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Morning Brew: Ford criticizes McGuinty over scandals, casino park hits a snag, Globe and Mail gets a paywall, botanical gardens need green, and no smoking on patios

Posted by Chris Bateman / October 16, 2012

toronto zanzibarRob Ford says he saw yesterday's resignation of Premier Dalton McGuinty's coming, claiming it was time the provincial leader left office for being "up to his eyeballs in scandals." Also in Ford, the Globe and Mail says the mayor logged significantly fewer hours with his constituents this summer compared to last year. Is this a problem for the man whose raison d'ĂȘtre is public service?

In casinoland, it turns out that park the developers said they'd build over the Railway Lands near the Rogers Centre is kind of, well, a total fantasy. The company doesn't own the air rights to the space above the track, Metrolinx does, and getting the necessary approval could be tricky. That said, the developers remain positive, saying it will be no harder than building a giant bridge.

Regular online Globe and Mail readers will have to cough up or move on shortly. The newspaper is establishing a paywall that caps non-subscribers to 10 articles per month. Will you pay to keep reading the paper's GTA coverage?

The city's botanical gardens need more cash to avoid closure, but the city says it will have to wait to see if it will get a much-needed grant increase. The collection of gardens at Edwards Gardens near Lawrence and Leslie is on land owned by the city. The parks department decided to kick the request for more money up to the budget committee, where a response won't be delivered until next year.

According to The Star, city council has been asked to reconsider the "no touching" rules in Toronto's strip clubs. City staff have recommended that small touches or "benign contact" be allowed from dancers but not "sitting, touching or resting" on patrons.

In smokes, Toronto Public Health is says banning lighting up on public patios, doorways, hospital grounds and sports fields. It seems like such a policy would have decent support too. 86-percent of people asked in the staff report want smoke free building entrances, 74-percent want smoking stubbed out on restaurant and bar patios. Sound like a breath of fresh air?

Finally, here's Rob Ford getting treated to an awkward close-up performance of Gangnam Style at a football game earlier this month from fourth-year York biology student David Kim. Check it out.


Photo: "*" by jamesbf in the blogTO Flickr pool.



My Daddy makes labels / October 16, 2012 at 08:27 am
I'm not a huge fan of McGuinty, but maybe Rob Ford should shut up and focus on his own gong show of an administration and the poor job that he's doing. If being "up to one's eyeballs" in scandal is the reason for McGuinty's departure, according to Rob Ford at least, does this mean that we'll soon be seeing the end of the Tommy Boy experiment?
AV / October 16, 2012 at 08:48 am
"up to his eyeballs in scandals"

Careful throwing those stones Rob, you could be covered in shattered glass
scott / October 16, 2012 at 08:51 am
I give the G&M paywall three months, tops. If they had somehow proven over the last year or so that they were special and offered something you couldn't get anywhere else, I could possibly imagine people paying 20 bucks a month for a subscription. As it is, their quality is on average rather mediocre. I guess I'll miss reading Doug Saunders, and I find that in general the editorials there are pretty good , but even so, what are they offering that we can't get in a hundred other places online for free? It's like a joke. Seriously, it's like a complete joke.
iSkyscraper / October 16, 2012 at 09:05 am
Hey Ford, SHUT UP. Just when you were staying out of the headlines and giving people a break for like, 5 days, you open your (adjective) mouth again. Shut it, unless you are making your own resignation announcement.

Re: the casino proposal, TTR owns the air rights, not Metrolinx. It's considerably easier dealing with CN and CP than a political agency though they would demand a steep price.

Rob / October 16, 2012 at 09:20 am
What do we have here?

- Rob Ford being an idiot who runs his mouth
- Fanciful new development being tied up in red tape; will be built, but won't be an asset
- Greed from the Globe and Mail
- Takes a year, apparently, to discuss whether there's money available to plant flowers
- Glad to see the city is involved in some bogged-down bullshit about the semantics of strip club touching, a true pressing issue of our time
- More short-sighted NIMBY horseshit about smoking
- And the same mouth-running mayor showing how out of touch he is

This place fucking sucks.
smoker / October 16, 2012 at 09:50 am
Complaining about people smoking cigarettes on street-side patios while completely ignoring the exhaust from the thousands of cars that drive by. Thumbs up.
Robert replying to a comment from Jay / October 16, 2012 at 10:07 am
Kudos @jay, your vast knowledge of the politics and the issues is outstanding. Keep up the good work, your going places.
Gul Jassad replying to a comment from Jay / October 16, 2012 at 10:08 am
Your ill-informed rant only proves that stupid is as stupid does, and in spades.
jenny / October 16, 2012 at 10:11 am
God, Ford is SUCH a sourpuss in that video!! I'm surprised he didn't call 911.
Jerry / October 16, 2012 at 10:22 am
A globe paywall? The only upside is that now they will know precisely how much revenue Margaret Wente's drivel is generating.
j-rock replying to a comment from Gul Jassad / October 16, 2012 at 10:28 am
Look, it's pretty obvious that Jay is just out for a troll, but he's not wrong about eHealth, ORNGE or the gas plants. And there is no way that McGuinty would have won another election. In fact, if the Conservatives had an even remotely competent leader, he probably wouldn't have won the last one. McGuinty's legacy of investment in education, healthcare and the environment will be forever tarnished to some degree by overspending, broken promises and a stunning lack of oversight and/or accountability in key areas, the Ministry of Health in particular.

