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Morning Brew: Smitherman endorses Chow for mayor, Rob Ford's football team gets the boot, Conrad Black interview airs today, and Ford video game gets a sequel

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 9, 2013

toronto leaside bridgeFormer mayoral candidate and Ontario deputy premier George Smitherman is endorsing Olivia Chow's unannounced bid for mayor, becoming the first high-profile figure to back the MP for the top job. Smitherman told the Globe and Mail Chow would right the ship after the scandals of Rob Ford. "Somebody who knows city hall but has not been part of this charade would be a good re-start point," he told the paper.

Rob Ford spent part of the weekend at the Etobicoke Santa Claus parade. The mayor handed out candy canes and posed for photographs, eliciting a mixed reaction from the crowd. "I've never seen a politician get a 100 per cent, but I'll take 90 per cent," Ford told CBC News. "I'm happy with 90 per cent of the support." Ford was asked not to attend the Toronto parade amid the ongoing drug scandal.

Meanwhile, Rob Ford's football team has been booted from its league for failure to pay several fees and fines. The Rexdale Raiders, founded by Ford, owe $1,950 to the Ontario Minor Football League. The team was embroiled in controversy earlier this year after it emerged Payman Aboodowleh, a man with a history of violent crime, was employed as a coach.

Conrad Black's interview with Rob Ford will air tonight, a week ahead of schedule due to "overwhelming interest and demand," VisionTV says. The conversation between the disgraced media baron and the embattled mayor will run between 8 and 10 minutes on Rogers channel 60 or Bell 261 in Toronto.

The Ontario company responsible for the deadly Sunrise Propane explosion will be sentenced later today. A court found the company failed to provide a safety training and a safe working environment prior to the blast that killed worker Parminder Saini and an off-duty firefighter in 2008.

A producer on the Dean Blundell show is in hot water for ridiculing several gay men he helped convict as foreman of the jury. Derek Welsman made a series of controversial remarks on the 102.1 The Edge show weeks after he had sworn no bias toward homosexuals. It's possible his comments could lead to a judge declaring a mistrial. Welshman has not been charged as a result of the incident.

Finally, "Stay Mayor," the iPhone and Android game released this summer that challenged players to dodge crack pipes and reporters as Rob Ford, is getting a sequel. Stay Mayor 2.0 will see Ford running across the city collecting votes with a police Cessna on his tail. "At one point in the game, the mayor will transform into a giant subway car (tentatively called "Gravy Train mode") and shout "Subways, subways, subways!," The Star reports.



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

Image: Daniel Delidjakov/blogTO Flickr pool.



Dave / December 9, 2013 at 09:40 am
It appears that Ford had a better reaction than Santa at the Etobicoke Parade this past weekend.
Mayor McCokehoover / December 9, 2013 at 09:49 am
Hey Dave,

Always knew you were a homophobe, thanks for --yet again-- proving me right. Creep.
Dave replying to a comment from Mayor McCokehoover / December 9, 2013 at 09:52 am
How is making a remark about Ford being more popular than Santa even correlated with homophobia?
Stu replying to a comment from Dave / December 9, 2013 at 10:16 am
Mayor McCokehoover's comment appears to be in response to the offensive comment from Dave that was deleted by the moderator.
Robert replying to a comment from Donnie / December 9, 2013 at 10:16 am
We learned the extent of Rob Fords lies are far more expansive then already known that he has no capacity to tell the truth, also confirmed that he has difficulty understanding reality.
Skye replying to a comment from Donnie / December 9, 2013 at 10:28 am
It matters nothing. Ford has been stripped of all powers, the electorate wants him in rehab, and there's hardly any Fraud Nation members left (no matter how desperately Dave and his ilk want to believe the opposite).

Toronto's been saved from the Brothers Ford, folks. That's the best Christmas present we could ever have.
Donnie replying to a comment from Robert / December 9, 2013 at 10:29 am
I think you might be challenged with a difficulty understanding reality. So as previously stated we really learned nothing that you didn't already know. Ford will stay as mayor and run in 2014.
Dave replying to a comment from Donnie / December 9, 2013 at 10:37 am
The budget meeting a few weeks back, proved that we need Ford back in 2014.
Jeff replying to a comment from Skye / December 9, 2013 at 10:51 am
Ford will be back in office 100% very soon. They removed his powers, its been a few weeks things have quieted down, its time for him to start demanding them back.
Jacob / December 9, 2013 at 11:17 am
Rob Ford's "90% approval" at the Santa Claus Parade includes countless people standing there with an uncomfortable look in their eyes as he walked by.

Remember, according to Ford, unless you actually speak out against him you "support" him.
Skye replying to a comment from Jeff / December 9, 2013 at 11:20 am
He can demand all he likes. Even the most right-wing counsellors distrust Ford now; they'll never give him his powers back.

Just as a toddler can scream all he likes but still be denied candy, Ford can bluster all he likes and still be denied power.
Dave replying to a comment from Skye / December 9, 2013 at 11:38 am
When he wins next year, the council will have no choice but to allow the "Peoples Choice" lead the city.
False Dave / December 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm
Donnie Jeff Dave, nice name.
Jeff replying to a comment from Skye / December 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm
His power was removed TEMPORARILY!!!! Things have settled down, we need to put Rob back in before Wynne tries to run Toronto as those cowards are letting her use this as a deflection from the Gas Plant scandal.

Steve replying to a comment from Dave / December 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm
Considering Ford has cost the city more money than he's supposedly "saved", no, we really don't.

Actually, you guys in Etobicoke can have him back if you promise to split off.
Dave replying to a comment from Steve / December 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm
Steve, the efficiency savings in the past three years alone were over $600 million dollars. That information is available on the cities website. All you have to do is take the time and review the last 10 years of the cities budgets to see it.
HAMMER replying to a comment from Steve / December 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm
Downtown should split off from the rest of the city then you can dump all the money into Bixi you want.
HAMMER / December 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm
Its just been announced that downtown is splitting off from the rest of the city.

