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