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Morning Brew: Ford denies role in bus incident, casino consultations coming, more charges in Annex assaults case, Street View heads inside, & probing the Sam's sign

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 6, 2012

toronto skywalkRob Ford has spoken for the first time at length about last week's TTC bus fiasco. Just to clear things up, the mayor announced he's "as clean as the day is long" (cue jokes about the ever shortening days), claiming he had nothing to do with the call for a shelter bus for his stranded football team. Ford says he feels "terrible" fare-paying passengers were booted from their vehicles on the busy Finch West 36 and Martin Grove 46 routes.

You will soon have a chance to give your opinion on the proposed Toronto casino. The city's executive committee voted late last night to hold a series of public consultations on the idea of a major gambling facility somewhere in the city, possibly the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Exhibition Place, or Woodbine Racetrack. Will you take part in the process?

Toronto police have laid two more charges of sexual assault against a fifteen-year-old boy arrested last month in connection with a string of attacks in the Christie Pits area. The boy, whose name is protected, now faces 16 counts of sexual assault and two counts of criminal harassment. He appeared in court for the first time yesterday.

If you've ever wanted a virtual tour of a McDonalds from the comfort of your desk, Google Street View now has you covered. A new addition to the service lets users explore a diverse range businesses in Toronto from a piano showroom on Eglinton to Burger's Priest on Queen East.

A giganto, 22-kilo box of heroin with an approximate value of $8.8 million was confiscated at Pearson airport at the end of last month. According to Canada Border Services Agency, more than 106 kilograms of heroin has been seized in the GTA this year alone. Jeepers.

That neon delight, the long lost Sam the Record Man sign has been conspicuously absent ever since Ryerson bought and demolished the old music store. The Grid has obtained the agreement between the university and the city that covers the sign's restoration and found it doesn't quite say what we thought it did...

Finally, there's currently no service on the Bloor-Danforth line between Woodbine and Victoria Park stations because of a fire investigation at Main Street. Shuttle busses (shudder) are currently on the route.


Photo: "Skywalk" by gmrs2021 from the blogTO Flickr pool.



Big Fuckin Mega Boat / November 6, 2012 at 08:42 am
Ahhh, ship your heroine by boat like everyone else, duh.
Bishop / November 6, 2012 at 08:58 am
The Google Street View of Burger's Priest is going to cause them problems if they ever choose to raise their prices.
Justin Flontek / November 6, 2012 at 08:59 am
Gravy Bus Ford!
mike in parkdale / November 6, 2012 at 08:59 am
Ford called TTC Head Andy Byford - this is a fact.

How can Ford claim that the situation has "nothing to do with me" after making that phone call? Ford needs to give his head a shake.

(hi wiz)
Chris on Bay St / November 6, 2012 at 09:13 am
It's been 2 years since Mayor Ford won the election by almost 100k votes. Let's stop with these made-up controversies and start supporting him in doing his job of "putting people and families first, focusing on the fundamentals, reducing waste & eliminating unnecessary taxes." Thanks
Mar / November 6, 2012 at 09:16 am
When they do the consultation on casinos the question should not be do you want a casino in Toronto it should be do you want a casino in your neighbourhood.
iSkyscraper / November 6, 2012 at 09:20 am
Chris, I imagine Ford apologists like yourself must be exhausted by now. Get some sleep.

And if you really want to argue, yes, he certainly won the election. And then proceeded to think that his job was Football Coach / Deco Marketing Exec / Home Renovator as he has, through no influence from anyone else (quite the contrary even) proceeded to make those his interests rather than the job, the freaking job, of being the Mayor.

"Made-up" stops working as an excuse somewhere around the 8th or 9th controversy. And the fundamentals of being a mayor include looking at revenue tools to rebuild the city, not just expenses. Reducing waste in office expenses is peanuts compared to ripping out bike lanes on Jarvis (hundreds of thousands), or trying to bury an entire LRT line, something that costs billions and has never been done before, anywhere, ever. Unnecessary taxes is a cute saying, until you realize some of those taxes would have paid for the other things you say you want for a functioning city.

Seriously, it's over. Go find a proper conservative mayor to back rather than someone with the IQ and tact of a doorknob.
Daryl / November 6, 2012 at 09:25 am
Google has to update their StreetView. They still have George's BBQ where Burger's Priest should be.
Criss replying to a comment from Chris on Bay St / November 6, 2012 at 09:29 am
Maybe if Rob Ford actually DID his job of being MAYOR, I'd feel more inclined to support him. In the meantime, I guess I'm meant to support his highschool football team through their undefeated championship run??
Idiot replying to a comment from Chris on Bay St / November 6, 2012 at 09:35 am
Idiots like yourself who are clueless about the world around them is the reason we have this f'ing buffoon for a mayor. Go back to sipping your $7 latte.
BM / November 6, 2012 at 10:10 am
@ Idiot - Why are you poor people always so angry? Go back and sip your Sanka.
Alex replying to a comment from Mar / November 6, 2012 at 10:13 am
Ford didn't call for the first bus (though whether or not he pressured the cops to call it we'll never know) but it's a fact he called for the second one. What is with him and lying? And making terrible lies that are very easily disproved? The guy is just a complete idiot.

