Morning Brew: Doug Ford makes headlines, the ideological breakdown of city council, subway expansion not so simple, McCallion and the media, what weather bomb?
Quite naturally the municipal election still dominates Toronto-based news today, though Doug Ford, the mayor elect's brother, is the one grabbing headlines. Yesterday afternoon he vowed to donate his councillor's salary to charity, which will likely be a savvy move considering the degree to which his brother was able to leverage the fact that he never spent his annual council office budget.
In addition to this altruistic act, the councillor elect was busy assuring people that he and his brother aren't "going to be grabbing these streetcars and tossing them in the lake. It's just not going to happen. Spadina is there to stay, St. Clair is there to stay." One question, did anybody think otherwise?
The Post has a great graphic of the ideological breakdown of the current council, divided into three groups -- the right-leaning, centrist, and left-leaning. According to their designations, council is pretty much split between the two poles, with 15 councillors in the middle.
For another look at the new council, OpenFile's Patrick Cain has an interactive map of the various wards, colour-coded for incumbent winners, incumbents that were replaced, and wards that had no incumbent.
John Lornic reminds us that, regardless of the mayor-elect's desire, subway expansion will ultimately rest in the province's hands. "Over the next 15 years, the so-called Big Move only envisions one subway project apart from the Spadina line to Vaughan (now under construction), and that is an extension of the Yonge line up to Richmond Hill. No funding has been allocated."
Despite delivering a near-tirade against print media after once again taking the mayoral race in Mississauga, Hazel McCallion want's everyone to know that she's not mad at the media. "I'm not angry at the media at all.... I'm not angry at them at all. I think the citizens are..." Nice recovery, Hazel.
In other news, hotel workers at the Delta Chelsea are set to hit the picket lines today in protest of the lack of movement in ongoing contract talks.
And I guess someone managed to diffuse that weather bomb before it reached Toronto, because that wasn't much of anything -- though it is supposed to be a windy one today.
Photo by Andrew Snow in the blogTO Flickr pool.
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