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Morning Brew: Fords helped Deco client in sewage spill investigation, WestJet wants to fly 737s out of the island airport, and more Rob Ford bobbleheads are coming

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 19, 2013

toronto subwayRob and Doug Ford gathered top staffers including city manager Joe Pennachetti, deputy manager John Livey, and Lou Di Gironimo, the head of Toronto Water, when a business with links to their family firm was involved in a sewage spill investigation, the Globe and Mail reports. Apollo Health and Beauty Care, a soap and shampoo maker that uses the Ford family labels, benefited from direct contact with top officials. Livy said he would have acted different had he known about the "obvious conflict."

It's worth noting, however, there is nothing in the law that required Deco to name its clients. Doug Ford said the meeting was "transparent."

WestJet wants to fly its fleet of new Boeing 737 Max jets out of the Toronto island airport if the city is willing to budge on its current arrangement with Porter and Air Canada. "We would like to have the opportunity to fly jets ourselves from that airport," CEO Gregg Saretsky told Bloomberg. "The 737 is capable of operating off the runway at Billy Bishop." There are currently no take-off and landing slots available at the airport.

Missed out on a Rob Ford bobblehead? You're in luck! A new batch of the charity dolls are at City Hall, and these ones are supposed to look more like the mayor. 1,000 new "Robbie Bobbies" will be sold for $20 at noon tomorrow in aid of the Canadian Cancer Society. "My dad died of colon cancer. My mom had breast cancer and a mastectomy and just came out of surgery a few weeks ago," Ford told The Globe and Mail.

Rob Ford's unshakable approval rating appears to be holding steady. A new Ipsos Reid poll suggests the 39 per cent are satisfied with the mayor's performance and would consider voting for him at the next election. 62 per cent said they hope Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly continues Ford's fiscally conservative agenda.

A Leslieville restaurant has been fined $100,000 by a human rights tribunal after three Muslim men complained managers pressured them to eat pork and eat during the fasting hours of Ramadan. Abdul Malik, Mohammed Islam and Arif Hossain worked at Le Papillon on the Park on Eastern Ave. but were forced to quit. The restaurant was made to compensate the men for lost wages and for the injury to their dignity.

Toronto Islands residents say they feel trapped after the ferry was taken out of service for emergency repairs. The William Inglis developed a "very minor leak" in its hull and was shut down Wednesday. The city is telling residents to use the connection to the mainland at the airport in the meantime.

Looks like the Leafs' #SEAofBLUE social media campaign ahead of the NHL Winter Classic has been hijacked. Twitter users discovered any tweet using the hashtag was automatically posted to the team's website, unfiltered with predictably disastrous results.

Finally, the TTC looks set to do away with guards - the crew member who pokes their head out the window at each subway stop - as it moves toward one-driver trains and full Presto integration, CEO Andy Byford says. The jobs, which pay $31 an hour, will be reworked into a more direct customer service role. A similar transition occurred in London, U.K., he said.

IN BRIEF:

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

Image: MarkBeauchamp/blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

34 Comments

Dave / December 19, 2013 at 08:50 am
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Probably no one is more relieved right now than Daniel Dale.

Had this proceeded to court his personal life would have been an open book. Could Dale endure the same kind of scrutiny that Ford has had to take? Does Dale have skeletons in any of his "closets"?

Dale was forced into this lawsuit by his vindictive boss - I doubt he would have gone after Ford on his own.
Oy / December 19, 2013 at 08:52 am
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Dear Island babies:

DO. YOU. SPEAK. ENGLISH.

THE. FERRY. IS. BROKEN.

IT. MUST. BE. REPAIRED.

A FREE BUS takes you to the airport every hour and Porter is allowing you to use their ferry for free during this short downtime.

Try being thankful instead of whining like a bunch of unappreciative a-holes.

Thanks

The rest of Toronto
matts replying to a comment from Dave / December 19, 2013 at 09:07 am
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HAHAHA, oh, you're funny, Dave, very funny.
canuckone / December 19, 2013 at 09:08 am
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If Porter and AC can use the island airport... let WestJet in. Cut down the take-off and landing slots available to current users and make space for WestJet.
jojo / December 19, 2013 at 09:17 am
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Le Papillon???
how can you do that????
never going back ever
The Doctor replying to a comment from Dave / December 19, 2013 at 09:18 am
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Hi Dave, it's Doctor Who.

I'll be waiting outside city hall with the TARDIS tomorrow at noon. If you want to hitch a ride back to your bizarro parallel universe, you can meet me there. You're welcome to stay on this version of Earth, but no one takes you seriously here, because every single word you type is fucking ridiculous.

Honestly, everyone thinks you have some sort of mental flaw, but I am here to back you up and say that everything you say is in fact true...just not on this planet Earth.

