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Morning Brew: Where's Ford?, poll says casino fans are NIMBYs, Scotiabank tower sold, Gardiner drops chunks, Kensington plant car redux, and Batman squares off

Posted by Chris Bateman / May 23, 2012

toronto pay phone cigaretteCouncillor Shelley Carroll, a potential candidate in the 2014 mayoral election, says Rob Ford should spend more time in his office and less time on extra curricular activities like his weekly radio show. Unlike other members of council, Ford does not make his schedule public and is less commonly at city hall. Councillors Doug Holyday and Denzil Minnan-Wong were quick to defend the mayor, saying he is always available by phone and working hard while out of public view. Shouldn't the mayor make an effort to be more accessible?

According to the The Star, the latest casino poll suggests many supporters of the project would turn into opponents if the proposed resort were built in their neighborhood. Those polled also found sixty-two percent want a referendum on the topic rather than letting council decide. Would you support a casino even if it was built near you?

What does $1.27 billion get you in this property market? How about two million square feet of office space in one of Toronto's landmark buildings, the Scotiabank tower and plaza at King and Bay. The famous red granite building was sold yesterday for a Canadian office property record. Scotiabank, like other major banks, will rent its headquarters from the new owners.

More concrete fell from the Gardiner Expressway yesterday - the third time this month - near lower Simcoe Street. No-one was injured but the aging highway's tendency to shed substantial pieces of its construction material is starting to get worrying, especially for people who regularly drive, walk or bike underneath. Scheduled repairs are due to begin July and could take ten years to complete.

You might be surprised to learn Warren Kinsella, the prominent liberal spin doctor, author and commentator, is in a punk rock band called Shit from Hell. Perhaps more surprising is Torontoist's thumbs up verdict of the band's latest release Why Do You Hate Me?

Toronto's very own Batman has been cruising the streets for several months now, entertaining and generally terrifying passers by with his throaty voice and sudden questions. This picture, though, suggests he might just have met his match. (via Reddit)


See if you can name this rickety looking intersection photographed circa. 1921.toronto morning brew guess intersection


Photo: "Bell Cigarette Break" by theonewhodidntrun in the BlogTO Flickr pool.



ooger booger / May 23, 2012 at 08:50 am
As Mayor, doesn't Ford have to be transparent to the constituents who pay his salary? WHere is he? Snuffling from a gravy-filled trough somewhere?

Semi-aborted fetus replying to a comment from ooger booger / May 23, 2012 at 08:57 am
Yes, you are correct. All public servants are yours to command since you pay their salary through your taxes. I suggest trying that line of reasoning with the police next time you get pulled over, they love it.
Arrow / May 23, 2012 at 09:08 am
Is Toronto Batman still a thing? I thought it got old after the first video. He tries too hard.
Dave / May 23, 2012 at 09:08 am
Par for the course for Ford. As a Councillor, he was notorious for barely attending meetings and never, ever reading any staff reports. He was great at hectoring staff to get potholes filled in his ward, so the folks in his ward loved him. Problem is, he isn't up to the responsibilities of his current job - he should have stayed a Councillor.
ooger booger replying to a comment from Semi-aborted fetus / May 23, 2012 at 09:09 am
That is different. The POLICE are serving and protecting the citizens of TORONTO and I do not break the LAW. ROB FORD is NEGLEGENT and ABSENT>>>
john / May 23, 2012 at 09:23 am
oakwood and o'leary? no? i give up.
Grid / May 23, 2012 at 09:35 am
Ossington and Bruce.
agentsmith / May 23, 2012 at 09:52 am
"According to the The Star, the latest casino poll suggests many supporters of the project would turn into opponents if the proposed resort were built in their neighborhood."
Classic NIMBYism.
andrew / May 23, 2012 at 10:13 am
What a stupid poll. Building a new casino isn't the same as current NIMBY issues! No one wants another one. Not in their backyard, not at Ontario Place, not with green eggs and ham!
Bill / May 23, 2012 at 10:15 am
I have a Not in my Back Yard view of a casino proposal. So what?

