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Morning Brew: Rob Ford staffer faked radio show phone calls, mayor appears at Pride flag raising, subway relief line and King St. transit inch ahead, and Ford gets mad

Posted by Chris Bateman / June 25, 2013

toronto streetcarOne of Rob Ford's senior aides regularly posed as a caller on the Newstalk 1010 radio show the mayor hosts with his brother, the CBC is reporting. David Price, one of the men the Globe and Mail reported worked in Doug Ford's alleged marijuana operation, was "Dave from Scarborough" and "Dave from Etobicoke" before he was hired by the mayor's office. Price reportedly knocked LRT transit, lower speed limits, and the plastic bag ban on the show. Does this surprise you?

Just to prove you never really can predict the guy, Rob Ford officially proclaimed Pride Week for the first time as mayor yesterday, surprising many of the people gathered outside City Hall for the official flag raising ceremony. Ford has avoided attending the event in recent years, saying it conflicts with his family's annual cottage trip. Too little too late from Ford?

Toronto's relief line took a tiny step forward yesterday when Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency charged with building new transit infrastructure, issued a request for bids to conduct a preliminary study into building the east-west line from the downtown core to the Bloor-Danforth line. The word "downtown" has been officially dropped from the name to more accurately reflect its purpose.

Also in studies, the TTC has unanimously agreed to investigate whether King Street could be reworked in to a transit corridor in time for the 2015 Pan Am Games. The board will now decide whether the idea is feasible and there could be a pilot project in place in the next year or so.

Turns out Rob Ford doesn't like it when Toronto is on the receiving end of spending cuts. After a meeting with provincial finance minister Charles Sousa, Ford said the Liberals were punishing him for finding efficiencies at city hall by cutting $150 million in social program funding over the next three years. Ford says there was no advance warning of the cuts.

Finally, Several city councillors want the CNE to ban parking on the grass at Marilyn Bell Park, saying it causes too much damage to the ground and trees. The Ex has used the park as overflow for its other lots for decades but the parks committee wants the annual fair to ease off.


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

Image: Kat NLM/blogTO Flickr pool.



steve / June 25, 2013 at 08:19 am
I guess Kathleen Wynne hates poor people. Why else would she cut funding to community housing?
Craig replying to a comment from steve / June 25, 2013 at 08:35 am
Nice to see the paid shills starting their shift early today.

The agreement for the "special funding" was always going to end. They've just ended it earlier.

Since the provice is collecting the money, why should someone in Whitby pay extra taxes for social housing in Toronto? Or another way to look at is; Why should someone in Whitby subsidize Ford's plan cut to the Land Transfer Tax?
Bart / June 25, 2013 at 08:39 am
More dodgy behaviour from a Ford associate. How sad that this goon Dave Price is on the city's payroll.

Respect the taxpayer dump this fraud.
steve replying to a comment from Craig / June 25, 2013 at 08:41 am
So you're going on the theory that the province gives more money to Toronto than it gets? Interesting.
Kat NLM / June 25, 2013 at 08:41 am
Thanks for featuring my photo in this article.
Craig replying to a comment from steve / June 25, 2013 at 08:49 am
Nope, I'm going on the theory that the money was collected from the surrounding municipalites and given to Toronto.

Halton, York and Peel regions were paying into it. So, essentially they were allowning Ford to keep property taxes low and propose the cut to the LTT.

(please note that the source is not the "commie rag" aka The Star)
markosaar replying to a comment from Craig / June 25, 2013 at 08:50 am
I agree steve's comment was inflammatory, but I don't see how "ending it earlier" isn't $300-million (over two years) less than guaranteed.

It's bait & switch to renege when that money was the trade-off for offloading social programmes to the city.
markosaar / June 25, 2013 at 08:53 am
re: banning CNE parking on the grass -- when I read the article on the Star last night, those councillors looked likefailures at math. The CNE pays the city $24 000 to use the grass, and they complain it costs them $4000 to repair. I didn't see the "and 40 hours". Presumably the salaries of the people involved aren't included in that figure. Could very well cost far more than $24 000. It's not a very well written article.
Al / June 25, 2013 at 08:53 am
I think the important thing to remember is that Rob Ford smokes crack.
paul / June 25, 2013 at 09:00 am

The Mike Harris strategy - put the boots to Toronto, gain votes in the rest of Ontario.
iSkyscraper / June 25, 2013 at 09:27 am
The radio show has always been an embarrassment compared to the policy-based weekly radio addresses from real mayors (Bloomberg, etc.) Now it is officially more so.

