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Morning Brew: Mammoliti event under investigation, Fords should leave police budget talks, report calls for GO trains over relief line, and Rob Ford claymation

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 11, 2013

toronto graffitiCouncillor Giorgio Mammoliti is under investigation by the city's integrity commissioner over a $5,000-a-table fundraiser held for his benefit. Council rules prohibit members receiving benefits related to "the performance of his or her duties of office." The investigation was triggered by a complaint Toronto attorney Brian Iler. According to the CBC, several hundred people, including lobbyists, attended the event at the Royalton Banquet Hall in Woodbridge.

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.

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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

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 10, 2013

toronto window cleanerRob Ford's hotly anticipated conversation with Conrad Black aired last night and was devoid of any real pressure from the former media baron. However, Ford accused Police Chief Bill Blair of having a vendetta against him, saying he was politically motivated in ordering Project Brazen 2. "If I've done something illegal ... arrest me," he said.

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.

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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

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 9, 2013

toronto leaside bridgeFormer mayoral candidate and Ontario deputy premier George Smitherman is endorsing Olivia Chow's unannounced bid for mayor, becoming the first high-profile figure to back the MP for the top job. Smitherman told the Globe and Mail Chow would right the ship after the scandals of Rob Ford. "Somebody who knows city hall but has not been part of this charade would be a good re-start point," he told the paper.

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.

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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

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 6, 2013

toronto bay stationRob Ford's lawyer is leading the charge in defence of the mayor. Dennis Morris told the Toronto Sun the Toronto Police should be embarrassed by the latest ITO release that reveals allegations Ford was blackmailed over the crack video. Morris accused the force of having a political agenda. "This is just dirt piled upon dirt piled upon dirt in order to humiliate the mayor," he said.

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,"

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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

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 5, 2013

toronto ocad uToronto is still digesting the latest round of revelations from that damning police ITO last night. Among them, reports Rob Ford was blackmailed and allegedly offered $5,000 and a car in exchange for the crack video. In another incident recorded by police, people close to Ford traded 1.5 kgs of pot for the safe return of his stolen cellphone. The mayor has not responded to the latest allegations, none of which have been proven in court.

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.

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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

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 4, 2013

toronto skyPorter's plans to fly jets out of the Toronto island airport could be headed for trouble. On Thursday the city's executive committee, now chaired by Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, will discuss a staff report recommending council postpone its final decision on the matter until 2015. Kelly is hoping to fast-track approval by next year but he may not have enough support, reports the Globe and Mail. Should council wait until all the facts are available?

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?

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