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Morning Brew: TTC bus saga rumbles on, stats reveal Ford's attendance, city fluffs veteran's proclamation, the lost Kormann House condo, and a vintage Toronto map

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 7, 2012

toronto subwaySo that clears that up. Rob Ford didn't call for a TTC shelter bus as previously reported: it was the cops. At a press conference yesterday Superintendent Ron Taverner said the vehicle request came from Toronto police who were concerned about a fight brewing between the two football teams. Ford did, however, call TTC CEO Andy Byford's cell to hurry things along.

Byford asks that Ford kindly not call him in future regarding personal matters. Could this become the source of a rift between Byford and Ford?

Rob Ford has a better attendance record than David Miller and many other city councillors, according to The Star. Scarborough East councillor Ron Moeser has missed the most votes as a result of ongoing health issues, Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday has the best record. According to the paper, Ford has missed 494 of the 3,334 votes this term, making him absent 14.8 per cent of the time. Are you surprised by these stats?

Note: The Star has since updated their article to reflect the fact Miller's attendance records were only available between 2009 and 2010, not his entire term.

In embarrassing gaffes, City of Toronto staff have apologized after accidentally recycling last year's Veteran's Week proclamation online. And they probably would have gotten away with it too if only they hadn't tweeted a link on the mayor's official account.

With all the condo buildings under construction in Toronto it's easy to lose track of the various projects that have fallen by the wayside. The Grid takes a look at the abandoned Kormann House project at Queen and Sherbourne, a housing project that seemingly defied the odds by not getting built.

On a similar note, here's a map by journalist Lisa Mayor of all the condos that are getting built [via Reddit.]

If you're an amateur cartographer or just someone with a love for maps, here's a diagram of present day Toronto divided up into its former municipalities with the dates each were officially incorporated. Posted to Reddit by TOmaps, the map seems to be a little misleading: the boundaries are in their 1960s positions.


Hey - think you know where this is? Why don't you tell us in the comments' section, smartypants?toronto guess the intersection


Photo: "Lotto" by asianz from the blogTO Flickr pool.



BM / November 7, 2012 at 08:26 am
Is is the corner of Jarvis and Selby Street?
!skyscaper / November 7, 2012 at 08:32 am
ford for mayor 2014! it will be landslide!
toothpaste / November 7, 2012 at 08:32 am
So now that Ford is excused from the bus-summoning fiasco, will he officially call it gravy now?
Chris Bateman replying to a comment from BM / November 7, 2012 at 08:59 am
Nope! Keep guessing (or sussing).
Ed / November 7, 2012 at 09:16 am
Northwest corner of Dundas & Sherbourne?

Chris Bateman replying to a comment from Ed / November 7, 2012 at 09:21 am
Sorry Ed. That's not right...
jen / November 7, 2012 at 09:36 am
Roncesvalles and Howard Park?
Dizzy / November 7, 2012 at 09:38 am
So BlogTO is browsing (or "creeping" I suppose would be more appropriate) reddit links for their news coverage now? Seriously? Bit lazy!
Spelly / November 7, 2012 at 09:42 am
Chris Bateman replying to a comment from Spelly / November 7, 2012 at 09:46 am
It happens... thanks.
skeeter replying to a comment from Dizzy / November 7, 2012 at 10:22 am
Dizzy, what's wrong with looking at reddit? BlogTO is not a news organization. It's not a newspaper. They get their information from other sources and they do a good job at telling us who their sources are.
jon / November 7, 2012 at 10:26 am
Roncesvalles and Queen?
Bill / November 7, 2012 at 10:35 am
Dundas st W and Ossington?
Liberty Villain / November 7, 2012 at 11:38 am
It seems that the map of the current condo builds has a few inaccuracies.
JonZor / November 7, 2012 at 11:59 am
Is it Dundas and McCaul?
Erin / November 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm
Queen and Spadina!!! Right?
CanoeDave / November 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm
Wonder if Councillors Vaughan and Davis and the rest of the left will apologize to Ford now that he has been cleared on the Bus issue and the Star, of all papers, has exposed that Ford's Council attendance is far superior to Saint David's and the attacks on the "absentee Mayor" were complete fabrication. The point being that they and everyone knew that his imperial majesty Miller had a terrible attendance record simply because his inflated ego dictated that he was too important a person to waste time on the mundane duties of government like controlling wasteful spending or making his public servant allies accountable. Ford is indeed a bungler but a Saint compared to Miller.

Chris Bateman / November 7, 2012 at 01:27 pm
No-one has managed to pin down the intersection yet. It's a tricky one.
Craig / November 7, 2012 at 01:51 pm
Parliament and Gerrard?
the lemur replying to a comment from CanoeDave / November 7, 2012 at 02:21 pm
Aside from the unbalanced comparison between Ford's first two years and Miller's last two, I'm pretty sure Miller never left a meeting or missed a vote to coach a football game rather than dealing with the affairs of the city, which is, you know, his job.

Vaughan and Davis still manage to show up for votes more often than Ford. What exactly has Vaughan said about the bus issue? I've heard more from Milczyn (a TTC commissioner) and Byford, and even if Ford himself didn't call for the bus, or only asked what was keeping the bus, neither of them thought it was an acceptable use of a TTC bus, and rightly so.
Chris replying to a comment from CanoeDave / November 7, 2012 at 03:00 pm
Curious why you're asking folks on BlogTo that question - why not just email the councillors yourself and demand an apology on behalf of the Mayor?

That said, its interesting that that's what you choose to focus on. Yes, Miller's attendance record was worse, but at the end of the day, because Miller had a clear agenda, he could, if unable to attend a council meeting leave certain matters in the hands of his deputies who could then see them through. You can choose to interpret his absences as arrogance (as you clearly have) but since Miller (unlike Ford) publicly released his agenda every day during his time in office, you can actually see exactly what he was up to on those days he wasn't at council. With Ford? Not so much.

In Ford's case, his agenda is off the rails - he routinely loses votes on issues he puts forth, and even his staunchest allies are struggling to understand what he is prioritizing or how to move his agenda forward. You would think that under those circumstances he would put a greater emphasis on actually showing up to meetings and trying to lead council. Instead, he blows off meetings to coach his football team - something he's done frequently enough that it has to be abundantly clear to all but his most blindly loyal followers that his real priority is coaching the Bosco team, and being Mayor of the city is (maybe) number two.

Case in point - he's now missed parts of multiple meetings because of games and practises (and god knows what else since his agenda is apparently a state secret) but he's never once missed a minute of a game in order to attend a council meeting. How is that leadership?

Al / November 7, 2012 at 03:43 pm
Howard Park and Roncesvalles?
Scott / November 7, 2012 at 06:54 pm
Queen and Shaw?
TDotRome / November 7, 2012 at 10:41 pm
This comparison is horrible. The 1st two year of Ford vs the last two of Miller. Also, Ford's tenure includes the ridiculous recorded vote on time extensions. During Miller that was a show of hands. So, if they dump the crap votes, what are the stats?

Besides, Miller had a comfortable number f councillors on his side. Lessening his need to be at middle-of-the-road votes. Ford doesn't have that luxury....he has to be at every battle.
Chris Bateman / November 8, 2012 at 08:42 am
I win! It's the southwest corner of Bloor and Sherbourne.
Jay / November 8, 2012 at 11:26 am
Oops. Seems the lefty losers got hit again. And now they are trying to spin the conversation. Your blonde God Miller has been exposed as an absentee Mayor. Must suck that your false accusations about Ford keep getting proved wrong. Such a sad lot really.

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