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Morning Brew: Don Bosco Eagles fall in final, Toronto's elephants California bound, an Argos party, switching Fords, parking ticket leeway, and the Sun gets a paywall

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 28, 2012

toronto parking spacesThe city might have landed the Grey Cup but Rob Ford can't be pleased with developments since then. He's been ousted from office and now the football team he coached at the expense of many a meeting (and a bus load of commuters) has fallen at the last, losing 14-28 to the Huron Heights Warriors in the final of the Metro Bowl. There were plenty of tearful faces on Ford's team; the match was the finale in a long season of matches. Ford vowed after the game to keep on coaching.

The protracted saga of three Toronto Zoo elephants, Iringa, Toka, and Thika, is finally over. City council decided (again) yesterday evening to send the trio to PAWS, a sanctuary in California, before Dec. 31, despite hearing concerns over cases of tuberculosis among other pachyderms at the facility. Council also voted to urge Edmonton to ship their zoo elephant to a warmer climate.

While it was doom and gloom for Rob Ford inside City Hall yesterday, it was a different story outside in Nathan Phillips Square. Ford appeared on stage at the Grey Cup party to declare Tuesday Argonauts Day in the city. Contrast happy Ford with sad Ford.

So how about mayor Doug Ford? The Star discusses substituting one Ford for another at city hall. If things play out like they say, Rob Ford could have an eye on provincial politics. Could it happen? Would Rob voters support Doug?

Drivers who accidentally overstay on a parking meter will be allowed better access to a 10-minute grace period that city rarely advertises. As a result of a council vote, the city will now publish details of the exemption period on its website and at its four parking ticket offices. Will you use the time?

It's going to cost you to read the Toronto Sun, Sue-Ann Levy, and the Sunshine Girls online from next Tuesday. The paper is joining the Globe and Mail behind a paywall in an attempt to recoup a reduction in ad revenue from its print publication.

Oh, here's a festive (and a touch psychedelic) Toronto skyline graphic. [via Reddit]

Alyssa Bistonath is a photog and blogTO alum who's now directing music videos, most recently for Toronto country band The Most Loyal. The group is launching a new EP on Dec. 12 with a gig at Lee's Palace, but for now you can enjoy Bistonath's gorgeous handywork and a good ol' toe-tappin' tune via YouTube.


Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Photo: "IMG_6280-3" by 416Pictures in the blogTO Flickr pool.



Jim H / November 28, 2012 at 08:43 am
Will that 10-minute grace period for parking apply to Impark lots as well?
Chris Bateman / November 28, 2012 at 09:02 am
I think it's just on-street parking meters and Green P lots.
rYaN / November 28, 2012 at 09:27 am
Will they inform the parking officers who sit in their car 10 minutes before parking times are up?
Jeff / November 28, 2012 at 09:35 am
Makes sense to have a few minute grace period on parking meters. The same can be said for on street permit parking. Do they really need to enforce it at 12:02 am? That being said, I think they should hire even more parking enforcement people. I am sure it would be a revenue positive move. Enforce "no stopping" zones during rush hour, enforce parking on two sides of one way streets (there is an area around College around the Monarch Tavern where people just park wherever they like including on the sidewalk to go get pizza/sandwich. Seen it everytime I am in the area). Maybe create a system to let citizens report trouble spots.
Liam replying to a comment from Jeff / November 28, 2012 at 10:23 am
+1. Would LOVE if police (so not really parking) also enforced blocking an intersection. The number of times this happens and f*cks up traffic is beyond belief. Getting thru an intersection to only wait at the back of the queue saves you very little time most of the time
flo / November 28, 2012 at 10:36 am
5 minutes grace makes sense. 10 is kinda much. from now on I'm putting a nickel in the machine and parking for 15 minutes "free-ish" parking
CanoeDave / November 28, 2012 at 11:01 am
The idea that Doug Ford run in place of his brother is a just plain dumb idea. Far better that Deputy Mayor Holyday be appointed interim Mayor to complete the term and the City get some relief from both another election and the Ford brother sideshow. Question; does the winner of a by-election get a four year term or only be Mayor until 2014 in which case we would have the ridiculous interruption of two elections in two years and nothing getting done?
Big Fuckin Mega Boat / November 28, 2012 at 11:04 am
Good to see that in times of turmoil, City Council is keeping focus on the issues Torontonians really care about, like elephants at a zoo 3,500 kilometers away.
Daryl replying to a comment from CanoeDave / November 28, 2012 at 11:07 am
The 2014 election is a province wide vote for to elect mayors, councillors, school board trustees. Pretty certain that'll happen regardless.
Alex replying to a comment from CanoeDave / November 28, 2012 at 11:31 am
Agreed, we don't need another election. Just make Holyday interim mayor and be done with it.

Ha, the Sun would need to go behind a paywall. They have the worst accounting ever. Delivered for them for about a year maybe 10 years ago or so and they never got the amount to collect from us right. We used to get an extra $10 or more a month because they couldn't do the simple math of how much newspapers cost.
Rob K replying to a comment from CanoeDave / November 28, 2012 at 11:38 am
My understanding based on reports is that it is Rob Ford's appeal that is holding up the logical succession of having Holyday serve as interim Mayor. I cannot recall why the two are related just that the two are. What I also recall is if Rob Ford dropped his appeal, the transition to Holyday as interim Mayor would be done within a very short time - hours or a day (at most).
PETA Pet replying to a comment from Big Fuckin Mega Boat / November 28, 2012 at 09:50 pm
You disgusting human being! Animals are as equal as people. You're indifference towards them earns you a place in hell, right next to Hitler.
Chris Bateman replying to a comment from PETA Pet / November 28, 2012 at 10:38 pm
I was going to nix that last comment but I've decided to keep it as proof of Godwin's law:
Me / November 28, 2012 at 10:44 pm
Way to over react. Comparing someone to Hitler for making a comment on the internet! You have some serious issues.
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