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Morning Brew: Rob Ford plays Santa, Ikea monkey waits for verdict, Toronto student foils US shooting plot, crazy weather, short turns, and a Yorkville parody video

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 21, 2012

toronto union stationHeeeeeeeeeee's back! In his first public appearance since his pre-holiday holiday to South Florida, Rob Ford handed out presents in Scarborough yesterday. The Star reports the mayor knocked on doors and said "Ho ho ho. Hi, I'm Rob. Can we come in?" Terrifying.

The increasingly tedious Ikea monkey saga is now in the hands of a judge. The owner of the animal that danced into the spotlight two weeks ago is launching an appeal to have her former pet removed from a sanctuary. Rhesus macaques are banned in Toronto, as are many other exotic creatures. Should the monkey be returned?

A Ryerson student and Toronto police may have foiled an Arizona shooting plot. A 16-year-old girl from the city of Mesa, 32 kilometres east of Pheonix, posted a message on a YouTube channel operated by Alex Haney, a Toronto student, that said "I now literally have a plan of seriously hurting ... killing ... murdering people in my high school." Haney contacted Toronto police who passed on the tip to Arizona. There, the girl was arrested and handguns found in the family home.

Hey - that's a lot of Metropasses. TTC regulars can rest assured their expired travel permits can be used to make an extra special transit-flavored rainbow. The cards will likely be discontinued in a few years in favor of PRESTO.

Last night was a major washout for the GTA. While northeastern parts of the province saw significant snowfall, the city of Toronto was pelted with freezing rain and high winds. More bad weather is expected today and some forecasters are calling for snow. Welcome to the apocalypse.

Ever wondered why you're being turfed off a bus or streetcar because of a "short turn"? The TTC's Brad Ross and CEO Andy Byford have produced a handy informational video that explains why transit control sometimes decides to empty and turn back and a vehicle. The short answer: big gaps in service on other routes or an accident. Drivers are now promising to communicate turns better.

Way back in February "The Plum Thunder" gave us the hilarious Toronto "Boys Without Girls" version of the Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls.". Now the trio is back with a new video, "Bloor Street." Watch for the Ikea monkey cameo too.


Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Photo: "Toronto" by Che.Pei.En from the blogTO Flickr pool.



iSkyscraper / December 21, 2012 at 08:27 am
Ford is back. Insanity equilibrium has been restored. We no longer need to talk about the IKEA monkey.
Matt replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / December 21, 2012 at 08:42 am
Wait ... which is which again?
Robert replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / December 21, 2012 at 08:43 am
Back in time for another vacation, nice job if you can get it.
Cornelius replying to a comment from Matt / December 21, 2012 at 08:46 am
One's a semi-intelligent poo flinging primate, the other is a monkey.
alan / December 21, 2012 at 08:50 am
did someone say the monkey was back from vacation ??? i didn't know he left ...
Johnny Tronno replying to a comment from alan / December 21, 2012 at 10:13 am
More commonly referred to as Baboon, not monkey. Don't insult the monkey.
LatteSippingElitist / December 21, 2012 at 10:54 am
I noticed how Hizzoner had NOTHING to say about the issues he abandoned last week but had plenty to say about how the phone wouldn't stop ringing, the fun he had watching college football, and the fact that the fucking Miami Dolphins might get a wildcard spot into the playoffs. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Mayor of Toronto.
Soren / December 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm
It's a blessing. His comments and 'ideas' are terrible for the city.
Picard102 / December 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm
Terrifying? Grow up.
john / December 21, 2012 at 07:03 pm
argh that wasn't as good as boys without girls.
Ling Gu / December 21, 2012 at 11:35 pm
Any publicity for this ridiculous monkey story is too much publicity. To think this weirdo woman - or her supporters - refer to this creature as her "child". Methinks someone requires a shrink.

Put the animal down; it has no business being in this country.
Haha replying to a comment from Ling Gu / December 22, 2012 at 12:12 am
The Left is all about not conforming no matter how strange it is.
Michelle / December 22, 2012 at 02:53 am
No mention of Idle No More?
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