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Morning Brew: Toronto goes ape for the IKEA monkey, Ford allies received job list, Gardiner cash stays missing, Eglinton LRT changes, and Rob Ford Gangnam Style

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 10, 2012

toronto dry cleanersThings have been pretty bananas around Toronto recently but for the first time the mayhem actually involved a monkey. Yesterday a small, jacketed rhesus macaque, a native of south and central Asia, escaped from a crate in an unlocked car at a branch of IKEA near Leslie and 401. The "stressed" primate gave store security the slip but was eventually picked up in good health by Animal Services, who fed it grapes. Since exotic animals are banned in Toronto, the stylish little critter will be placed in a sanctuary.

Three councillors who said they never saw a list of preferred candidates for civic appointments from Rob Ford's office were, according to emails seen by the Star, recipients of "the mayor's choices for shortlisting tomorrow" document. Rob Ford criticized city ombudsman Fiona Crean earlier this year for concluding that the appointment process to city boards has been compromised.

"Making up lists," Georgio Mammoliti said before council. His and the assistants of councillors Michael Thompson and Jaye Robinson received, though they may not have forwarded, the list.

A city bureaucrat says it's not worth finding out what happened to millions of dollars in repair and maintenance cash budgeted for the Gardiner expressway that appears to have been misdirected to other projects. According to the National Post, the city has consistently spent less money on the aging highway than was allocated - in one year there was a difference of $17 million. Should the city follow the money?

Metrolinx might be about to revise its plans for the Eglinton-Crosstown LRT to include a longer tunneled section at either end of the line. A proposed for the east and west ends could extend the tunnel slightly to Don Mills Road and Weston Road.

Tim Hortons knows how to park when there's a bike lane on the street. [via Reddit]

Rob Ford says closing a west end fire hall won't effect response times in the neighbourhood. Station 424 on Runnymede Road can be closed because its catchment area overlaps those of surrounding stations, according to officials. Ford made the comments on his weekly radio show.

Finally, it might be a little late to the party, but here's Rob Ford (well, his head) starring in the Gangnam Style video.



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

Photo: "Fairview Cleaners" by Dominic Bugatto from the blogTO Flickr pool.



Rob / December 10, 2012 at 08:44 am
First in!

This city has some serious issues if $17M can be spent without it being known where, when or how. This situation is even worse when City officials can't be bothered finding out.
Mike replying to a comment from Rob / December 10, 2012 at 08:55 am
I'm confused as to how "it's not worth" finding out where it went. Sounds to me like we're not going to like what we find.
Waffles replying to a comment from Mike / December 10, 2012 at 09:16 am
This is something that "gravy train" Rob Ford should be eagerly going after. Lets see if he does.
Doug Ford / December 10, 2012 at 09:24 am
You just don't get anywhere with these monkeys!
John Fillion replying to a comment from Doug Ford / December 10, 2012 at 09:25 am
um...i think i was just called a monkey.
Arrow / December 10, 2012 at 10:18 am
Congrats on avoiding the bike lane, but isn't that Tim Hortons truck still in a no-stopping zone?
Jer / December 10, 2012 at 10:28 am
I am surprised that the the Distillery District can even fit 7000 people in it. I think they ruined it with those few MASSIVE sculptures (if you can call them that, like the egg beater thing). That used to be an awesome square for concerts/etc but now there isnt' enough room there to really have great shows in the summer/etc.
iSkyscraper / December 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm
It is a huge mistake of critical proportions if plans are not made for an easy and inexpensive future surface extension of the Eglinton LRT to the airport. From the description on the linked page, it looks like this is going to be out of the question for decades because the LRT will be left underground at a Weston terminal. The portal should be built now with the station so that an airport extension is shovel-ready when funds appear.

The airport rail link will be a premium commuter-rail service and priced as such. If there is any hope for airport workers, students and other budget users getting to the airport it lies with the Eglinton LRT. That will never happen unless the line can get to the surface and use the Richview Expressway lands.
CanoeDave / December 10, 2012 at 01:34 pm
An appalling comment by City Bureaucrat in charge of the Gardiner. Sounds like he doesn't care about how money was spent in the past and that he doesn't really care about accounting for it in the future. With a structure like the Gardiner you have to have a long term maintenance plan if the structure is not to rot and it appears that the Miller administration either didn't have a plan or didn't have a system in place to monitor spending on the plan. It is not rockets science to simply keep track of spending on a major piece of infrastructure and Mr. Kelly's comments may simply be a reflection of the chaos of what went on before him as the two officials previously in charge of the Gardiner have quit in the last year.
auto verzekering / December 10, 2012 at 11:14 pm
It is obvious that they will not be involved in something that they cannot ascertain whether
it is right or wrong. A motor insurance has this peril well covered with
benefits that help you bear the cost of repairing and getting your car back on the road.
Amount of details you need is entirely your choice.
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