Morning Brew: Porter jet study to cost up to $1 million, a no jets petition, Toronto must lead on transit, NPS bike station awaits vote, fire on Dundas West, and Leafs lose
At the same time, Margaret Atwood and other prominent citizens are lining up against the idea. NOJetsTO wants council to reject the feasibility study and force airlines to stick with propellor planes. The group has a petition with almost 1,000 signatures. Former mayor John Sewell is also a supporter of the group. Where do you stand on this?
Morning Brew: Stintz mulls a TTC takeover of BIXI, Rob Ford wants election, marathon tragedy, painting Ford, longer pedestrian crossings, and a look at ranked ballots
Rob Ford wants a provincial election, and he's calling on the NDP to help. Speaking on his weekly radio show Ford urged MPPs to "just say no" to the Liberal budget and trigger a vote. "Taxpayers want an election," he said, and presumably so does his brother coun. Doug Ford who's planning a run for office. The NDP need to support the proposed budget to prevent the province going to the polls.
Morning Brew: HOV lanes make the provincial budget, Mark Grimes expensed drinks, a one-metre passing rule, close call on the subway, heart attacks, and zodiac heads
Coun. Mark Grimes expensed drinks to his taxpayer funded-tab during a trip to Las Vegas last July. The Star found Grimes spent $2,318.81 during the five-day trip to research the Fremont Street Experience, a pedestrian mall he hopes to recreate at Exhibition Place. The tab was reported as $1,095 at the last executive committee meeting but did not include air fare. The omission was the result of an error by a staffer, according to the Exhibition Place chief executive.
Morning Brew: Special casino meeting May 21, subway plans frustrate Metrolinx, the TTC's remarkable Russian, patio battles, radio gripes, and a bad night for the Buds
Plans to revive the Scarborough subway debate in conjunction with a conversation on transit taxes isn't going down to well at Metrolinx. The provincial transit agency has already agreed to build a light rail replacement for the aging SRT. Changing the plans at this stage would be "difficult" and "expensive" according to Metrolinx chairman Rob Prichard.
Morning Brew: Annual budget surplus set to shrink, the great NPS bike station mystery, Toronto is a bit like NY, Stintz preaches streetcars, and Doug Ford goes ape
It's still not clear how the original Nathan Phillips Square bike station got shelved. The storage area with showers, revived last month, quietly vanished during the restoration of other parts of the square despite using $650,000 of its budget. The Fords say they'll try and squash the project when it comes up for final approval at the city council next week.
Morning Brew: Councillors pitch a Scarborough subway, city told to take over BIXI, Toronto is a top 5 food truck city, and Rob Ford makes news in Arlington, Virginia
City staff want Toronto to take over the ailing BIXI bike program before it defaults on its city-backed $3.9 million start-up loan. The company told the city it's just months from being unable to make its payments. Toronto's various options are discussed in a confidential report that circulated at the last executive committee meeting and was leaked to the Toronto Star yesterday. If the city lets BIXI fail it could sell its bikes and other assets for between $800,000 to $1.2 million.