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