Morning Brew: Council to resume transit tax debate, Rob Ford joins McHappy Day, a first look at the TTC bendy buses, Sheppard Ave. is most congested, and Leafs lose
Taking a lunch break from city council, Rob Ford dropped by a nearby McDonalds to promote McHappy Day, an annual event in which the fast food company donates $1 from certain menu items to charity. During his visit Ford posed with the Hamburglar and briefly served food from behind the counter. One heckler didn't like it - "the mayor's a bum," he shouted.
Morning Brew: Council grabs transit tax debate, jets get closer, Mammoliti says he's changed, Rob Ford's drink identified, viewing fees, and Beer Stores get a new look
In case you missed it yesterday, city council also approved a feasibility study into flying jets out of the island airport and extending the runway to accommodate the larger planes. The report will asses the environmental and economic impacts and provide a recommendation to council. Does allowing Porter jets leave the door open for other airlines?
Morning Brew: Porter jet study to cost up to $1 million, a no jets petition, Toronto must lead on transit, NPS bike station awaits vote, fire on Dundas West, and Leafs lose
At the same time, Margaret Atwood and other prominent citizens are lining up against the idea. NOJetsTO wants council to reject the feasibility study and force airlines to stick with propellor planes. The group has a petition with almost 1,000 signatures. Former mayor John Sewell is also a supporter of the group. Where do you stand on this?
Morning Brew: Stintz mulls a TTC takeover of BIXI, Rob Ford wants election, marathon tragedy, painting Ford, longer pedestrian crossings, and a look at ranked ballots
Rob Ford wants a provincial election, and he's calling on the NDP to help. Speaking on his weekly radio show Ford urged MPPs to "just say no" to the Liberal budget and trigger a vote. "Taxpayers want an election," he said, and presumably so does his brother coun. Doug Ford who's planning a run for office. The NDP need to support the proposed budget to prevent the province going to the polls.
Morning Brew: HOV lanes make the provincial budget, Mark Grimes expensed drinks, a one-metre passing rule, close call on the subway, heart attacks, and zodiac heads
Coun. Mark Grimes expensed drinks to his taxpayer funded-tab during a trip to Las Vegas last July. The Star found Grimes spent $2,318.81 during the five-day trip to research the Fremont Street Experience, a pedestrian mall he hopes to recreate at Exhibition Place. The tab was reported as $1,095 at the last executive committee meeting but did not include air fare. The omission was the result of an error by a staffer, according to the Exhibition Place chief executive.
Morning Brew: Special casino meeting May 21, subway plans frustrate Metrolinx, the TTC's remarkable Russian, patio battles, radio gripes, and a bad night for the Buds
Plans to revive the Scarborough subway debate in conjunction with a conversation on transit taxes isn't going down to well at Metrolinx. The provincial transit agency has already agreed to build a light rail replacement for the aging SRT. Changing the plans at this stage would be "difficult" and "expensive" according to Metrolinx chairman Rob Prichard.