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Morning Brew: Falling Rob Ford GIF gets remixed, Doug Ford takes aim at Olivia Chow, ARL to stick with diesel, new Danzig charges, and College Park to get makeover

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 22, 2012

toronto filmore hotelThe delightful animated GIF circulating online of Rob Ford falling while trying to hike a football in Nathan Phillps Square has spawned two spin-offs. There's now a Mario and Star Wars version. Elsewhere, the stumble has caught the attention of Toronto-born Cory Doctorow, co-editor of BoingBoing. More things like this, Internet.

Councillor Doug Ford believes Toronto wouldn't vote Olivia Chow if she were to run for mayor against his brother, saying the Trinity-Spadina MPP is "no Jack Layton." Ford thinks Chow represents "tax and spend" government and would fail to unseat the mayor, despite his mounting history of controversy. Is he right?

The Salvation Army says it was inundated with calls and donations yesterday after it announced an alleged $2 million theft from its Toronto warehouse. No charges have been laid in the case but why not call up and make a donation anyway?

It's official: the new air-rail link between Union Station and Pearson airport will use diesel trains. A last-ditch attempt by a group of concerned residents had hoped to initiate a judicial review of the decision by Metrolinx to buy Japanese, oil-powered cars.

Police are expected to announce new charges related to the Danzig Street shooting later today. 18-year-old Shaquan Mesquito was charged roughly two weeks ago with two counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted murder, and numerous assault and firearms-related crimes in the worst mass shooting in Toronto's history. It's not clear whether there have been any more arrests.

The skating rink in Barbara Ann Scott Park at Yonge and College is getting a $3 million renovation. The cost is expected to be higher than other park repairs because of its location on the roof of a parking garage. The rink, built in 1980s, needs a new pavilion and trees. The bill is covered by development fees from the Aura condo under construction next door.

You might remember we featured projected images of the Toronto skyline that took into account planned (red), in construction (blue), and in sales (yellow) a few months back. The creator of those images now has a video flyby of Toronto as it will likely look in a few years time. [via Reddit]


Photo: "xxx" by rui felix from the blogTO Flickr pool.



Mark Dowling / November 22, 2012 at 08:56 am
The TTC/Wheeltrans has ~1400 "oil powered" buses. The Air Rail link has 18 "oil powered" railcars on order.
scottd replying to a comment from Mark Dowling / November 22, 2012 at 09:42 am
Mark Dowling "false equivalency" argument. You are smart enough to know better.And smart enough to have read Metrolinx's own electrification study that shows why electric trains are a better deal for taxpayers and a way better system for ALL transit users not just 30$ a ticket ones.
Ford4ever replying to a comment from scottd / November 22, 2012 at 09:57 am
Got to lay SOME fault at the feet of the clean train coalition that confused the issue by portraying diesel as "dirty" and nuclear/coal/hyrdro/gas (electric) as "clean."

They diluted and derailed a discussion that should have focused on the real merits of electrification.
Dan / November 22, 2012 at 10:04 am
Maybe I haven't followed Chow's career closely enough but how does Dougie know for certain her mandate is tax & spend? She's no Jack Layton? Umm yeah no I guess not but she was only married to the man LOL!
Todd / November 22, 2012 at 10:10 am
Electrify the damn thing, add a couple stops in York/Etobicoke, done, direct downtown/airport rail link that can be used by citizens too.

But no. Of fucking course not.
Ford4ever replying to a comment from Me / November 22, 2012 at 10:43 am
"Why not just fuel the "oil burners" with biodiesel?"

Where does the biodiesel come from?
Me replying to a comment from Ford4ever / November 22, 2012 at 10:47 am
Good point, but I'd think it's be far easier and more affordable than changing the entire infrastructure to run electric.
Ford4ever replying to a comment from Me / November 22, 2012 at 10:59 am
The problem is not that diesel is dirty. That was just a distraction.

The real problem is that diesel locomotives are less suitable if there are to be a few stops along the route -- which there should be if the line is to really work.
Lee replying to a comment from Ford4ever / November 22, 2012 at 11:24 am
There will be few stops: Weston, Dundas West, and then on to Union. It's an express train to the airport, it can't stop at every big intersection along the way. Yeesh.
Mt / November 22, 2012 at 11:26 am
IMHO, the real answer is two services. An express premium train directly to the airport, and a local TTC line along the same corridor that makes several stops. Just my thoughts.
Lee replying to a comment from Ford4ever / November 22, 2012 at 11:36 am
Let's be frank: The dirtiness of diesel trains is a legitimate concern. Even Metrolinx concedes this, given their plans to convert to electrification just after *some vague future date*. This line is a trade: having a line in time for 2015, or having an electrified line for some vague time in the future.

The reason they aren't going electric from the beginning is because the projected end of construction is already way too close to the opening of the 2015 games. Electric trains would require more infrastructure to power the trains to be built concurrently with the track, which means more $$$ and more time. The Ontario government has neither to spare.

Maybe if the province hadn't fumbled and effed around during the Harris / Eves and early McGuinty government, we could have an electric line by now. Instead, we end up with crappier technology. Thanks for nothing: Mike, Ernie and Dalton.
Al replying to a comment from Mt / November 22, 2012 at 11:39 am
There are Go Trains that run basically the same route. This is an airport express. If you want local trains, lobby Go Transit. I doubt many commuters would pay $15.00 each way every day anyway.
PinkoLefty / November 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm
Doug Ford acts like we forget that he barely knows anything about Toronto politics. He only came back here from Chicago to parachute into Rob's old position and will probably slink back there when he fizzles out in the next election. He knows nothing of Olivia Chow's or Jack Layton's politics - he wasn't here for it! The real question is what are we gonna do to make sure the suburbs don't vote the Ford Brothers back in office...if Rob is not ousted before the next election anyway. Ugh can we not parachute our own ringers in both the Ford's races and Denzil Minan-Wong's, Giorgio Mammoliti's, and Michael Thompson's?!
McRib replying to a comment from Al / November 22, 2012 at 01:53 pm
As far as I know there is no GO train that goes to the airport and will have local stops. It really seems ludicrous that Metrolinx didnt think about two options:

1. a premium express service direct from Union to Pearson, no stops, full price.

2. have a cheaper, non-direct service that has several stops along the way.

not everyone lives close to or needs to go through Union Station, for pretty much everybody in the west end this service is completely useless.

The London Heathrow Express train, for example, does this very thing. express for a high price, non-express with more local stops at a lower price.

not fucking rocket science, and serves more people. We can never get transit right.
Craig replying to a comment from McRib / November 22, 2012 at 05:57 pm
The problem is there is not enough space in that rail corridor to put more tracks. You can't have both the express and the local stop trains running on the same rails either, it kind of defeats the purpose. It would also be impossible to have an alternate route that is not in an existing rail corridor.

The timeline for building an electrified line to the airport (on existing corridors) would be a long one: you have to build hydro sub-stations, get power to the stations, build the overhead wires and somehow generate additional power (see the Oakville plant issues).

The time to sue about electrification was 5 years ago, during the initial planning stages, not 2 years before before completion and with a lot of work already done.

The only reason the ARL is being built is because of the PAN-AM games, if the completion date was after the PAN-AM games, the gov't would have never moved ahead with the project and we'd be complaining about how we don't have a fixed link to the airport. What is being built right now is not the best solution, but is is a good start.

acv66 / November 22, 2012 at 07:22 pm
god help Toronto if Olivia only care but downtown core chow ever becomes mayor of this city, anyone but the ford bros and Adam build more condo Vaughn
dkaso / November 22, 2012 at 09:19 pm
Oh man! I saw my condo in that video.

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