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Morning Brew: Giorgio Mammoliti in the spotlight over loans, Rob Ford says sorry, Metrolinx mulls parking fees, a ticket grace period

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 15, 2013

toronto fishCoun. Giorgio Mammoliti received loans totaling more than $275,000 from real estate investors he helped place billboards along Highway 401, reports the CBC. Though are no laws requiring councillors to formally declare these sorts of transactions, the mortgages fall in an ethical grey area, according to an expert quoted by the broadcaster. It's thought the billboards could bring in around $250,000 in revenue to the owner. Was it a good idea for Mammoliti to accept these loans even if it's not strictly against the rules?

Rob Ford has apologized to Toronto's medical officer ten months after calling his salary "an embarrassment." Integrity commissioner Janet Leiper found the mayor and his brother breached the council code of conduct on their weekly radio show while criticizing Dr. David McKeown's recommendation for lower speed limits. McKeown accepted the apology.

Metrolinx says it's considering charging drivers to park and ride at its GO stations to help fund the province's next wave of transit projects. Parking is currently free to those lucky enough to snag one of its 65,000 unreserved spaces. GO charges drivers who want a space held for them.

Also in parking, coun. Paula Fletcher says drivers should get some leeway when it comes time to move their cars to the other side of the street. Parking enforcement officers have been known to issue tickets minutes after the 9 am switch time required on many residential streets. Should there be a grace period for parking tickets?

OCAD U's part of the proposed Mirvish-Gehry condos will be named for the late Princess Diana, the university has announced. The Princess of Wales Visual Arts Centre will join retail space and a museum at street level on King Street under the plans currently working their way through the approvals process.


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Joe Smith / February 15, 2013 at 08:38 am
Ombudsman Fiona Crean found the mayor and his brother breached the council code of conduct on their weekly radio show while criticizing Dr. David McKeown's recommendation for lower speed limits. McKeown accepted the apology.

Chris Bateman / February 15, 2013 at 08:46 am
That's been changed, thanks for pointing it out.
James / February 15, 2013 at 09:24 am
I don't believe there needs to be a grace period for moving your vehicle.

Signs are clearly posted at what time the switchover must occur, and if an owner chooses to ignore that rule, or doesn't care, then they should be ticketed. Allowances should not be made.

As it stands, and as is quoted in the article, there currently is a grace period that's left to the discretion of the parking enforcer. If they want to ticket you, they can and will. If they don't want to and give you a few minutes, they will.

It's up to people. We shouldn't make laws or rules to allow for those who don't want to follow what's clearly shown to them.
loper replying to a comment from James / February 15, 2013 at 09:40 am
You're a dick.
MrCelery / February 15, 2013 at 09:46 am
People have no respect for time. There is never an excuse to arriving late for an important meeting, you just didn't plan ahead and leave yourself enough time.

The same theory applies to the "parking grace period". Don't leave your house at 9 to move your car, do it at 8:50.
James replying to a comment from loper / February 15, 2013 at 09:47 am
Nah, I'm just capable of following posted signs. You must have an odd interpretation of what being a dick is. No worries. C'mere. /hug
Sousedbergin / February 15, 2013 at 09:49 am
Parking spot doesn't come included with the car ass-holes and maybe if you didn't all buy killer whale sized vehicles for city driving there would be more spaces?
speakingog replying to a comment from Sousedbergin / February 15, 2013 at 10:04 am
That reminds i need to go pick up my brand new huge suv today, thanks for reminding me.
Al / February 15, 2013 at 10:22 am
There already is a grace period. You have from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. to move it. People can do it anytime after 9:00 p.m. the night before. That's a 12-hour grace period.
Yes replying to a comment from loper / February 15, 2013 at 10:30 am
Ticket the pricks immediately.

How hard is it to do something on time?

If your life revolves around being mintues late for something as simple as moving your car, then you have a lot bigger problems.
BJ / February 15, 2013 at 11:06 am
Have any of the "ticket the pricks" commenters ever owned a vehicle in the city? Sometimes you forget that it's the day the switch occurs, you show up five minutes after 9am and now you have a ticket. It blows.

No one's life "revolves around being late" (and what a moronic comment).

Does it really bother all of you that someone is advocating for city officials to simply be a little nicer? Really?

