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?
Morning Brew: Rob Ford investigated over car magnets, new traffic timings, LCBO strike inches closer, cops eye illegally parked scooters, a cheeky rug heist, and UFOs
Badly-timed Toronto intersections that leave road users waiting on red for traffic that never comes are going to get a tweak. The changes will hopefully improve the flow of roads with a high number of intersections. City staff say Adelaide and Richmond streets have already benefited from fewer interruptions and lower emissions. More than 1,000 lights will get tweaked over the next three years.
Morning Brew: Humbertown condo plan rejected, polls support BIXI takeover, cops seek men over subway bike incident, food truck protest, and a historic Sunshine Girl
Bizarrely, mayor Rob Ford, an Etobicoke councillor, spent part of the meeting attaching magnets containing his phone number to cars in the lot.
Sounds like there's some support for a city takeover of Toronto's struggling BIXI program. A new poll conducted by Forum Research found more than half Torontonians support the idea of the city taking on the struggling enterprise and possibly integrating it with the TTC. Only a third liked the idea of a subsidy, however. Can BIXI survive under Ford?
Morning Brew: Bruins drop Leafs in agonizing Game 7, Hadfield returns, TTC needs more support, the mystery of Mark Fraser's skull, and elephants must move soon
Back in the world, Toronto's favourite aerial photographer Cmdr. Chris Hadfield landed safely in a grassy field in Kazakhstan late yesterday evening. Hadfield spent five months aboard the International Space Station, singing songs, doing cool science experiments, and probably some actual science stuff too. Welcome home.
Morning Brew: Poll suggests Chow could still beat Ford, Maple Leafs force Game 7, a century of transit struggles, extreme planking in Toronto, and LCBO strike looms
Well, they did it. The Toronto Maple Leafs will play the Boston Bruins tonight in Game 7 thanks to their 2-1 series-tying win last night. Goalie James Reimer would have had a shutout if it wasn't for a late consolation goal for the visitors. Can the Buds come all the way back and take the series?
Morning Brew: Transit funding debate goes off the rails, city votes not to endorse taxes, Ford and Stintz square off, elevator workers strike, and 118,000 millionaires
The meeting was also marked by a lively exchange between councillor and TTC Chair Karen Stintz and Rob Ford, who appeared to be avoiding questions on how he might vote on taxes later in the meeting. "I support subways. You support LRTs. I do not support LRTs. You support streetcars. I do not support streetcars," he said. Here's the rest of the exchange.