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Morning Brew: Rob Ford, Shelley Carroll get set for an election, councillors plan shark fin appeal, Ana Bailao's drunk driving case in court, and bike lane special effects

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 3, 2012

toronto streetcar yongeRob Ford says he'll run for mayor if there's a byelection to decide who becomes leader of council in the new year. Speaking on his weekly radio show with his brother Doug, Ford said he "will be the first one into the race." Second place on the starting line up goes to councillor Shelley Carroll, who says she'll also take a stab at the top job.

What with all the faff around the mayor's job recently you would think it's essential to have someone in charge of municipal affairs. But what if Toronto decided to ditch the position completely, would that be so bad? The National Post discusses.

Toronto councillors are considering an appeal against a Superior Court decision overturning the city's ban on shark fin products. The ruling declared the bylaw "constitutionally invalid" because it protects species that aren't native to Ontario. Last year council voted 38-4 to ban food products that use shark fins.

Rob Ford isn't the only councillor with an upcoming court date. Ana Bailao faces charges of impaired driving and of driving with a blood-alcohol level higher than the legal limit but won't appear in person later today. The case is being postponed, as is customary, and Bailao says she intends to plead not guilty.

Considering they're just lines on the road, bike lanes really are good for just a few things: carrying bikes and providing convenient parking for delivery trucks. I bet you didn't know some paths can make their own weather phenomena, though.

Speaking of bike lanes, the province could be about to offer incentives to towns and cities to install new infrastructure that encourages cycling. According to the Toronto Sun, the new strategy suggests implementing a 1-metre passing law for cars overtaking bikes but stops short of making helmets mandatory.



Photo: "The Streets Of Toronto 2" by jethros_tale in the blogTO Flickr pool.



Jamie / December 3, 2012 at 09:13 am
Pleading not guilty? I'm interested to see how they defend that.
Realist (mostly) / December 3, 2012 at 09:38 am
I think you'd have to attack the integrity of the testing (e.g., the breathalyzer hadn't been calibrated properly, that sort of thing) or of the arresting officer.

Having said that, I suspect Bailao's lawyer advised against it.
Soren / December 3, 2012 at 10:08 am
Bailao was out drinking with casino lobbyists before she got into her car and drove drunk without her lights on. Allegedly.
Lawyer / December 3, 2012 at 10:51 am
You guys are fools. Driking and driving law is one of the most technical areas of criminal law. There are so many ways to get someone off, whether or not you and I would consider the person drunk. I can almost guarantee you that she will get off.
Anon / December 3, 2012 at 11:08 am
@ Lawyer: Please illuminate us.
Drinker replying to a comment from Lawyer / December 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm
Go on, what are some of the loop holes? And what can we do to close them. DUI is serious damn business and I'm now afraid that guilty people are getting off scot-free.
CanoeDave / December 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm
Interesting that yesterday`s article in the Star seems to imply that Ford has a a much greater chance of winning his appeal than previously thought and all the flap about a by-election may just a waste of time. Also curious that those on the left who like I disagree with Harper`s mandatory sentencing legislation are so quick to applaud them when they are applied to oust Ford. Let`s just declare a moratorium on the subject until the Appeal is heard and get on with business.
78% replying to a comment from Lawyer / December 3, 2012 at 03:21 pm
DUI charges are the most successfully prosecuted charges under the criminal code. But you know, makin shit up is fun too I guess...
dm / December 3, 2012 at 04:44 pm
Congratulations to those in the Chinese community that fought so valiently for their right to continue enjoying their special soup, ecological crisis be damned. Now you can defer adapting the recipe for your special soup for another couple years until sharks are driven to extinction.
steve replying to a comment from CanoeDave / December 3, 2012 at 05:09 pm
Slow thinking again? Go back to your main news source again, it is the none far righter that are asking were is your conviction and support of Harper's Law and Order agenda. Rob Ford was found guilty and convicted then sentenced accordingly. Yet these same people feel the law should not be equal but somehow flexible based on if your elected to an office you are allowed to break the law.
justme / December 3, 2012 at 06:04 pm
Shame on the damn Chinese! Shame on the Supreme Court! Shark fin soup and products are disgusting and if the City chooses to ban certain products that their decision! I hope they absolutely challenge this decision! If the Chinese want to eat their soup, go to any other City surrounding Toronto with ever increasing Chinese and Middle Eastern immigrants... Or better yet go back to China. Disgusting.
justme / December 3, 2012 at 06:09 pm
Just like a friend of mine told me a Bylaw Officer disregarded a Chinese family who were BBQing a dog in the summer. He said he gave them a warning to not do it again after complaints from the neighbours. He said that it's because they are not from this Country and are Chinese immigrants otherwise they would be arrested. Canada is the only country where immigrants can come in and change every rule or nothing applies to them because they aren't from here. This is out of control. "Canadian" now means American-Chinese-Middle Eastern.
Shane / December 3, 2012 at 06:17 pm
The ban was ruled illegal because Toronto council ignored if not browbeat their own legal consul. At one point Josh Matlow shouted over the lawyer as she tried to answer his question because he did not like answer. They were warned that this could happen. End result? Toronto tax dollars used to repeal the shark fin ban across Ontario.
j-rock replying to a comment from justme / December 3, 2012 at 06:43 pm
"Go back to China"? Look, I'm as bothered by the reversal of the ban as anyone else, but there's no need to turn BlogTO into the Toronto Sun.
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