Morning Brew: photo radar proposed, Kurt Browning had a leaf blower and house fire, Rob Ford to speak about his former drug possession charges, school prinicpal accused of assaulting teacher, deep-fried butter balls coming to the CNE
Photo radar. It's a two-word term that doesn't sit well with Ontarians. Remember in the mid-90s, when police had speed detection and license plate photographing equipment in vans that would automatically nab offenders and send them fines in the mail? Scarborough city councillor Norm Kelly isn't calling for a return of this kind of policing, but he is calling for stationary photo radar to be installed on a stretch of road near two schools, where passing drivers are often speeding and putting the lives of students at risk.
Two residential fires caused destruction and loss in Toronto yesterday. A blaze at skating star Kurt Browning's Forest Hill home started in the garage, when he reportedly left his leaf blower unattended for a short time (he was using it to dry the interior of his car; not a good idea evidently). Another fire, in the Ossington & Dupont area, saw an estimated 30 of 40 resident cats succumbed to smoke inhalation after a fire started in the basement of the home.
Mayoral candidate Rob Ford continues to get blasted by his opponents (and others, including Premier Dalton McGuinty) for controversial comments he made about immigration and Toronto. During a televised debate, he said "Right now we can't even deal with the 2.5 million people in this city. I think it is more important to take care of people now before we start bringing in more people." Today, Ford is dealing with another controversial incident -- a 1999 run in with authorities in Florida, where he was arrested for possession of marijuana.
In happened back in June, but we're only learning of the incident now. A male elementary school principal at Golf Road Public School in Scarborough was charged with assaulting a female teacher, and has been on home assignment since. Little has been revealed about what prompted the altercation, but I suppose we'll learn more once the courts wade through the mess.
And just when you thought you heard the ultimate in artery-clogging, nasty-but-tasty treats...here comes...deep-fried butter! The secret recipe will be featured at this year's CNE, and involves freezing a glob of butter and then dipping it in funnel cake batter before frying it in oil and drizzling sweet syrups and icing sugar on top. Whatever you do, please don't also chow on the deep-fried mac & cheese balls and the chocolate-covered bacon. Save them for another visit (or do yourself a favour and have them never).