To prevent further ridicule, I suggest you meet me on Friday at noon.
Al replying to a comment from Dave / December 19, 2013 at 09:28 am
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If that were the case then he would have dropped it at the first excuse, when Robbie made his non-apology in council. Ford finally had to admit that he was lying the whole time. Dale was vindicated, and once again we see that the Rob Ford can't be trusted to tell the truth
Derek / December 19, 2013 at 09:34 am
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APPROVAL RATING!!! LETS GO FOR IT ROBBIE!!!! 2014
Bob replying to a comment from Dave / December 19, 2013 at 09:36 am
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How does the crow taste, Dave? Is it slightly gamy and does it have a hint of loss and dejection? Glad to see that you and your pal, Rob, are forced to eat it again and again.

Rob Ford admitted that everything he has said about Dale is a lie. I would guess that Ford was scared to face a judge who would have certainly ruled against him.

Just another loser move from our mayor.
Dave replying to a comment from Bob / December 19, 2013 at 10:10 am
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The thing is, though, that no one actually believes that even one person in Toronto thought that Ford seriously meant what he was accused of saying, and no one in Toronto actually ever believed that Dale is anything other than a Star reporter who was looking for a story about Ford buying an adjacent property.

It is all made-up offense, based on a technical interpretation, giving rise to an opportunity to sue.

It's like if I said that a certain politician is of subnormal intelligence - he could say that his career was ruined because now everyone believes he is of subnormal intelligence, but in reality, it was just an insult that provides the insulted person with an opportunity to sue. And everyone knows it was just an insult.

Buy I'm glad that Ford did what he had to do to put an end to a story that was getting tiring.
Bob / December 19, 2013 at 10:29 am
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Nice backpedaling, Dave. Ford ran his mouth off for months about Dale and was finally forced to admit that he is full of BS or prove it in court. Ford's lawyer must have know full well that he would lose the case so Ford apologized not once but twice. The second apology admitted that everything that Ford said about Dale was false. Ford has been caught lying so many times it's a wonder that anyone believes him anymore. But hey, he seems to crap gold in your opinion. The rest of us see him, and you, as the losers you really are.
Mike replying to a comment from Dave / December 19, 2013 at 10:36 am
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I hope you're compensated well for posting the crap you do.

I'd feel bad for you if you actually believed your laughable nonsense.
Dave replying to a comment from Bob / December 19, 2013 at 10:37 am
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No back peddling at all. Ford did what he had to do to move on. I would even debate that the first apology was more sincere than the second.
Regardless of how you spin it, the recent polls indicate that Ford's message is still resonating with the voting public.

http://www.citynews.ca/2013/12/19/39-of-toronto-would-consider-voting-for-rob-ford-poll/
Sean / December 19, 2013 at 10:39 am
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La Papillon. Guess you'll jack up your prices even more to pay off that HUGE fine. Hope the Dine Safe people make more frequent visits for the safety of your remaining customers.
Bob replying to a comment from Dave / December 19, 2013 at 10:58 am
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Polls mean nothing at this point, just like your opinion. You've been wrong as often as your golden boy, Ford, which is 99% of the time. It's amazing the losers that people hitch their horses to.
Dave replying to a comment from Bob / December 19, 2013 at 11:08 am
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Issue is now dead. What really happened was the Toronto Star told Mr. 15 seconds to drop the suit because they don't have the cash to bankroll the litigations.

Anybody who believes Ford's lawyer didn't ensure his 1st apology did meet the minimum technical requirements knows nothing about law.

Assuming the case wouldn't be thrown out of court, Ford would have won since he never used the "p" word. As the star says Ford's word's implied the "p" word, Ford can argue his apology implied retraction.

Definitely not the humiliation the Star was hoping for.

The second apology was simply to see if the Star is dumb enough to keep on going or know when to cut their losses.
HipAnonymous replying to a comment from Dave / December 19, 2013 at 11:13 am
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Ford's lawyer did what Ford had to do.

And Ford actually deserves the scrutiny he gets. A, because he's the mayor and B, because he's an alcoholic liar.

The petty complaint that Ford is way too scrutinized is "getting tiring".
Mark / December 19, 2013 at 11:19 am
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I should sue my parents for the trauma of being forced to eat pork. Good grief. It's a pig, it's food, it's delicious. Not everyone shares your crazy superstitions. Get over yourselves.
The Doctor replying to a comment from Dave / December 19, 2013 at 11:23 am
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Dave, I see you still active in this thread and embarrassing yourself with nonsense. You haven't said if you'll meet me on Friday at noon. I can take you back home where your bullshit is actually truth.

You won't get paid to write bullshit anymore, but at least people will believe you in bizarro world.

Are you coming?
Bob / December 19, 2013 at 11:35 am
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No, Dave. You're wrong again.

