Morning Brew: Hudak visits to talk subways, councillor charged with impaired driving, Doug Ford defends the mayor's agenda, and city auditor tees off on golf courses
Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak stopped by City Hall yesterday to try and reignite the LRTs vs subways debate (thanks Tim!) Hudak said a PC provincial government will build underground "where funds are available" but didn't mention where the bulk of the money will come from. Some of the cash, he said, would be diverted from the current light rail projects planned for the city.
Is Hudak's input helpful? Should Toronto's transit expansion be on the provincial agenda?
Rob Ford was probably glad councillor Ana Bailão bore the brunt of yesterday's local media attention with her impaired driving charge. The Ward 18 Davenport representative was stopped by police early yesterday morning near Harbord and Bathurst for driving without her lights on. Bailão called the incident "regrettable" in a statement.
Ford, on the other hand, is facing accusations he's lightened his itinerary by scheduling fewer interactions with local constituents compared to last year. In traditional fashion, Doug Ford defended his younger brother by claiming most meetings take place in secret to keep the media at bay.
The city's auditor general says Toronto's municipal golf courses could soon require a taxpayer bailout if things continue as they are. Net profits on the five courses are headed south and a new report blames a lack of business or marketing plan for the businesses. Right now visitors' maps don't show or mention the courses. Did you know Toronto had municipal golf courses?
Ever wanted to stick photoshopped characters all over design renders like the pros? Now you can!
Toronto's hookah lounges could soon require a license and face cleanliness inspections if a new report gets through the licensing committee Friday. The document recommends barring minors, providing proper air ventilation, and strict sanitization standards. Sound good?
Finally, here's local band Len (yep, they're still going!) with their new single "It's My Neighbourhood" featuring gratuitous aerial shots of Toronto and its neighbourhoods.
IN OTHER NEWS:
- MPP plans to reintroduce gas-and-dash bill [The Star]
- Diabetic man testifies he was yelling for food in jail cell when officer kicked him [The Star]