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Morning Brew: Star and Globe defend their Ford stories, city issues a heat alert, Captain John's looks sunk, Mercer Street townhouse is safe, and cops rescue dumped kitten

Posted by Chris Bateman / September 10, 2013

toronto streetcarsThe Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail defended their reporting of Rob and Doug Ford's alleged drug use yesterday at a special hearing before the Ontario Press Council. "The story is true. Every word of it," said Michael Cooke, editor in chief of the Star about the original front-page crack video story. "Mayor Ford still owes Toronto a full answer," he added. Rob and Doug Ford were invited to attend but didn't respond.

Today will be a late-summer scorcher, according to Environment Canada and the City of Toronto. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid 30s and the humidex could make it feel like the 40s. In fact, it could feel like the hottest day of the year so far. Temperatures are expected to return to normal on Thursday.

Captain John's looks like it's finally sunk. The city has started the process of seizing the floating restaurant, which is permanently moored at the foot Yonge Street, over an ocean of unpaid bills, taxes, and fees that total more than a $1 million. The government management committee will need the approval of council before owner John Letnik is forced out of the boat he calls home. Is it time Captain John's walked the plank?

A Mercer Street heritage property appears to be safe from demolition (for now) after the city's planning division turned back a proposal to build a boutique condo tower. The Alexander Johnston House was built in 1858 and is a rare surviving example of an urban townhouse. It's one of a few known buildings designed by John Tully, the architect behind Walnut Hall, a Georgian terrace on Shuter Street that was demolished in 2007.

Former deputy mayor Doug Holyday has received his first promotion since becoming a PC MPP. Tim Hudak is expected to announce Holyday will become the party's new accountability critic later today. The internal shake-up was prompted by the firing of finance critic Peter Shurman, who was ousted over a housing allowance claim.

Finally, let's all feel better thanks to this cute ginger kitten that was rescued from a garbage can by Toronto police. The little cat, pictured snuggling a teddy bear, was found near St. Clair and Arlington overnight and given a clean bill of health by a vet. A police officer intends to adopt the cat, says CP24.

IN BRIEF:

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

Image: Frank Lemire/blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

51 Comments

Dave / September 10, 2013 at 08:45 am
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Both the Globe and the Star stained their respective reputations with these articles.
Marc replying to a comment from Dave / September 10, 2013 at 09:12 am
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Troll harder. If either of these articles were untrue, the Fords would own a newspaper or two and demolish the building for a golden statue of them standing over the rubble. The Star and Globe successfully defended their reputation.
Al replying to a comment from Dave / September 10, 2013 at 09:15 am
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We'll see what the Press Council rules, but it's looking like they did exactly what they are supposed to do.
Däve / September 10, 2013 at 09:17 am
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Yeah, just like the Sun 'stained' its 'reputation' for running an editorial telling Ford to take time to deal with his personal issues that were distracting from his professional performance. Except that those issues don't exist, according to Ford apologists, right?

STFU Dave, no one believes you.
Dave replying to a comment from Marc / September 10, 2013 at 09:21 am
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You can bet that if the Press Council rules against the Star, a lawsuit will follow directly from that. Considering the papers used wording in their articles specifically to avoid litigation, it can be assumed that premise will be negated if they are found to have broken and press council rules.


Marc replying to a comment from Dave / September 10, 2013 at 09:28 am
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That's a pretty big if.

How about "If the press council rules in their favour, Ford is entirely out of time and options to deny the allegations and looks like a total fool for not even trying."
Alex / September 10, 2013 at 09:31 am
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Toronto actually saved a heritage property, it's going to be nice out for a few days, and that was one cute kitten. It's a good news day.
James / September 10, 2013 at 09:36 am
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What a farce the OPC hearing really is. They only have three of their council adjudicating - the ones no one has ever heard of - where are the former politicians who are also on this Council? Hiding? There is an election next year - don't want Ford? Easy! Vote for someone else. Why the lynch mob? If he "did it", and there is "proof", he will be convicted. End of story. But this circus allows the Star and the Globe to re-hash without evidence. After all, it is the accuser who has to prove their case - not the defendant.
Linda / September 10, 2013 at 09:46 am
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Poor leftist people of Toronto - they just can't stand the thought that these two guys could possibly represent the holier-than-thou Liberals. Get real - your premier is a liar and a flake, your province is in the HAVE NOT status and the only thing you worry about is someone might have smoked some hash when he was a teenager. In the meantime your whole province is falling apart with scandal after scandal, millions upon millions missing or thrown away but day in and day out - I wonder if Rob Ford has eaten any Kentucky Frist Chicken lately? I think we should go through his garbage cans to see.
What a pathetic bunch of whiners. I thought it was bad here with all the leftist whiners but we put a run on the NDP last election when they thought they had the whole province wrapped up.
Geoff / September 10, 2013 at 09:53 am
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Rob and Doug Ford would sue both newspapers if the stories were untrue. That they are not suing speaks volumes.
AV / September 10, 2013 at 09:53 am
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Dave's multiple personality disorder is on fine display this morning
jen replying to a comment from Linda / September 10, 2013 at 09:54 am
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Shut up Dave.
matts replying to a comment from Linda / September 10, 2013 at 09:54 am
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Is KFC as addictive as crack? Is rasing chickens controlled by violent guns like drug distribution is? Does the delicious roster impare judgement as alcohol does? Puhleeze....
Dave replying to a comment from AV / September 10, 2013 at 10:02 am
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Adam, good to see you participating. It is clear that you do not add much however. I am happy to see that every point that you do not agree with must be represented by me. I am flattered.
AV / September 10, 2013 at 10:12 am
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Blah blah blah... cherry picking which posts to reply to because actually having a point would be difficult for you. I get it Dave, your life sucks.
Lookatme replying to a comment from Dave / September 10, 2013 at 10:18 am
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He adds about as much as you do, Dave.