There absolutely should be a grace period, as there should be with all tickets. Getting a ticket sucks.
jeez replying to a comment from BJ / February 15, 2013 at 11:17 am
Agree. You'd swear some of the commenters here are grumpy old men railing against hippies OR parking enforcement officials. Either way loosen up!
jer / February 15, 2013 at 11:18 am
I think that having to pay for non-reserved parking at Go Stations is a dumb idea. They should be doing things to encourage increased ridership, not decrease it.

Logistically as well it is going to be a mess .
Rob / February 15, 2013 at 11:23 am
Drivers are welfare cases and they don't even realize it.

No, don't charge us more for taking our vehicle to the corner store using 7x more public services than a pedestrian over a similar trip. No, please, give us a grace period to not pay money for being inconsiderate/unlawful that doesn't exist elsewhere.

James replying to a comment from BJ / February 15, 2013 at 11:35 am
I'm a "ticket the prick" commenter, and yes, I drive in, park in, and live in the city. I also have no issue getting to my car at 8:58am to spend the whole two minutes it takes to put it on the other side of the street.

As to the person who said there "absolutely should be a grace period", again, there is. A whole 12 hours between 9am and 9pm. If you need more of a period than that, then you either a) have bigger issues not relating to the city or b) are too lazy or indifferent to bother, and enjoy yelling about it.
Joey / February 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm
"Should there be a grace period for parking tickets?"
Hell no. Stop enabling this bullshit, entitled behaviour. Drivers know they have to move their vehicles, so they should get their lazy asses out there and move it.

BJ: "Getting a ticket sucks."
No shit Sherlock. Wanna know how you can avoid getting a ticket? Moving your car! What a shock, huh?

jeez: "the commenters here are grumpy old men "
So instead of attacking the argument (which you can't because you know you're wrong) you go in for an ad hominem and attack the commenter. Nice job.
Yes replying to a comment from BJ / February 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm
I have my own car, and use street parking quite often.

And yes it does bother me.

This is't advocating for officials to be "nicer".
This is simply a lame attempt to try and gain themselves more time without having to do something. First it becomes 5 minutes and in a few years from now it becomes 15 minutes, 30 minutes, etc.

"Hi Officer, why did you pull me over? I was only doing 51KM in a 50KM. Wheres the grace, Mr. Cop?
Shouldn't i be allowed to do 55-60KM all the time? You know, just be nice and not ticket me".

Like many have said...we have 12 hours to move our cars. There is no excuse for being late and deserving of any grace. Get out of bed and move it.
The MAYOR / February 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm
You lefty pinkos car so perfect, aren't you? Stop picking on GinoBoy. Are you going to pretend you've never defaulted on a second mortgage you got from a guy you did favours for while working on the taxpayer's dime?

Don't worry about Mammo and the Frod Bros. We'll be back stronger than ever and maybe a few pounds lighter too. No KFC in jail and I wouldn't drink the pruno there even if it was running out of Mammo's ass after being aged for two weeks in his toilet bowl. Well...I might just have a taste or two.
iSkyscraper / February 15, 2013 at 01:09 pm
Anyone who reads my too-numerous comments know that I am a big fan of best practices over ideology. New York has a 5 minute grace period on parking violations, it works fine. Interestingly, New York also has a 1 minute grace period on its commuter train schedules, because sometimes pedestrians can be a little harried too.

Alex / February 15, 2013 at 01:31 pm
They can't charge for parking when they barely provide enough, but I know at least a few of the GO stations have huge parking structures they've built, and someone needs to pay for that. But also most places serviced by GO have terrible transit too and no way to get there by car. It's a tough choice, I don't envy the person who has to make it.
Thomas / February 15, 2013 at 05:35 pm
An apology from Rob Ford means nothing - as does everything else he says.
VoiceOfReason / February 15, 2013 at 07:00 pm
A five-minute grace seems fair. Otherwise, you can't say the city has any heart.

But, REALLY, any longer than that and you'd be idiotic to think you deserve a break. I mean, you go into a parking garage, you don't argue that you were gone as long as you were because it is TIME-based. are the streets. And you either budget enough time or remember to go 'feed the meter'.

That's what happens when you become a grown-up, there are consequences. And besides, compared to most cities, parking on Toronto street is CHEAP.
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