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Morning Brew: Councillors say Fords are in conflict over sewage spill, PCs pitch relief line, TTC driver under fire, Presto likely delayed, and local moonshine hits LCBO

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 20, 2013

toronto snowTwo councillors say Rob and Doug Ford's involvement in the aftermath of a sewage spill by one of their company's clients is a conflict of interest. The brothers assembled top city staffers, including the city manager and head of Toronto Water, to help Apollo Health and Beauty Care, a soap and shampoo maker that uses the Ford family labels. Councillors Adam Vaughan and Denzil Minnan-Wong both spoke out yesterday. Doug Ford called the idea of a conflict of interest "a bunch of nonsense"

The province's Progressive Conservatives say they would freeze expansion of full day kindergarten and sell off unwanted government buildings to fund a Downtown Relief Line if they are elected, according to a white paper released yesterday. "Building Great Cities" also envisions thousands of public service job cuts to help pay for the much-needed subway without raising taxes.

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Morning Brew: Daniel Dale libel suit to proceed despite apology, communication system hobbled TTC Monday, more snow is due, and Ford (plus council) dances again

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 18, 2013

toronto snowDaniel Dale will proceed with his libel suit against Rob Ford despite the mayor offering an apology of sorts yesterday. Ford said he was sorry for how the media had interpreted his "taking pictures of little kids" comment and said he never "personally" saw Dale over his garden fence. "His statement today didn't come close. I'm proceeding with a defamation lawsuit," Dale wrote on Twitter.

Several city councillors believe Dale is justified in pursuing legal action against the mayor. Councillor Peter Milczyn said the "horrible innuendo" was "one of the worst things anybody could be accused of." Councillor James Pasternak said Dale "has clearly been unfairly maligned." Ford critic Adam Vaughan said Dale "deserves a much more serious apology."

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Morning Brew: Daniel Dale to proceed with libel action, fresh snow makes for sloppy roads, Mammoliti billed $25K for office renos, and council meeting ends in chaos

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 17, 2013

toronto ukraine protestDaniel Dale says he will proceed with libel action against Rob Ford after the window of opportunity for the mayor to formally apologize passed. Dale has up to three months to prepare a statement of claim against Ford for the case to continue. "I would have very much preferred to not be carrying on and just accepting a retraction and apology, but since an apology hasn't been received, I'm moving forward on this," Dale told The Globe and Mail.

It could be a slow commute this morning: 10 cms of snow is expected to fall in the next few hours, covering recently cleared roads. Environment Canada issued a special weather statement about the lake effect snow for the regions of Halton, Peel, York, Durham and Toronto last night. At King and Jarvis, a car skidded into a fire hydrant, creating a sheet of ice across the intersection. The TTC isn't reporting any delays on the 504 streetcar.

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Morning Brew: Karen Stintz to step down as TTC chair, Rob Ford busts a move in church, Conrad Black hits out, and effigy burnt in protest at Queen subway shooting

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 16, 2013

toronto snowKaren Stintz is stepping down as chair of the Toronto Transit Commission. In an email to councillors, Stintz said she would remain a member of the TTC board but quit the role ahead of her run for mayor. "I look forward to her resignation because she's done a terrible job as chair of the TTC," said Doug Ford, ever classy. Josh Colle and Maria Augimeri are two councillors being tipped to take over the job.

Rob Ford busted a move over the weekend at a North York church. The mayor was filmed by a member of the congregation at the West Toronto Church of God on Sunday afternoon standing in front of the choir, shaking his body and clapping his hands to a lively song. In November, Ford told the CBC's Peter Mansbridge he had had a "come to Jesus moment."

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Morning Brew: Doug Ford sorry for handing out cash at TCHC complex, Rob Ford silent on Daniel Dale libel suit, and NDP leader calls for Nelson Mandela station

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 13, 2013

toronto subwayDoug Ford has said sorry if he offended anyone by handing out $20 bills in a Toronto Community Housing building earlier this week. "If I offended anyone, I apologize. I'm just trying to do some good for people," he said. Ford initially said he didn't see the difference between handing cash to voters and giving out Tim Hortons gift cards. He said he would stick to coffee cards in future. Here's a GIF made by Reddit user "okaybudday."

Rob Ford has yet to publicly respond to Daniel Dale's notice of libel action, which was served on behalf of the Toronto Star reporter yesterday. The document accuses Ford of "vicious libel" and names ZoomerMedia, the company that edited the show, for failing to remove the material from the final version of the program. Read the full text of the notice here.

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Morning Brew: Integrity commissioner declines to probe crack scandal, reporters, a few councillors attend Ford's xmas party, and motion could re-open subway debate

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 12, 2013

toronto fairmont royal yorkThe city's integrity commissioner will not be investigating the Rob Ford crack scandal. Janet Leiper says in a report due to be presented to city council next week that the behaviour advice in the councillor's handbook is merely "aspirational in nature." She recommends no further action be taken against the mayor by council. Councillor Shelly Carroll, who filed the motion asking Leiper to investigate, says the decision shows the limitations of the code of conduct.

Last night a small group of reporters and city councillors attended a Christmas party at the home of Diane Ford, mother to Rob and Doug. The mayor told "childhood anecdotes and circled casually among city hall journalists," according to the National Post. No cameras or recording devices were allowed inside. Several of Ford's current and former staffers were also in attendance.

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