You're only here for the attention, not a "debate". You have never added anything to a debate yourself because you're here to deflect attention away from the subject and onto yourself and your ridiculous statements. Every "debate" becomes centered around you, as evidenced by my own personal response right here.

Just fuck off, you troll.
Ford Needs Better Trolls / September 10, 2013 at 10:19 am
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Dave how much do they pay you with tax payer money to troll the message boards? I hope not much because you are a lousy troll indeed.
Dave replying to a comment from Lookatme / September 10, 2013 at 10:30 am
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Adam, quit trying to divert the point here just to appease yourself. The point here is that both papers are guilty of Journalistic Fraud. I found it quite funny how Stackhouse buckled when questioned by Howard Kurtz this past summer. Stackhouse looked even weaker yesterday.

http://www.myvidster.com/video/13437639/Media_chase_Toronto_crack_video
matts / September 10, 2013 at 10:37 am
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We all believe what we want to believe, Dave. For you, Rob Ford's stellar public service and drug and alcohol sobriety.

For me, it's unicorns.
Dave replying to a comment from matts / September 10, 2013 at 11:01 am
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Very true, but not all of us are lead by the nose by believeing every slag campaign that some newspapers spew. The uninformed masses go with speculation, the thinking public, base opinion on fact.
James replying to a comment from Geoff / September 10, 2013 at 11:03 am
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Very few lawsuits against national enquirer succeeded, and many just added publicity to the original story. Often considered waste of time to pay attention to these sorts of issues...

Is it evidence that allegations are genuine that Obama does not go after the many conspiracy theories about him?
AV / September 10, 2013 at 11:04 am
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http://tinyurl.com/ofjakck
A replying to a comment from Lookatme / September 10, 2013 at 11:04 am
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Please don't feed the trolls. Getting angry at a troll is exactly the reaction he is trying to elicit.
Bob / September 10, 2013 at 11:14 am
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It is perfectly clear that the Star and Globe stories are true.


Dave is on welfare and lives in his mother's basement.
Jack replying to a comment from Bob / September 10, 2013 at 11:26 am
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And smokes crack with rob ford on the weekend, judging by his behaviour.
AV replying to a comment from Bob / September 10, 2013 at 11:30 am
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Close, its his ex-wife's basement. He lost everything in the divorce when she found out he'd run up their HELOC gambling to the tune of around $75,000.
iSkyscraper / September 10, 2013 at 11:44 am
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Dave is posting so many times he can't keep his userids straight. Yesterday, "Logan" posted:

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Stackhouse got rightly reamed out by Howard Kurtz on CNN Reliable Sources in June for using such unreliable sources. Oh, but we "even had our lawyers sit in on some of the interviews" chirped boy-editor. You could see Kurtz's eyes roll with that one.
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And then today, it's "Dave" who says:

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I found it quite funny how Stackhouse buckled when questioned by Howard Kurtz this past summer.
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Chances of two different people coming up with the same twisted take on what, outside of DaveWorld, was a perfectly normal interview that involved no "buckling" or "reaming" whatsoever? Absolutely zero.

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1306/02/rs.01.html
McRib / September 10, 2013 at 01:05 pm
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just ignore him, and stop responding to him.
A friend to Dave replying to a comment from Dave / September 10, 2013 at 01:09 pm
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Welcome to BlogTO Dave, where if you're not a bike-riding, streetcar-loving, record-playing, coffeeshop-crowding hipster, you're considered a troll.
Dave replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / September 10, 2013 at 01:10 pm
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Actually sky, I viewed Logans piece yesterday and it did bring back the Kurtz/Stackhouse beatdown quite vividly. If you had actually paid attention Stackhouse came off very defensively.
I am still trying to figure out how a resident of New York has any skin in the Toronto media circus.
Maybe you could enlighten us as. If you cannot, your points carry no validity.
AV replying to a comment from McRib / September 10, 2013 at 01:10 pm
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Whats the fun in that?

