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Morning Brew: The Mayor talks layoffs, Mammoliti asked to remove Ford logo from his Facebook page, SummerWorks play recreates G20 detainment on stage, bike thief gets caught thanks to Kijiji, and street and subway closures

Posted by Brianne Hogan / August 13, 2011

TorontoLooks like Rob Ford is serious about those layoffs. Talking to the Sun News Network yesterday, Ford said if city workers don't take the buyout package offered last month, "what else do we have to do? We might have to lay them off. I don't know if we have a choice." Employees have until September 9th to accept the deal, unless anyone can answer Ford's request of "If someone can come up with a solution, let me know."

Ford, the car company - not the mayor, has asked city councillor Giorgio Mammoliti to remove its logo from his Facebook page "Save the City...Support the Ford Administration." But apparently Mammoliti doesn't run that page anymore, saying he "let it go" a couple of days ago after comments got too "silly." He said the logo was uploaded after he relinquished his control. "It's under somebody else's leadership," Mammmoliti said. Dude, it's a Facebook page; it's not like it's a communist party.

Talk about returning to the "scene" of the crime. Actor-playwright Tommy Taylor's SummerWorks play, "You Should Have Stayed Home: A G20 Romp!" will attempt to fit 40 people on Theatre Center's small stage to recreate the crammed experience Taylor felt when he was detained at last year's G20. Taylor wrote his play based on a Facebook post he wrote after his detainment.

This guy really is an idiot. A man has been charged with theft after a woman found her stolen bike on Kijiji. (It was easy to spot since she had customized it with after-market parts). In a sting operation, a plainclothes officer met the man to purchase the bike and then arrested him. Maybe he would have had better luck with Craigslist.

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Photo by Dan Cronin in the blogTO Flickr pool

Discussion

6 Comments

AJCiti / August 13, 2011 at 10:26 am
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Lol @ the bike theif, that is way too funny. It reminds me of this story my friend told me about a guy who would take free cats he found on kijiji, re-upload the photos from the original poster's ad & sell them for money. My friend even called the guy out on it although I don't remember what he said. It was quite comical though, like at least take different photos.
Bob But Not Doug / August 13, 2011 at 10:31 am
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"If someone can come up with a solution, let me know."

As though he would listen.
J / August 13, 2011 at 10:38 am
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I amend my previous comment. Some brief research on the Mammoliti fb page:

Complaints about the Ford logo were registered most of Wednesday, and Mammoliti was still approving join requests as of 4:30 pm on Wed. The earliest complaints seem to start around midnight to 1 am on Wednesday morning.

Coincidentally, a few complaints about the Ford logo being used were posted and timestamped around 7 and 12 minutes into Wednesday morning. Mammoliti approved some join requests around 00:29 AM, or 15-20 minutes later.

I stopped looking after that, but the information is still there, online. He says the logo was added after he left, but it's clearly a lie, and if I were to guess, I'd say he personally added the logo, based on the timing.
brad / August 13, 2011 at 11:33 am
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"Taylor wrote his play based on a Facebook post"
This quote is surely a sign of the end times.
the lemur / August 13, 2011 at 01:51 pm
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'Built Ford Tough', ha! Say what you will about Ford products, they at least don't have the same amount of idiocy built into them as Mammoliti does.
Jimmy Choo / August 14, 2011 at 09:30 am
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As though he would listen.

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