Morning Brew: Major police raid underway in Toronto, no Doug Ford in 2014, Trebek for mayor, U of T wins turf war, an arcade grab game, and Finding Bessarion
Police are raiding more than 30 addresses this morning, including a high rise at 320 Dixon Rd. where it's reported an video of Rob Ford allegedly smoking crack was held, and the home of Muhammad Khattak, a man pictured with Ford outside a suspected crack house. The armed tactical officers were acting under Project Traveller, a crackdown on guns, gangs and drugs. Police chief Bill Blair will speak to the media at noon.
Doug Ford says he won't be running for a second term at city hall next year. Instead, he'll be helping his brother seek re-election as mayor. Yesterday, The Star reported Nick Kouvalis and Richard Ciano, the minds behind Rob Ford's successful 2010 campaign, wouldn't return unless the mayor sorted out his "health and well-being."
Could Rob and Doug Ford be waging a campaign against Alex Trebek in next year's election? Actually, no, but the 72-year-old Jeopardy! host has joked he'd like to run Canada's largest city in an interview. "It might be kind of fun to come back to Toronto after having left Jeopardy! and run for an office here. If there's one available. Wink wink," he told the Canadian Press. Stranger things have happened.
The University of Toronto's back campus will not be keeping its Kentucky blue grass. City council voted yesterday to stick with plans to replace the patchy turf with an artificial surface in time for the 2015 Pan Am Games. Local councillor Adam Vaughan had hoped to designate the grass as a heritage landscape and prevent the construction work.
Rob Ford has recently been trumpeting a billion dollars in taxpayer savings that have supposedly been found under his leadership. But, not so fast. Metro's ever vigilant Matt Elliott has once again crunched the numbers and found Ford's math may be some way off.
A giant arcade grab game is coming to Brookfield Place for this year's Luminato creativity festival. The game will be filled with 1,500 donated items (including prosthetic limbs...) and will cost $2 to play starting this Friday.
The Dufferin Street bridge across the Gardiner Expressway and rail corridor to the CNE is now closed. The city decided to shut the 102-year-old crossing over safety concerns highlighted in a recent environmental assessment. Pedestrians and cyclists will be allowed to keep using the bridge but TTC buses will be on diversion for the next 18 months.
Finally, Bessarion station isn't much of a destination station on the subway. It's the least used of all the underground stops on the relatively sleepy Sheppard line. In the hope of learning more about the enigmatic stop, Jeremy Woodcock traveled there an explored the surrounding area. He made a video about it too:
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Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.