Going forward all budget will be spent setting up drinking facilities in Bellwoods Park and Bixi Bikes for everyone!!!
Donnie / December 9, 2013 at 12:41 pm
We haven't had a protest at city hall in a few weeks.

Should we be planning the next protest now where we all hold hands and sing kumbaya?
Me replying to a comment from Dave / December 9, 2013 at 12:41 pm
Queers ALWAYS find a way to be offended and Homophobe is their biggest insult.
Dave replying to a comment from Me / December 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm
It is sad that the queers are so easily offended.
Sarah Ratchford replying to a comment from HAMMER / December 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm
Me replying to a comment from Dave / December 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm
Sad, yet they call themselves gay. Go figure. For "gay" people they seem to not be very gay most of the time and actually seem pretty miserable and looking for ways to BE miserable.
Skye replying to a comment from Jeff / December 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm
Did you miss my remark about how Rob can scream all he likes, but he won't get his power back?

You and the couple dozen or so who still blindly support the Brothers Ford can scream all you like, too...your man is out of power and this time next year, he'll be out of power for good.
jen / December 9, 2013 at 02:11 pm
Hey moderator, there are several hate-filled anti-gay comments on here that should be deleted. Thanks!
duder / December 9, 2013 at 02:12 pm
Man, Dave's got a lot of socks on here today
Gay-baiting / December 9, 2013 at 02:18 pm
Moderator delete the gay-baiting pls.

Dave/Me spewing more anti-gay rancor.
duder replying to a comment from Zorba3000 / December 9, 2013 at 02:45 pm
"Being Mayor is NOT a 9-5 job" - finally, something we can both agree on. Ford is never at work at 9!
Mark / December 9, 2013 at 02:52 pm
"Crackhead endorses public housing fraudster for Mayor". Fixed your headline for you guys.
Sasha / December 9, 2013 at 02:53 pm

Grant / December 9, 2013 at 03:04 pm
Torontoist doesn't tolerate Dave or homophobia.
Dave replying to a comment from Grant / December 9, 2013 at 04:01 pm
Are you trying to tell the world something Grant? You are among friends here the closet door is open.
James / December 9, 2013 at 04:18 pm
Kathleen Wynne is practicing her apologizing today for her Gas Plant apology during the coming election......

HA HA HA !!!!
Shirley / December 9, 2013 at 04:54 pm

You are loved Rob Ford supporters.
iSkyscraper replying to a comment from Zorba3000 / December 9, 2013 at 04:57 pm
Politicians who donate money to the city walk a fine line between genuine altruism and vote-buying. Bloomberg gave many millions to various city and non-profit projects while he was mayor of New York but always did it anonymously. Doug Ford should do the same.
Shirley / December 9, 2013 at 05:14 pm
Well how about that, Rob gets the boot from the football team and then it falls apart. I'm not glad it happened (Robs heart must be broken over it), but it serves as a reminder to Toronto, their (the left) way, or our way. Come on October 2014.

George Smitherman (a liberal) endorses Chow (NDP)? What's up with that? Don't like the liberals anymore George? I'm still waiting for George to wear an adult sized diaper for a few days. Do you remember how he joked about it (he was in Deb Mathews job) while the liberals tried to decide the appropriate length of time a senior can wear one, before a healthcare worker has the duty of cleaning them up and changing them. Anyone know what the Liberals decided (George was no longer the health minister after that)? How long does a senior citizen have to lie in piss and shit before our over-worked nurses have an obligation to change them?

That video game is so tacky!
Gnarlk / December 9, 2013 at 05:23 pm
but dougie couldn't do that, he needs to beat his chest and get all of his sock puppets to come on every non ford friendly message board (they must be working overtime at this point) to tout his great deeds as well deflect about democracy and gas plants
Dave / December 9, 2013 at 05:30 pm
It is the LGBT community that has actually abused our tax dollars. Between Smitherman and Wynne combined they have cost us over $3billion dollars.
Gnarlk / December 9, 2013 at 05:32 pm
blow it out your ass shirley, you dittohead blowhard.
Shirley / December 9, 2013 at 05:51 pm
Dave-I feel so sorry for you, but I love how you handle these people, with facts and tact.

Gnark-Truth hurts doesn't it?
Shirley / December 9, 2013 at 05:57 pm
Dave-I feel so sorry for you, but I love how you handle these people, with facts and tact.

Gnark-Truth hurts doesn't it?
Gnarlk / December 9, 2013 at 06:00 pm
Nope, the fact that you're a sanctimonious gasbag is more pathetic and hilarious than hurtful. Keep the jokes coming.
Shirley / December 9, 2013 at 06:20 pm
Gnark - Why? We got you.
Gnarlk / December 9, 2013 at 06:36 pm
Stung by that rapier sharp wit! However shall my latte sipping ego recover?
Shirley is Dave is Shirley / December 9, 2013 at 11:21 pm
Truth test. Ford got the boot from coaching young boys while smoking crack cause the Canadian Federation of Taxpayers, filed a complaint about him using Toronto tax dollars on the team. Gravy train?
Carlie Bruckheimler / December 10, 2013 at 04:18 am
Toronto has no place on a list of top cities to live or do business in. Most of the wealth flowing through Toronto's economy is foreign investment from other richer countries. Our economy is propped up by foreigners. This is something Rob and Doug Ford have been taking advantage of for a long time: hammer the foreigners as much as possible, hand out city tenders and contracts to their pals, and create a smoke-screen of "saving money" and this train of gravy BS. Someone out there has proof of Doug or Rob taking kick-backs.
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