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Morning Brew: Ford Nation ready for possible Ward 9 by-election, the City seeks dismissal of sewage spill charges, Liberal caught recycling Green Party literature, cats seized from Toronto home, and a letter to the mayor regarding graffiti

Posted by Brianne Hogan / April 26, 2011

RobartsGet ready for some more "Ford Nation" if a court-ordered by-election proceeds in Ward 9, York Centre. Nick Kouvalis, Mayor Rob Ford's campaign strategist, confirmed he has offered to run Gus Cusimano's election campaign. Kouvalis acknowledges that Councillor Maria Augimeri, who currently represents the Downsview area, isn't "keen" on Ford's agenda, adding he plans to build the by-election as a "referendum" on Ford's progress. For her part, Augimeri is confident a by-election won't happen but if it does, she'll campaign on Ford's record too, proving he's "anti-Downsview".

Something smells fishy about this. The City of Toronto is seeking the dismissal of charges that it improperly allowed sewage to spill into sections of Lake Ontario four years ago because the document — cryptically known as the "Information" — that listed the original offences has been lost. Toronto is accused of violating two sections of the Ontario Water Resources Act, after a heavy storm in December, 2006, swept untreated sewage from the Ashbridge's Bay treatment plant into Lake Ontario over three days. If convicted, the city faces fines ranging from $350,000 to $10-million.

First damaged signs, now pamphlets are getting trashed. Apparently Liberal veteran Joe Volpe has reportedly fired one of his campaign workers for getting caught "red-handed" replacing Green Party literature with Liberal literature in in Volpe's Eglinton-Lawrence riding and then tossing the Green Party literature into the recycling bin. At least he remembered to recycle — the Green Party should dig that.

I never wanted to believe in this urban legend, but more and more, it seems to be true. Older ladies love their cats. A lot. The Ontario SPCA has seized about 50 cats from a Toronto home on Manor Road, charging a 63 year old woman with cruelty to animals and causing unnecessary suffering to animals in connection with the seizure.

Rob Ford Graffiti letterA new voice enters the Toronto graffiti wars! Some might call it misguided, but the above letter from Leah Hladkyj, which was sent to Mayor Rob Ford by her father, just melts our hearts over here. And, besides, she has a point: the City should "only get rid of graffiti that people want to get rid of or not nice ones." Good on you, Leah, for being politically engaged!


Photo by Jared Krause in the blogTO Flickr pool.



Grafman / April 26, 2011 at 09:25 am
I don't care what the trolls around here are bound to say, that letter is hilarious and adorable.
paul / April 26, 2011 at 09:28 am
so if i write a short letter with childish writing/grammar and send it to the mayor, he'll read it and the media will publish my letter?
geg replying to a comment from paul / April 26, 2011 at 09:30 am
That's a good start, paul
Sean / April 26, 2011 at 09:59 am
How does one pronounce Hladkyj?
Kyle replying to a comment from Sean / April 26, 2011 at 10:07 am
Mike W replying to a comment from paul / April 26, 2011 at 10:08 am
You don't remember this adorable nonsense?

<a href="";>I'm Tamie, 16 and on strike and horribly misinformed</a>.
andy / April 26, 2011 at 10:12 am
@paul - Your attitude will surely spur community activism in youth. So you recommend teaching cynicism rather than activism?
bob replying to a comment from paul / April 26, 2011 at 11:32 am
yes, paul - you're usual letter will do just fine.
bob replying to a comment from paul / April 26, 2011 at 11:34 am
your usual letter -- sorry for MY poor punctuation ...
JOhn John / April 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm
Greg / April 26, 2011 at 01:11 pm
Aareo / April 26, 2011 at 01:39 pm
Dear, Mayor Rob, my dad is forcing me to write this letter to you. Please tell him to stop pestering me. I'm 8 and don't give two hoots. I'd rather be playing with my Barbies.
andy replying to a comment from Aareo / April 26, 2011 at 01:49 pm
@Aareo I think you should think twice before commenting. Most 8-year-olds don't play with Barbies.
Mike W / April 26, 2011 at 02:27 pm
Dear Rob Ford, please only get rid of graffiti that people want to get rid of or not nice ones.
Oh, <a href="";>you're already doing that</a>? Okay, no one told me. Cool.
TorontosArtistCommunity / April 26, 2011 at 02:46 pm
Sorry for the confusion everyone, it was actually me who wrote that letter to the Honourable Mayor Ford. I forgot to put the 2 in front of the 8.
andy replying to a comment from TorontosArtistCommunity / April 26, 2011 at 03:09 pm
Wow, the maturity of some of these comments amaze me.
Mike W replying to a comment from andy / April 26, 2011 at 04:24 pm
I guess you missed all the comments during the municipal elections.
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