Morning Brew: Rob Ford mentioned on police wiretaps, the mysterious "Juiceman," mayor's trainer is convicted steroid pusher, and Ron Burgundy sings campaign song
Meanwhile, the Toronto Star reports Sandro Lisi attempted to contact a person nicknamed "Juiceman" shortly after news broke about the crack video. Lisi also dialled the same number shortly after Rob Ford's cellphone was reported missing on April 20. The same day he also contacted several Ford staffers. More wiretap information could be released next week.
Morning Brew: Two more arrests in Operation Brazen 2, councillors want Ford fracas investigated, Ford hires his former producer, and Gehry speaks against preservation
Toronto city councillors say they want the melee involving Rob and Doug Ford at the last special council meeting investigated. The brothers left the council floor to verbally fight with members of the public during a heated debate. Shortly after, Rob Ford crashed into Cllr. Pam McConnell, knocking her to the floor. At one point before the fracas, the mayor's personal security guard appeared to be filming the crowd while wearing a city ID card.
Morning Brew: Bomb squad blows up incendiary device on Peter St., Ford prepares for new stripped back role, TTC delays fare hike vote, and Ford lampooned again
UPDATE 9:00: TTC King streetcars are still on diversion via Queen.
Rob Ford will rise this morning and drive to a very different role at City Hall. City council voted overwhelmingly in favour of handing the last of Ford's delegated responsibilities to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly yesterday. We will find out later today how Ford deals with his new, smaller budget and reduced staff.
Morning Brew: Ford faces motions to remove his power and gets "support" for alcohol, city council turns away, Argos are unhappy, and kids kept out of City Hall
On Monday, council halve Ford's office budget, place Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly in charge of the mayor's executive, and boot Ford from all committees. The biggest change, however, would be to take away "all powers and duties which are not by statute" - essentially making Ford a mayor in name only.
Morning Brew: Cocaine, prostitutes, and racist remarks in court papers, special meeting to strip Ford of powers, and a new poll shows dwindling support for the mayor
Bear in mind no-one, Ford or any of his staffers, have been charged with a crime.
To summarize what appears in the court documents, which were used by police to obtain several search warrants:
Morning Brew: Rob Ford prepares to face motion to step aside, judge views crack video, bobblehead mania, city hatches plan to save BIXI, and TTC plans 2014 fare hike
The number of people who have viewed the video of Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine increased slightly yesterday. Justice Ian Nordheimer watched the digital file during court proceedings in which the lawyer for Muhammad Khattak argued his client should be allowed to play the tape in court as part of his defence. Khattak is charged with drug trafficking and participating in a gang. Nordheimer will make a decision at a later date.