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Morning Brew: Rob Ford swipes seat at Bills game, cop still critical after crash, report says mid-rise will ease gridlock, taxi driver beaten, and Jesus statue stolen

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 2, 2013

toronto supermarketRob Ford turned out for the Buffalo Bills-Atlanta Falcons game at the Rogers Centre this weekend. At one point Ford, mobbed with photo requests, took a seat belonging to rock musician Matt Mays, who promptly took to Twitter to voice his displeasure. Mays got his seat back but the Falcons went on to win the game 34-31.

Ford also made an official appearance at the Cavalcade of Lights Saturday night. The mayor greeted the crowd, who appeared to respond positively (NOW called it "mixed,") with his wife and two children in tow. Councillors Paul Ainslie, Peter Leon, and Peter Milczyn and their families were also on hand for the illuminating of the Nathan Phillips Square Christmas tree.

A Toronto police officer remains in a critical condition following a collision Saturday at Bloor Street West and Neilson Drive. The 34-year-old's unmarked cruiser collided with another vehicle and struck a tree en-route to a call, police say. Const. John Zivcic is in his 7th year with the Toronto police.

Adding more mid-rise buildings to Toronto's downtown avenues and encouraging building on the available - though less desirable - downtown land will help reduce gridlock by taking cars off the road, a new report suggests. The Pembina Institute found there's enough land inside the city's Greenbelt to last until 2031. "We still think we can run the fourth-largest city in North America on low-density housing and cars," Cherise Burda told the Toronto Star.

A taxi driver was severely beaten over the weekend after demanding two passengers pay a $15 fare, police say. Two men got in Maheswaren Iyampillai's cab near College and Clinton early Sunday morning and left near Bloor and Dundas West without paying. Iyampillai followed them on foot and was punched and kicked. Police are seeking suspects.

A sculpture by Homeless Jesus artist Timothy Schmalz was stolen from a Kensington Market church Saturday night. The resin statue, titled "Whatsoever You Do," depicts a seated Jesus in a thick hooded cloak with his palm out, representing charity. Two week ago the Pope blessed "Homeless Jesus," another one of Schmalz's pieces.

FROM THE WEEKEND:

IN BRIEF:

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

Image: Vik Pahwa/blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

48 Comments

steve / December 2, 2013 at 08:09 am
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If NOW said the reaction was mixed it must have been overwhelmingly positive
Me / December 2, 2013 at 08:43 am
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"and turned to Twitter asking for advice on what to do."

So he's helpless without the internet? What a loser.
AV replying to a comment from Me / December 2, 2013 at 08:48 am
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I thought the same thing lol.... what a fucking baby. Man up and tell him to move you wuss!
Me replying to a comment from AV / December 2, 2013 at 08:52 am
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I love the "Should I kick him out?"

Dude, just ask him to please give you your seat back. HOW hard is that? Sounds to me like he just wanted attention. Twitiot at it's typical.
Dave / December 2, 2013 at 08:57 am
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It seems Matt Mays does not have the backbone to actually stand up for himself. He now is officially as sad as his music career.

Please feel free to sign up to our final guest speaker of the season Dr. Mike Evans. The attendance this season has been record breaking, several posters on BlogTO have attended and we thank you all.
The time for Dr. Mike Evans is Wednesday December 4, 2013 between 1300-1500. I hope to see you all there.
Skye / December 2, 2013 at 09:03 am
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The reaction to RoFo was, as expected of the season, positive in a polite way. It was, after all, a family event. Who wants to ruin the tree-lighting ceremony by booing somebody?
Steve / December 2, 2013 at 09:05 am
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I was actually disappointed with the firework show this year.

In the past they've put it to Christmas music where this year they just used pop music hit #48. Never would have guessed it was for the holidays.
Gabe / December 2, 2013 at 09:28 am
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This is the most promo/attention Matt Mays has probably ever had. He's lovin it. He was on a few morning shows today taking about the incident AND his upcoming live dates. The stations never wanted to talk to him before now he gets on to talk about Ford in his seat at a Bills Game. Ha Ha - both Mays and Ford went to the Bills game alone...
T / December 2, 2013 at 09:31 am
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Matt Mays LIVE at the Horseshoe.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Horseshoe Tavern's 66th Birthday Concert Celebration! @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen west, Toronto, ON (Canada) - Map

Advance tickets available at The Horseshoe, Rotate This and Soundscapes.

http://www.mattmays.com/tour/
Dave replying to a comment from Gabe / December 2, 2013 at 09:34 am
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I suppose that Ford's assistant did not count.
jen / December 2, 2013 at 09:36 am
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Ford goes to the Argos game, Argos lose. Ford goes to the Bills game, Bills lose. I think he needs to stay away from sporting events for teams he supports, he's jinxed.
Buffalo Boos replying to a comment from jen / December 2, 2013 at 09:43 am
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Ford becomes Toronto mayor; Toronto loses.
Jer / December 2, 2013 at 09:49 am
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There definitely were loud boos for Ford when he came on stage. But, then when he brought out his family people started cheering. It would be horrible to have people booing the kids!

