are hand-picked, via an intensive, top-secret process, to launch products at DEMO every year; the mag calls it the 'Digital Startup Olympics' and we're hoping our guy places on the podium.


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