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Morning Brew: Public hearings on G20 set for next month, Toronto green company doesn't mind killing endangered species, the elephants are leaving, and a Toronto Hydro project has Scarborough residents upset

Public hearings on police conduct and oversight during the G20 have been finally set for next month in Toronto. The hearings will try to get to the bottom of a lot of things that went wrong last summer, including the mass arrests and the usage of rubber bullets and kettling of demonstrators. The attempt to answer questions surrounding effective policing and the role of the Toronto Police Service Board played in the summit will also be included in the hearings. If you want to sign up to present at the review, you must do so online before May 25. The hearings will take place at Metro Hall on June 1, the Etobicoke Civic Centre on June 6 and the Scarborough Civic Centre on June 13.

How's this for irony? Toronto-based wind power company, Gilead Resources, is proposing to build a new green project on the shores of Lake Ontario, but if it's approved by the province, the project will end up killing two endangered species--the whippoorwill and Blanding's turtle. The project is scheduled for Prince Edward County and the permit they're applying allows them to "kill, harm and harass" the endangered species. Naturally, Anne Bell of Nature Ontario says the support of her group for other green projects goes only so far.

NIMBYism or a fair argument (or both)? Scarborough residents object to a Toronto Hydro project that would see transformers buried underneath select front lawns on White Birch Rd. in the Warden Ave.-Kingston Rd. area. The main complaint is that they'll be an eye-sore, with four by seven foot grates dotting the street. For its part, TO Hydro says that the area is power failure prone, and this new system would be less "failure-prone."

Drum roll please. The most beautiful building in the city, according to Chris Hume, goes to...The RBC Dexia Building and the Ritz Carlton, which Hume says were designed "as an entire unit in an intelligent way." Hume says the buildings give Wellington a "presence" for the first time in decades. Next up? The five ugliest buildings in the city.

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