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Morning Brew: Vaughan accuses Ford of shirking work, OneCity could lack votes, haircut reform coming, thirsty trees, and another bag ban for the GTA?

Posted by Chris Bateman / July 5, 2012

toronto financial districtRob Ford's team has responded to claims by councillor Adam Vaughan that he "barely even shows up for work" by Tweeting an image of him at his desk with councillors Jaye Robinson and Mike Del Grande, captioned "hard at work for taxpayers." Vaughan accused the mayor of shirking his responsibilities when questioned about the streetcar incident in an interview with Toronto Sun. No word on what the hot sauce was working on, though.

Vaughan reiterated the sentiments afterwards on Newstalk 1010, calling Ford "a part-time mayor".

Karen Stintz says she should have consulted more councillors before announcing her surprise OneCity transit plan last week because she's worried the subway, LRT, streetcar and bus expansion might not have the votes to clear the first hurdle, a staff study. Despite Stintz's concerns, polls suggest many members of the public support the tax-funded project.

Hold on to your hairdos, councillor Josh Colle wants to kill the city bylaw that says all barbers must hold a provincial hairstyling certificate. Right now, anyone wielding clippers in the name of buzzcuts has to study perms, weaves, and hairdye before being allowed to operate. Colle has asked the licensing and standards committee to study simplifying the rules.

It's not easy staying green if you're a tree in Toronto. There's the tiny concrete planters, deadly invasive insects and the scorching heat reflected from the pavement on days like yesterday. The Star explains what it takes to keep a tree alive in these tough times.

Ever been in the park and wished you could bang out a few choice numbers on the ivories? Your wait could be over, public pianos are coming to Toronto.

Finally, a little validation from Mississauga, where mayor Hazel McCallion is floating a ban on plastic bags in the image of our own. Are we headed for a plastic bag free GTA?

And by the way, Toronto could feel like 50 degrees tomorrow as temperatures climb back into the mid-30s and the humidity ramps up. Holy cow.

GUESS THE INTERSECTION:

Can you name this intersection based on this photograph? Answers in the comments section.

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Photo: "Financial District, Toronto" by Kuba Los in the blogTO Flickr Pool.

Discussion

53 Comments

MrsPotato / July 5, 2012 at 09:09 am
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uhhuh ... that ford pic doesn't look stage AT.ALL. LOLLL!~!
Vinnie / July 5, 2012 at 09:11 am
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"No word on what the hot sauce was working on"??

hot sauce? lol wut?
Jacob / July 5, 2012 at 09:19 am
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It looks like that monitor on Ford's desk is conveniently blocking his lunch from view.
Mike / July 5, 2012 at 09:21 am
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I'm confused. Adam Vaughan referred to Rob Ford buying liquor on Dundas as if it were an awful thing, but then this morning on CFRB, he denied that he was inferring that the mayor had a drinking problem.

So if he doesn't think that Ford is an alcoholic, then why is his purchase of alcohol an issue?

That's a pretty serious charge to levy at somebody and it looks worse on Vaughan than it does on Ford.
Binkster / July 5, 2012 at 09:23 am
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It's time Adam Vaughan got a Twitter account just like a lot of other Councillors and the Mayor, if he wants to at least appear to be current and accountable.
AV / July 5, 2012 at 09:26 am
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I'm not sure anything Adam Vaughan can say or do would make him look worse than Rob Ford. That includes killing and eating a live cat on CityPulse @ 6
George replying to a comment from Mike / July 5, 2012 at 09:29 am
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Maybe he is just making the point he is doing personal shit during time he should be working... you know, what his whole point is, that he is a part-time mayor. But hey, keep pulling some shit of of your ass there.
Amy replying to a comment from Vinnie / July 5, 2012 at 09:29 am
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There's a bottle of Tabasco sitting on top of Ford's desk
Mike replying to a comment from George / July 5, 2012 at 09:33 am
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My mistake. I didn't realize that you couldn't accuse somebody of shirking responsibility without implying that they had an alcohol dependency.
Bullit / July 5, 2012 at 09:35 am
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If Ford really wanted to show that he was working all he needs to do is release his schedule and publish his meeting minutes just like everyone else....but nah, that would be hard and stuff.
Rob Ford / July 5, 2012 at 09:35 am
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The hot sauce was for my big fat burrito, they never make those awesome burrito hot enough! And I washed it down with the beer I bought on Dundas. What's the big Deal?
Mark / July 5, 2012 at 09:36 am
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What's Vaughan doing today? His only contribution to city life is him going on tv and whining about whatever the Mayor does. Vaughan hasn't had an original idea in his life.
Hey, Mark ... replying to a comment from Mark / July 5, 2012 at 09:41 am
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... not all that different to you going on blogto and whining about whatever other commenters say about whatever the Mayor does
MrsPotato / July 5, 2012 at 09:42 am
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To the person above to commented on Ford's twitter. Have you ever READ his feed? It's fucking bogus.
It's not a real feed .. just info fed.
LJ / July 5, 2012 at 09:47 am
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I wish Vaughan barely showed up at work.
ESB / July 5, 2012 at 10:03 am
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Vaughan is trying to smear Ford to cover up the ridiculousness that is happening in his own backyard. Jean Sibelius Park. My favourite park as a kid. PERFECTLY GOOD Park. Vaughan goes and for some reason decides the park needs a reno. Total reno time, about 2 years. Total tax payer money.. roughly $ 2 million!!!! Including wood specially imported from Brazil. It's a tiny park!!!!! Hey Vaughan, at least Ford isn't frivolously throwing away money on fancy benches and excessive bathrooms for 3 year olds!
Metal Pete / July 5, 2012 at 10:06 am
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RE: Intersection ... King and Portland?? That kinda looks like the Canada Malting Silos.. and I believe Simpson's Furniture was on King..
Mommy Blogger replying to a comment from ESB / July 5, 2012 at 10:09 am
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How DARE you imply that my children should be forced to go without the comforts of home when out in the park? It's bad enough that my children could hurt themselves on playground equipment but must they do so with wet pants too?

