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Morning Brew: Mammoliti finance audit finds $12,000 overspend, Ikea monkey may have been abused, Toronto sweats in record temperatures, and a skull near the 407

Posted by Chris Bateman / January 14, 2013

toronto skyA detailed audit of councillor Giorgio Mammoliti's 2010 campaign expenses has found he overspent by more than $12,000, possibly in breach of election rules. The document will be discussed by the compliance audit committee on Feb. 4 and it's possible there could be legal consequences. If it's found Mammoliti breached the Municipal Elections Act he could be fined or removed from office.

The auditors note there was some apparent confusion over when Mammoliti's brief mayoral campaign ended and his run for councillor began. What action do you think should come next?

The story of Darwin the Ikea monkey has taken a dark turn. Staff at the sanctuary where the rhesus macaque is currently being held allege the owners hit and strangled the animal and threatened to remove his teeth. Yasmin Nakhuda is fighting to have her pet returned despite the mammals being illegal in Toronto.

It's official, this Saturday was the hottest Jan. 12 on record in Toronto and very nearly the hottest January day since records began. The previous high of 9.5 C evaporated as the temperature reached 15 C, way above the seasonal average.

The Star is discussing how to reduce the number of road blockages caused by overflowing construction sites, of which there are many, in Toronto's core. Some of the solutions include paying developers to stay out of the street or requiring construction projects to file storage plans in advance. Is this a big problem? Should construction sites be forced to keep it tidy?

Out in Brampton, a heated battle between the city's orchestra and the local government over who owns a grand piano is starting to simmer. The dispute started over the group's funding and financial statements.

A man was stabbed in a College and McCaul bar early Sunday after a disagreement turned ugly. The man admitted himself to nearby Mt. Sinai hospital before the police could arrive and parts of College were temporarily closed for an investigation.

Police have confirmed the discovery of a human skull on a highway 407 ramp Sunday afternoon. The human remains were found close to the Bathurst Street on ramp by a passer by who sent a photo to police.



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

Photo: "Untitled" by Lisa on the Run/blogTO Flickr pool.



neville / January 14, 2013 at 08:18 am
Scull? Oar. Skull.
Mike replying to a comment from neville / January 14, 2013 at 08:21 am
Considering that man is the only animal with the propensity for rowing and the usage of any other kind of watercraft, I'm not surprised that it's a human scull.
Picard102 / January 14, 2013 at 08:41 am
It's easy to make allegations of abuse and threats, especially when you decline to provide proof.
Notahipster / January 14, 2013 at 09:50 am
did the monkey give a written account of his abuse?
Toronto Batman / January 14, 2013 at 09:58 am
I'm tired of hearing about the Ikea Monkey.
Skye replying to a comment from Notahipster / January 14, 2013 at 10:08 am
He would've, but he left his pen in the pocket of his shearling jacket.
Mark / January 14, 2013 at 10:34 am
I'm sure the uptick in donations and interest in the animal sanctuary have nothing to do with the allegations of abuse.
Charles McNulty replying to a comment from Toronto Batman / January 14, 2013 at 10:36 am
Ironic, I assumed you'd be building an Ikea Monkey costume already to try and stretch out your 15mins.
MrsPotato replying to a comment from Skye / January 14, 2013 at 01:42 pm

jd / January 14, 2013 at 03:31 pm
Can anyone explain the craziness of what they've done at Yonge & Bloor? I walked by a few weeks ago and peaked through. There doesn't seem any major reason they did it like that. Unless they have plans for that area where the sidewalk is. But for traffic, it's a mess. I'm surprised the city would allow a development to do this. One of the busiest intersections in Canada and turn northbound into one lane? Nice...
Todd replying to a comment from jd / January 14, 2013 at 03:48 pm
Developers don't care about you, they have the most important thing in the world-- money-- and the city needs it.

Oh, and to complicate things, the city doesn't care about you either or they'd simply stop throwing darts at a map while blindfolded when approving developments.
Robert replying to a comment from jd / January 14, 2013 at 04:00 pm
It's Yonge Street who would venture to drive it. Didn't the suburban driving motorist demand to have all of Jarvis. All that matters here is if there is enough pedestrian room
Todd replying to a comment from Robert / January 14, 2013 at 04:07 pm
Barely enough pedestrian room at rush hour, but I don't find it hard to just keep my head down, my eyes up, and get past the construction as quickly as possible. Not a huge deal with regards to this one project, but it's systemic of a bigger issue.
Jakob / January 15, 2013 at 04:32 pm
Anyone who drives a car on Yonge is a masochist and should get the same advice as cyclists insisting on Jarvis as a two wheel artery.

Seriously guys, give up on Yonge as a car street and take Church or Jarvis.
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