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Morning Brew: Rob Ford waits on Supreme Court status, Doug Ford vows to fight new market building, a giant parking fine, and a photo of Chris Hadfield in a streetcar

Posted by Chris Bateman / June 18, 2013

toronto kayakRob Ford will find Thursday whether or not he'll be contesting a case at the Supreme Court of Canada. Toronto resident Paul Magder, who brought the original conflict-of-interest case against the mayor, is asking Canada's highest court to hear his appeal of a judge's decision to keep Ford in office. Predictions?

Toronto police have named 35 of the 44 people arrested during last week's Operation Traveller, a co-ordinated series of raids targeting the Dixon City Bloods gang, also known as the Dixon Goonies. The gang was known to be associated with a Dixon Road apartment complex and many of its members are facing drug and gun charges. One of those charged, 19-year-old Muhammad Khattak, was reportedly pictured with Rob Ford.

The Star has you covered in case you're wondering what kind of person would throw a drink at the mayor of Toronto. Shannon Everett, the 27-year-old accused of hurling the beverage, possibly a slushie, at Ford is a University of Ontario Institute of Technology worker and a yoga teacher. She's been understandably laying low since the incident.

A $45-million redevelopment project is underway at Toronto's Six Points Interchange at Kipling, Bloor, and Dundas West. When it's finished, the tangle of roads dubbed Spaghetti Junction will feature new parks, residences, and retail outlets. Local councillor Peter Milczyn ceremonially tore down part of the Westwood Theatre yesterday. The city bought the site in the 1960s for a subway yard but later abandoned the idea.

Councillor Doug Ford says he'll try to stop the $91 million redevelopment plans for St. Lawrence Market North at city council. The government management committee were deadlocked on whether to halt the project, which has risen in cost, meaning the debate will continue at full council. The plans would see the bunker-like north market demolished and replaced with a multi-storey building with space for a municipal court. Should the city invest in the St. Lawrence Market?

A Toronto man has solved the mystery of the $854.50 parking ticket he racked up while on his honeymoon. Turns out parking enforcement officers moved Adam Halim's car during tree trimming outside his home to a no parking zone where it was repeatedly ticketed and eventually towed. The city has promised a full refund.

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei's "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" installation will be officially unveiled later today in the reflecting pool at Nathan Phillips Square. The bronze animal heads will stay in the square until September 22. There will also be a Weiwei show at the AGO.

Finally, Commander Chris Hadfield is famous throughout the world for his exploits in outer space but at one time he sampled a far more terrestrial calling. A picture posted on Reddit this morning shows the astronaut at the controls of a PCC streetcar with TTC employee Frank Hood in 1996. Hood drove Hadfield to opening of the CNE that year.

IN BRIEF:

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

Image: Ilona/blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

13 Comments

Craig / June 18, 2013 at 08:35 am
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It will be nice to see what a redeveloped 6 points will be like. The area has a lot of potential, let's hope that it doesn't turn into another boring condo farm.
... / June 18, 2013 at 09:09 am
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Clayton Ruby & Adam "I can't believe I lost my cushy vice-chair of the library board job because my life is all downhill from here" should be poster boys for all that is wrong with this city / province. Libs Flush $600 million, eh? shit happens. Raise $3,000 to help kids play football? Lets get this referred to the supreme court. What a pathetic joke...
Al / June 18, 2013 at 09:18 am
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Doug Ford said yesterday that he wants to move St. Lawrence Market North to the Portlands. He is completely clueless.
:( / June 18, 2013 at 09:31 am
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I remember watching Honey I Shrunk the Kids about 5 times at Westwood. $2.15 for a ticket. Nothing stays the same, I suppose :(
Daryl / June 18, 2013 at 09:33 am
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How did parking enforcement officers move his car?
Al replying to a comment from Daryl / June 18, 2013 at 09:49 am
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Magnets.
Robert replying to a comment from ... / June 18, 2013 at 09:57 am
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Follow the bouncing ball. You missed a whole lot.
Parker / June 18, 2013 at 09:59 am
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The Fords are penny-wise and pound foolish. National Geographic listed St. Lawrence Market as the top market in the world and it's a huge tourist destination. These bozos are on a campaign to make Toronto suck.

Terex / June 18, 2013 at 10:51 am
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Ahhhh that media slut Chris Hadfield. You should interview Julie Payette about him.
DL replying to a comment from Parker / June 18, 2013 at 11:21 am
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The latest rendering for St Lawrence Market was an incredible disappointment. I'm willing to support tax money to redevelop it, but spending a hundred mil on a giant box is just dumb.

And why does it have to be a courthouse? Why not a market expansion? That neighbourhood is one of the few treasures in this city, why not build on that rather than put criminals walking into and out of it?
OMG replying to a comment from Daryl / June 18, 2013 at 01:25 pm
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They put dolly wheels under the rear wheels and jack the car up so only the dolly wheels touch the ground. They then lift up the front of the car, and Bob's your uncle and your car is missing.
McRib replying to a comment from Al / June 18, 2013 at 05:03 pm
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hahaha, did he?

Its almost as if these apes don't understand a thing about this city. Just fuck off back to Chicago.
Moaz Ahmad / June 18, 2013 at 05:25 pm
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I remember attending one of the first public meetings for the redesign of the 6 points interchange ... this was a decade ago at the old Legion Hall (now torn down) beside Islington Station. Some of the proposals presented at the time were quite interesting, including one to have a giant roundabout.

I'm curious to know if the new plans will appear before Mississauga Transit buses are rerouted to the proposed-yet-unbuilt interregional terminal at Kipling Station.

Cheers, Moaz

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