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Morning Brew: new waterfront condo plans unveiled, mystery man may bail out accused cancer faker, Molson to produce Labatt beers, massive medical malpractice suit, CNE opens, Bills in Toronto can't fill Rogers Centre

Posted by Jerrold Litwinenko / August 20, 2010

cne toronto 2010Plans have been unveiled for a new condo community on the city's waterfront. Despite the current significant slump in the market, 1700 residential units will be introduced, along with rooftop gardens and a retail and entertainment corridor -- all on a 10 acre site along the waterfront between Sherbourne and Parliament. The first units will be ready by 2014, and the entire project will be complete by 2021. I can't imagine that waterfront condos will be that tough a sell, given that people are seemingly happy to scoop up shoddily built pigeon coops all over the city.

Ashley Kirilow stands accused of multiple counts of fraud in a case that's gotten a lot of media attention. It's alleged that she faked having cancer by removing her hair and starving herself, and then running a charity to raise money for cancer research (which she appears to have pocketed for her own use). Her parent's have all but disowned her, but when question of bail came up, a stranger stepped forward with an offer to post her bail. His motives are unclear at this point. I'm just as curious to understand what has motivated him to post her bail as I am to understand why he's chosen to tattoo his entire face.

Molson-Coors brewery facilities in Toronto and Montreal may soon be producing several Labatt's products for export to the US market. While it's common for some mass market beer makers to be contracted to produce other brands of beer, it's less usual to see iconic brands being made by major competitors. How this came to be involves a string of complicated sub-contracting and licensing requirements south of the border. Given that mass-produced beer is pretty much all the same crap, this kind of thing just gives us all the more reason to drink far more enjoyable craft brews!

130 women have come together in a hefty medical malpractice lawsuit against retired Scarborough doctor Richard Austin. The suit comes after a slew of complaints from patients who were allegedly subjected to unnecessary and damaging operations, including major, life-changing procedures such as hysterectomies.

The 132nd annual CNE opens today. Daredevils, pyrotechnics, rides, games, and heart-clogging eats like deep-fried butter, a cheeseburger in a bag, and "designer" mac & cheese are all part of the fair, which runs through September 6th.

And the Buffalo Bills defeated the Indianapolis Colts in NFL exhibition play before another disappointingly small crowd at Rogers Centre. A lacklustre team and exorbitantly high ticket prices are likely still the culprits in preventing fans from going sell-out crazy for American football games played here in Toronto.

Photo: "The Big Wheel " by Sabine Smith (itsthebean), member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

26 Comments

Daniel / August 20, 2010 at 08:50 am
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As long as the condos aren't high-rise condo (>10-15 floors) then fine just don't block the view of downtown Toronto.
Ryan L. / August 20, 2010 at 09:02 am
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How much was the bail?
Ryan L. replying to a comment from Daniel / August 20, 2010 at 09:07 am
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That whole area has a faint, but nasty industrial smell. A mixture of garbage and scrap metal. I personally wouldn't want a condo there.
mondayjane / August 20, 2010 at 09:23 am
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Ashley Kirilow's need for attention is sick and her manipulative behavior is cruel and pathetic. She does not need bail, she needs psychiatric help and a serious lesson in culpability.

Personally I think it would be better if the media let her go through the justice system without spotlight, because not only am I fairly certain she revels in the attention, but also because the story is f*cking depressing and I don't want to read about it anymore.
George / August 20, 2010 at 09:47 am
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Would have been nice to link to some of the Ontario Craft Brewers, the number just in the GTA area alone, let alone the rest of Ontario really gives no excuse not to.

http://www.ontariocraftbrewers.com/

and seeing as I didn't see much (if any?) coverage of the first annual Ontario Craft Brew week which took place a couple months ago. Maybe you should look at getting some coverage for the upcoming Toronto Beer Week http://www.torontobeerweek.com
M / August 20, 2010 at 09:53 am
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"A lacklustre team and exorbitantly high ticket prices are likely still the culprits in preventing fans from going sell-out crazy for American football games played here in Toronto."

Another major reason why attendance is low: tailgate parties are prohibited.
a / August 20, 2010 at 10:04 am
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I feel sorry for her

her family has disowned her and that says a lot about maybe why she is the way she is ... there are child molesters & rapists whose families stick with them ... unconditional love
this young woman and yes she is only 23 hasn't got the family support she needs ... I hope this mystery person who is bailing her out can help her
JLankford / August 20, 2010 at 10:04 am
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Preseason football with insane ticket prices in a city with little to no interest in the team. Geez, I wonder why attendance is low.
glug / August 20, 2010 at 10:06 am
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He11, Moosehead used to double secretly brew Canadian for Molson in the maritimes in the late 90's. It's all the same garbage.