There is nothing wrong with trying to maintain decent surroundings and quality of life within a community, especially when the majority of the community will not benefit from this proposal.

A feeling of NIMBY is nothing to be ashamed of and no apologies are necessary. The importance of having some comfort where you live cannot be exaggerated. Your home is the most important factor in your life and quite often your largest financial investment.

Maybe if everyone has a NIMBY view of casinos, the government should get the message and kill the idea. Works for me.
Rob / May 23, 2012 at 10:16 am
"Councillor Shelley Carroll, a potential candidate in the 2014 mayoral election" - according to whom? I haven't heard her name mentioned at all. She is getting press because she was former Budget Chief, and the media go to her for comment, that's it. That doesn't make someone a contender.
Alex / May 23, 2012 at 10:24 am
It's 1.27 billion not 1.87 billion
Chris replying to a comment from Rob / May 23, 2012 at 10:37 am
From the National Post: "Ms. Carroll, who talks openly about considering a run for the mayor’s chair in 2014, says that kind of talk gets in the way of cultivating a long-view vision for the city."

@grid: Ossington and Bruce it is. How did you get it so fast?

@Alex: Changed, thanks.
Binky / May 23, 2012 at 10:46 am
"Kensington plant car redux" in headline.

Ford / May 23, 2012 at 10:47 am
SO far Ford has no reason to worry about getting re-elected. Carroll and Vaughan are jokes and will never carry the suburbs. SO Ford is a shoe in for the next term. That will make the lefties even cry louder then they are now.
Danny P replying to a comment from Ford / May 23, 2012 at 11:00 am
No one can possibly "cry" louder than Rob Ford, he of the bright red-faced tantrums, and his flock of incessantly whining followers who pine for the comfort of how life was when they were children.
the lemur replying to a comment from Binky / May 23, 2012 at 11:09 am
Check the 'In Other News' section.
Rob replying to a comment from Chris / May 23, 2012 at 11:24 am
Fair enough, I missed that. Thanks for pointing it out.
Grid replying to a comment from Chris / May 23, 2012 at 11:37 am
I used to live in that building block. Took that street nearly every day to get to Bellwoods.
Grid replying to a comment from Chris / May 23, 2012 at 11:38 am
(Er, I meant the building block on the right. The Ossington bar is actually in that corner. The building on the left was replaced decades ago.)
agentsmith replying to a comment from Bill / May 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm
But not wanting it at all is different than "NIMBY", which refers to people selfishly wanting something but not in their immediate area. Which is exactly the attitude of many of the supporters, according to the quoted poll.
Chris replying to a comment from Danny P / May 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm
Well, as this council term has shown, even if Ford gets re-elected, he won't get anything done unless he can get council to go along. He's lost his bully pulpit and re-election won't change that, since this council is not scared of him anymore. His only chance to effect change would be to get a bunch of like-minded councillors elected, and outside of the burbs, that will be nearly impossible - the "Ford Nation" brand doesn't appear to extend much further past the man himself.

All that said, another 4 years of a Council at war with itself is far from desirable, so the best outcome is to just get him out of there and elect someone more moderate, intelligent and with real leadership abilities, who can work with Council to actually get things done. Oh and someone not prone to red-faced temper tantrums when they don't get their way.

The key is to find that "anti-Ford" candidate and rally around them early, just like the Fordites will for their guy, and not risk vote-splitting by having 5 candidates who have exactly the same views, and who each refuse to step aside - that will only ensure 4 more years of Ford.

