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Morning Brew: Teenager charged in Danzig shooting, Don Bosco Eagles win, May Two-Four shopping, a city hall band, no Nestle condo, and making baby wombats

In case you missed it yesterday, Toronto police have charged an eighteen-year-old, Shaquan Mesquito, with first-degree murder and a number of other crimes in connection to the deadly Danzing Street mass shooting this summer. Mesquito also faces one count of attempted murder, one count of reckless discharge of a firearm and 23 counts of aggravated assault.

Well, I think we can all take a little credit for the Don Bosco Eagles' triumph in the Toronto District Catholic School Board championship yesterday. Afterall it was us who let our mayor skip out on meetings to coach the team to the top. Unfortunately for Rob Ford, the squad advances to the Metro Bowl at the Rogers Centre on the day of a council meeting. Some day they'll make a movie out of this...

In the wake of bus-gate, two councillors want the city to pay closer attention to the TTC's dispatching of shelter busses. Maria Augimeri and Karen Stintz hope there's an emergency fund the Commission can tap when it has to send a vehicle to protect people in a crisis.

Get ready to go shopping kerrr-azy! City council's economic development committee is recommending stores be allowed to open on Victoria Day. Right now, only stores in the Eaton Centre, parts of Yonge Street, Yorkville, Harbourfront and the Distillery District can open on stat holidays.

In a rare show of harmony, several city councillors and other political types have formed a band, the Clamshell Quintet. The group, which includes councillors Paula Fletcher, Maria Augimeri, Mike Layton, and Gary Crawford, play a themed set featuring "We Built This City" and "Where The Streets Have No Name." Got any other suggestions for songs? Here's a few to get you started:

  • Town Called Malice
  • Dirty Old Town
  • (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding

A proposed condo development opposed by food giant NestlĂŠ has been nixed by the city's planning and growth management committee. If approved, the residential and retail development would have required an area close to the facility be re-zoned, potentially affecting the way it operates.

The uranium processing plant at Lansdowne and Dupont featured in a Star article yesterday says it has a perfect safety record. A group of local residents became concerned when they found out the General Electric-Hitachi factory handles radioactive material.

Toronto Zoo wants its southern hairy nosed wombats to burrow down together and make baby marsupials. Trouble is, the animals tend to lose their sex drive in captivity. Can you blame them?

Finally, here's a video of a building that looks suspiciously like Toronto City Hall in the latest Need for Speed: Most Wanted video game. Meanwhile, the cost of repairing the Nathan Phillips Square rink just jumped: probably all the tire marks.


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