I am not a big fan of McGuinty and think that he wasted a lot of promise. But I'm more concerned by what might follow in his wake. The thought of a Permier Hudak is more than I can deal with right now.
Troll / October 16, 2012 at 10:46 am
Of course he wouldnt win the next election, thats why he resigned. If you think you're smarter than the Liberal premier who held three terms in Ontario, then go ahead and run since I'm sure you're much more clever than he is about politics.
lister / October 16, 2012 at 11:00 am
Finally glad to see some action on smoking on uncovered patios! It would be nice to enjoy the short summer patio season without having to deal with the smoke.

I suppose the restaurant and bar industry will moan about the world coming to an end if such a ban came into being. Yeah just like when the world was going to end when smoking was banned inside. *roll eyes*
Jacob replying to a comment from Jay / October 16, 2012 at 11:00 am
I lean left, I usually vote Liberal, and I completely agree. McGuinty is a wimp. I've considered him to be one for a few years now.

But, a wimp was still better than the likes of Hudak.
Rick / October 16, 2012 at 11:00 am
I see we have all the Liberal boosters on this site. Lucky us!! Lets wait until the Conservatives or NDP come into power for the next election and open the books. Im pretty sure what the province owes is alot more than what the Liberals have been telling us, and the deficit will magically jump. Just a hunch. I agree the Conservatives would have won if they had a better leader. McGuinty only won because he was the best of the worst. The reason this province does not move forward, projects are behind or never completed is because of leaders like McGuinty. Playing politics but never addressing any of the issues that need to be addressed for this province.
Mr Snickers replying to a comment from Jay / October 16, 2012 at 11:50 am
Kudos. You are right about all those scandals. The pitiful and snide responses you have received show how bad the state of discourse is in this province. If we had any kind of decent opposition leaders, McGuinty would have been gone years ago. Lets not forgot his classic line "I will not raise taxes" and then once he became Premier raised the Health Care duty...I pay $500/year due to him and the service still sucks.
Tim HudaK / October 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm
I am counting on all of you to vote for me in the next election. Time we cleaned up the mess, the liberals have left us. We need to get spending under control and create jobs. And remember I can get you those subways, a vote for me is a vote for subways!
Gul Jassad replying to a comment from j-rock / October 16, 2012 at 01:11 pm
I didn't like Dalton 'Tory Lite' McGuinty, either; he was basically a continuation of Harris, but with just one calorie. Still, I'm not interested in hearing neocon crowing about what happened-just because McGuinty screwed up doesn't mean that Jay and the other neocons get to benefit. Who they will elect would (and will) be worse-we need to get the NDP or the Greens (as much as I disagree with some of their policies regarding power generation) into office, and quickly.
Tony / October 16, 2012 at 01:32 pm
Total Ontario Debt as of Sept 2012: $272 Billion

2002 Ontario Debt: $132 Billion

2008-2012 Ontario Debt went from $169 Billion to $272 Billion.
Jer / October 16, 2012 at 01:42 pm
Yes to smoking ban on patios...
Rob replying to a comment from Tony / October 16, 2012 at 01:49 pm
Things like that tend to happen when Ontario loses a third of their manufacturing base in the middle of a recession.
Rob / October 16, 2012 at 02:03 pm
Also, smoking on patios should be at the discretion of ownership/management. Smokers can have their bars. Non-smokers can have their bars. And if you want to go to a specific place that happens to be the other type of bar, you suck it up like a big boy and/or big girl.
Alex / October 16, 2012 at 02:07 pm
McGuinty screwed up and was too corrupt. I'm glad he resigned, but I don't see how any other government would be different. I feel the NDP would lose money through inexperience and incompetence (I like them, I just wish they were more realistic) and the Cons would be even more corrupt.

Who would want a job like premier anyway? Terrible hours, everything you do analyzed and criticized, and every decision you make will guarantee at least a 3rd of the people hate you. The only kind of person that runs for a job like that is someone corrupt who thinks the personal gain or power is worth all that crap.
Jill / October 16, 2012 at 02:34 pm
Paying for Margaret Wente's plagiarized articles?! Good luck with that G&M.
Ace McNugget / October 16, 2012 at 04:13 pm
Wow. Anyone who has any kind of problem with someone OUTSIDE smoking in their vicinity needs to get a life sharpish.
realityCheck / October 16, 2012 at 05:42 pm
Can't stand it when people describe McGuinty as "Left"... The fact that he often used "language" that sounded mildly progress doesn't mean that his "policies" are actions were progressive. McGuinty's time as premier has been a disaster. Almost as big a disaster as Harris' time, but not quite. Both men were incredibly arrogant, and their own way projected a "daddy knows best" approach to governance that was dismissive of other perspectives and approaches. And they both left the province worse off than when they came to power.
Lee Zamparo replying to a comment from Rob / October 16, 2012 at 07:02 pm
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