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Morning Brew: Daniel Dale to proceed with libel action, fresh snow makes for sloppy roads, Mammoliti billed $25K for office renos, and council meeting ends in chaos

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 17, 2013

toronto ukraine protestDaniel Dale says he will proceed with libel action against Rob Ford after the window of opportunity for the mayor to formally apologize passed. Dale has up to three months to prepare a statement of claim against Ford for the case to continue. "I would have very much preferred to not be carrying on and just accepting a retraction and apology, but since an apology hasn't been received, I'm moving forward on this," Dale told The Globe and Mail.

It could be a slow commute this morning: 10 cms of snow is expected to fall in the next few hours, covering recently cleared roads. Environment Canada issued a special weather statement about the lake effect snow for the regions of Halton, Peel, York, Durham and Toronto last night. At King and Jarvis, a car skidded into a fire hydrant, creating a sheet of ice across the intersection. The TTC isn't reporting any delays on the 504 streetcar.

Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti billed taxpayers $25,000 for renovations to his constituency office, the Star reports. The expenses, though completely legal, are "unusual," according to the paper. Mammoliti spent the money renovating a former classroom at Carmine Stefano Community Centre after he said constituents complained about the location of his old office on Wilson Ave.

Rob Ford is hoping to contract out garbage collection east of Yonge St. before 2015. At a press conference yesterday, Ford said he hopes Green For Life will take over garbage and recycling services in the remainder of the city. He said contracting out waste service in the west has saved the city $12 million. Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong said he wants the same by spring 2014.

Councillors Maria Augimeri and Josh Colle are early favourites to replace mayoral hopeful Karen Stintz as TTC chair. As the Star notes, Colle has historically favoured Stintz's pro-subway stance for Scarborough while Augimeri has leaned in favour of light rail. Council will decide in Feb. 2014 who gets to lead one of the city's most volatile files.

Finally, Rob Ford and Giorgio Mammoliti will be asked to apologize when council resumes this morning after last night's meeting ended in chaos. Speaker Frances Nunziata abruptly cut the meeting short after failing several times to eject Mammoliti from the chamber. "The mayor said, 'Only the corrupt ones get to stay,'" said Councillor Gord Perks, which added to the ruckus.

"I had to adjourn the meeting, everybody was screaming and being disruptive ... Councillor Mammoliti wouldn't stop and the mayor wouldn't stop," Nunziata told the Sun. Mammoliti was objecting to city staff commenting on motions before they were being voted on.

IN BRIEF:

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

Image: Bruce Wang/blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

28 Comments

Me / December 17, 2013 at 08:15 am
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Both Dale and Ford seem to have two thing in common, they both want attention and they both need a new line of work. Dale sounds like a big baby and Ford is an idiot. Hey dale, grow a thinker skin you big girl's blouse!
Me / December 17, 2013 at 08:15 am
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thicker...oops....ahahahaaa!!
Jahn / December 17, 2013 at 08:21 am
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Glad that Dale is pursuing his case against Blobby Ford. He deserves to clear his name from Ford's libel.

Blobby Ford, on the other hand, has no concept of shame and clearly doesn't care what people remember him for. He will forever be known as the mayor who smoked crack while on the job.
AV / December 17, 2013 at 08:27 am
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"I had to adjourn the meeting, everybody was screaming and being disruptive ... Councillor Mammoliti wouldn't stop and the mayor wouldn't stop," Nunziata told the Sun.

Guess its not the "lefties" or "mushy middle" on council holding up civic politics in the city after all.
James / December 17, 2013 at 08:33 am
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"between in the next few hours"

Chris Bateman: Continuing to not understand how to write coherently, one article at a time.
Steve / December 17, 2013 at 08:36 am
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Oh the irony of calling everybody corrupt... except for the 3 most corrupt politicians in the country outside of Montreal (Bobby, Dougie and Mammoliti).
steve replying to a comment from Me / December 17, 2013 at 08:36 am
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You demonstrate you lack of understanding a civil and just society.
McRib replying to a comment from Me / December 17, 2013 at 08:44 am
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if someone publicly and repeatedly insinuated you may be a pedophile, and publicly and repeatedly lied about an altercation with you, what would you do?

suck it up?
Surely replying to a comment from Aaron / December 17, 2013 at 08:45 am
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...says another internet tough guy from his mama's basement.
Me replying to a comment from McRib / December 17, 2013 at 08:46 am
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If I were a reporter, I'd laugh it off like an adult, especially considering the source.
Me replying to a comment from McRib / December 17, 2013 at 08:47 am
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Besides, the media is the lowest form of scum and should be used to it. They chose to be what they are, they can live with it.
Jerry Hullabulla / December 17, 2013 at 09:06 am
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Awesome: Dale proceeding with the suit

Moronic: losers posting under multiple names in this thread.
iSkyscraper / December 17, 2013 at 09:14 am
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The link about the garbage collection misses the point, which is that Ford wants to stall private collection in order to save it as an election plank. Privatizing garbage is not rocket science, as many cities have done it, but Ford does get full credit for seeing it started in half the city shortly after getting elected. In fact, this remains his sole accomplishment, the only action in three years that was reasonable, good for the city, and even if driven partly by revenge on the unions was also based on best-practices.

