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Morning Brew: Scarborough subway hits a snag, battle to resume over Operation Traveller warrants, police eye tasers, Miller dumps Toronto FC, and a tiny home sells

Posted by Chris Bateman / September 12, 2013

toronto cherry beachThe province's Scarborough subway extension could be headed off the rails. TTC Chair Karen Stintz says the plan to extend the Bloor-Danforth line to Scarborough Centre falls short of the TTC's goal of reaching Sheppard Avenue and may not be technically feasible within the budget. Stintz made the remarks after meeting the Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Lawyers for several Toronto media organizations will resume a court battle later today for the search warrants issued during Operation Traveller, a sweeping series of drug raids in the city's west end earlier this summer. Legal teams are hoping to find a reference to Rob Ford or the alleged crack video somewhere in the sealed documents. The lawyers plan to argue the blacking out of 100 pages is excessive.

Toronto police could be about to stock up on stun guns thanks to an "opportunity" presented in its budget. Chief Bill Blair says he can't be sure how many tasers could be bought with the money or how many beat cops would receive them. There will be a public consultation at Old City Hall on Sept. 4 about whether cops should carry the devices.

Former Toronto mayor David Miller is pretty upset with his beloved Toronto FC. In an strongly worded open letter posted on Facebook, Miller criticized recent management changes, coaching missteps, and a proposed switch to artificial turf. To top it all, Miller says he's turning in his season ticket. Ouch. Will it make a difference?

A partially-complete building on St. Clair West at the centre of a battle over its proposed height could finally be about to see action. The property at St. Clair and Parkwood has been in limbo since the city demanded it be trimmed from nine stories to eight. A pre-hearing with the Ontario Municipal Board is scheduled for today.

Finally, a tiny property without running water has sold for $165,000. The detached home at Coxwell and Danforth Avenue, complete with a fenced yard and an electrical hook-up, was used as a garage and hobby shop until its owner decided to sell. The buyer hopes to do "something unique" on the property, according to the National Post.

IN BRIEF:

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

Image: Kamilla Guliyeva/blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

54 Comments

IsHeStillAround? / September 12, 2013 at 08:20 am
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Not surprising about Miller. When things get tough, he quits. Just like the aftermath of the 2009 garbage strike.
steve / September 12, 2013 at 08:27 am
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If anyone knows about poor management, its David Miller...
Daves Mom / September 12, 2013 at 08:27 am
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The more we know about Rob Ford Drug use the better. I don't like the fact my son is working for a crack head.
Dave replying to a comment from steve / September 12, 2013 at 08:44 am
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If Miller would have shown this kind of emotion when he was Mayor, we could have had resolution to the garbage issue before they took the summer off on strike.
He does know poor management though....lmao
steve replying to a comment from steve / September 12, 2013 at 08:49 am
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At least he knew how to manage.
Dave replying to a comment from steve / September 12, 2013 at 08:55 am
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Yes, he managed to increase taxes and spending like the city has never witness. I fully agree with you.
E. Toby Coke replying to a comment from Dave / September 12, 2013 at 09:01 am
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"he managed to increase taxes"

Say, when's Ford going to get around to killing the land transfer tax, anyway? Or is he going to do what Chretien did with Mulroney's GST -- rely on a predecessor's hated tax to make himself look prudent?
Steve / September 12, 2013 at 09:02 am
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Lol @ all of these commenters bashing David Miller... The city would be miles better than it is right now if he stayed in office instead of the buffoon in there now.
steve replying to a comment from Steve / September 12, 2013 at 09:05 am
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Yup, it would have been a great city
Like Detroit
Dave / September 12, 2013 at 09:06 am
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Herp derp.
QED / September 12, 2013 at 09:15 am
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"Lol @ all of these commenters bashing David Miller.."

