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Morning Brew: Ford lands in Chicago, TTC to pause for killed worker, an Olympic day pass, a David Beckham statue, City Hall gets a play area, and profiting on tokens

Posted by Chris Bateman / September 19, 2012

toronto housesRob Ford touched down in Chicago yesterday to talk "jobs, jobs, jobs" with his American counterpart Rahm Emanuel and a delegation of business leaders from both cities. Ford toured a bean-shaped sculpture known as the Cloud Gate, handed out business cards, and confused Detroit's close neighbour Windsor with Winnipeg in conversation with some locals.

Toronto media continued to question Ford about his alleged use of city resources to help coach a high school football team. The mayor's response: "Go home, go where you came from, then. Holy smokes ... how does this create jobs?" reports the National Post. He also suggested Star reporter David Rider is stalking him. Today Ford will meet Rahm Emanuel to renew the sister city agreement between Chicago and Toronto.

The entire TTC network of busses, streetcars, and subways will stop for a minute today at 10 a.m. as a mark of respect for Peter Pavlovski, a transit worker killed by a service train last Friday. Pavloski's funeral takes place later today.

The Jarvis Street bike lanes look all but condemned to be torn up and replaced with a fifth, reversible centre lane. Yesterday, councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong claimed the bike lanes weren't recommended in a 2009 environmental assessment (they were) but says he supports the extra lane (which wasn't.) You know what this means? Yep, a comedy Tumblr called "Denzil Minnan-Wrongs."

In celebration of Friday's Olympic Heroes Parade from Bay Street to Maple Leaf Square near the ACC, the new, fun TTC is offering a special day pass between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for $5. More things like this please, oh transit provider.

Hey, is that an lanky statue of a scantily clad David Beckham at the Eaton Centre? Why yes, yes it is.

An adult (not that kind of adult) toy box is going to be at City Hall for the next few days, allowing the young at heart to play with a TV-style green screen, toys, Lego, and Play-Doh. Insert wise-crack about city staff and child-like behaviour here. Here's a picture of councillor Adam Vaughan having a go [via @Goldsbie].

Finally, it turns out unauthorized TTC fare dealers selling tokens and passes for profit isn't illegal or within the jurisdiction of Toronto's transit authority. Recent debate about the legality of the practice generated debate online recently. The TTC does, however, frown upon its authorized dealers bumping up the price to turn a profit.


Star reporter David Rider recounts his unusual exchange with Rob Ford in Chicago yesterday while questioning the mayor on the alleged use of a city car by a staffer to drive to football practice.


Photo: "Untitled" by Stephen Sokolov in the blogTO Flickr pool.



Mike / September 19, 2012 at 08:58 am
$20 says Ford will ask Rahm Emmanuel for his brother, Jeremy Piven's autograph.
bears / September 19, 2012 at 09:33 am
Ford only went so he could hang out with the chicago bears and get autographs. There was a big photo op about it.
James / September 19, 2012 at 09:54 am
No disrespect to the dead, but the last thing the TTC should be doing is stopping (delaying) for an extra minute.
Alex replying to a comment from James / September 19, 2012 at 10:10 am
Maybe they can do it during one of the many unscheduled 1-minute stops
Aaron replying to a comment from James / September 19, 2012 at 11:20 am
I was in the stoppage today, and I thought it was actually a good thing. It crossed my mind that other riders might be upset by the delay, but no one on my car was. It also made me think that maybe it's one of Any Byford's ways of seeing the TTC and its employees as people, instead of just a service.

Just a thought
Alex / September 19, 2012 at 11:33 am
That Etobicoke predator is terrifying, I hope they catch him soon.

I think it's good of Ford to try to do something for the city by getting businesses to open offices here. I don't think he's capable of actually doing it though, the man is an idiot. He'll probably just go to the football game and do some photo-ops.
Fig replying to a comment from Aaron / September 19, 2012 at 11:37 am
Good thought Aaron - I agree.
foo / September 19, 2012 at 11:54 am
Seriously? People are bitching about stopping for 1 minute to honour a man killed on the job maintaining the system so you can be safe?! Bloody Trolls.
Johnny Tronno replying to a comment from Aaron / September 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm
My 22 year old niece updated her Facebook page with "who knew the TTC had a heart" after stopping for a moment's silence while on her way to work.

That says it all, it made a difference in her day and it was positive.
alex / September 19, 2012 at 01:02 pm
I'm a bus operator for the TTC and though i wasn't working this morning, i can assure you that many people were bitching and complaining about the 1 min "moment of respect" for the employee who lost his life. How can i be so sure?-Because i witness the same reaction every year when the TTC does the same at Remembrance Day, to honor the men and women who were killed fighting so we the future can have a better life. I had no idea how much "scum" there is out there in this city until i started doing this job. I've always been the type of person who had hope in mankind and always gave people the benefit of the doubt but 8 years of seeing how the citizens of Toronto treat each other and its public services can quickly change all that. It's unfortunate because many employees who start their career with the TTC really do try hard to make the public happy but years of disrespect can jade even the best of us. Thankfully in a city of millions there are plenty of good people out there as well.
steve replying to a comment from Alex / September 19, 2012 at 01:03 pm
It would help if Ford knew were Toronto was. All he knows about Toronto is how to drive from his home to city hall and to drive to the big box stores in the GTA.
Marc replying to a comment from James / September 19, 2012 at 01:53 pm
Some died, but you know, make it all about you and your commute.
Chris replying to a comment from James / September 19, 2012 at 02:13 pm
"No disrespect" Actually, it's plenty of disrespect to suggest that the TTC shouldn't take a momennt of remembrance for an employee who died solely because you'll be delayed by 1 minute in your morning commute.
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