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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

Posted by Chris Bateman / June 13, 2013

toronto rooftopPolice 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:


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

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Spazbhoy / June 13, 2013 at 08:38 am
What a useless video. He could have at least said something of value rather than spend 6 minutes trying to be cute. Like why is it called Bessarion? What are some other low ridership stations.? Perhaps interview another passenger boarding at the station.

By the way the "random" highway you saw is called the 401. And I've yet to meet anyone who calls it the purple line. Have you ever travelled north of Bloor?
cosmosuave / June 13, 2013 at 08:48 am
Trebek for Mayor....
Theo / June 13, 2013 at 09:57 am
If you get off at Leslie, there is a nice walk through the Upper Don which kind of loops over to Bessarion. Too bad he just stood outside for 5 minutes instead of actually doing something. It would be like getting off at Museum and saying "Look at this beautiful building! It appears to be abandoned because the doors are locked, but there are some wonderful lion statues here. Oh well time to go."
steve / June 13, 2013 at 11:09 am
Kathleen Wynne is praising Dalton? Could there be any bigger indictment of her unsuitability as premiere?
lerg / June 13, 2013 at 11:23 am
Why is that man wearing a too short tie over a sweater?
notserious / June 13, 2013 at 11:45 am
Are you people above trolling with your comments about the Bessarion video? Sarcasm is difficult to detect on the internet when one can more easily assume that someone is just a moron.

It's not meant to be a serious video about Bessarion, so why are you complaining that it lacks anything of value? It's supposed to be a funny little video about the least used station in the system.
SimonsMom replying to a comment from notserious / June 13, 2013 at 11:56 am
Ah, thank you for clearing that up and explaining who does and does not have a right to an opinion Internet Police.
Marc replying to a comment from SimonsMom / June 13, 2013 at 12:12 pm
Did he say you couldn't express your opinion? Canadians are so ridiculously defensive.

notserious simply pointed out that the above who exercised their "freedom of speech", exercised it in a way that revealed they completely missed the point.
John / June 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm
Bessarion is one of the best stations, it is right beside Taro's Fish!
SimonsMom replying to a comment from Marc / June 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm
Who said I was Canadian?
notserious replying to a comment from SimonsMom / June 13, 2013 at 02:42 pm
When did I say people have no right to express an opinion?

I merely pointed out, as Marc already pointed out to you, that people above completely missed the point of the video. If they honestly thought it was a serious video about Bessarion, I'm sorry they weren't born with a sense of humour.

Your response to me though just confirms your a moron for missing the point of my message, and I can probably assume missed the point of the video as well.
notserious replying to a comment from notserious / June 13, 2013 at 02:43 pm
...and before you correct my grammar... the 2nd "your" in the last sentence should be a "you're"
Spazbhoy / June 13, 2013 at 06:46 pm
Oh I didn't miss the point. I just think if you are going to make a humorous video you should, you know, be funny. Instead he came off as a pretentious twat visiting from Queen West.

He he could at least have been an unfunny twat that provided some useful info.
Dr. Colon Oscopy / June 13, 2013 at 08:47 pm
Not a good day for the mayor today, or me. Irritable bowels were the least of our problems. The new case lots of disposable gloves didn't arrive and the last pair melted on my hands as I attempted "calm" the mayor down this morning. He kept asking Earl to recall Blair to find out if he had found a copy of the video that wasn't supposed to exist. Then (shudder) he asked me to retrieve his copy so he could watch it again. He said it reminded him of simpler times when boys were boys and girls were boys with with drugs, wigs and lipstick. That was when I had to ask myself if I could live with the memory of having my whole arm hosed off before the skin sloughed off. I asked him for a raise and went in.

Oh shit...I'm late for my electroshock therapy.
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