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Morning Brew: Sam Sniderman dead at 92, The Rob Ford show rolls on, debating the TTC fare hike, David Chang on the Toronto culinary scene

Posted by Derek Flack / September 24, 2012

Toronto FallSam Sniderman, founder of the Sam the Record Man chain of stores — still so memorable for its flagship location near Yonge and Gould streets in Toronto — has died at the age of 92. Opened in 1959, the store with the massive neon records was a fixture on the street until 2007. An October memorial service will be announced shortly.

The Rob Ford sideshow just keeps giving — that is, if you haven't tuned it all about by now. In his latest NewsTalk 1010 show, he and his brother Doug addressed a whole slew of perceived injustices, which included a flurry of criticism directed at the radio station itself. It's tough to pick a "best quote" (they're all so delicious), so let's just go with this one from Rob: "We've done more in this administration than any other administration ever has, and the media just -- I don't know what, I don't know what they want. I guess they want bankruptcy. I guess they want a ghost town. I don't know."

Also in City Hall news, apparently the mayor and TTC Chair Karen Stintz are once again butting heads, this time over a possible TTC fare hike. The mayor would like to keep fares at their current rate, while Stintz's believes that in the absence of an increase in council subsidy, the Commission will be forced to implement a rate-of-inflation fare hike.

From this weekend's Globe and Mail, here's Momofuku's David Chang on the Toronto food scene. "I like the city - a lot," he says. "It's a lot of fun. It has an amazing urban infrastructure. You have extraordinarily high standards for education, for financial markets, for building quality, for the arts. You understand the concept of super-high standards. But everyone agrees that Toronto's culinary scene, while good, could be better. Why isn't it? Nobody can pinpoint why it is. Nobody wants to be critical. It's the taboo subject nobody wants to talk about. Toronto food is great, but to ask 'why isn't it better' and be reprimanded for it - that's foolish. Why can't we question the status quo?" Discuss.

If you're feeling down on humanity this morning, this group effort to rescue a nine year old boy pinned under a car is both sad and uplifting all at once. According the CBC, the boy's "injuries are serious but not life-threatening."



Photo by Richard Gottardo in the blogTO Flickr pool



MrsPotato / September 24, 2012 at 09:06 am
Oh rob ford.

please stop talking!
MrPotato replying to a comment from MrsPotato / September 24, 2012 at 09:38 am
Go Ford Go

Potato Jr. / September 24, 2012 at 09:47 am
Why won't mommy and daddy stop arguing?
Mike / September 24, 2012 at 09:47 am
Awesome photo Richard!
Chris replying to a comment from MrsPotato / September 24, 2012 at 09:52 am
I actually think he should keep talking - the more he opens his mouth, the more he shows his ignorance and buffoonery. People need to know their "champion" is actually a loud, obnoxious and apparently paranoid idiot who has a major persecution complex and ask themselves why is this man our mayor? Sure its embarrassing, moreso for the folks who actually voted for him, but its necessary.

As an aside, did anyone see the coverage of his trip to Chicago? Probably not, because there was none - both major papers down there completely ignored him.

Here's a link to the one and only story in Chicago that covered his trip. the headline reads: "Big, Obnoxious Toronto Mayor visits Chicago - Blends in too well".
MrsPotato / September 24, 2012 at 10:06 am
Ford is a roasted potato!!

Potato, Jr ... we need to deepfry daddy.
MrPotato / September 24, 2012 at 10:22 am
I would like to announce that I am leaving MsPotato due to irreconcilable differences. I will be pursuing a career in local politics and I hope I have the support of the BlogTO community. Lets once and for all stop this gravy train to turkey town and put a real potato in charge of this city!
iSkyscraper replying to a comment from Chris / September 24, 2012 at 10:25 am
Chris, good catch on the NBC post. Tongue and cheek, but awesome. I read that over the weekend also and nearly fell off my chair laughing. Just another imaginary success in the mind of one Robert Ford.
Alex replying to a comment from Chris / September 24, 2012 at 10:45 am
Except the people that voted for him are the exact same, so he's not losing any votes by acting like himself.

I liked the part where he called the media liars. I have a funny feeling he honestly believes "lying" is saying something he disagrees with.
Dmitri / September 24, 2012 at 11:12 am
Beautiful image btw.
mar replying to a comment from Alex / September 24, 2012 at 11:16 am
in a liars world everyone is a liar. its their justification.
mar / September 24, 2012 at 11:18 am
This trip was about deco labels not toronto. its hilarious that he couldn't just call it what it was.
Lee Zamparo / September 24, 2012 at 11:23 am
Nice article by Matt Elliot refuting RF's favourite talking points. Steve, in case you show up here, please have a look:
Jacob / September 24, 2012 at 11:42 am
I've said it before: Rob Ford is the real life incarnation of South Park's Eric Cartman.
j / September 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm
SO they want to raise metropasses at the rate of inflation. That means Metorepasses will be $157?!?!? wtf
j-rock replying to a comment from Chris / September 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm
I wish I could agree with you, but his supporters are wholly unmoved by any displays of stupidity, petulance or outright illegality. In fact, the worse he behaves, the more he gets to play victim, and "Ford Nation" rallies behind him even more. Rational thought and objective analysis have abandoned Toronto civic politics. It's like having mayor Quimby from the Simpsons in office, minus any of the laughs.
Torontonian / September 24, 2012 at 01:01 pm
Not to change the subject too much but ----
I remember reading back several decades ago that Sam Sniderman asked his mother whether he should move to Yonge St. or not.

Mother Sniderman replied something along the lines of:

"There is Eaton's and there is Simpson's".

That was enough for hime to decide to move and be down the block from A&A.
skeeter replying to a comment from j / September 24, 2012 at 02:15 pm
30 dollars for the year, not every month.
Typical Ford Supporter / September 24, 2012 at 03:54 pm
It doesn't matter that he breaks rules, the loonie socialismo left breaks them ALL THE TIME, everywhere. Everything's a damn media witch hunt. Ohhhh, I heard Mayor Ford scratched his back today! Let's write about that!

Do I really need to remind you people about half-eaten muffins in council that USED to go to waste before Mayor Ford put an end to that nonsense? No more gravy anymore thanks to Mayor Rob Ford and now all you loonie lefty socialist commie pinkos have to go get real jobs like everyone who is good, wholesome, hard working and smart (i.e. the neocon right).
Gabe / September 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm
Let's put the chess boards back in at the old location and call it Sniderman's Corner.
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