Don't worry, it's only Dave and his multiple personalities, talking to himself. When is this site going to get Disqus already so that Dave has to at least log in multiple times?
Daves Mom replying to a comment from QED / September 12, 2013 at 09:20 am
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Never they are lazy, kinda like Rob Ford.
Dave / September 12, 2013 at 09:32 am
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Mayor Miller was textbook narcissistic who travelled the world while his city wore down, he inherited one of the world's best infrastructures in one of the coldest major cities. He allocated scarce monies into the wrong areas: bicycle lanes in a city with is too hot or too cold for most cycling ten months of the year. The transit system is archaic. The unions were getting crippling contracts in a major recession. He regulated and taxed citizens and businesses out of the city. Hundreds of homeless people obstructed businesses and sidewalks and drove tourists away. His solution for unending gang shootings? Close legal shooting ranges with safety records going back decades and ban starters pistols.
Mr. Miller stole the laurels from the city for himself to wear.
Simon's Mom replying to a comment from Daves Mom / September 12, 2013 at 09:35 am
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Your son works for you?
Dave replying to a comment from Dave / September 12, 2013 at 09:39 am
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When I say we're one of the coldest major cities, I am, of course, hugely exaggerating, because I am disingenuous and a complete lightweight when it comes to climate, just as I am with the bit about it being too hot or cold ten months of the year to bike, as if good biking conditions didn't actually exist for most of the year as long as you are prepared for them.

Also, if biking in this city is such a terrible idea, the Ford administration would never have put a lane in on Sherbourne.

Just saying, but then I really AM a congenital halfwit, obviously.
Jahn / September 12, 2013 at 09:46 am
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I am looking forward to the results of today's hearing regarding Project Traveller and the video of Rob Ford smoking crack. The police, and numerous defense lawyers, most certainly know of the existence of the video. It's only a matter of time before it comes out.

In other news, apparently, Rob Ford was pulled over for drunk driving the other night but the police escorted him home rather than booking him. Are there two sets of laws in existence?
Dave / September 12, 2013 at 09:48 am
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Miller did not know how to run the city. Land transfer tax was an unfair cash-grab that only made homeowners contribute to the system. He proved useless in union negotiations; the attempted gun-ban is pointless and was just a media play to make it look like he knows what he is doing. It was NOT a democracy at all, and he was absolutely HORRIBLE when it comes to fiscal matters. This was not HIS city, it was all of ours. And the fact that he did not return to the city IMMEDIATELY after the huge propane explosion was unforgivable!!!
Simon's Mom replying to a comment from Dave / September 12, 2013 at 09:55 am
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But that was North York, who cares?
zzzzzzzzz / September 12, 2013 at 09:56 am
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Zzzzzzzzzzz.....
Simon's Mom replying to a comment from Steve / September 12, 2013 at 10:02 am
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Of course because he'd be sinking money into your precious Bixie.
Dave / September 12, 2013 at 10:13 am
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Millers legacy;

1. Lack of violence control.
2. Continual submissions to Unions.
3. Taking disposable income away from citizens to be passed along to city officials, employees and unions.
4. Depressing the housing market with excessive land transfer taxes.
5. Continual tax increases with quality-lacking services.
6. Bizarre gun-control ideas.
7. Passing on salary increases to city employees at a rate of 3% at a time when inflation was below 1% and the rest of the city was experiencing wage freezes and unemployment.
Comments closing in....3-2-1 / September 12, 2013 at 10:23 am
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Any bets on how long before the comments section is closed, again, due to the actions of one individual? Something that never used to happen, ever, on BlogTO but can now be expected almost daily due to said individual's trollist proclivity?
Crybaby Conservatives replying to a comment from Dave / September 12, 2013 at 10:29 am
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Wah...my garbage schedule was disrupted. Someone needs to be fired!

I LOATHE people who talk about the garbage strike, because it always is a sign of ultra low intellect. Those gut-talkers who complain about everything and nothing, talking out one side of their mouths about how little we should have to contribute to government and out the other when it comes to what THEY deserve from government.

