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Morning Brew: Atwood not running for mayor yet, Ford has Harper for dinner, glass falls from TIFF Lightbox, Toronto Zoo puts down lioness, new Dupont mural

Posted by Brianne Hogan / August 3, 2011

Tapes on the floorAfter some writing time in the woods, Margaret Atwood is back in the city and responding to the "twin Ford(mayors)" again. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Atwood warns that Doug Ford's ignoramus comments are ruining the city's reputation as an "artists welcome" city. And though she questions the city's sense of democracy, she's not running for mayor "yet" (much to chagrin of her popular Facebook page), but she is thinking of drawing a cartoon of the Ford brothers or knitting a likeness of Rob Ford, which I'm pretty sure isn't supposed to be a voodoo doll.

The mayor had one heck of a shindig at his home last night, one that included Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Hosted by by MPs Patrick Brown and Kellie Leitch, the dinner was in honour of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty for "helping make Toronto and Central Ontario Conservative Blue". Remember when Ford initially said he wasn't choosing sides in the federal election? Anyway. I'm sure the food was outstanding.

No, the sky isn't falling; it's just more glass. John Street is the city's second street to close this week after glass fell from the Festival Tower atop of the TIFF Lightbox last night. Thankfully no one was injured.

The Toronto Zoo had to put down its first and only white lioness yesterday after it was discovered she had liver cancer. Nokanda came to the zoo from Philadelphia in 1995 after losing a friendly World Series bet and quickly became the 'mane' attraction at the zoo's African Savannah exhibit. She was 15.

A recent incident involving a young Toronto man who confronted an intruder at his girlfriend's home on Sunday is adding fuel to the nation's debate about self-defence and protection of property. The man, who stabbed the intruder, is now charged with aggravated assault, a crime punishable up to 14 years in prison.

IN BRIEF:

Photo by jer1961 in the blogTO Flickr pool

Discussion

32 Comments

Joe Public / August 3, 2011 at 09:19 am
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@ Atwood

If you need a grant to feel "welcome" in this city then by all means piss off to New York. Another millionaire looking for a hand out. PATHETIC.
boombip replying to a comment from Joe Public / August 3, 2011 at 09:30 am
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The only millionaire author in existence is J.K. Rowling.
Alex replying to a comment from Joe Public / August 3, 2011 at 09:32 am
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Margaret Atwood hasn't needed, nor applied, for any type of grant in years. Try reading the article. She makes a very excellent point about investment in the creative sector creating jobs, tourism, and city status, the latter having a real impact on property taxes.

And that's what it is: an investment. You want to de-fund the arts? Fire public sector employees? Cancel contracts for environmental initiatives? And what do you think will happen when this leaves us with hundreds of thousands of fewer jobs in Toronto, and just as many people left unemployed. What will that do for the city?
Alex replying to a comment from Alex / August 3, 2011 at 09:33 am
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Ahem... I meant to say an impact on property values. Oops.
Ryan L. replying to a comment from Joe Public / August 3, 2011 at 09:34 am
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Uh. She's speaking on behalf of other artists, not herself.
DC / August 3, 2011 at 09:34 am
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When has Atwood ever said she needed a handout? You're a psycho. She just doesn't want the twinMayors running all over our city saying artists are deadbeats and aren't welcome in Toronto and libraries are for losers.
And telling her she doesn't have a say in City matters? That's anti-democratic. But I think that's exactly what the Ford want
Doesn't money grow on trees? / August 3, 2011 at 09:35 am
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I don't think she's looking for any type of handout and I can respect her speaking out against potential library closures. However at this point, it is time for her to put up or shut up. She has put her voice out there and now if she wants to keep harping on it, do something else. You want libraries so bad, how about you donate some money directly to them. Taking verbal shots at the mayor of this city and a councillor is not exactly productive.

Curious how long people think we should pass the buck to the next year. Miller was faced with $700+ million deficits at the start of every year but with his magic wand made it disappear...until next year. He never solved the problem. Ford does not carry himself well, that's obvious, but I'm glad we finally have someone with the balls to take it on the chin from all the whiners who can't be realistic about what a balanced budget means.
Kieren replying to a comment from Joe Public / August 3, 2011 at 09:44 am
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You must live a fascinating life, getting-by not reading.
Craig replying to a comment from Doesn't money grow on trees? / August 3, 2011 at 09:49 am
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Yes, but addressing a structural deficit with a reduction in revenue (property tax freeze and the car tax nix) is not the right way to solve the problem either.

Josher / August 3, 2011 at 09:49 am
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I found Doug Ford's comment on having to run for council to be heard the most appalling. More emphasis is needed for Doug's undemocratic comment and Margaret Atwood response.

“I am not running for mayor yet. But if it comes to be true that people cannot voice an opinion unless they have been elected, then we are no longer in a democracy,” Ms Atwood said.

