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Morning Brew: Halted Gardiner study gets resurrected, Holyday seeks appointment, Stintz won't support Ford, OLG chief makes gaffe, and a new TTC tunneling video

Posted by Chris Bateman / January 9, 2013

toronto queen streetToronto's budget committee agreed yesterday to restart a paused study into the Gardiner Expressway that could pave the way for part of the aging roadway to be demolished. The environmental assessment was halted at the design phase in 2011 and its $4.1 million remaining budget transferred to other projects. The decision still needs to be cleared by the executive committee and city council, but it's believed it could be six to nine years before any part of the road could be demolished.

If Ford is ultimately removed from office by a panel of Divisional Court Judges some time in the next few weeks, Doug Holyday says he's willing to seek council appointment for the job. In other appeal news, TTC chair and councillor Karen Stintz says she won't support Rob Ford if he decides to pitch a case for appointment. Is she right to do that? How would you feel about Mayor Holyday now or in 2014?

OLG chair Paul Godfrey pulled a Doug Holyday yesterday by suggesting no-one lives in downtown Toronto. The head of Ontario's Lottery and Gaming Commission made the remark while clumsily trying to clarify a comments he made before the National Club on Bay Street that suggested he wouldn't want a casino in his own neighbourhood. Councillor Adam Vaughan called the comment "stupid." Speaking of casino, the first public meeting on the subject is tonight.

A heroic act at St. Clair West station may have saved the life of a man who fell off the platform. Dwight Orchard, a George Brown student, jumped onto the tracks and lifted the man to safety as a train entered the station yesterday afternoon. It's thought the fallen man was intoxicated.

Two barnacled cars were pulled from Lake Ontario near the Port Lands yesterday, the first find for the Toronto police marine unit's new SONAR equipment. One vehicle, a Ford Taurus, was reportedly stolen.

Local director Sarah Polley's documentary Stories We Tell has won best Canadian film from the Toronto Film Critics Association. The movie explores the life of Polley's mother and includes interviews with her family.

Watch out, there's a scammer about. Toronto police say a man in his 40s or 50s is tricking Jewish women on the TTC into handing over cash, telling them he's from Israel and in financial trouble.

Finally, another boring video (haha!) from the TTC. This time the Holey and Moley, two tunnel boring machines working on the Spadina line extension, take a back seat to the segment erector machine that lines the newly-bored tunnels with concrete.

IN BRIEF:

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

Photo: "Woodgreen Discount Drugs" by Dominic Bugatto from the blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

9 Comments

Rich / January 9, 2013 at 11:28 am
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Not sure why what Paul Godfrey said was so wrong when you understand the context:

“Perhaps my definition of a residential neighbourhood is different,” Godfrey said in a statement to the Star. “I wouldn’t put a sports stadium like the ACC in the middle of homes in Swansea or strike up a skyscraping hotel on the Danforth.

“But those things fit well in a vibrant downtown and are accepted by the people that choose to live there. We at OLG believe the same can be said of a major gaming entertainment centre ...”
CanoeDave / January 9, 2013 at 01:18 pm
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“I have difficulties when councillors are afraid to do their job because of what could happen in an election.”
Have to love Del Grande calling a spade a spade. He can say the most outrageous things that would send the left into tantrums if said by anyone else because he has a pretty unassailable integrity. The left in Toronto continues their rear guard action against accountability because their political base is the public servants and no matter how reasonable a proposition the left will cry wolf if a single union job is lost. They have a sever allergy to the simple concepts of management and efficiency or the idea that one can do more with less as opposed to feeding the beast of entitlement. He is clearly the best Budget Chief Toronto has had in living memory and we are lucky to have him.
notahipster / January 9, 2013 at 01:42 pm
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I have no problem with holyday taking the mayor chair. He is a true conservative, and has been doing all the leg work for ford like with the unions deal.
Alex replying to a comment from CanoeDave / January 9, 2013 at 01:53 pm
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That statement doesn't make any sense. Councillors are supposed to make decisions based on what a majority of their constituents want. The only way you know how a majority feels is with an election. So saying you don't care about elections is like saying you don't care what your constituents want. We don't elect 4 year tyrants, we elect 4 year representatives. It's one of the reasons I don't understand why flip-flopping is considered a bad thing in politics. It just means that what you wanted to do was unpopular and your constituents didn't want it, so you had to change your position.
Mark replying to a comment from Alex / January 9, 2013 at 03:29 pm
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Then why have representatives at all? Just have a referendum everytime there a decision to be made. If our councillors are going to vote based on poll numbers then they are useless.
Grimzeek replying to a comment from Mark / January 9, 2013 at 04:16 pm
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If they did what you want, then they wouldn't be representatives.
Rafa / January 9, 2013 at 04:42 pm
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"huhuh...segment erector...huhuh..."





Alex replying to a comment from Mark / January 9, 2013 at 05:14 pm
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Because of money and limited civic engagement. It would be way too expensive to have a referendum on every issue, and people would get sick of voting. We already can't even get 50% to vote municipally. So you elect a candidate that has expressed the same views you do in the issues. If new issues come up in between elections that you feel strongly about you should contact your representative and let them know how you feel, otherwise they're working in the dark. It's the cheapest and easiest solution, currently. With new technology maybe we could eventually have web sites people could go to for voting on key issues, to give the politicians an idea of how people feel.
Lumpy replying to a comment from Alex / January 9, 2013 at 09:41 pm
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No, you're wrong. In a democracy we elect leaders, not followers of public opinion.

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