Shame on you.
LOL / July 5, 2012 at 10:23 am
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HAHAHAHAH.. "hurt themselves on playground"....come on people! that's what playgrounds are for! kids need to experience reality. the playgrounds of today are boring as hell and don't offer much in the way of a real challenge.. .whatever happened to climbing trees (yes, since we're talking about them here...) or jumping off rocks and stuff? that's how you learn, that's how you experience living and you grow up to be a better person for it! there are too many sheltered people out there, afraid to make an effort and always complaining about stuff.. this is how it starts!
james / July 5, 2012 at 10:27 am
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If you can't defend Ford attack Vaughan. Robbie won't release his schedule and even the Ford-boosting Sun can't print stories about what he is actually doing as mayor. What Vaughan is stating is completely true. Any discussion of Ford is about his screw-ups and not what he's actually working on. You know it's possible to believe in the policies and philosophy of conservative politics and acknowledge that Ford is doing a terrible job of putting them into action.
Chris Bateman replying to a comment from Metal Pete / July 5, 2012 at 10:37 am
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Not King and Portland I'm afraid. Keep sleuthing.
Joan / July 5, 2012 at 10:45 am
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At least Ford is doing his job. Vaughan is wasting money and campaigning already for Mayor. How about we tail Vaughan around for a random day and see all his hard work...
yyzgyy / July 5, 2012 at 10:46 am
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Good catch metal pete. I'd say though that the only building still standing is the one on the right, which might be Sadie's Diner. Making this Richmond and Portland.
yyzgyy replying to a comment from yyzgyy / July 5, 2012 at 10:48 am
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Off by a block. Adelaide and Portland
Johnny Tronno replying to a comment from yyzgyy / July 5, 2012 at 10:56 am
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Adelaide for sure but I think further west, like Strachan.
Fonzie / July 5, 2012 at 10:58 am
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Tabasco sauce isn't really hot sauce, guys.
Laura / July 5, 2012 at 11:07 am
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I know, I know, we all hate Ford, but c'mon guys, public pianos!
james replying to a comment from Joan / July 5, 2012 at 11:15 am
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Joan -- how is Ford doing his job? He doesn't release a schedule, has a media blackout, has accomplished little if anything. Just because you repeat something doesn't make it true despite the wishes of Ford Nation. Just because he antogonizes the left and despises the downtown elite and panders to the suburban inferior complex doesn't mean he's doing his job.
the lemur replying to a comment from ESB / July 5, 2012 at 11:15 am
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It wasn't perfectly good at all. The equipment was aging, paint peeling off, not suitable for different age groups. I highly doubt that it was Vaughan's decision to do a reno, but there was definitely neighbourhood input (doesn't seem like you got involved). Now there's a playground that has one section for younger kids and one for older, more interesting for both groups, a playing field (to be turned into an ice rink in winter) and new washrooms (the old ones were really decrepit) for everyone, not just 3-year-olds. Also, it's not tiny, it's quite big.
Chris Bateman / July 5, 2012 at 11:25 am
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Neither of the streets are Adelaide, Sumach or Strachan. Bwa ha ha.
Binkster replying to a comment from MrsPotato / July 5, 2012 at 11:42 am
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MrsPotato
"To the person above to commented on Ford's twitter. Have you ever READ his feed? It's fucking bogus.
It's not a real feed .. just info fed."

My point is not that Rob Ford communicates poorly through Twitter. it's that Adam Vaughan boycotts the technology entirely. As a constituent of his Ward, I'd like to hear from Councillor Vaughan on a daily basis. For current area 'news', I have to rely on Councillor Mike Layton ‏@m_layton in the adjacent Ward. That's not acceptable in this era of immediacy and political accountability.
Alex replying to a comment from Binkster / July 5, 2012 at 11:56 am
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Ummm...it's Twitter. Politically it's like the internet equivalent of a TV ad. No time or space for any actual info. Maybe he's too busy doing actual work to 'tweet' every 5 minutes. If you want up to date news check a real news site.

