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Morning Brew: Vaughan wants in on Ford's inner circle, the mayor's private afternoons, city to review snow plan, Cabbagetown coyote shot, and an all-dachshund UN

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 13, 2013

toronto sunsetCoun. Adam Vaughan, one of Rob Ford's harshest critics, wants to be part of the mayor's inner circle with a place on the cabinet-like executive committee. Vaughan's chance aren't good - Deputy mayor Doug Holyday said selecting Vaughan, someone unlikely to tow the official line, "wouldn't make sense." Coun. Vince Crisanti is likely to get the nod to replace coun. Mike Del Grande instead.

Rob Ford's official schedule is back in the spotlight again thanks to the Globe and Mail (paywall.) The paper says the mayor regularly left city hall at 3:30 during the fall and gave large blocks of time to returning calls and attending meetings. The paper notes Ford's afternoons were labelled "private" after the paper reported on his after-school football practices.

The city will review the way it handled last week's snow storm, including the decision not to use special powers to ban parking on all streetcar routes. Speaking to reporters yesterday, coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong said the city could have "acted differently." He explained a so-called "snow emergency" wasn't called because the weather was expected to clear quickly. Could the city have reacted better?

The brief adventure of the Cabbagetown coyote came to a startling end Monday night when police officers shot the animal dead in Wellesley Park. Residents spotted the coyote over the weekend roaming near Carlton and Sackville streets. Police said they shot the wild canine, likely a native of the Don Valley, because it showed its teeth and seemed unafraid of people.

GO Transit's new Quiet Zone on the upper deck of its Barrie line cars could be expanded if it's a success. The Toronto Star reports the pilot project is likely to arrive on all lines when the current three-month trial period ends. Do you like the idea of quiet areas?

Finally, Toronto is going to get its own doggy UN when 36 dachshunds from around the GTA are assembled at the Harbourfront Centre later this month. Each dog will represent a country and be allowed to run free in a show in the Enwave theatre. Don't worry dog lovers, the show will be webcast too.


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

Image: "Dovercourt Park Sunset" by John-Paul Darby/blogTO Flickr pool.



TheVok / February 13, 2013 at 09:18 am
Toe the line, not tow the line.
Aaron / February 13, 2013 at 10:02 am
Wow, Minnan-Wong is an idiot. Sure, the weather cleared quickly, but it left behind a foot of snow.
steve f / February 13, 2013 at 10:09 am
so many three lane roads are down to two lanes due to poor snow removal. even two lane roads are at one and a half. there's far too many corners blinded by oversized snow mountains.

the snow was on friday! they had all weekend to sort things out!
iSkyscraper / February 13, 2013 at 10:32 am
Just to pile on the hopeless management of the Ford administration of something as basic as managing a blizzard, compare his methods to, say, Bloomberg in New York:

Ford - Literally tells a city of 2.5 million to call him at home if they have any issues during storm. What???

Bloomberg - spends money to improve efficiency, like putting GPS on all snow plows and then releasing websites so staff and residents can track progress.

Which one would you rather have as mayor? I'll take the one who is, you know, a mayor, rather than an uneducated boorish idiot.
Uh / February 13, 2013 at 10:45 am
Is it just me, or does it seem like this article was written before someone had their morning coffee... lol
Rob replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / February 13, 2013 at 10:45 am
Unlike Bloomberg, Ford and his neocon cronies haven't figured out that preventing people from getting to places absolutely kills productivity. How big was the productivity hit simply from not having efficient infrastructure, let alone the massive snowfall and clusterfugg during the clean up?

We can't even get a discussion going at City Hall on infrastructure. No wonder a foot of snow becomes a catastrophe.
McRib replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / February 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm
give me the uneducated boorish idiot!
Frabjus Day replying to a comment from TheVok / February 13, 2013 at 01:33 pm
Frabjus Day replying to a comment from TheVok / February 13, 2013 at 01:36 pm
I thought my comment was going to show under the person I replied to. What I meant by "exactly" was Yes, get your expressions right: it's "toe the line", not "tow" it.
torontogirl / February 13, 2013 at 02:05 pm
Great lead shot!!
realityCheck / February 13, 2013 at 03:03 pm
Toronto has a history (going back at least 20 years) of a less than adequate response to snow storms. I don't like Ford... but what happened under Lastman was a joke... and I don't remember the Miller administration handling things any better than what happened over the weekend.
John-Paul Darby / February 13, 2013 at 05:46 pm
@torontogirl thanks :)
steve replying to a comment from realityCheck / February 13, 2013 at 05:55 pm
You would think the greatest Mayor Toronto has ever had would do better then their predecessors, not the same or worse.
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