If you look back, every time I mention facts from Dave's public divorce proceedings he shuts up and goes away. However, after posting this, I'm sure he'll do the opposite just because.
Linda replying to a comment from James / September 10, 2013 at 01:19 pm
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Pathetic excuse for journalism. "Unnamed sources" have become the norm for the Star and the G&M and quite frankly, their reporting is now laughable.
An unnamed source an be anyone, anywhere. I could be an unnamed source making up dirt about someone I dislike for my own spiteful pleasure. There is no way for the reader to determine any mallace or context of the comments of "unnamed sources".
Garbage journalism that's lapped up by the same dummies who were on here last week complaining about Ezra Levant and his poignant questions to Mayor Nenshi about the Pembina Inst.
Get a life ppl / September 10, 2013 at 01:23 pm
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I check up on this site at lunch from time to time and really - why do you all waste so much time arguing?? D- philosophers. Its as if you love all of this perceived drama. Anyway, continue while others make actual change happen.
Moneesha replying to a comment from A friend to Dave / September 10, 2013 at 01:31 pm
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dave should drink in Liberty Belwoods. Then he'll be "cool" too.
Dave replying to a comment from AV / September 10, 2013 at 01:34 pm
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I can make up my own words without you manufacturing them for me, thank you. I didn't in any way say what you are ascribing to me, and what I said still makes perfect sense without you re-interpreting the intent of the words.
AV replying to a comment from Dave / September 10, 2013 at 01:52 pm
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As much sense as your above reply I'm sure
Alex / September 10, 2013 at 02:11 pm
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We regularly have more comments about Dave on here than on the actual news. I just counted and there are 25 out of 36 comments by Dave or about Dave. He's paid to deflect attention from the real stories and he's succeeding because you're letting him. It's the equivalent of buying a three year old candy in the grocery store because he threw a tantrum. Please ignore Dave and eventually he'll leave when his employer realizes he's not getting value for money anymore.
Dave replying to a comment from Alex / September 10, 2013 at 02:43 pm
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Alex, I love your spunk. The truth is that people cannot ignore the real story. It may aggravate some that people are speaking up to offer an accurate view of the events without bias. The uninformed headline reading masses want and need to know that there is more to a story than the headline.
I am the trumpet on the pulpit that must allow the blind to see.
Moneesha replying to a comment from Alex / September 10, 2013 at 03:06 pm
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I love Dave. he's HOTT!
NevilleQ / September 10, 2013 at 03:35 pm
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"...Walnut Hall, a Georgian terrace on Shuter Street that was demolished in 2007."

The owners allowed Walnut Hall to deteroriate until it started collapsing on its own. Once that began, the city had to step in to demolish the remaining structure.
Daves Mom / September 10, 2013 at 03:37 pm
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I wish my son would get caught up on paying the rent he owes for living in my basement.
Sarah's Mom replying to a comment from Daves Mom / September 10, 2013 at 04:03 pm
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I know how you feel.
Dave replying to a comment from Daves Mom / September 10, 2013 at 04:37 pm
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Adam, you and your mass personalities get juvenile as the day progresses.
Mayor McCokehoover replying to a comment from Moneesha / September 10, 2013 at 05:24 pm
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OMG, Dave...SLOPPY! You haven't used Moneesha for ages, since that beatdown those girls gave you the last time you used that name.

I recall they piled on because it sounds like the kind of (vaguely racist?) name only a whitey who had zero connection to the black community would come up. Y'know, when all your other fake names were under attack.

Kinda like right now.

Getting sloppy. And a tad more racist.
Daves Mom replying to a comment from Dave / September 10, 2013 at 05:40 pm
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Son, are you trying to say i look like a man? That is the last straw i am evicting your a$$ out of my basement!
Sarah's Mom replying to a comment from Mayor McCokehoover / September 10, 2013 at 06:00 pm
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You really are that stupid, aren't you?
Mayor McCokehoover replying to a comment from Sarah's Mom / September 10, 2013 at 06:40 pm
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Hater.

Add something to the conversation for once, loser.
Sarah's Mom replying to a comment from Mayor McCokehoover / September 10, 2013 at 07:09 pm
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Like you for instance? Ironic thing to say.
Dave replying to a comment from Mayor McCokehoover / September 10, 2013 at 07:32 pm
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Mayor, why not attempt to keep the debate on a mature level. I don't always agree with you, but I respect your views.
Mayor McCokehoover replying to a comment from Dave / September 10, 2013 at 08:08 pm
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That is fair; I take back my earlier comments.
Thom / September 10, 2013 at 11:45 pm
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Can we just untie Capitan Johns boat and just push them out into the lake? The guy clearly doesn't understand the kind of trouble he's in, or the amount of money that he owes... He's clearly ignoring the situation but it just gets worse and worse...

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