Morning Brew: Ford and Harper go fishing, the mayor wants to be judged by voters, new Harbourfront parks, police examine remains, and rumblings at Toronto Zoo
Looks like the mayor and the PM are closer than we thought. Rob Ford told Newstalk 1010 yesterday that he and Stephen Harper take regular fishing trips on Harrington Lake, the prime minister's official country retreat. According to the mayor, between hauling in bass, the pair discussed the new federal ridings for the GTA. Not like there's anything else to discuss, right?
Oh, wait, the conflict-of-interest case. In the same interview, Ford told the radio station he doesn't like the idea of a court deciding his fate as mayor, saying he'd rather voters chose whether to boot him out of office the old-fashioned way at the next mayoral election in 2014.
The first sign of a rebirth of Toronto's waterfront was unveiled yesterday near the Harbourfront's York Quay Centre. Canada Square and Ontario Square, two green spaces that will include "miniature forests" of giant redwood trees and public artwork, will be built on top of a recently-completed, underground parking lot beside the cultural centre.
Police have yet to say whether "remains" found beside the Gardiner Expressway near Grand Avenue last night are human or animal. The westbound lanes of the highway were closed while police investigated the material which was spotted by a driver.
According to The Star, several Toronto councillors are worried the Toronto Zoo board is looking to sell or lease the attraction. Various parts of the site are owned by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the City of Toronto and the zoo itself, which is seen as an obstacle to any sale. The paper reports board members could be consolidating land ownership.
Finally, here's Toronto soul trio Falling Androids performing their new single Indie In Passion. The video incorporates the "Play Me, I'm Yours" piano project that wrapped up last month.
IN OTHER NEWS:
- Bautista out for Blue Jays season with left wrist surgery [The Star]
- Suspect in dismemberment case had been on police radar early in investigation [Globe and Mail]
- Toronto police shoot dog [CBC]