Toronto Sun readers must be very confused today.
Robert / June 25, 2013 at 09:43 am
How hypocritical, Rob Ford, and Ford Nation, have demonstrated a disdain for those less privileged poor and vulnerable, are now concerned about them.
If Rob Ford was who he implies he is, a caring compassionate person looking out for the tax payer. he would be looking at ways to protect the less fortunate, not using them as a shield to launch an attack.
This is sheer cowardice.
steve replying to a comment from markosaar / June 25, 2013 at 10:10 am
My comment was pretty much parroting of the statements made when conservative governments have cut funds to programs. Its funny that people here are so much more forgiving when the liberals do it
Simon Tarses replying to a comment from Craig / June 25, 2013 at 10:20 am
Who's a paid shill, you neocon asswipe fucktard? Wait until YOU need those services one day, then you'll see who's 'shilling' and who's not 'shilling'.
Chris replying to a comment from steve / June 25, 2013 at 10:22 am
The difference Steve, is that we have a Mayor who loudly proclaims that the City (and province) spends too much money, so its ironic that he's whining about having his "welfare cheque" from the province cut. This man has propogated the notion that virtually all government spending is "Gravy" (except for stuff he likes, of course), and that he's alledgedly saved us a billion dollars in 3 short years - all of which make you wonder why then he's so upset about a reduction in payments from the province that amounts to a little over 1% of the City's operating budget.

The greater irony of course, is that if his pal Hudak was in charge, the cuts would likely be more drastic (he's long promised drastic cuts to reduce the deficit, and he's still a Harris acolyte), and, along with his brother (who may or may not be part of those decisions if they were to occur), he'd be bragging about his "fiscally responsible" they're all being. In other words, he's pissed only because the Liberals did it - nothing more, nothing less.

So in reality, the only inconsistency (once again) comes from our mental midget mayor.
Lee Zamparo replying to a comment from Chris / June 25, 2013 at 10:50 am
Well said Chris. So, that's the difference steve. Striking, isn't it? Maybe next time, instead of lashing out like a petulant child, you might think a second time and see if there's something you've missed?
Wren replying to a comment from Simon Tarses / June 25, 2013 at 11:21 am
"Craig" appears to be agreeing with the position of the LIBERAL government of Ontario. Neocon?
Craig replying to a comment from Simon Tarses / June 25, 2013 at 11:38 am
You may have me confused with a someone else, I am anything but a neocon, nor an I paid to be here.

Toronto enjoys some of the lowest property tax rates in the GTA, maybe it's time we looked at raising them a bit, to cover more of our own costs, you know, being fiscally responsible. I don't mind a rise in property taxes to make sure the most vulnerable amoung us are taken care of.
Dr. Colon Oscopy / June 25, 2013 at 03:27 pm
Actually the truth is that none of the mayor's friends or associates have called into his radio show. Last year the mayor asked me to train his poop shoot to mimic the voices of his supporters. Yes, that's right...the mayor has on air conversations with his anus. He talks to his brain's main drain.
Niklas replying to a comment from Craig / June 25, 2013 at 03:46 pm
Are you kidding me? I don't want to pay more for losers who can't pay their own damn rent. Especially when said losers get to live in downtown areas for half the cost of everyone else.
Craig replying to a comment from Niklas / June 25, 2013 at 05:08 pm
Are you suggesting that people with mental health issues or physical disabilities are losers?
McRib / June 25, 2013 at 05:13 pm
its all starting to make sense.

I'm sure people on here who frequent other toronto-based blogs and websites have come across "Scarborough Dave", "Trinity-Spadina Dave", David Williams, etc....

Hello David Price! Know where I can score some black?

you dick.
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