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Morning Brew: Luminato faces deep cuts, Ford breaks the rules (part deux), Total Recall teaser trailer released, and the Leafs officially miss playoffs for the seventh year

Posted by Chris Bateman / March 28, 2012

MB Crane B Synowiec By A ThreadThe news out of Queen's Park yesterday was all about the provincial austerity budget. As was to be expected, there were plenty of losers and not many winners across Ontario, but closer to home the AGO, ROM and Luminato were marked for potential cuts. The latter could have its funding more than halved over the next few years and withdrawn altogether in 2014/2015 in an effort to reduce the $15.3 billion provincial deficit. The AGO, ROM and other arts institutions could also see their funding cut by a few percent. The Tories say they'll reject the budget at the vote — putting the onus on the NDP to help see it through. More budget highlights (if that's the word) at the CBC.

Mayor Rob Ford may have broken council rules (again) when he urged people interested in running against his rival councillors in the next election to contact his office during his weekly radio show. The Members' Code of Conduct (items 6 and 7) explicitly forbids tax dollars being spent on campaign activities. Councillor Josh Matlow, who called out the gaffe, wrote an open letter to the mayor only for BroFo to step in and accuse his peer of sour grapes at losing his radio show (Matlow used to host a show in the Ford's current timeslot). The mayor has since apologized to Matlow over the incident and and released a statement.

23,000 of Toronto's inside workers are voting on a contact offer by the city this morning but, no matter what the outcome, there will be no strike in the immediate future. The results of the vote — which will decide the future of worker's job security and benefits — are expected to be announced tomorrow morning. According to 680 News, the city is confident CUPE Local 79 will accept their offer.

With the Raptors in a skid and the Leafs officially eliminated from playoff contention after losing 3-0 loss at home to Carolina last night, Jake Goldsbie over at the AV Club asks whether Hogtown's sports fans have forgotten - or never learned - how to properly boo. Citing the dislike shown toward former Raptor Tracy McGrady and Ottawa Senator Daniel Alfredsson as examples of wasted emotion, Goldsbie suggests booing Chris Bosh and P. K. Subban instead (although I'm pretty sure P. K. gets it pretty good already). I'm not sure if I follow his logic - no amount of complaining can help now - but see what you think.

And finally, here's 30 second look at the most expensive movie ever made in Toronto. Watch and see if you can spot anything remotely familiar between the quick cuts (I couldn't). No clue yet whether the famous three-breasted woman will reprise her role in the movie. If you've forgotten, we can remember it for you wholesale.

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Photo "By a Thread" by B Synowiec in the BlogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

18 Comments

George / March 28, 2012 at 09:14 am
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A good way to help people navigate Toronto would be have some nice info boards which actually... I dont know... have info.
Daryl / March 28, 2012 at 09:19 am
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I usually stand outside ACC and boo the fans.
MrPotato / March 28, 2012 at 09:26 am
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RoFo Radio - Playing all your favorites like:

The Cure - "Subway Song"
Romeo & Christina Milian - "It's all Gravy"
Donovan - "Ferris Wheel"
Stick McGhee - "Whiskey, Women and Loaded Dice"
The Police - "King Of Pain"
Weird Al Yankovic - "Eat It"


steve replying to a comment from George / March 28, 2012 at 09:27 am
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would be nice to see the Yellow and Blue signs make a come back. They were as heritage as many of the building we mourn about
FAMOUS STREETCAR / March 28, 2012 at 09:29 am
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Is that an ALRV I see in the trailer's trailer?
boobird / March 28, 2012 at 09:40 am
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Why would anyone boo PK Subban? He's actually from Toronto and just happens to play for another team, it's not like he tried to flee playing for the leafs.

I don't even understand why people boo Bosh. Management gave him nothing to work with. He put his time in, even re-signed and played hard for season after season surrounded by a conveyer belt of scrubs. I would have left in disgust too.

Boo Colangelo and Burke, not the players.
Chris replying to a comment from FAMOUS STREETCAR / March 28, 2012 at 10:07 am
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At what point did you see an ALRV? I saw what looks like one of the new streetcars or an LRT (!) right off the start on the left side of the screen. The movie is set in 2084 – a sign?
Hobo Jesus / March 28, 2012 at 10:11 am
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I'm more offended by the smell of the homeless man that looks like Jesus that rides the Yonge subway line during rush hour with a large comforter wrapped around him. Cranky one he is. Jesus is clearly not a morning or shower person.
Mr Kanyo / March 28, 2012 at 10:34 am
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How about this juicy nugget - Andy Byford says downtown relief line needs to be discussed "right now". This is so many levels of awesome. Ford wants subways subways subways. Well here's one that will actually be able to pay for itself once opened, will help the whole system run more smoothly and will most likely take a streetcar off of one of downtown's main strips. Sounds like Ford's dream - except that I imagine "over his dead body" he'll support any new development downtown. I'd love to see this debate at city hall. All of Ford's rhetoric will be turned directly against him.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/03/23/subway-or-lrt-downtown-toronto-needs-a-relief-line-ttc-chief-andy-byford/
Joe / March 28, 2012 at 10:41 am
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Did anyone expect anything better/different from the leafs?

Prayers aren't gonna help the homeless, it's one of the most self-centred things anyone can do for another person! The feeling you're doing something while really doing nothing!
Joe replying to a comment from Joe / March 28, 2012 at 11:13 am
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*replace homeless with drug abusers and their children*
Hobo Jesus replying to a comment from Joe / March 28, 2012 at 11:26 am
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You're forgiven, my son.
FAMOUS STREETCAR replying to a comment from Chris / March 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm
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That's what I was thinking.
Chris replying to a comment from FAMOUS STREETCAR / March 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm
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Then again most of the movie takes places on Mars...
jason / March 28, 2012 at 01:23 pm
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Hobo Jesus, I saw you taking a piss in front of North Toronto last week. Clean your fucking ass.
CanoeDave / March 28, 2012 at 04:53 pm
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Don't understand why there is so little discussion on the implications of the Provincial budget of Toronto politics. The biggest irony here is that Dalton has just pulled the rug out from under CUPE and the left wing Councillors in Toronto. All the ads, propaganda and attacks on Ford as being some irrational extremist Tea Partier are exposed as absurdities when Big Daddy Dalton comes out as the bigger union buster with attacks on pensions and threats of legislated wage freezes. The real funny part is that the Ford administration is actually following the Drummond report much more faithfully by first reviewing all services and now reviewing the efficiency of service delivery and knowing as Drummond implies that giving out small wage increases in labour negotiations is of little cost when compared to the long term potential savings gained by getting the flexibility to efficiently manage the work force and deliver services at less cost. And Ford or more correctly his Committee leaders started the process a full year before the Drummond report. Dare I say this is a vision thing?
boris moris replying to a comment from CanoeDave / March 28, 2012 at 06:10 pm
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"the Ford administration"

That's a really farfetched description for a cabal of drunk, obese, moronic clusterfudgers. It's not much of an "administration" if you can't win any votes to further an agenda.

I personally think the Trailer Park Boys teamed with Jim Lahey and Randy could do a much better job of running Toronto than the Blob & Rug Ford Dork & Phony Show.
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