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Morning Brew: What's it like to be a Toronto juror, the Christmas Bureau's last Christmas, the Baby Jesus theft epidemic and Raptors lose home opener to Pacers

Ever wondered what it would be like to be selected for jury duty? The Star has an interesting profile on one former Toronto juror whose romantic notions of the process were quickly demystified. Apparently our jury selection processes, like drawing the names of potential jurors from a box, are not only antiquated but costing us millions of dollars to leave our jobs temporarily. Other caveats: no wireless internet and pitiful pay.

Bah humbug. Last week the city's Christmas Bureau gave out gifts to the city's poor for what was probably the last time. Last September, city councillors voted 20-25 to not save the bureau from budget cuts. Unless councillors have a change of heart (or maybe visits from three spirits), the fund, which largely serves children under the age of 13, will be shut down. Staff have been asked to outsource the agency, but no group has yet to step forward.

Baby Jesus thefts from local nativity scenes are prevalent - so much so that there's now a Wikipedia page dedicated to the crimes - and Toronto is no exception. This year, Baby Jesus was stolen days after Christmas from Streetsville United Church in Mississauga. Looks like churches might have to go the way of old City Hall and place Baby Jesus safely behind plexi-glass.

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