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Morning Brew: Ford waits on another court judgement, a mayoral animated GIF, Salvation Army robbed, bag ban faces new lawsuit, and a nighttime U of T timelapse

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 21, 2012

toronto subwayCourt proceedings in the $6-million defamation lawsuit against Rob Ford came to a close yesterday with the lawyer representing George Foulidis, the owner of the Boardwalk Restaurant and Tuggs Inc., telling the court that the mayor didn't have the right to "fabricat(e) criminal allegations." Foulidis is taking action against Ford over allegedly defamatory comments he made during the 2010 mayoral election. The judge will now take roughly two months to rule on the case.

In other Ford news, here's a hilarious animated GIF of the mayor attempting to throw a football on a temporary artificial field in Nathan Phillips Square. I guess those who can't, coach. Video of Ford arriving at court this week is also begging for the same treatment.

Looks like the mayor has burned an important bridge this week. The Toronto Sun, traditionally a loyal ally, says Ford turned on "the little paper that grew him into a big deal." Could this mean less support for Ford in future?

The Salvation Army is reeling this morning after the discovery of a gigantic theft of toys, food and other donations over a two-year period from its Railside Drive warehouse in Toronto. The charity has fired the executive director of the warehouse over the roughly $2 million in missing merchandise.

Another concerned company is trying to kill Toronto's bag ban. The Canadian Plastic Bag Association - who I bet are a real barrel of laughs - say the ban was unlawful and passed in bad faith. At last week's public works meeting, councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong urged groups to sue the city to overturn the decision. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association is also taking legal action against the city over the ban. Should elected officials be inviting legal challenges?

Most Torontonians are ready - or think they're ready - for a natural disaster like a hurricane, flood, or fire, according to a poll published in the Toronto Star. The research found people with lower incomes believed they were less prepared. We're also ready for big snow this winter too, apparently.

Timelapse videos are totally de rigueur right now, but that doesn't mean they are any less fun to watch. Here's a new video from The Varsity at U of T showing the campus at night.

Varsity Feature: Night Time Lapse from The Varsity on Vimeo.


Photo: "Untitled" by asianz in the blogTO Flickr pool.



Steve / November 21, 2012 at 08:16 am
The comments section for the referenced Sun article is very interesting. Looks like Rob Ford has exposed the Sun networks hypocrisy and biased at any cost editorials. What will the result be?
AV / November 21, 2012 at 08:30 am

I love how George Christopoulos goes RUNNING to help Ford... now THAT is what a yes-man is for!

iSkyscraper / November 21, 2012 at 09:21 am
Ford throwing the football is less hilarious than sad. The man has serious weight issues.

I've been following the Sun closely as they begin to turn on Ford. This makes three articles this week criticizing the mayor. (One of the others was

Combined with the Quebecor sacking of many columnists, there might actually be a change in attitude at the paper. Supporting Ford still draws web traffic and sells papers, but it's not all rosy for them anymore.
CanoeDave / November 21, 2012 at 09:21 am
Ford didn't sell out the Sun, as it was his lawyer who was making the obvious point that in almost all Libel litigation like this the plaintiff sues the newspaper that "republished the libel." Why wasn't the Sun sued is the question and that gets down to the point that this like a personal politically motivated attack on Ford by Foulitis. Ford from the beginning was going after the process where somehow a contract that was supposed to be tendered, ended up being sole sourced to an ally of a Miller insider and we the taxpayer will never know why and what horse trading went on behind closed doors? If Foulitis wants to protect his reputation why doesn’t he surrender the contract and demand that it go to public tender?
foo / November 21, 2012 at 09:40 am
Denzil Minnan-Wong is a douchebag.
Parker / November 21, 2012 at 10:02 am
Johnny Cash 2.0 / November 21, 2012 at 10:04 am
That photo reminds me that I should be thankful for not having to commute on the subway.
A.D. replying to a comment from Johnny Cash 2.0 / November 25, 2012 at 04:43 am
Oh, I'm so happy for you.
Simon Tarses replying to a comment from AV / November 25, 2012 at 04:46 am
And yet, this man is coach of a football team. If the dichotomy weren't so pathetic, I'd laugh.
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