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Morning Brew: business owners still unhappy with G20 compensation, the mystery of the city's hanging shoes, Air Canada happy with NHL's five-point plan, Raptors finally win one and subway closures on Sunday

Toronto business owners are still complaining they've been shortchanged by the government as Ottawa begins to recompense downtown business owners who lost millions of dollars during the G20 summit. Kevin Parker, manager of Steve's Music on Queen Street, put in a claim of $100,000 and received one-fifth of that. "I think that's a little ridiculous," Mr. Parker said. "You guys held it in Toronto. You guys knew something was going to happen. People should be compensated for what was out of their pocket." Olivia Chow, who represents the NDP in the federal riding of Trinity-Spadina, is also calling on the government to put an appeal process in place for those who are dissatisfied with their compensation.

Ever wonder why there are shoes dangling from wires overhead all across the city? Well, the Star decided they were going to crack the mystery. The leading consensus say it's a symbol for gang turf, or a drug den. Others think they mark the site of a murder. And then there are the less-serious theories that suggest the shoes celebrate pending marriages and the loss of one's virginity. Whatever they mean, these shoes are clearly not as whimsical as they seem.

Looks like maybe the NHL can heave a sigh of relief. Air Canada, who threatened to pull sponsorship from the league after the recent concussion controversies, calls the NHL's five-point-plan a "step in the right direction." The plan includes a 15-minute cool-down period in the locker-room for any player who suffers a head injury and an examination administered by a doctor. This seems rather obvious to me, but at least they finally figured it out.

This is a travesty. Fake bottles of wine have been discovered by the LCBO after some 2006 Negrar Amarone Classico were returned by customers seeking refunds and staff noticed the bottles didn't look legitimate. York police have now launched an investigation. Of course the real tragedy is that some of these people drank the entire bottle of wine and probably didn't notice a difference.


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