I only WISH Ford had the balls to stand up to a union. But no, the TPS trough-feeders get everything they ask for plus a 10% raise, no questions asked. Ford has to go and now. Hopefully Miller is so disgusted by MLSE that he ponders a return to politics so he can dig us out of the massive hole Ford has put us in.
Crybaby Conservatives replying to a comment from Dave / September 12, 2013 at 10:31 am
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And Dave? You got it backwards, I CYCLE ten months of the year. And all it requires is a rainjacket in spring, and a thick coat in winter. Kinda like walking.

But you don't do either, do you?
Crybaby Conservatives replying to a comment from Dave / September 12, 2013 at 10:38 am
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Dave, you're flip-flopping the argument again, attributing Ford blunders to Miller.

Your second point (Continual submissions to Unions), Miller fought the unions, which is hy we had labour strife. Whereas Mayor Rob Ford continues kiss gently tongue starfish, esp. where the cops and fire depts. are concerned.

Well...maybe the Fire Dept deserves it--they run into burning buildings, afterall. But our Bullies in Blue? They run into the nearest drive-thru. That is when they aren't kicking our teeth out and lying about it.
Dave's a tool replying to a comment from Dave / September 12, 2013 at 11:02 am
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Wow - where to start?

1. Lack of violence control.
As opposed to the complete and utter lack of violence in the City under Ford's watch? I wonder if the parents of all those kids killed in the last year or two would agree that Ford has violence "under control". Hell, the violence coming out of the Ford family alone has increased since he became Mayor.

2. Continual submissions to Unions.

Right, because the TPS completely capitulated to Ford when he "demanded" a 10% budget cut? (oh wait, he actually INCREASED their budget). Oh, and declaring the TTC an "essential service" isn't exactly union bashing, since its well known that removing the right to strike tends to lead to HIGHER wage settlements, since there's no incentive to negotiate, and agreements end up in arbitration, which almost always favours the union.

3. Taking disposable income away from citizens to be passed along to city officials, employees and unions.

Evidence please? Saying it doesn't make it true. Besides, my taxes are higher now, and have increased at a higher rate in Ford's first 3 years then they did during Miller's 8, so I'm a little puzzled as to you how draw that conclusion

4. Depressing the housing market with excessive land transfer taxes.

Funny, but empirical evidence (which I know is like Kryptonite to you) says otherwise. Despite the alarmist warnings of TREB, there isn't a scintilla of evidence that suggests that Toronto's housing prices are depressed because of the LTT. In fact the ongoing bidding wars for houses in my neighborhood (as well as most other desirable downtown neighborhoods) prove exactly the opposite. You really shouldn't judge the City's real estate market by just the shitty neighborhood you live in.

5. Continual tax increases with quality-lacking services.

Those "continual tax increase" you refer to are the only reason your boss is able to balance his budgets, and let's not forget, your boss is calling for even more property tax increases, despite insisting all along that Toronto has a "spending problem, not a revenue problem". And despite his talk of cutting the LTT, the truth is he has no idea of how he'll ever balance the budget without it.

6. Bizarre gun-control ideas.

What's bizarre exactly? That he tried to limit the flow of guns into the City, or the means by which he tried to accomplish it. Given the simplicity of how your mind works, sadly, I think its the former. I can't help you there.

7. Passing on salary increases to city employees at a rate of 3% at a time when inflation was below 1% and the rest of the city was experiencing wage freezes and unemployment.

A trend that has largely continued under your boss, so again, what exactly are you criticizing?

You need to get out the Ford Nation echo chamber once in a while and realize that many of us are far more informed on what's going on in this City than the knuckle draggers you tend to associate with. Honestly, I've seen 12 year olds form more coherent, and better informed arguments than you do.
Daves Mom / September 12, 2013 at 11:02 am
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"I LOATHE people who talk about the garbage strike, because it always is a sign of ultra low intellect."

