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Morning Brew: Ford sends angry letter to Waterfront Toronto CEO, Torontonians would rather lunch with Atwood, baby born on the side of the Gardiner, and Horwarth advises NDP candidates not to rely on Layton's name for votes

Posted by Brianne Hogan / September 14, 2011

Rogers CenterSeems like Rob Ford doesn't want anyone messing up his waterfront plans. In a letter obtained by The Globe and Mail, Ford's chief of staff accuses Waterfront Toronto CEO Joseph Campbell of a "very serious breach" of responsibility regarding the comments he made to the paper last week. The letter says Campbell's comments were "a deliberate attack on the integrity and reputations of the Mayor and Councillor Ford."

So it seems most Torontonians would rather lunch with Margaret Atwood than Doug Ford. The Toronto Public Library Workers Union's "Why My Library Matters to Me" challenge had well over 500 submissions compared to the 250 entries from the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition's rival "Lower taxes are good for Toronto because..." contest. Let's be honest, it's amazing that the latter contest got as many entries as it did.

This will be a great story when she's older. A baby girl made her entrance into the world at the side of the Gardiner Expressway at the Humber River Bridge early yesterday morning as her parents raced to a downtown hospital. Looks like she had other plans. Mother and daughter are doing well. No word on the baby's name, but I think 'Gardiner' actually sounds pretty cool.

Did you smell something funky yesterday? That's a frequent occurrence in Toronto, but this time, the smell wasn't our own. It was caused by a huge wildfire all the way from northern Minnesota, which has reportedly burned 6,400 hectares of land.

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwarth has advised her party not to use Jack Layton's name in attempt to bolster votes and gain sympathy. Her request comes after NDP veteran Michael Prue's campaign used an auto-dialing system to call voters in his Beaches-East York riding saying the party was going through a "rough patch" since Layton's death.


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Clay Jones / September 14, 2011 at 09:30 am
Right. Potentially illegal back-room dealings = no breach. Talking to the Star = "very serious breach". Thanks for turning city hall into a grade 4 school yard you child.
TCalnan / September 14, 2011 at 09:41 am
Well, I'm not surprised about the results of the essay contest, though I would have preferred lunch with Linwood Barclay who was also one of the participants.
MrPotato / September 14, 2011 at 09:43 am
____________ <--- Insert joke about eating lunch with DoFo here.
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@Clay Jones: Bingo.

When a councillor who has no affiliation with Toronto Port Lands sits in on an in camera meeting with a mall developer, and then announces a new vision for the port lands that includes a mall, what would you call it?

Next election, could we please include a provision that full grown children be excluded from running for public office?
ron / December 26, 2011 at 02:11 pm
Well it seems Torontotonians wanted this Ford fool as Mayor so we have to wait him out until he reaches the end of his term to turf has ass out.

If this jackass gets another term I am moving out of Toronto and leaving it to the morons I would have to blame if this buffoon gets re-elected.
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