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
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.
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
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."
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
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.
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
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."
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
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.
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
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.