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Morning Brew: Doug Ford sorry for handing out cash at TCHC complex, Rob Ford silent on Daniel Dale libel suit, and NDP leader calls for Nelson Mandela station

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 13, 2013

toronto subwayDoug Ford has said sorry if he offended anyone by handing out $20 bills in a Toronto Community Housing building earlier this week. "If I offended anyone, I apologize. I'm just trying to do some good for people," he said. Ford initially said he didn't see the difference between handing cash to voters and giving out Tim Hortons gift cards. He said he would stick to coffee cards in future. Here's a GIF made by Reddit user "okaybudday."

Rob Ford has yet to publicly respond to Daniel Dale's notice of libel action, which was served on behalf of the Toronto Star reporter yesterday. The document accuses Ford of "vicious libel" and names ZoomerMedia, the company that edited the show, for failing to remove the material from the final version of the program. Read the full text of the notice here.

ZoomerMedia, however, has issued a statement that says it won't be making a statement "until such time as we can consult with our attorneys."

A grilling interview between the CBC's Carol Off and Conrad Black, the disgraced media baron who was interviewing Ford when he first made the Daniel Dale comments, is attracting plenty of attention. Off took Black to task for failing to question the mayor's claims. A full transcript here.

Could there be a "Mandela" station in Scarborough's future? In a surprise motion before the Ontario legislature, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath asked that the first stop of the new subway extension into Scarborough be named after the late anti-apartheid leader and received unanimous support. The TTC usually names stops after streets.

Also in transit, TTC officers are getting their special constable status back. Toronto Police removed the special designation, which includes the power to make an arrest, in 2011 after it was claimed officers overstepped their bounds. Roughly 40 transit enforcement officers will receive the new powers in the next months, down from 100 in 2011.

Finally, the TTC is also seeking an additional $27 million from the city for its 2014 operating budget, an increase 4.1 per cent over what it currently receives. CEO Andy Byford said the subsidy freeze that's been in place the last two years has left the Commission struggling to keep up with increased ridership. The TTC announced a 5-cent fare hike last month.


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

Image: Jason Cook/blogTO Flickr pool.



James / December 13, 2013 at 08:09 am
Were all just sorry we weren't there to get $20!!
Shirley / December 13, 2013 at 08:19 am
todd / December 13, 2013 at 08:20 am
it's Carol Off, not Karen
Mandela / December 13, 2013 at 08:23 am
I was/am a supporter of Nelson Mandela, a great man. But as a transit user, I think it's a terrible idea to name a station after him. I like that the stations are street names in Toronto, it's way less confusing than using abstract names. We could put up a statue or name a park or something after him but not a subway station.
first / December 13, 2013 at 08:26 am
Steve / December 13, 2013 at 08:55 am
Doug Ford literally buying votes... How is this legal? It's amazing how low the Fords are willing to sink. I'm just surprised I continue to be surprised.
E. Toby Coke / December 13, 2013 at 09:12 am
How about naming the ferry terminal after Mandela?
Jahn / December 13, 2013 at 09:36 am
Doug must have learned how to buy votes from the Russian oligarchs. He's got the ethics of a dog.
Alex / December 13, 2013 at 09:38 am
Literally handing out cash to voters? Ha ha ha! Guess he thought after all the stuff his brother did this would just slip under the radar.

Naming a station after Mandela is a stupid idea. Naming after streets just makes it so much easier to know where you're going and to figure the system out. Plus Mandela was a great man, but what does he have to do with Scarborough at all? Did he ever even come to Canada? Put a statue somewhere if you want with a plaque explaining what he did. Naming a station after him is just confusing on multiple levels.
the lemur replying to a comment from Mandela / December 13, 2013 at 09:54 am
It could be named after Mandela AND the street it's on. I'm sure there's a transit station somewhere in the world where that's been done.
Al replying to a comment from the lemur / December 13, 2013 at 10:11 am
You want to rename Lawrence Avenue after Mandela just so the subway station name makes sense? So then, what happens to Lawrence and Lawrence West stations?
Moran b eeghuzzar / December 13, 2013 at 10:12 am
Name the station "Fatfuckford".
Steve replying to a comment from Alex / December 13, 2013 at 10:18 am
"Did he ever even come to Canada?"

