Morning Brew: RIP Mark Dailey, allegations of vote tampering in Mississauga, beer run creates congestion, Ford and McGuinty discuss transit today

News anchor Mark Dailey, the 'voice of Toronto', died yesterday after losing his battle with cancer. He was 57. Thanks to his booming baritone and dry, sardonic humour, Dailey was known as the voice of CityTV, whether for his own news stories or fillers for the station, including the ubiquitous slogan "CityTV: everywhere." To me, Mark Dailey will always be the voice behind those biting intros to late-night movies. RIP, Mark. Saturday night movies won't be the same without you.

In their first one-on-one meeting since he was elected mayor, Rob Ford will talk to Premier Dalton McGuinty today about killing Transit City. As most of us know by now, Ford proclaimed the light-rail lines from Toronto to 'undeserved' suburbs "over" and instead is championing for additional subway lines. Ford is also seeking support to make the TTC an essential service. On Monday, Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne assured Liberals "are willing to work with the new mayor and council" on public transit. But just in case there's any trouble, Ford's bringing his muscle: Insiders say Doug Ford, councillor-elect for Ward 2 and his brother's right-hand man, will also attend today's meeting. You know, for the Vincenzo Corleone effect a la "Godfather Part II".

City council troubles aren't only unique to Toronto. Mississauga councillors are facing allegations of vote tampering thanks to anonymous letters sent to select candidates who lost the October 25th election. The letters charge widespread fraud and manipulation of votes, prompting Peel police to launch an investigation.

Usually weather, accidents, and congestion are blamed for the GTA's heavy traffic. But today you can blame your gridlock on beer. A convoy of 20 police cruisers will guide trucks transporting six large vats from Hamilton's Port Authority to Molson Canada's Toronto brewery near Pearson Airport. The imported German vats -- which will be used by Molson in the fermentation process -- are 150 feet long, 24 feet wide and 25 feet high, requiring a police convoy that includes officers from Halton, Peel, Hamilton, Toronto and the OPP. The convoy is supposed to last until tomorrow night. Now that's a beer run.


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