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Morning Brew: All eyes on Rob Ford amid stunning new allegations, no charges yet, scandal biggest Canadian story this century, and Kelly wants to wait on island jets

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 5, 2013

toronto ocad uToronto is still digesting the latest round of revelations from that damning police ITO last night. Among them, reports Rob Ford was blackmailed and allegedly offered $5,000 and a car in exchange for the crack video. In another incident recorded by police, people close to Ford traded 1.5 kgs of pot for the safe return of his stolen cellphone. The mayor has not responded to the latest allegations, none of which have been proven in court.

Meanwhile, Police Chief Bill Blair is still refusing to say whether the allegations in the ITO are enough to charge the mayor with a crime. Councillor Adam Vaughan said Blair needs to say why there appears to be "two sets of rules" in the case. Speaking yesterday, Blair said the decision to lay charges lies with the investigators.

Once a stalwart supporter of Ford, the Toronto Sun's editorial this morning is evidence of the mayors dwindling number of backers. "What it all suggests, at a minimum, is that Ford no longer deserves to be the mayor of Toronto. Not now. Not ever," it reads. And yet he remains.

Read and download the full, uncensored court documents here.

Toronto's biggest political scandal is also the biggest Canadian news story this century, according to new media-monitoring figures. Ford's screen time, calculated in terms of ad space, was worth $1.1 billion globally, says Influence Communications. "It became a social phenomenon.... It's truly exceptional in terms of coverage," the company president told the Canadian Press.

Rob Ford's public apology for smoking crack is No. 2 on Time magazines top apologies of 2013. Paula Deen's mea culpa for using a racial slur is top.

Before the latest documents dropped, Rob Ford met with Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly for the first time since council voted to take away many of his powers. The pair discussed Porter Airlines' plans to fly jets out of the island airport. Kelly is in favour of waiting until January to make a final decision while Ford wants to push ahead.

Front Street is so called because of its former location on the Toronto waterfront. Over the decades, the shoreline has shifted south with infilling. This great little graphic, shared on Reddit, perfectly illustrates how Toronto's waterfront has moved since 1818.

Finally, in case you want to hear Rob Ford talk NFL predictions, the mayor will be on on Sports Junkies, the morning show on Washington D.C.'s 106.7 The Fan around 8:40. Ford is a life-long Redskins fan, and no, he doesn't think the name should be changes just because it's a racial slur.


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

Image: quistian/blogTO Flickr pool.



Steve / December 5, 2013 at 09:05 am
""What are we going to call the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Aboriginals next? The 'Skins are the 'Skins," Ford said."

Are we absolutely sure Robbie Boy and his brother didn't time travel from the 50's?

I'm sure we'll hear from the resident stay at home mom soon though to defend his outdated opinions!
Dave / December 5, 2013 at 09:39 am
Billions of dollars wasted by Premier Dad and Kathleen Wynne and the same crap about Rob Ford grabs the headlines.

We live in a sad time.
Al replying to a comment from Dave / December 5, 2013 at 09:48 am
This is different crap about Rob Ford, and confirms that his senior staff, including David Price were directly involved.
Realist (mostly) replying to a comment from Dave / December 5, 2013 at 09:48 am
If you want him out of the headlines, get him to resign.
Kate / December 5, 2013 at 09:51 am
Oh Dave, would it make you feel better if the millions/billions lost through Ford's cancellation of Transit City was mentioned? Or that Hudak would have cancelled the gas plants too? Pointing out one wrong doesn't make another wrong (or in Ford's case, many criminal wrongs) right.
H replying to a comment from Dave / December 5, 2013 at 09:57 am
Sorry Dave, for months you stated that a video of Rob Ford definitely did not exist, so nothing you say now has any credibility. Like Ford, you will say whatever is convenient for you at the time.
doxtoy / December 5, 2013 at 09:57 am
Hey Dave, you forgot Mr dad RESIGNED over his scandal. Lol
h / December 5, 2013 at 09:58 am
More garbage. Let the CB wankfest roll on!
Skye / December 5, 2013 at 10:23 am
I must say, ever since The Sun saw the light, their anti-Ford headlines have been downright hilarious.
notDave replying to a comment from Dave / December 5, 2013 at 10:56 am
Dave - not sure if you ever heard this phrase before in your life: "Two wrongs don't make a right."

Great point about Wynne and McGuinty. They have gotten away with financial murder.

Doesn't make Robbie any less of a crook extortionist bully drug dealing drug addict and possible murderer though, sorry.
Soren replying to a comment from Dave / December 5, 2013 at 11:08 am
At least 100 million wasted by Rob Ford when he cancelled the fully funded Scarborough LRT.

Because of that taxpayers must pay more than 1 billion for 2 subway stops that barely serve Scarborough. Rob Ford lied about public sector involvement.

Re: Rob Ford's criminality grows: more drugs, more blackmail, more gang activity
Hammer / December 5, 2013 at 11:08 am
I like the bait-and-switch that right-wingers use when it comes to Ford or Harper. The provincial Liberals committed gross money mismanagement. For that, they should be punished in the next election. If they aren't, then that speaks to the quality of the alternatives (particularly Tim Hudak and his Tea Party politics). Likewise, Harper pissed away a lot of G20 money, $3 billion was accounted for (by the Auditor-General) and he pro-rogued parliament TWICE. For that, he was rewarded with a MAJORITY. Why? because the alternatives were viewed as less than electable.

