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Morning Brew: Zero hour for Ford Nation, a Mammoliti conspiracy theory, TTC blasted for newsstand contract, strollers are getting smaller, and Toronto's website rules

Posted by Chris Bateman / January 25, 2013

toronto HTO parkRob Ford will learn his political fate in roughly an hour and a half when a panel of Superior Court judges releases its final decision in the conflict of interest saga to the legal teams on both sides of the case. At 10:30 that decision will be published online for the world to see; if the judges uphold the earlier ruling, Ford is out pending a by-election or appointment. If they overturn. he stays. Feeling philosophical, Rob Ford told reports that "what will be, will be" outside his office yesterday. True that. Stay tuned...

Though it's unlikely, Rob Ford and Paul Magder, Ford's opposition, could still appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada if the ruling doesn't go their way today. Wouldn't that be something? If you're curious about the panel of judges making today's decision, The Star has a handy backgrounder.

In what has to be the most bizarre story out of city hall in a long time (and that's saying something) councillor Giorgio Mammoliti says he has "solid evidence" he was followed and his phone tapped in some sort of cloak-and-dagger conspiracy. Speaking yesterday, Mammoliti claimed "a group of people" were his tapping phone and following his car in order to "go after" him and other councillors. "When I can prove it, I'll be going to the police" he said.

Speaking to Newstalk 1010, Mammoliti also took time to re-affirm the seriousness of his floating casino plan. The former executive committee member said the gambling ship would provide revenue for a property tax freeze at the last council meeting.

The TTC is coming under fire for its decision to award a fifteen-year, sole-sourced contract for news stand services in the subway system. The transit agency accepted an unsolicited $48 million proposal to extend its current contract with Tobmar Investments International, which owns Gateway Newstands, at its last meeting. The decision not to seek rival bids in the name of transparency went against staff recommendations.

Though you might not believe it from this week's strollers-on-streetcars debate, buggies are actually getting smaller, according to a Yonge and Bloor retailer. The most popular model is around 60 to 90 centimetres wide.

Take that, Madrid. Toronto has the second best municipal government website in the world according to an e-governance survey by Rutgers university in the United States. The city's was second only to Seoul's site. In all seriousness, the site is actually pretty good.


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

Photo: "HTO Park" by mooncall2012/blogTO Flickr pool.



McRib / January 25, 2013 at 09:09 am
you know, if we stop giving Mammers the attention he craves, he may just shut up and go away.
Exasperated / January 25, 2013 at 09:17 am
Why, after everything we've been through with Ford, would Stintz and Byford sign on for a sole-sourced contract??! Wtf? This is exactly the anti-transparency shit the public gets suspicious of and it's mot fucking fair. If I had a can to kick right now I would, I'm so annoyed.
Jer / January 25, 2013 at 10:10 am
Even if there is a cost to "change over" to a new vendor in the TTC, you should bid the contract. If someone wants in, they will cover those costs. Worse case scenario you are out the cost of the tender process.

Lee Zamparo replying to a comment from McRib / January 25, 2013 at 10:12 am
Attack of the 50 foot Mammo?

"To stop that Mammo, 1,2,3, here's a fresh new way that's trouble free ..."
Mar / January 25, 2013 at 10:16 am
Creepolitti sounds like someone with a guilty conscience. I mean obviously no one is tracking the guy but if they were it should really matter if he isn't up to anything illegal he should have nothing to worry about. This sounds like the paranoia of a career criminal
GoodDay! / January 25, 2013 at 10:22 am
8 minutes too confirm ford keeps his job! good day indeed!
Notahipster / January 25, 2013 at 10:32 am
oh yeah ford stay mayor, let the lefties cry for days.
Jesse Fogarty / January 25, 2013 at 11:39 am
I was so shall we say excited to today thinking "hey, we may finally get rid of the the man we call Rob Ford plaguing our city". Instead, it's later reaffirmed that Rob Ford is Toronto's recurring cancer
fordisahipsterdbag replying to a comment from Notahipster / January 25, 2013 at 05:48 pm
hulk taunt! hulk gloat! hulk celebrate toronto slow decline!
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