Morning Brew: Doug Ford called the cops on a Rob Ford impersonator, transit too political in Toronto, councillors due for pay rise, and Will Ferrell gets serious about Ford
Doug Ford called the cops on a Rob Ford impersonator he says was stalking his mother Sunday. Doug confirmed he called the police and confronted Dave McKay, "a Vaudeville performer also known as Sketchy the Clown," on Weston Wood Rd. McKay had been hired as part of a bus tour: when the vehicle arrived he was to stumble through a nearby park dressed as Rob Ford. He called the accusation of stalking "ludicrous."
"I had the impression [Doug Ford] is a classy guy. Now I'll have to reconsider that," he told The Star.
The head of the Toronto Region Board of Trade says the city's transit decisions have become too politicized and less fiscally responsible. Speaking outside budget discussions at City Hall, Carol Wilding said her group isn't against the Scarborough subway, though it will likely require a bigger tax increase to finance, but would prefer a comprehensive regional strategy. Those monsters.
Doug Ford didn't take too kindly to Wilding's remarks, accusing her of being out of touch. "I know the folks in the Board of Trade. They love our fiscally prudent message," he told reporters.
Rob Ford was forced to ask Premier Kathleen Wynne to let him in on a meeting planned for later today with Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. Wynne announced she would be having "a get-to-know-you meeting" with Kelly, which (naturally) activated Doug Ford, who called both "unelected." Wynne's office says Ford will be allowed to attend.
Meanwhile, Kelly is making himself at home in his newly expanded office. The Deputy Mayor hung a portrait of former Metropolitan Toronto chairman Fred "Big Daddy" Gardiner where Rob Ford's fish tank used to be. Kelly said he admires Gardiner's ability to "think forward and think big."
Will Ferrell isn't joking (much) anymore about Rob Ford. Stepping out of his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy, Ferrell told The Star he's "amazed" at Toronto. "Considering it's such a sophisticated city, and that's the mayor. It's hilarious." he said. Ferrell dedicated a rendition of Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend" to Rob Ford on Conan O'Brien last week.
Finally, Rob Ford is going to be interviewed by someone familiar with scandal: convicted fraudster Conrad Black. The former media baron will speak with Toronto's embattled mayor on Vision TV, a spokesperson confirmed.
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- Rob Ford featured in American political attack ad [Toronto Star]
- Man dies in subway station after public defibrillator malfunctions [Toronto Star]
- Artist Viktor Mitic does Mayor Rob Ford in bullet holes [Toronto Sun]
- Toronto school board re-elects Chris Bolton to chair [Globe and Mail]
- Toronto Blue Jays strike deal with catcher Dioner Navarro [CTV News]
Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.