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Morning Brew: Ford in court to request stay of removal, Vaughan wants combined casino/mayor vote, more Union-Pearson wrangling, and helping friends in need

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 5, 2012

toronto ttc busRob Ford and his legal team are due in court again this morning to request a stay of a judge's decision to remove him from office. If he's successful, which seems likely, Ford will remain mayor until his formal appeal against the decision can be heard in the new year. Paul Madger and Clayton Ruby, the team that argued against Ford in the original case, have decided not to oppose the request for a stay.

Councillor Adam Vaughan says a referendum on a Toronto casino should be included on a mayoral by-election ballot to save cash. A full-blown election will cost the city about $7 million, more if it decides to go to the electorate again on a separate question of whether a major hotel and gaming complex should be built in the city. Thrifty move?

Yesterday set a temperature record for Dec. 4 when the thermometer reached a positively scorching 16 degrees Celsius. It broke the previous record of 15.9 set in 1998. Despite the mild weather, it's supposed to be a winter of typical seasonal temperatures and regular snowfall overall.

The Clean Train Coalition isn't about to just give up on electric trains for the Union-Pearson rail link. Despite having to pay $30,000 in legal costs, the group plans to appeal an Ontario Divisional Court decision that ruled Metrolinx was mandated to use diesel vehicles to get the line ready for the 2015 Pan Am Games.

A small, student-run bus service from Toronto to London has been nixed by Greyhound Canada over concerns the company isn't licensed. A letter from a law firm to "London Rocket" says only Greyhound is licensed to run the route between the southwestern Ontario town and Toronto. Are Greyhound being meanies or looking out for the law?

Prince Amponsah suffered serious 2nd and 3rd degree burns and lost both his hands in an apartment fire above the Cameron House on Nov. 12. He's still in a coma as a result of his injuries but his friends are rallying round to help him when he wakes up. A campaign to raise $5,000 for Amponsah when he wakes up has already reached its goal, but why not donate a little more? Here's a video.


Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Photo: "Long commute" by asianz in the blogTO Flickr pool.



Xavier / December 5, 2012 at 08:27 am
Greyhound did the same thing to a student bus from Waterloo to Toronto a few eyars ago.
steve replying to a comment from Xavier / December 5, 2012 at 08:35 am
More proof that private companies do it better than a government agency, offering consumers better choice and prices. (sarcasm)
AV / December 5, 2012 at 08:42 am
Give it a rest west-end rail NIMBYs
Joe Public / December 5, 2012 at 09:08 am
I agree with Adam Vaughan: first time for everything...
Alex / December 5, 2012 at 09:35 am
Why do the Pan-Am Games have anything to do with the timeline? Does anyone even go to those or watch them? I really don't think we have to worry about a flood of tourists coming from the airport for that sporting gem.
Jer / December 5, 2012 at 09:46 am
I imagine London Rocket could get around this by having an "event" of some sorts in Toronto and just charging for the event ticket and saying "free transportation" included.... But, probably more hassle than it is worth.

I can understand Greyhound's position, they are following the regulations and there is cost involved in doing that so for someone to undercut their price and scoop up customers doesn't seem fair to me as it isn't an even playing field.
Todd Toronto / December 5, 2012 at 11:06 am
How did we ever allow route monopolies for long distance BUSES?!

That always struck me as odd. What market are they protecting, and for who?
Rouge / December 5, 2012 at 11:56 am
I can understand why a small peer-to-peer transit scheme was shut down, but does this also mean they were meant to get approval on their desired routes? Do we allow Greyhound to monopolize the transportation between two end points??

Assuming London Rocket can get a permit to operate, and insurance to cover them, is there actual red tape denying them the ability to run this service?
CanoeDave / December 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm
Walkom over at the Star is taking a lot of heat from posters for recommending that Council simply appoint Ford to finish his term and avoid the chaos of a by-election. But it may well be the best option rather than risk that Ford wins the by-election. Walkon seems to think that the best way to get rid of Ford is to let him continue to lose credibility and lose in 2014.
gg / December 5, 2012 at 06:11 pm
Like almost everything else in ontario that makes no sense for the average person, you can thank mike harris for the weird greyhound monopoly, and also our ridiculous ttc fares and crappy service. Thanks mike, for the gifts that keep on giving.
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