Ford is a different ballgame. He has his demons. He's an inarticulate, uneducated buffoon with slogans (and no concrete plans). That's all fine. But he's also a serial liar who spends more time on his vices than acting as Mayor.
Hammer / December 5, 2013 at 11:09 am
"3 billion was UNaccounted for ..."
Dave replying to a comment from Soren / December 5, 2013 at 11:35 am
Cancelling a money losing project is a noble thing. If you are concerned about the Scarborough LRT, you should be slagging Miller for pushing it in the first place.
Kate replying to a comment from Dave / December 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm
hmmm, the Scarborough LRT would had more stops/served more commuters and was less expensive than a subway - and provincially funded. No logic there.
Aaron / December 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm
Kelley's got it wrong and just inflating his ego to delay the Porter Airline expansion. I'm with Mayor Rob Ford on this one to go forward and expand. They'll only be regret once the Pan Am Games come to Toronto.
Wow replying to a comment from Dave / December 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm
Wow, your rebuttal is so weak.
tommy replying to a comment from Dave / December 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm
I don't follow. How was the Scarborough LRT a money losing project? Not only would it have been funded by the province, it was designed for the lower volume rider-ship of Scarborough, so it wouldn't waste money on excess resources. The subway is overkill and we'll be subsidizing it's riders for the lifetime of the line. Remember, it's been 10 years and we're still subsidizing Sheppard riders at 8 dollars per ride with no expectation of higher rider-ship.
Dave replying to a comment from tommy / December 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm
You do realize that those tax dollars at Queens Park are also supplied from the people living in Toronto?
The David Miller legacy will haunt us for years to come.
The provincial Liberal legacy will haunt our children, their children and the children of those. We may never escape.
the lemur replying to a comment from Dave / December 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm
Miller didn't push so much for a Scarborough LRT as for a Sheppard East LRT to connect with a new Sheppard East station on the existing RT line, and connecting the Eglinton Crosstown LRT with Kennedy.

Replacing the RT with a subway makes little sense when an LRT is already more than effective in meeting projected demand, whereas a new subway line would be overkill and much more expensive.
Caasi replying to a comment from Dave / December 5, 2013 at 01:12 pm
Dave I hope they pay you well, your doing a fine job of being oblivious to all logic and facts flying right in your face..
Dave replying to a comment from Caasi / December 5, 2013 at 01:33 pm
You seem more concerned about peoples personal issues, but bypass the issues that directly impact the billions of dollars wasted by the Liberals in the past decade.
Tony / December 5, 2013 at 01:36 pm
It is because people from Ontario and Toronto specifically LOVE to pay taxes and dont mind when their bills increase year over year. Yes Rob Ford smoked crack and hangs out with gang bangers and he wont be around for much longer. In 5 years nobody will care about him. But for the next 20 years you will be paying for the cancelled Gas plants on your hydro bill etc etc. When interest rates do increase (and they will) Ontario's interest payments alone will double. The Province will be picking up the mess of the Pan Am Games. Guess who will have to pay for that!! By then the Liberals will be out of office and blame everything on someone else. If you dont realize it yet you'll realize it soon enough that you wont have much left in the bank.
Steve / December 5, 2013 at 02:20 pm
The Scarborough LRT being called a "money losing project" by someone who supports the boondoggle Scarborough stubway is the best bit of comedy I've heard all week.

Some people are just impossible to teach it seems.
Moran b eeghuzzar / December 5, 2013 at 02:58 pm
Can Rob the F--d-up get his drug dealing friends to pay for the extra $$$$ for the subway over LRT? Now THAT is saving money! Can one of the dealers run for mayor next Fall? I'd vote for that and so would Ford Nation! Smith for Mayor!...oops, he's dead! Lisi for Mayor, err...Siad for Mayor!
Daveidiot replying to a comment from Dave / December 5, 2013 at 06:00 pm
People are not talking about Ford's personal issues.
They are talking about his wasteful spending and his tax increases.

Why not spend your time doing something constructive? Do you actually believe the shit you type? If you're just here to troll, you must have a sad and pathetic life.

Caasi replying to a comment from Dave / December 5, 2013 at 06:39 pm
Actually Dave I didn't mention his personal Quagmires or his criminal behaviour. What pisses me off more is the BILLION PLUS DOLLAR$ wasted on a Scarborough subway we didn't need, topped off with over a 100million$$ in cancellation fees(Scarborough LRT). Enjoy the higher taxes we'll all be paying for it.. (We're still subsidizing the way underused Sheppard line 8$ per rider...)
If u wanna a subway lets build a 'GTA Relief Line to relieve the urgently bloated-at-the-seams Yonge Line.
Moran b eeghuzzar / December 5, 2013 at 09:17 pm
Why can't Toronto be more like Columbia?Oh..wait..
Dave / December 6, 2013 at 06:13 am
Hi Dave it's me Dave. Denial is the last resort of the chronically ignorant. Denial in the face of the facts and truth is well, psychopath material. You're representing that demographic so very well. Keep it up.
tommy replying to a comment from Dave / December 6, 2013 at 02:33 pm
The LRT money would have come from the province, yes, and Toronto citizens would technically help pay for a portion it, but so would the entire province of Ontario. For years these same Toronto+Ontario tax dollars subsidized the $400 dollar per ticket subsidy for Ontario Northland train riders. Toronto is Ontario's biggest tax base, and when Toronto succeeds, the province succeeds, so I don't think it's out of line for Ontario to help with Toronto's transit once and a while.

But you want to talk about the Liberal's gas plant stuff in a transit discussion. Right.
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