Lily / August 3, 2011 at 09:49 am
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Just an FYI, it was the Festival Tower condo that had the glass fall down.
The TIFF Bell Lighbox may physically be attached to the building, but it has no part in the problem caused by Daniels.
hey replying to a comment from Joe Public / August 3, 2011 at 10:37 am
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Doug Ford that you, only the Ford brothers would say something so stupid.
hey replying to a comment from Doesn't money grow on trees? / August 3, 2011 at 10:42 am
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hey mister smarty pants, then why is ford doing this? this isn't exactly balancing the books, just putting a band aid over it till next just like miller.

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1033693--fords-want-to-speed-up-land-sales-to-ease-debt?bn=1#comments
JR replying to a comment from Lily / August 3, 2011 at 10:47 am
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Well....they were both built at the same time by the same people, so what affects one still affects the other. Doesn't being physically attached make them the same building anyways?
jake / August 3, 2011 at 10:54 am
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re: " Ford has Harper for Dinner"

Why not just add the word "over" after Harper?

Brianne - enough with the food/fat jokes.
Xavier replying to a comment from boombip / August 3, 2011 at 10:56 am
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I hear Tom Clancy and Stephen King are having an awful time making ends meet.
Daryl / August 3, 2011 at 11:11 am
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What a concise and descriptive contribution to the discussion. Thanks for your involvement!
BM / August 3, 2011 at 11:20 am
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Yes. Ms. Atwwod is writing books clearly to fill up libraries for the less fortunate. It has nothing at all to do with selling them.
Just raise taxes. Again. I know that I'll feel better knowing that libraries are teaching kids to read, and not schools.
Dumb replying to a comment from Doesn't money grow on trees? / August 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm
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It's like I got lost tryign to get onto I-75 and ended up on Woodward in Detroit. Pedal to the metal, let's gtfo of here!
MORON / August 3, 2011 at 01:51 pm
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HEY GUISE DID YOU KNOW TORONTO HAS SOME OF THE LOWEST TAXES ON THE PLANET? NOT EVEN JOKING BRO. THE 774 MILLION IS A LIE. I THINK WE SHOULD ALL WORK FOR THE CITY.
Chez replying to a comment from MORON / August 3, 2011 at 02:06 pm
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This is what happens when brother and sister breed.
the lemur replying to a comment from Doesn't money grow on trees? / August 3, 2011 at 02:18 pm
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You don't think Atwood already pays a big chunk of property tax towards libraries?
RBeezy / August 3, 2011 at 02:26 pm
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Wow. I never thought I'd see the day when culture would be considered evil. Is it a coincidence that every oppressive revolution starts withe the rounding up of the so called cultural elite?

Must be the end times.
Colin replying to a comment from boombip / August 3, 2011 at 02:50 pm
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"The only millionaire author in existence is J.K. Rowling."

Poppycock. Just off the stop of my head:

Stephen King
Dean Koontz
Ann Rice
Dan Brown
John Grisham
Michael Crichton
Tom Clancy
Danielle Steel
Harold Robbins

There are dozens upon dozens more, I'm sure.
Jacob replying to a comment from Joe Public / August 3, 2011 at 03:04 pm
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You want no arts? Then you can just piss of to Detroit.

Oops, that's what we're becoming.
Realist (mostly) replying to a comment from Jacob / August 3, 2011 at 03:42 pm
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To expand on that a little bit, the arts bring people into Toronto. These people in turn spend their money on things like food and hotel rooms, which means that the people who sell food and hotel rooms have more money to spend. They in turn spend that on other things, which presumably includes whatever it is that you do for a living.

If you don't like that, fine. But like Jacob suggested you can get there a lot faster by moving to Detroit.
brian / August 3, 2011 at 03:57 pm
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Nobody wants to comment on the awesome pic of that box of 8-tracks??? sweet pic...
Clay Jones / August 3, 2011 at 04:01 pm
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Anyone complaining about the arts should no longer be allowed to listen to music, watch tv or movies, look at billboards, store signs, sit on a chair, use a desk, drive a car, use the internet, etc. etc. because they have all relied on an artist's vision to exist in the first place.
Neville replying to a comment from brian / August 3, 2011 at 05:45 pm
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Yes, yes! Eight-tracks! I want to <click>
know where that picture was taken.
Joe Public replying to a comment from Alex / August 4, 2011 at 12:30 am
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We live in a world where guys making Lasagne with Big Macs are getting netflix sponsorships and Maria Aragon can be discovered by Lady Gaga but somehow the arts community can't function without a bribe (read: grant) to feel "welcome" in T.O. Well on behalf of the overwhelming majority of people that don't receive a cheque to live in this city GTFO and don't let the door hit you on the way out. It's time we did some addition by subtraction around here.

By the way please stop with the "arts" bring money into T.O. argument. I bring money into T.O. every time I invite my parents into town. The big five banks bring money into town from all over the world. Celestica brings money into town, so does Yorkville and they are not getting cheques from the city.

If Atwood is so concerned let her sign over the $500K she picked up in Israel last year...
D replying to a comment from boombip / August 4, 2011 at 09:16 am
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J.K Rowling = not a million, try millionaire with a B.
michael / August 5, 2011 at 04:59 pm
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"every Dollar Cut in Arts Programs costs the city $17 in revenue"

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