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Morning Brew: Committee to rule on Ford audit, Ruby responds to costs proposal, TTC rethinks Gateway lease, Unicycle Man, better traffic signals, and coyote returns

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 25, 2013

toronto busToronto's audit committee will decide today whether or not to refer a report that found Rob Ford overspent by $40,000 on his election campaign to a prosecutor. The investigation into the mayor's election finances, released on Feb. 1, found several improper loans and donations. The audit committee decided to hand coun. Giorgio Mammoliti's audit report to a prosector on Feb. 4. Do you think the group will recommend a prosecutor take the case?

Lawyer Clayton Ruby says he'll counter Rob Ford's proposal to charge the defeated Paul Magder $116,000 in legal fees related to the pair's recent conflict-of-interest court battle. Rules usually requires the loser of court cases to pay the costs of the victor. Ruby called the bill "a lot of money for a guy who got off on a technicality." Should Magder pay?

The TTC could be about to abandon its 10-year, $48-million lease deal with Gateway newsstands in response to a consultant's report that says the deal should have been opened up to all bidders. The Commission controversially agreed to extend Gateway's lease agreement without taking offers from rival companies earlier this year.

The Star has unmasked Toronto's Unicycle Man, the mystery one-wheeled commuter often spotted on Queen Street, revealing a 21-year-old who's spreading smiles one ride at a time. Paul Abraham took up riding when his bike, handed down from his grandfather, was stolen. He's planning a charity ride home from Montreal for the Sick Kids Foundation.

Traffic signals on busy routes like Avenue Road, Yonge Street, and Leslie Street could get a tweak so road users are less likely to get caught in a string of reds, according to transportation services. New wireless transmitters being gradually fitted to major intersections allow a central office to control lights based on demand. This move could also presumably help ease streetcar congestion too. Good idea?

The Neville Park coyote has struck again, killing a small Maltese dog in a backyard near the Beach. Dogs and cats have been going missing in the neighbourhood for several years and the owner says he's seen the canines approaching children. Should animal services take a more aggressive approach to trouble coyotes?

A winter storm could be arriving in the GTA Tuesday evening. There's a lot of uncertainty over weather the storm, which is moving northeast from Texas, could bring rain, snow or a mix of both.

Local Oscar success last night. Toronto composer Mychael Danna scooped the award for best original score at last night's academy awards for his work on Life of Pi. Danna won a Golden Globe for the same score last month. Argo won best picture while Daniel Day-Lewis took home best actor for the lead role in Lincoln. Jennifer Lawrence won best actress for Silver Linings Playbook.

IN BRIEF:

FROM THE WEEKEND:

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

Image: "Rush Hour Gridlock" by John Tavares Jr./blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

9 Comments

Me / February 25, 2013 at 08:40 am
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Now, the Unicycle guy. THAT was an inspiring and wonderful story. It's nice to see that for a change and also that the person wasn't doing it to make some stupid "point".
Andrew / February 25, 2013 at 08:51 am
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While it's sad that Cujo had his life come to a nasty end, as the article points out: It's coyote habitat. Move in to a condo if you can't handle the wildlife.
Al / February 25, 2013 at 09:25 am
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If you have cats, keep them indoors. Why is it news when a coyote kills a cat, but not news when cats kill thousands of birds? Coyote's and birds are indigenous, cats are not.
Wile E Coyote / February 25, 2013 at 10:17 am
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Cats are yummy.
JAAAAAAAT / February 25, 2013 at 10:31 am
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Al + Andrew are totally right.
also, a few less Maltese dogs will make this world a better place.
McRib replying to a comment from Al / February 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm
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i should imagine its obvious why one story (family pet gets eaten) would make the local news, and why another story (bird nobody knows gets eaten by cat) does not.
foo / February 25, 2013 at 03:32 pm
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My GOD. Toronto is entering the 20th century with traffic light optimization. Wow. It's a Christmas miracle. Except its February.
realityCheck / February 25, 2013 at 04:21 pm
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Am absolutely incredulous that BlogTO did not feature perhaps THE most relevant news story from the weekend... that about half the folks now working in GTA and Hamilton area between the ages of 26 and 65 are now working in what can be termed "precarious" jobs. I guess such things don't make it onto your hipster radar. See following:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/02/23/half_of_gta_and_hamilton_workers_in_precarious_jobs.html

and

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/columnists/half-of-toronto-area-workers-have-fallen-into-precarious-employment-study/article9003680/
best tasting beer / February 26, 2013 at 05:58 pm
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