Morning Brew: Toronto casino is dead, Ford stays mum, Conrad Black speaks out, lake fill project cancelled, TTC mulls Gateway lease, and Ford makes the US talk shows
Meanwhile, a Sun columnist says Ford had a statement prepared yesterday but for reasons that don't entirely make sense decided not to deliver it to the media. "He feels he has addressed it through times when he called the whole thing ridiculous," Joe Warmington quotes coun. Doug Ford. "He is standing by that." Can the mayor avoid addressing the issue forever?
Morning Brew: Toronto waits on Rob Ford, final casino vote due, man dies attempting BIXI stunt, summer will be normal, ultimate frisbee, and a downtown tilt-shift
A statement - hopefully more than a few lines - is expected today but the Toronto Sun says it won't be a confession. Ford is due to appear later at a special council debate to decide the fate of the proposed downtown casino.
The historic Cabbagetown attraction closed for good and was partially demolished when the Metropolitan Toronto Zoo opened in 1975. Today, all that's left of the once thriving Victorian wildlife park with its decidedly dubious animal care policies is a scattering of historic buildings and a landscaped green space.
If allowed, the historic Philip Jamieson Building with its rounded corner, currently home to sportswear company Atmosphere, would become the base of the new residential tower. The store's 117-year-old heritage protected interior would become the podium for the building known as the "Residences at the Toronto Eaton Centre" in the document currently on file with the city.
The rumble, reportedly 10 seconds long, was felt here in Toronto and as far away as Cleveland around 9:43 AM but no property damage has been reported. Several buildings were evacuated in Toronto as a result of the earthquake.
Morning Brew: Star, Gawker say they've seen video of Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine, the Toronto casino is "dead," LCBO strike averted, and a road sign bonanza
The video is reportedly for sale to the highest bidder. A crowdfunding campaign has been launched in an attempt to acquire the tape at the centre of the scandal. The organizers say the money - currently just $141 - will be donated to CAMH if the purchase is unsuccessful. Does Toronto need to see the tape or is its alleged contents damaging enough?