No matter how much of a joke we think Ford is, his r-election campaign is well underway, and you have to take his candidacy seriously if we want to avoid a repeat of the past 2 years.
Bill replying to a comment from agentsmith / May 23, 2012 at 01:56 pm
Point taken but I still say if everyone wants it but not in their backyard, the idea should just be killed as impractical.
Cliches exist for a reason replying to a comment from Bill / May 23, 2012 at 02:04 pm
No it shouldn't. Ever heard of what is good for the goose is good for the gander? If you don't support something being in your own backyard than you shouldn't support some other schmuck being stuck with it in theirs. Do unto others as you'd have done onto yourself.
Cliches exist for a reason replying to a comment from Bill / May 23, 2012 at 02:05 pm
Lol misread. Thought you said the term nimby should be killed. I thought people in woodbine wanted it in their backyard?
SUBWAYS SUBWAYS THEY WANT SUBWAYS / May 23, 2012 at 02:12 pm
I don't see why we can't build the casino in the portlands. It's in nobody's backyard down there. We can have the aborigonals work there and ignore the fact that they worked on brownfields when they get cancer in ten years.
Alex7 replying to a comment from Chris / May 23, 2012 at 02:14 pm
You're assuming he makes it to re-election. I'm hoping as mayor the added stress will cause him to quit for medical reasons. He is not in the best shape. On the upside he has caused the rookie councillors to mature quickly and start taking on some serious responsibility.

I actually can't decide who would win in a fight between Batman and Darth Vader. I'm torn.
CanoeDave / May 23, 2012 at 03:19 pm
Carroll's comments are pretty laughable given that she was a loyal servant of Mayor Miller who was the most absentee Mayor in Toronto's history. Miller spent more time out of town parading around the Country and the World feeding his ego’s desire to be a VIP than any other Mayor in history.
asha / May 23, 2012 at 03:36 pm
That's all you've got, righty?
Eric26 / May 23, 2012 at 03:56 pm
I've got a Not In My Province attitude about casinos. The good, stupid people of Toronto can throw their money away without the help of a casino.
MrsPotato / May 23, 2012 at 04:16 pm
They should build the casino in liberty village!
Chris replying to a comment from CanoeDave / May 23, 2012 at 04:44 pm
"Mayor Miller who was the most absentee Mayor in Toronto's history"

Really? Based on what?

I could take your comment more seriously if you simply suggested that Ford is no more "absentee" than Miller was, but, being a Ford supporter, you just had to go to the extreme and say he was the "most absentee mayor in history", a statement you couldn't possibly support with fact, thereby rendering your comment a complete joke.

Why do you Ford supporters insist on treating wild speculation or wishful thinking the same as fact? Emulating your hero, I guess?

Trust me - treat facts as facts, and speculation/opinion as just that, and you'll be a happier person for it. Plus, those voices you keep hearing in your head? They'll probably go away as well.

Mike replying to a comment from Alex7 / May 24, 2012 at 01:53 am
You're hoping a man gets physically unwell enough that he needs to leave his post?

You're wishing an illness on somebody that is so great that he can't do his job?

Stay classy, bud. I'd tell you that you were a piece of shit, but you probably already know that.
Jay / May 24, 2012 at 08:12 am
I see BlogTO is now manufacturing non-stories to try and take a shot at the Mayor.
Alex7 replying to a comment from Mike / May 24, 2012 at 09:32 am
Really? You're telling me you've never seen someone bullying people and wished something bad would happen to them? Or that you could just go punch them in the face and not get arrested and sued for doing the right thing? If someone is gonna act like an a**, get a ton of hardworking people fired and replace them with people that don't make a liveable wage, and generally make a city of a few million people a worse place to live then I do hope something bad happens to them.
james / May 24, 2012 at 11:32 am
Ford's health should be fine. He's only a couple of weeks away from losing the 50 pounds he set out to shed. I was sure he could do it because he was so confident he made that big announcement and invited the public and press to witness his schedules weigh-ins. Hell he even created a slogan for the whole endeavor. He's shown that he has the willpower and fortitude to demonstrate some restraint to keep on the right track health-wise.
CanoeDave / May 27, 2012 at 11:31 am
I don't have time for annoying things like factual accuracy and research. I go with what my gut tells me could be mostly true.
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