Even though Ford got nothing else done other than being the Worst Mayor Ever, he knows people will eventually tire of hearing about his antics and we wants to have something real to trumpet during re-election season. With his "I saved a billion dollars" now taken away from him, the garbage privatization remains his biggest crutch. So he wants to be very sure to put it out there that only he can do this, and in 2015. It's an easy issue to grab onto that will do plenty to distract low-intellect voters and attract support for Rob, the "crack? what crack? I'm all about saving money" mayor.

DMZ knows this, and is trying to accelerate the process to keep it out of the election.

And yet, if the whole point was to save the city money, why not start in 2014 if the experiment has in fact worked? Isn't that what a true conservative would do? (By the way, I'm still waiting for the full results on east vs west collection costs and performance. When is that coming out?)

It will be interesting to now see if those who originally opposed privatization now support it in order to keep Rob from talking about it. They're not dummies either.
Simon replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / December 17, 2013 at 09:44 am
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STFU and deal with your own city with your self appointed expert opinions. lmao
Surely replying to a comment from Simon / December 17, 2013 at 09:49 am
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...and another knuckle dragger comes to the fore. Don't worry, Simon. You may never be mayor of this town but you can always go and smoke crack like he does.
AV replying to a comment from Simon / December 17, 2013 at 10:05 am
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These are the Daves I know I know, these are the Daves I know
jen replying to a comment from Me / December 17, 2013 at 10:07 am
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That's quite the sexist comment. Dale decides to defend his name in court, and you deride him and call him a GIRL????
Skye replying to a comment from jen / December 17, 2013 at 10:28 am
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You can expect no better from a member of the Ford Faithful, unfortunately.
tripper / December 17, 2013 at 10:43 am
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I'm always amazed when people say that because Daniel Dale is a reporter that he should just suck it up. Reporters are also people with lives, careers, and reputations.

Reporters put up with a lot of abuse, but it rarely becomes as personal or as slanderously vicious as what's happening now. Rob Ford has persisted publicly in making accusations against Dale that have already proven to be false. Then he went one step further and implied, repeatedly, on TV and radio, that he was also a pedophile. That kind of thing has the potential of seriously damaging Dale's reputation, personally and professionally. Indeed, it seems like Ford is actively trying to destroy Daniel Dale's life and career. And for what? Reporting on his shenanigans? Dale is absolutely doing the right thing by pursuing the matter legally.

You'd be taking Rob Ford to court if he made those accusations about you too and you know it.

nb / December 17, 2013 at 10:54 am
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Has rob or doug ford found blogto? Are they commenting on here from city hall?
Steve / December 17, 2013 at 11:43 am
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"CP24 @CP24 36m
Mayor Rob Ford is apologizing to Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale for comments he made about him in a recent televised interview."

"CP24 @CP24 37m
"I never personally saw Mr. Dale peering over my fence or taking pictures" Ford says of incident outside his home in May."

Well well well... Seems like Robbie boy realised he can't commit perjury and continue his lies in court, so once again he's backing down on a lie he made publicly.
JamesVR / December 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm
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The cops are shooting up this city like its the wild west and all you care about is whether Daniel Diggler is a pedo. The police in this city cannot be trusted. We need an investigation into the TPS right now!! Cancel all trials how can we even trust the Ford investigation? The cops waste time and money watching Ford take a piss but 4-5 cops will fire shots into a youth on the TTC.

I must appologize to Sammy Yatim we've learned nothing from your tragic situation.
Shirley / December 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm
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You mean that Rob Ford DOES NOT stand by every word he said in that Conrad Black interview? I'll never believe another word that man says. What a liar!
Steve replying to a comment from Shirley / December 17, 2013 at 01:10 pm
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Who wants their public officials to not lie all the time anyway?
Steve replying to a comment from JamesVR / December 17, 2013 at 01:11 pm
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You feel sorry for a dumb kid waving a weapon around on a streetcar? You sound like a reasonable person.

Oh, and fyi, every single incident that involves the police is investigated.
Shirley replying to a comment from Steve / December 17, 2013 at 01:14 pm
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I don't want any politicians to lie at all. I cannot trust Rob Ford ever again. He has lost my vote!
Mark replying to a comment from nb / December 17, 2013 at 01:23 pm
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No, just Adam Vaughan has the time to peruse the comment boards here.
caramba! / December 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm
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Anybody ever hear about Project 80? You know, the joint Metro, OPP, York Region cops investigation into municipal corruption? No? Oh well, never mind.

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