Morning Brew: Mammoliti event under investigation, Fords should leave police budget talks, report calls for GO trains over relief line, and Rob Ford claymation
Some councillors think Rob Ford should bow out of police budget discussions since he's the target of one of their investigations and he keeps accusing Chief Bill Blair of playing politics. Ford suggested his suggested 10 per cent cut to the police budget two years ago is the reason cops initiated Project Brazen 2, the investigation that turned up new allegations of drug and alcohol abuse, in an interview with Conrad Black that aired Monday night.
Morning Brew: Ford says Bill Blair politically motivated, cop sentenced for G20 assault, TTC free on NYE, tears at Const. Zivcic memorial, and a Winston Churchill statue
He also accused Star reporter Daniel Dale of "taking photos of little kids" during the 2012 "Fencegate" incident. Read out full round-up.
A Toronto police officer has been sentenced to 45 days in jail for assaulting G20 protestor Adam Nobody. Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani was convicted in September of assault with a weapon and for using excessive force during Nobody's arrest outside the Ontario legislature on June 26, 2010. He was immediately granted bail pending an appeal.
Morning Brew: Smitherman endorses Chow for mayor, Rob Ford's football team gets the boot, Conrad Black interview airs today, and Ford video game gets a sequel
Rob Ford spent part of the weekend at the Etobicoke Santa Claus parade. The mayor handed out candy canes and posed for photographs, eliciting a mixed reaction from the crowd. "I've never seen a politician get a 100 per cent, but I'll take 90 per cent," Ford told CBC News. "I'm happy with 90 per cent of the support." Ford was asked not to attend the Toronto parade amid the ongoing drug scandal.
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?