Looks like the likely reason why Ford bowed to Dale is that he was about to have the pants sued off him. Dale's case was rock solid. There is no way that he would have lost. That, you halfwit, is the reason why Ford licked Dale's boots twice!
Malcolm / December 19, 2013 at 11:53 am
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Do the people at Open Minds Events know Dave is using their url in his daily trollings? Should someone maybe inform them?

admin@openmindsevents.com
Dave replying to a comment from Bob / December 19, 2013 at 12:24 pm
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Bob, if Mr 15 seconds case was rock solid, his publisher would have pushed to have this taken to the courts. The truth is that Dale and the Star knew they had no choice. They did not expect the educated masses see though the Bravo Sierra.
On the positive note Bob, they have retained you as a reader. You are part of a dying breed.
Bob replying to a comment from Dave / December 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm
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Ford grovelled and begged for Dale's forgiveness so that he wouldn't lose his shirt in court. Dale was kind enough to accept his apology and put Ford's lies and transgressions behind him. Now, that's class on Dale's part. Something that Ford will never know or understand. Ford should be thankful that he won't have to appear before a judge again only this time it's because the man he tried to smear in public is a better man than he is.
Dave replying to a comment from Bob / December 19, 2013 at 01:14 pm
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Bob, Ford did not grovel, he simply followed the advise of his lawyer. You have to remember BOB, Stupid people always think they are right. Wise people listen to advice.
Naveen Jain / December 19, 2013 at 01:23 pm
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Naveen Jain's has been spear-heading the privatized space travel business with his project.
I honestly think that he is unstoppable and will figure it out.
The last thing we want is for there to be one solution
by just one company to make it cost prohibitive.
Bob replying to a comment from Dave / December 19, 2013 at 02:11 pm
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"Finally there was absolutely no basis for the statement I made about Mr. Dale taking pictures of children, or for any insinuations I made. I should not have said what I did and I wholly retract my statements and apologize to Mr. Dale without reservation for what I said."

Sounds like grovelling to me. Particularly because it goes on for a page and a half.
Dave replying to a comment from Bob / December 19, 2013 at 02:27 pm
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Bob, Liberals are big believers in moral relativism. This spins them round and round because if the only thing that's wrong is saying that there's an absolute moral code, then you lose your ability to tell cause from effect, good from bad, and right from wrong. Taking being non-judgmental to the level that liberals do leaves them paralyzed, pondering "why they hate us" because they feel incapable of saying, “That's wrong," and doing something about it. If you're against firm standards and condemning immoral behavior, then your moral compass won’t work and you’ll also be for immorality, as well as societal and cultural decay by default.
Bob replying to a comment from Dave / December 19, 2013 at 02:40 pm
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What drivel! Ford was wrong, was caught lying and was forced to apologize under threat of a lawsuit. He was wrong. Similarly, so are you.
MirrorDave / December 19, 2013 at 02:54 pm
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Probably no one is more relieved right now than Rob Ford.

Had this proceeded to court his personal life would have been an open book. Could Ford endure even more scrutiny of his lies? Does Ford have more skeletons in any of his "closets"?

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Issue is now dead. What really happened was Ford's lawyers told Mr. chronic liar to sign the apology in order to get Dale to drop the suit unless he wanted to pay to bankroll the litigation, and lose.

Anybody who believes Ford's lawyer didn't write the 2nd apology knows nothing about law.

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The second apology was simply to see if Dale would drop the suit, despite it being late. Ford may be stupid but even he knows when to cut his losses.

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Bob, since Mr Dale's case was rock solid, his publisher had no need to push him to have this taken to the courts. The truth is that Rob and Doug knew he had no choice but to give up. They did not expect the educated masses see though the Bravo Sierra.

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Bob, Ford did not want to grovel, but he was forced to follow the advise of his lawyer. You have to remember BOB, stupid people always think they are right. Wise people listen to advice. Ford, not being wise, missed that on the first apology. I suspect Doug made him listen on the second attempt.
Dave replying to a comment from Bob / December 19, 2013 at 03:20 pm
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Bob you are like a Liberal that claims to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views
Bob / December 19, 2013 at 03:42 pm
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Really? I never claimed to want to hear your view at all. In fact, I've been pointing out your baseless claims all day long. The only shock I've experienced today is learning that halfwits like you even know how to use a computer.
Simon Tarses replying to a comment from Dave / December 19, 2013 at 04:06 pm
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Dave, when the rest of the planet is laughing at your own city for electing a moronic fat fool who's a drunken loser, then you know it's time for him to go, and also that he's a failure. A five-year-old child can see that, why can't you?

Do you see why I get so cross and terse with people like you in my comments? Also, when are you and the rest of the sheeple who voted for Ford going to wake the frack up and stop being deluded?
Dave replying to a comment from Bob / December 19, 2013 at 06:33 pm
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Bob, thank you for the entertainment. You were like my fiddle all day. Again, Thank You.
Me replying to a comment from Simon Tarses / December 19, 2013 at 07:55 pm
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"Do you see why I get so cross and terse with people like you in my comments? "

Because you're a fat loser who lives in mommy's basement and gets all upset over stupid internet commentors?

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