NUMBER 9 IS NOW AVAILABLE IN BOTTLES IN THE LIQUOR STORE!
hey / August 20, 2010 at 10:28 am
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that's blind bob. he's panhandled on and off around the city and hung out with lots of market punks and other pandhandlers. weird.
Askar / August 20, 2010 at 10:44 am
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Come on. Another condo complex? AND by the water?
Do we hate water in this city that much that we constantly hide it away from people with buildings?
What is going on here? Why don't we as a city put a stop to this development? It's a head-scratcher that we have a waterfront and can't see it.
Re: Cancer Girl - sad situation. She has a serious mental disability and seeks attention. Keeping her out of the headlines may help her out a bit before she gets serious medical help. Instead of charging her, or throwing her in jail; her "punishment" (which is not really a punishment but will be a gift to her), should be continuous treatment for her mental disorder. Bring in the family at some point so they could also be able to handle this very disasterous rift. But I guess we don't do this as a society right? We spend our money on building condos at the waterfront instead of healing people. SHAME.
gr1 / August 20, 2010 at 10:55 am
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I would go buck if Toronto had an NFL team. Screw the Bills though. Who lives in Buffalo?
Yan / August 20, 2010 at 11:14 am
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Re: "Cancer" girl.
Too bad she cannot be infected with breast cancer and given no treatment.
Yan / August 20, 2010 at 11:16 am
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Our stupid LCBO and Beer Store for some reason are not importing even the Unibroue ales. I fill my trunk with those every time I go to Quebec.
Matt / August 20, 2010 at 11:20 am
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This anti-condo stuff is bizarre.

A - Condos are some of the only affordable options left for downtown living if you're not renting. (Unless you have 600,000 to pony up for a house.)

B - Residential development near the water is good. The waterfront was hidden for so many years by industry, then by an unoccupied post-industrial wasteland. Residences will not block the water. They bring the lived-in part of the city right to the water.

C - Brownfield development is great for the city. It creates an ex-nihilo community, it hopefully takes gentrification pressure off established neighbourhoods, and frankly, and it allows developers to have their way with an area without threatening heritage sites.

I don't want to live there, but I don't really get the problem.
Langford / August 20, 2010 at 11:37 am
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Well articulated Matt. It's an exciting project. Reminds me of parts of Victoria.
mr hate / August 20, 2010 at 11:46 am
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That sure looks like parkland along the water in front of the condo.
And a park on either side of the development.
So wtf is people's problem with it?
Get over yourselves.
Greg / August 20, 2010 at 12:01 pm
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Big J's an arcitect?!
Jacob replying to a comment from M / August 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm
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Beyond Ontario's bizarre liquor laws, one of the reasons for a ban on tailgate parties is that American stadiums are typically surrounded by massive, massive parking lots, and the Rogers Centre is not.
Eric / August 20, 2010 at 01:04 pm
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You mention buying craft brews and none of the examples are local ones when there are so many options? Shame.
turd replying to a comment from Eric / August 20, 2010 at 01:45 pm
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What are you talking about? Jerrold knows EVERYTHING.
Niklas / August 20, 2010 at 02:29 pm
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The waterfront needs more businesses though.. I'm at queens quay and bathurst and we got a sushi restaurant and a convinience store.. not very exciting
nippleholic / August 20, 2010 at 02:51 pm
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i work at the skydome and the crowd wasn't as small as the press says it was...i'm not a football fan by any stretch of the imagination, but there was at least 30,000 in there last night...everyone started leaving around halfway through the fourth quarter though..
Stu / August 21, 2010 at 12:23 am
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ohh well the Bills thing was fun while it lasted.

Hey Bills bext stop, duty free!!!
Toodles...
bob replying to a comment from Askar / August 21, 2010 at 03:09 pm
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@Askar

Well, our city contains one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, one of our universities is noted as the foundation of biomedial research, not to mention advances in finding a cure for AIDS and many other viruses and diseases, plus we have MaRS. Oh, our hospitals are also top in Canada and even in North America, plus we get free health care.

But I guess none of these count?
bob replying to a comment from Askar / August 21, 2010 at 03:11 pm
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ps. Toronto also started stem cell research and discovered insulin.

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