I blame his father for Daves lack of intelligence.
Turkey Baster Pater replying to a comment from Daves Mom / September 12, 2013 at 11:08 am
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Hey Dave's Mom,

I always wondered why Dave's Dad only makes appearances at Thanksgiving??
Dave / September 12, 2013 at 11:11 am
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Even the Canadian Taxpayers Federation felt the need to give Miller the Government Waste Award for Lifetime Achievement.

http://intaxicating.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/government-waste-awards-give-lifetime-achievement-to-former-toronto-mayor-david-miller/
Dana / September 12, 2013 at 11:20 am
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Poor Dave. Got his work cut out for him.

Outgunned, outmanned and tasked with defending an indefensible regime, against staggering odds and under overwhelming fire. Kind of like The Alamo, but instead with facts and logic.

In any case, bud...hope whatever they're paying you is enough. And if you aren't being paid for your what you do, then you lead probably the most bizarrely sheltered, narrowly-focused life imaginable. The kind of scary online life I'm almost positive you'd never in a million years reveal to your closest friends.

I kinda shudder just thinking about it. (brrrr)
j-rock replying to a comment from Dave / September 12, 2013 at 11:22 am
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The CTF, that non-partisan, bastion of impartial and fair analysis? Right. Being attacked by those clowns should be considered a badge of honour.

I definitely had my issues with Miller, but Ford makes me miss him every single day.
Dana replying to a comment from Dave / September 12, 2013 at 11:29 am
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Hee hee...thanks for adding that link, Dave. You always have the best show-and-tell on BlogTO. That page looks like it was built by a Grad 8 after-school Jr. Programmers Club member. In 1998.

Does the CTF actually exist, or is it just another weird loner in a basement who also has too much time on his hands?

***"Oh, I think I'll create a fake organization today to say try to prop up useless tub of lard who has set our City back a decade by tearing down another man who made our city world class...where's my Commodore 64??"***
Skye replying to a comment from Comments closing in....3-2-1 / September 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm
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If everyone would just ignore Dave and all his imaginary friends, there would be no need to close comments on a daily basis.
Dave replying to a comment from Dana / September 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm
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Dana, your defence mechanism is coined "acting out".


Acting Out is performing an extreme behavior in order to express thoughts or feelings the person feels incapable of otherwise expressing. Instead of saying, “I’m angry with you,” a person who acts out may instead throw a book at the person, or punch a hole through a wall. When a person acts out, it can act as a pressure release, and often helps the individual feel calmer and peaceful once again. For instance, a child’s temper tantrum is a form of acting out when he or she doesn’t get his or her way with a parent. Self-injury may also be a form of acting-out, expressing in physical pain what one cannot stand to feel emotionally.

I feel sorry for you.

Shawn / September 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm
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I find it amazing how there's all these comments but not a single person is mentioning anything about the continuing subway debacle
tommy / September 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm
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Oh boo hoo, garbage wasn't picked up, and we had to walk to a transfer station. Personally I thought this was a great idea because it forced everyone to realize how much trash they produce. Haven't heard a word about garbage diversion from Ford. All he does is whine about UUUUUUUNIONS, and never sees the bigger picture.
Plagarist / September 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm
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Come on Dave, at least cite where you are copying and pasting from:

http://psychcentral.com/lib/15-common-defense-mechanisms/0001251

Welshgrrl replying to a comment from Skye / September 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm
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Exactly. PLEASE IGNORE THE TROLL FOR FUCK'S SAKES. Your rebuttals, no matter how scrupulously sourced and well thought out, just feed it and derail every. single. Morning Brew thread.

Seeing as BlogTO is making no effort to implement Disqus any time soon, engaging with this troll is a complete waste of time and energy.
Parker / September 12, 2013 at 01:03 pm
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Looking forward to the info on Mayor Ford's crack smoking video.

Another thing David Miller never did: smoke crack and have his photo taken with drug dealers.
Daves Mom replying to a comment from Plagarist / September 12, 2013 at 01:07 pm
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This is not the first time my son has been caught cutting and pasting stuff from other websites and passing it as his own. He is not the brightest colour in the crayon box, i blame his father.
Dave replying to a comment from Parker / September 12, 2013 at 01:08 pm
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Neither did Rob Ford, that is the only thing they have in common.
E. Toby Coke replying to a comment from tommy / September 12, 2013 at 01:24 pm
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"Oh boo hoo, garbage wasn't picked up, and we had to walk to a transfer station."

