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Morning Brew: Cash-for-gold wars heat up, accident on "Resident Evil" set causes confusion, More on the Cameron House's record label, City headed for a surplus this year, Flatiron Building up for sale, and crane collapse kills one at York U

The local cash-for-gold war just got way more serious. All heckling aside (I know we all love those commercials), Jack Berkovits, who owns Omni Jewels and Java and Easy Cash for Gold, has launched a lawsuit accusing Harold the Jewellery Buyer (real last name Gerstel) of deliberately poaching customers from his business. Apparently Gerstel sends Sandwich Boarders to Berkovits' shop to drive customers to his own store. Sandwich Boarders? Does anyone really pay attention to those guys anymore?

When a platform collapsed on the set of the newest "Resident Evil" movie (who keeps asking for these sequels?) in west Toronto, paramedics had their work cut out for them. Thanks to the special effects makeup on the resident zombies, the medics had difficulty determining what was makeup blood and what was real blood.

Speaking of zombies, the annual zombie walk, taking place on October 22nd this year looks to get a little bit more interesting with the launch of a "resistance movement." No word yet on what exactly this will amount to, but it sure sounds intriguing.

Surplus? Haven't heard that word used in a while — except perhaps by defenders of David Miller's legacy — but that's exactly what it appears Toronto will have this year based on higher than expected returns from the land transfer tax — yes, that would be the same one Rob Ford has sworn to eliminate. It'll be even tougher to do that now given how useful the extra $140-million or so could be balancing the 2012 books.

We first wrote about the Cameron House's plans to launch its own record label back in January. Now, as the Queen West cultural icon approaches its 30th anniversary more details about the project have come to light. On its roster: Jim Cuddy's kid, Devin, among others. The owners say it's a bit different running a record label now. Instead of sipping sangria on the patio, they're, uh, working in an office.

Toronto's Flatiron is up for sale. With all the office space in the building available for the first time in a century, owner Woodcliffe Properties thought it was the right time to put the iconic structure on the market. Bidders have until October 27th to submit an offer on the former head office of the Gooderham & Worts distillery.

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