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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

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 3, 2013

toronto honest ed'sDoug 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.

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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.

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Morning Brew: Rob and Doug Ford headed to YouTube, council urged to delay island airport decision, Rob Ford may face border troubles, and Saks Fifth Avenue is nigh

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 29, 2013

toronto streetcarToronto's most famous brothers are taking the "Ford Nation" TV format to YouTube, according to Doug Ford. Speaking on Newstalk 1010 last night, Doug said the show, canceled after a single episode broadcast on Sun News, will relaunch before Christmas with direction from professional producers who approached the pair about making a reality show. The Fords appear to be sticking with the talk show format, however.

Toronto should not make a decision on whether to expand Billy Bishop airport for jet traffic until 2015, city staff are recommending. It's still not clear how noise from the Porter planes will affect those living nearby and there are still many "outstanding questions," according to a detailed report explaining the suggestion. The executive committee will discuss adopting the recommendations at their next meeting.

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Morning Brew: Judge orders more Ford papers released, Porter jet plans could stall, Doug Ford knocks Norm Kelly, U.S. spied during G20, and Jilly's is here to stay

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 28, 2013

toronto half roundA Superior Court judge has ruled a stack of blacked-out police documents related to the investigation into Rob Ford should be made public in the coming weeks. Justice Ian Nordheimer said the remaining information, which includes wiretap details, will not be available immediately pending an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. The Star says the information could be released by early December. Can Ford weather more revelations?

Porter Airlines could be about to hit trouble on its quest to fly jets out of Toronto's island airport, the Globe and Mail reports. City staff will recommend council defer a decision until 2015, until after next year's municipal election, to gather more information on noise and the impact of expanding the current runway. Porter was hoping for a quick answer.

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Morning Brew: Norm Kelly defends his budget, city manager denies $1 billion savings, Ford porno sequel

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 27, 2013

toronto aerialDeputy Mayor Norm Kelly doesn't think there's any "gravy" in the city's new budget despite Rob Ford branding the $9.6 billion spending blueprint "the gravy train all over again." Since Ford lost many of his mayoral powers, drafting the city's spending plan is now Kelly's responsibility. "If you really think the gravy train has returned then give me one example of gravy in this budget," he said.

Whoops. Toronto's city manager says between $200 and $500 million of Rob Ford's much-touted $1 billion in savings is not made up of actual spending cuts. Joe Pennachetti told the Star that up to half of Ford's figure is comprised of financial tweaks that did not result in a reduction of spending.

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Morning Brew: Chrystia Freeland wins Toronto Centre, Ford cries "gravy" at budget meeting, city plans to hand Bixi to the parking authority, and a Ford parody porno

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 26, 2013

toronto queen streetLiberal candidate Chrystia Freeland has won the Toronto Centre byelection, defeating the NDP's Linda McQuaig by almost 5,000 votes. The result means the federal Liberals retain the riding they have held for 20 years. Freeland, an author and journalist, says the result marks "the first act of the 2015 election."

Rob Ford came out swinging at yesterday's budget meeting, railing against a planned 2.5 per cent property tax rise recommended by city staff. The increase, part of which will cover the cost of the Ford-backed Scarborough subway, would amount to about $64 per household. In vintage form, Ford railed against the "gravy train" and demanded the increase be limited to 1.75 per cent.

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