Seriously, what is up with Twitter? Who wants to stalk people to that degree? Or store their daily itinerary and thoughts in a giant database, where it can be bought by advertisers so they can better market their crap to you.
Binkster replying to a comment from Alex / July 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm
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Pulls head out of sand... reinserts head into sand.

Next.



james / July 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm
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I wonder if the Sun will photoshop the Tabasco out of the picture the same way it changed Ford's reference from buses to streetcars when he misidentified the vehicle whose doors he drove past.
Capitalist replying to a comment from Binkster / July 5, 2012 at 01:45 pm
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@Binkster

I get lengthy e-mail updates every couple weeks or so on Vaughan's work & initiatives in our Ward 20. I believe I signed up maybe through facebook...look around.

Here's his email address, ask to receive his newsletter!

councillor_vaughan@toronto.ca
Capitalist replying to a comment from Binkster / July 5, 2012 at 01:47 pm
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Response to Binkster above ^
Binkster replying to a comment from Capitalist / July 5, 2012 at 02:11 pm
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Twitter is not some flavour of the week. It's relevant and here to stay. But don't get me wrong. I'm a fan of Councillor Vaughan. I'd just prefer he get up to speed with all relevant social media. It can only serve him well with his constituents and help to keep us informed.
Alex replying to a comment from Binkster / July 5, 2012 at 02:20 pm
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It's social media. None of those is here to stay. I'm sure people said the same thing about MySpace and Facebook.

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/top_tweets
Binkster replying to a comment from Alex / July 5, 2012 at 02:34 pm
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Okay. Okay, Alex.. you win. Twitter and Facebook will have no relevance during Adam Vaughan's current term.

Now where the hell did I put my stone tablet, chisel, and hammer? I've got to write a letter to my Councillor.
Johnny Tronno replying to a comment from Chris Bateman / July 5, 2012 at 06:54 pm
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Streets please?
Chris Bateman replying to a comment from Johnny Tronno / July 5, 2012 at 07:57 pm
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Sorry, yes. It's Sumach and King. The picture looks south down Sumach across King in 1932. We'll do this again soon.
Johnny Tronno replying to a comment from Chris Bateman / July 5, 2012 at 08:51 pm
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Chris,

You said: "Neither of the streets are Adelaide, Sumach or Strachan. Bwa ha ha"

But it's Sumach & King? Hmmmmm
Chris Bateman replying to a comment from Johnny Tronno / July 5, 2012 at 09:05 pm
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Whoops, my bad. I wouldn't be so crafty as to deliberately mislead you guys, I promise. Bonus round tomorrow if I can squeeze it in?
confused / July 5, 2012 at 09:08 pm
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what clue gives king/sumach? looks nothing like the curved intersection that exists today, no common buildings?
Johnny Tronno replying to a comment from Chris Bateman / July 5, 2012 at 09:10 pm
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I thought that 'Bwa ha ha' was a little suspect. :)
huh replying to a comment from Chris Bateman / July 5, 2012 at 09:37 pm
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how is it king sumach
Chris Bateman replying to a comment from huh / July 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm
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The archival label reads "9084 Sumach St., south to King St. Feb.23/32". Pretty sure it's right, there's another picture in the archives that shows the two houses on the right (the white one with the advert and the one on the opposite corner) from a different angle.

https://gencat4.eloquent-systems.com/webcat/systems/toronto.arch/resource//ser372/ss0033/s0372_ss0033_it0081.jpg
huh replying to a comment from Chris Bateman / July 5, 2012 at 10:48 pm
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could there have been a 9084 sumach address? street is too short? is there actually a clue in the picture (other than archival label) you thought could be used for identification? not much common in the new pic you posted, wondering if the original pic you posted is that intersection or mislabelled
Chris Bateman / July 6, 2012 at 07:19 am
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It looks like there's a track on the intersecting street which I thought would narrow it down somewhat. Not many other clues, but that's the game. Both pictures would have to be mislabeled and I don't have reason to think they are. 9084 isn't necessarily a house number, could be a reference to the photograph.
Stu replying to a comment from confused / July 6, 2012 at 09:15 am
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It could be the same; Sumach may have been curved to make way for the overpass construction
Jeff / July 6, 2012 at 10:34 am
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I did what Adam Vaughn said and googled "Rob Ford Entertainment District" and I didn't find anything... Was hoping to find pics of him making out with girls as he said that is what he was doing...
huh replying to a comment from Chris Bateman / July 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm
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So no possible way to discern what intersection it might be. Pictures aren't chosen because there is a well-hidden but possible clue in them. Game is to guess what was written on the bottom of the picture you randomly took off the archives website. Great stuff.
Chris Bateman replying to a comment from huh / July 6, 2012 at 05:36 pm
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If I chose easy ones then it wouldn't be much of a challenge for the people who like sleuthing it out.

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