I'm still not decided about the casino, but you're completely right that's what the question should be. I don't really want it here but not enough to actively protest it or anything. I definitely don't want it in my neighbourhood though.
cathie / November 6, 2012 at 10:24 am
Google streetview was supposed to be updated (never mind this new business update mentioned in this article), but so far I'm seeing nothing new. All images are still from 2009, as far as I can tell.
the lemur / November 6, 2012 at 10:30 am
"putting people and families first, focusing on the fundamentals, reducing waste & eliminating unnecessary taxes."

Let me know when Ford actually gets around to doing any of that.
Picard102 replying to a comment from Alex / November 6, 2012 at 10:31 am
I don't think he lied about not calling Byford, he says he did so to assist police.
The principal suggested the police call in a bus.
skeeter / November 6, 2012 at 10:38 am
the Christie Pits area is not the Annex. All of the sexual assaults occurred west of Bathurst, which is the western border of the Annex. Therefore, to say "more charges in Annex assaults case" is incorrect.
Idiot replying to a comment from BM / November 6, 2012 at 10:53 am
Sorry, but I'm not poor. Nice assumption though.
Learn how to properly reply to comments next time.
Jacob replying to a comment from the lemur / November 6, 2012 at 11:01 am
We'll never get rid of these organized astroturfers, unfortunately. The game they're playing is all psychological. They keep repeating the same falsehoods over and over because it's a proven fact that when simple-minded people see it repeated enough they'll believe it to be true.
Theo / November 6, 2012 at 11:10 am
Most other cities in the world are not so dependent on single lines of track like Toronto is with the Bloor line. most have grids not lines so if a part of the track goes down, there is not as much need for shuttle buses.
BM replying to a comment from Idiot / November 6, 2012 at 11:14 am
@ IDIOT Good comeback. You really got me. And my fancy coffee. Sorry...sometimes I mistake the NDP and poor. My bad.
JS replying to a comment from Chris on Bay St / November 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm
It's hard to support a guy who spends his working time eagerly watching a bunch of 16 year old boys get sweaty.
mar replying to a comment from BM / November 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm
you shouldn't, Most Ndpers live in the core where cost of living is much higher. the majority of votes for Ford come from folk who live in scarbroke or etobibroke chump.
BM replying to a comment from mar / November 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm
'Sup mar? Clearly they have better schooling in the core, chump! Do they offer spelling and punctuation?
AJ replying to a comment from BM / November 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm
Get back to work
mar replying to a comment from BM / November 6, 2012 at 01:17 pm
Just something to think about BM
IJustQuitSmoking replying to a comment from BM / November 6, 2012 at 01:21 pm
Ok, this shit needs to fucking stop. All of you morons who think this is an actual way to fucking debate politics. Just. Fucking. Stop.
Aaron replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / November 6, 2012 at 01:32 pm
Woah... *slow clap*
trying to quit / November 6, 2012 at 02:30 pm
i want a cigarette.
Make it so replying to a comment from Picard102 / November 6, 2012 at 03:40 pm
"I don't think he lied about not calling Byford, he says he did so to assist police.
The principal suggested the police call in a bus."

When first asked who called for a bus, he said it wasn't him. True, but he made no mention of calling Byford. A lie by omission.
tommy replying to a comment from Theo / November 6, 2012 at 04:35 pm
Most cities with larger grid subway systems have greater densities to support said subways. Toronto, taken as a whole, is a very sparse city population-wise which makes supporting a full subterranean grid not cost-effective, not to mention the fact that we don't get any operating costs paid for by higher levels of government.
Jay / November 6, 2012 at 06:35 pm
Well, well, well. It seems BlogTO has once again out partisan pettiness ahead of any journalistic integrity. Once again too quick to jump the gun to "suggest" inappropriate actions by the Mayor. Thinly veiled attacks which prove there is no balance.

Now we will have all the lefties loser hipsters break out their tinfoil hats and claim the police, TTC, and everyone else is engaged in a city-wide cover up.

Truth is, BlogTO publish untruths and lefties will always blindly see what they want to see. Or just hang out and bitch to their local barrista.
David / November 6, 2012 at 09:32 pm
How many times in the past have the police called on the TTC for a shelter bus for a football game? I suspect never, but then, I'm a skeptic.
Bus replying to a comment from David / November 6, 2012 at 11:47 pm
The answer has been widely reported as zero. Several media reports mention senior figures in TTC and police being unaware of such a shelter bus situation ever occurring before.
Picard102 replying to a comment from Make it so / November 7, 2012 at 06:51 am
It wasn't him who made the request, it was the Police.
Me / November 7, 2012 at 06:56 pm
It's time to get rid of the Young Offender's Act. Or at least drop it from 17 to 12.
Simon Tarses replying to a comment from Chris on Bay St / November 12, 2012 at 11:02 pm
Chris, promise me something next time: either get a better source of info on city, provincial, and national issues than The Sun, Sun News Channel, Faux Noise (Fox News), The National Post, or stop voting, period. You and every one of the other neocon morons are just dragging Toronto back into the past with every decision make by Ford and with every vote you make for people like Ford, Hudak, Harris and Harper. It'd be nice if people like you here and in the United States could be encouraged to settle on a distant planet in a distant solar system where your decisions only affect you and neocon sheeple like you, but until we finally achieve warp flight, I'd rather you think about things before you vote municipally, provincially, OR federally.
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