Morning Brew: Rob Ford's lawyer slams Toronto Police, Liberal cabinet minister calls for resignation, GO fare hike given green light, and stolen Jesus statue returned
Speaking on a Washington D.C. sports radio station yesterday morning, Ford called the latest allegations an "outright lie." He told the Sun's Joe Warmington the information in the ITO is "so far fetched, it isn't even funny,"
Morning Brew: All eyes on Rob Ford amid stunning new allegations, no charges yet, scandal biggest Canadian story this century, and Kelly wants to wait on island jets
Meanwhile, Police Chief Bill Blair is still refusing to say whether the allegations in the ITO are enough to charge the mayor with a crime. Councillor Adam Vaughan said Blair needs to say why there appears to be "two sets of rules" in the case. Speaking yesterday, Blair said the decision to lay charges lies with the investigators.
Morning Brew: Porter's jet plans face major hurdle, relief line study ready to start, details of Bixi rescue plan due, and tunnelling for the Spadina line extension is complete
The Downtown Relief Line is a transit project in dire need of a re-brand. If you needed proof Toronto's transit discussions have become too political, the word "Downtown" in the name has been taken to mean it will only benefit those living in the city's core. In the hope of finding a better name, "Rename DRL" - a City Youth Council of Toronto initiative - is taking suggestions. Any ideas?
Morning Brew: Doug Ford called the cops on a Rob Ford impersonator, transit too political in Toronto, councillors due for pay rise, and Will Ferrell gets serious about Ford
"I had the impression [Doug Ford] is a classy guy. Now I'll have to reconsider that," he told The Star.
The head of the Toronto Region Board of Trade says the city's transit decisions have become too politicized and less fiscally responsible. Speaking outside budget discussions at City Hall, Carol Wilding said her group isn't against the Scarborough subway, though it will likely require a bigger tax increase to finance, but would prefer a comprehensive regional strategy. Those monsters.
Morning Brew: Rob Ford swipes seat at Bills game, cop still critical after crash, report says mid-rise will ease gridlock, taxi driver beaten, and Jesus statue stolen
Ford also made an official appearance at the Cavalcade of Lights Saturday night. The mayor greeted the crowd, who appeared to respond positively (NOW called it "mixed,") with his wife and two children in tow. Councillors Paul Ainslie, Peter Leon, and Peter Milczyn and their families were also on hand for the illuminating of the Nathan Phillips Square Christmas tree.
Morning Brew: Rob and Doug Ford headed to YouTube, council urged to delay island airport decision, Rob Ford may face border troubles, and Saks Fifth Avenue is nigh
Toronto should not make a decision on whether to expand Billy Bishop airport for jet traffic until 2015, city staff are recommending. It's still not clear how noise from the Porter planes will affect those living nearby and there are still many "outstanding questions," according to a detailed report explaining the suggestion. The executive committee will discuss adopting the recommendations at their next meeting.