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Morning Brew: Rob Ford's conflict verdict due Monday, more Danzig shooting charges, the adventures of Marty the Horse, subway alarms, and marking public parks

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 23, 2012

toronto skyline graffitiRob Ford will learn his fate Monday when the judge in his conflict of interest trial delivers his verdict. Justice Charles Hackland has been deliberating on the case brought by Toronto resident Paul Magder who accuses the mayor of breaking provincial rules when he voted to reimburse himself $3,150 in charity donations. Ford could be booted from office and prevented from running again for 7 years. The verdict is due at 10 AM.

A second man faces murder charges related to the Danzig Street attacks, the worst mass shooting in the history of Toronto. Nahom Tsegazab, 19, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and police say he is a member of the Galloway Boys street gang.

Marty the horse was finally allowed inside the Fairmont Royal York hotel yesterday after the Front Street establishment grudgingly agreed to recreate a famous moment in 1948 when a Calgary Stampeders' horse clopped into the famous lobby. The hotel said no when Marty and his entourage first arrived, prompting cheers of "let us in!" When management relented, Marty still had a long face.

Passenger assistance alarms - those yellow strips above the windows on the subway - are a common source of delays on the TTC system. Sometimes they're used for legitimate reasons such as a medical emergency or to have a drunken passenger removed, but as The Grid discovers, often they're pressed by mistake or no reason at all. Do you have any experience of this?

A motion by councillor Josh Matlow to be heard at the next council meeting will ask the city to investigate adding signs to publicly-accessible private parks. According to the summary, a lack of clear signage prevents people accessing certain green spaces in the city. New York and San Francisco have similar schemes. Sound like a good idea?

The intersection of Davenport and Lansdowne is closed this morning after a cyclist was critically injured in a hit-and-run. Police are looking for a red van with damage to the front end. 47 Lansdowne busses are diverting in both directions.

Toronto's controversial billboard tax is safe now that the Supreme Court of Canada has decided not to challenge it in court. The ad industry tried to kill the tax that brings the city roughly $10 million each year. According to The Star, the ruling could clear the way for new local taxes in Toronto.


Photo: "Beauty and the Beast" by Acid_Punk in the blogTO Flickr pool.



the lemur / November 23, 2012 at 08:27 am
Davenport buses are also diverting.
dgapa / November 23, 2012 at 08:31 am
So are the Lansdowne 47 buses.
Ray / November 23, 2012 at 08:36 am
The link for the story on the elephant sanctuary directs us to the story of billboard taxation. Can you please fix?
Mark A / November 23, 2012 at 09:00 am
I activated the alarm accidentally on one of the new train cars just by leaning back in a seat, and my shoulder touching the lower part of one of the more-accessible pull-boxes. So freaking embarrassing. Terrible placement, but I think they've adjusted the boxes since to no longer be so easy to trip.
Marc / November 23, 2012 at 09:40 am
I've been on a car where the alarm was activated during an assault. subway stopped for about 15-20 minutes. If the serious assaults take that long, 4 hours in a year really isn't too bad at all.

...lots of sick people, though.
Helen / November 23, 2012 at 09:57 am
Finally Ford will be found innocent on Monday and get back to work and get ready to be re-elected in the next election!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! replying to a comment from Helen / November 23, 2012 at 10:07 am
SousedBergin / November 23, 2012 at 10:41 am
Old women boards the train at Runnymede, sits down. Some black young teenagers board at Keele and sit around her, she yells something at them and hits the alarm. The kids are scared and run off. Overheard her conservation to the TTC official that she "felt threatened."
iSkyscraper / November 23, 2012 at 10:42 am
Can we get a BlogTO betting pool going on Ford? One of those little poll buttons? It's going to be close...
Todd / November 23, 2012 at 11:03 am
A bunch of times.

Heart attack on the last early morning eastbound train. Was furious that I missed the last buses at the station and had to cab, until I found out it was a legit medical emergency.

Someone sounded the alarm at Bay during rush hour because of a "violent threat" or something... had police comb through each car... I was in the same car as the person they were looking for. Turns out it was just a really obnoxious, but otherwise harmless teen listening to gangster rap music too loud. He had no idea what was going on, we were delayed for about a half hour.
Poopdawg / November 23, 2012 at 11:39 am
As much as I'd like to see Ford kicked to the curb, I have my doubts that it will actually happen.
gorf replying to a comment from SousedBergin / November 23, 2012 at 11:47 am
That's pretty much how it has gone down 90% time I've seen been held up on the TTC.

Old women or young mother with child/children "feeling threatened" by youth of any non-caucasian decent who are doing absolutely nothing threatening.

I've seen a few legit medical emergencies too, but overall people just need to calm down and be less paranoid.
SousedBergin / November 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm
From the Gothamist on fainting medical subway delays:

"You have women trying to get their bodies tight for the summer and they won¹t eat," said Asim Nelson, a Transit emergency medical technician based in Grand Central Station. "Not eating for three or four days, you are going to go down. If you don't eat for 12 hours you are going to get weak."

Eat breakfast and stop reading fashion magazines.
Ford4ever replying to a comment from gorf / November 23, 2012 at 01:10 pm
"That's pretty much how it has gone down 90% time I've seen been held up on the TTC.

Old women or young mother with child/children "feeling threatened" by youth of any non-caucasian decent who are doing absolutely nothing threatening."

Sorry, I'm going to call BS on this. Really? 90% of the time? You, friend, are making things up.

gorf replying to a comment from Ford4ever / November 23, 2012 at 01:28 pm
90% of the time I've witnessed the button being pushed. Not 90% of all incidents, obviously.
hop replying to a comment from Ford4ever / November 23, 2012 at 01:46 pm
your name totally makes sense
Alex replying to a comment from gorf / November 23, 2012 at 02:12 pm
I heard that the vast majority of the incidents are people fainting. Makes sense, there's often not enough room for sitting, and I guess you don't realize you're about to faint until right before it happens.
helen / November 23, 2012 at 02:17 pm
The judge is using fax/e-mail to hand down his verdict goes to show that ford will not get the boot. If he was going to unseat a mayor he would of booked a court and explain his decision. Just lefties grasping at straws!
Judge Fred replying to a comment from helen / November 23, 2012 at 02:32 pm
It's not a new iPad launch, judges don't book court rooms so they can explain their renderings to the media. Oh, and Court decisions are almost always handed down electronically.
Me replying to a comment from hop / November 23, 2012 at 02:39 pm
OH!!! I missed that! heh. Thought he was a "carguy". DUH!!! Thanks. haha.
LatteSippingElitist replying to a comment from helen / November 23, 2012 at 04:04 pm
Are you that thick? He didn't book a courtroom so the news must be good? Jesus Christ how do people this stupid keep themselves alive?
Ford4ever replying to a comment from gorf / November 23, 2012 at 04:34 pm
How many times have you witnessed the button being pushed? Would have to be at least 10.

If true, that's one hell of a track record.
Alex replying to a comment from dgapa / November 23, 2012 at 05:19 pm
Yes, as the article has so helpfully pointed out. Thanks for being late to the party.
Leftards / November 23, 2012 at 06:39 pm
I will be one of the one's coming here on monday morning and smearing in your faces as Rob Ford will still be mayor. If Hazel in Mississauga can survive conflict of interest so can ford. So you stuck lefties better get used to it, Ford is here to stay!
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