I agree that the fireworks were fun but not as good as previous years. There definitely should be Christmas music in the future for them! It was super busy but turned out there was plenty of room in the middle of the crowds.
AV replying to a comment from Dave / December 2, 2013 at 09:50 am
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That wasn't his assistant, that was just the guy who holds the stash while Rob's on the move.
Steve / December 2, 2013 at 09:50 am
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The self riotousness of some people, particular Ford supporters is just so sad. Do you people really live such shallow meaningless lives that you have to put down, insult and denigrate everyone just to make yourselves feel better. Pity those close to you.
Jeff / December 2, 2013 at 09:52 am
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Geez, a simple "hey, this is my seat" would have sufficed.
Dave replying to a comment from AV / December 2, 2013 at 10:00 am
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Adam, are you upset that Ford is gaining momentum again?
Sam / December 2, 2013 at 10:15 am
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Of course no news about the tweet Rob Ford made for the injured Police officer. Now tweets aren't really news BUT hmmm Matt Mays tweet about the Bills Game is somehow national news.


"Toronto's thoughts and prayers are with Constable Zivcic and his family in this difficult time, we wish them strength."
https://twitter.com/TOMayorFord
Skye / December 2, 2013 at 10:19 am
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The only thing Ford is gaining is more weight.
Gregor / December 2, 2013 at 10:20 am
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The coming ITO dump is gonna finish what little support Rob Ford has left.
AV replying to a comment from Dave / December 2, 2013 at 10:21 am
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Only when moving downhill (still not Adam)
Donnie replying to a comment from Gregor / December 2, 2013 at 10:27 am
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ITO better have more in it than - FORD pees in park, Ford drinks and drives and the police sit and watch it happen and do nothing. Ford eats McDonalds, trash bag has vodka bottle in it.

So far its been a whole lot of nothing really.
GL replying to a comment from Donnie / December 2, 2013 at 10:35 am
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You call acting like a hobo 'nothing'?
What would be 'something' for you?
Max / December 2, 2013 at 10:42 am
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I may have been the only one through this discussion that was their when Rob Ford was on stage, the boos were overwhelming. Even my infant daughter cried when Rob Ford went on stage (no joke ). As much as I am not a fan, I preferred to stay quiet than boo as it was a family event for all to enjoy
DONNIE replying to a comment from GL / December 2, 2013 at 10:43 am
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Just saying he's not gonna loose all his supporters as mentioned above from peeing in a park, etc. Yes he'll loose some. Ford Nation will continue to be on Fords side if the Police still come up with nothing after spending taxpayers money watching Ford and coming up with nothing substantial.
Steve / December 2, 2013 at 10:47 am
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Lose* (twitch)
Randall replying to a comment from Donnie / December 2, 2013 at 10:54 am
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Rob Ford drinking and driving frequently is a big deal.
Donnie replying to a comment from Randall / December 2, 2013 at 11:09 am
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Yes it is a big deal agreed BUT were talking about him loosing all his supporters. I think it will take more than that, that drinking and driving news is already out there and he still has a lot of supporters. What's it gonna take to loose them all, A MURDER.
Warren / December 2, 2013 at 11:15 am
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What's the deal with the totally irrelevant cover photo of a vacant supermarket? Is BlogTO trying to be 'deep'?
Me replying to a comment from DONNIE / December 2, 2013 at 11:20 am
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Does this mean he throws his supporters? Like "Let them loose"? That might hurt when they lend. As for this Matt guy, never heard of him.
Donnie replying to a comment from Me / December 2, 2013 at 11:29 am
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I have no idea what you're saying.

The discussion above from Gregor is that Ford's going to loose all his supporters when the details from the Information to Obtain a Search Warrant(ITO) is released. Interested to see what's in there will it be enough for him to loose his supporters? Or more fluff of him peeing in a park.
Jules / December 2, 2013 at 11:40 am
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"Rob Ford swipes seat at Bills game".