Moran b eeghuzzar / December 13, 2013 at 10:20 am
$20 station?
jen / December 13, 2013 at 10:21 am
Ah, the old "I'm sorry if I offended anyone" non-apology. Doug is a jerk.
Moran b eeghuzzar / December 13, 2013 at 10:34 am
I get $20 for every comment!
canuckone / December 13, 2013 at 10:51 am
Now why would one name a station after Mandela... did he live at that intersection? If a station is not named after a street at that location - ie. St. Patrick, Museum, Osgoode... it somehow has a landmark nearby that is taken into consideration when naming.
I hate when people jump on the bandwagon with the flavor of the week. Maybe name a station "Pope Francis"... he was just named Person of The Year by Time magazine.
NDP... really on top of the important issues.
the lemur replying to a comment from Al / December 13, 2013 at 11:09 am
No, just name the station Mandela - Lawrence East. No need to rename the street itself.

Just add Mandela to the one name, keep Lawrence and Lawrence West as they are.

Here's an example: the Paris metro has a station that was named Étoile, after the nearby Place de l'Étoile. When de Gaulle died, it was renamed Charles de Gaulle - Étoile. So it honours someone and still refers to the nearest street (which was also renamed Place Charles de Gaulle, but people still call it Place de l'Étoile, so that part stayed).
the lemur replying to a comment from canuckone / December 13, 2013 at 11:20 am
'did he live at that intersection?'

No, but he did visit Toronto at an important time in his life. And he acknowledged Canada's role in his struggle.

Did Lord Dufferin ever live anywhere along Dufferin St?

We can name a station after Pope Francis once he is a) dead and b) has established some kind of meaningful connection to the city.

Bennett / December 13, 2013 at 12:40 pm
WTF handing out cash to voters?! Can a day pass without either Ford behaving badly. So scummy.
Moran b eeghuzzar / December 13, 2013 at 12:42 pm
Bobdoug station
the lemur replying to a comment from Bobby 'Necklace' Nkombo / December 13, 2013 at 01:28 pm
In what way was he a terrorist?

Did he himself commit acts of terror?

Did he acknowledge that non-violent resistance alone would ultimately not bring down a regime that was oppressive, unjust and morally bankrupt and which itself subjected its citizens to violence and brutality that was essentially terrorist in nature? Yes. Something wrong with that?
Moran b eeghuzzar / December 13, 2013 at 01:55 pm
I know south Africans who still dismiss Mandela as a communist...kinda like still believing/supporting robford.
Lee Zamparo / December 13, 2013 at 01:55 pm
This just in: Conrad Black an awful journalist, gives softball interview to desperate scumbag with tenuous grasp on reality.
Grant / December 13, 2013 at 02:04 pm
Couldn't happen to a more loathsome group.

Well done, Corus!
the lemur replying to a comment from Moran b eeghuzzar / December 13, 2013 at 02:27 pm
It was an utterly delusional, insular world they used to live in - all sorts of things from outside were routinely denounced as either being communist or conduits for communism, whether it had anything to do with communism or not. It's part of the reason they used to censor music from overseas and didn't have TV until the mid-'70s (because it meant they might have to have foreign content of dubious ideological quality, to say nothing of programming that showed blacks and whites on a more or less equal footing).

You can't really fault the ANC for accepting the support of the Soviets either, since a lot of (white) governments around the world were wary of upsetting the apartheid regime.
canuckone replying to a comment from the lemur / December 13, 2013 at 02:53 pm
WTF does Lord Dufferin have to do with the Dufferin subway stop? It's named after the street which the Bloor line crosses... if the street was named after Lord Dufferin - so be it. Now where is Mandella Street/Rd/Blvd/Ave in relation to a subway line?

the lemur replying to a comment from canuckone / December 13, 2013 at 03:38 pm
If you can name a street for someone who's never been on it, you can do the same for a subway stop. If you name a subway stop for someone and include the name of the street closest to it, then there is no ambiguity.
Moran b eeghuzzar / December 13, 2013 at 11:45 pm
Going to rehab to get over Ford news.
VICKI / December 14, 2013 at 01:10 am
Donnie / December 14, 2013 at 08:19 am
Come on Gang. Let's gert behind Robbie and his 2014 campaign! Put your $$ where your mouth is
Anthony Weiner / December 14, 2013 at 04:31 pm
Mine is bigger than Rob's...much, much bigger!
Anthony Weiner / December 16, 2013 at 08:38 pm
Name the station after me: Bigcock Station
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