Much, if not most, of this city believes (correctly, in my opinion) that we pay the city to make sure our garbage gets hauled away. The city failed to manage the relationship with the supplier (the union) and could not deliver a key service. Pretty simple.

It sure didn't help that the workers then turned on time-pressed ordinary Torontonians, making them wait in long lines at the collection stations. In my view, THAT was the unfortunate turning point that eventually stuffed Ford into the mayor's chair. Until then, nobody really thought the workers were overpaid.

So Tommy, there are lots of lessons to be learned from that strike. To dismiss the discontent it created is to pave the way for a second Ford term. I don't think that's what you want.

By the way, GFL is partly unionized, no?
Zzzzzzzzzzz / September 12, 2013 at 01:25 pm
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Zzzzzzzzzzz....
CW replying to a comment from Shawn / September 12, 2013 at 01:31 pm
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There is no subway, unless Ford is about to announce that private funding. Still waiting.
Dave replying to a comment from Crybaby Conservatives / September 12, 2013 at 02:27 pm
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I flip flopped again, could you provide a reference of Miller not bending towards the unions?
One point would be suffice if you can vaidate it.
Dr. Acula / September 12, 2013 at 02:31 pm
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Strangely, I'm starting to enjoy Dave's trolling. It allows me to read well thought out responses to Dave's one-note paranoid psychosis. It's the same reason I don't mind Ford, he had six months of good will, and when he got more obstinate instead of less so, council turned against him. Considering council is a quorum that allowed a lot of his nonsense to fall by the wayside, and a more progressive agenda to take hold. I know he's a distraction, but I think in creating a common enemy, he's isolated himself completely.
jen replying to a comment from Jahn / September 12, 2013 at 02:31 pm
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Wait, what? He was caught drinking and driving and the cops let him get away with it? Did that really happen? Honest to god, you just can't trust either Ford OR the cops anymore.
Dr. Acula / September 12, 2013 at 02:32 pm
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He'll be gone one day, unceremoniously fired like Twohey. Remember when he used to visit?
Dr. Acula replying to a comment from Dave / September 12, 2013 at 02:33 pm
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That and they both attempted to lose weight while in office. How'd that work out again?
Jahn replying to a comment from jen / September 12, 2013 at 03:00 pm
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https://twitter.com/LisaKirbie/status/377860004399022081
Simon's Mom replying to a comment from tommy / September 12, 2013 at 03:09 pm
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The garbage workers acted like the over entitled twats they were to the public that paid their wages and got their asses kicked as they deserved. period.
In-TAX-icating replying to a comment from Dana / September 12, 2013 at 08:48 pm
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You don't like my blog, Dana? Or the content on it? ;)

I'm trying out some new colours and themes - hoping to get them to align with my corporate website colours, but Wordpress is limited in it's options.

On the bright side, I now know about this site and the wonderful comments I get to read about this great city.

Please feel free to drop by again and read some of the posts - careful as they tend to lean a bit to the right (if you can get past the colours) because I promise it was not created on a Commodore 64. I never had one growing up. Just a PET in the classroom.
In-TAX-icating / September 12, 2013 at 10:24 pm
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Hi Acting Out,

Thanks for the comment.

I gather you have never visited my blog - you might want to drop by to see that it is a tax blog and a tax blog only for a Canadian business.

I'm not concerned about Rob Ford, nor your humorous attempts to spell my company name - unless you were not trying to be funny.

Regards.
Acting Out replying to a comment from In-TAX-icating / September 13, 2013 at 04:16 pm
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Again, I'll decline to visit your site in the face of the following: TotallyNSFW or Kindgirls or SuicideGirls or IShotMyself, because Ford wasn't elected in a vacuum, and it'll take a near-miracle for him to repeat as Mayor.

Thank you, come again.

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