Has anyone moved up to a closer empty seat at a concert or sporting event? I have. This is hardly news. Can't believe its the feature story of today's Morning Brew, anything to put Fords name in the headline I guess.

Me replying to a comment from Donnie / December 2, 2013 at 11:56 am
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So he's going to throw them? Or just loosen them from the spot they're standing in? Or is he maybe going to loosen their teeth? Their clothing? Loose change? let loose with a barrage of words? Oh, a speech. Very good. But he may still lose a few supporters.
Dave replying to a comment from Jules / December 2, 2013 at 11:59 am
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Chris Bateman loves Ford, it actually makes his portion of BlogTo seem relevant.
ES / December 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm
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Matt Mayes biggest hit to date is called "Cocaine Cowboy".

Pretty funny, considering Robbies love of the snow.
Donnie replying to a comment from Me / December 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm
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Ohh I see. You're one of those. No interest in discussing the actual topics just correcting spelling. Thanks! I meant LOSE not loose, you're right. No if you actually had some character and personality would love to know your thoughts and feelings on the subjects of the day.
T / December 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm
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Matt Mays LIVE at the Horseshoe.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Horseshoe Tavern's 66th Birthday Concert Celebration! @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen west, Toronto, ON (Canada) - Map

Advance tickets available at The Horseshoe, Rotate This and Soundscapes.

http://www.mattmays.com/tour/
Dave replying to a comment from ES / December 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm
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To be considered a "hit", does it not have to chart at some point?...Just saying.
Me replying to a comment from Donnie / December 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm
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I don't care what Rob Ford does or doesn't do and to be honest am getting tired of him being everywhere online. I'd be more concerned about the Cab driver that got beaten and the attitudes of a society that has made this more and more accepted and normal.
Me replying to a comment from Dave / December 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm
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Chris's hard on was going down so this helped get him back up. Too bad really he spends so much effort wasting his talent writing this drivel when his historical articles show he actually CAN write when he wants to. The political crap here is as bad as letting people like "Sarah" pretend to "write" under her 2 hundred different names. BlogTO could have potential as a real site if it solved those issues. And yes I'd feel the same way if the site leaned Right as drastically as it leans Left. Either "lean" taints it's credibility and makes it's "news" laughable at best.
Dave / December 2, 2013 at 01:26 pm
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Just a reminder;

Please feel free to sign up to our final guest speaker of the season Dr. Mike Evans. The attendance this season has been record breaking, several posters on BlogTO have attended and we thank you all.
The time for Dr. Mike Evans is Wednesday December 4, 2013 between 1300-1500. I hope to see you all there.

Your past support has continued to allow us to expand our base. Thank you for your continued support.
Geoff / December 2, 2013 at 01:37 pm
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HA HA Matt Mays went on the morning talk shows today to talk about the Bills game and now look at his latest tweet. You asked for it PAL.

"This has turned into a piranha pool! Can we talk about music again?"
https://twitter.com/MattMays
Dave replying to a comment from Geoff / December 2, 2013 at 01:53 pm
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Mays may have lost both of his fans.
notFordNation / December 2, 2013 at 01:59 pm
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I'm surprised he only took one seat. Count me in the group that is sick to death of hearing about his every movement and the sycophantic reaction he seems to get from football fans.
Josh / December 2, 2013 at 03:07 pm
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So the Bills played on Sunday which was NOT sold out. Their first visit here this year and it doesn't sell out. WHY do we think if they were to move here as the Toronto BILLS we'd need to build a new stadium? Still makes no sense.
AV replying to a comment from Josh / December 2, 2013 at 03:23 pm
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You've missed the point to all this. For Rogers its not about buying a football team, its about owning the base content and the vertical integration of that content, and to a lesser degree obtaining a foothold in the US market. You need to read up a little more on the topic.
QED / December 2, 2013 at 09:21 pm
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The Ford's NFL fetish is no different than their subway one. It's not about logic and numbers and making a solid business case, it's about building a stadium to attract an NFL team because their supporters "deserve" one. And it gives them somewhere to drive their SUVs. Wrong infrastructure in the wrong place. Sound familiar?
Josh / December 2, 2013 at 10:25 pm
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No it doesnt sound familar. Im talking Bon Jovi the Bills and MLSE and your talking Rogers, Ford and an NFL team.

I did not hear one comment from Ford on the Bills moving to Toronto.

Either way the Bills are not for sale and Toronto got caught up thinking we were accepted by Bon Jovi and the NFL.

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