Morning Brew: David Miller returns to his old law firm, City ombudsman responds to allegations, the Big Bop to become furniture shop, an alarming police arrest video, and the Yonge Subway Line is closed south of Bloor
Former Toronto Mayor David Miller is going back to work. Come Tuesday he'll rejoin Aird & Berlis, where he was counsel before running for public office. There he'll represent clients who practice clean technology, energy and sustainable environmental practices. When asked by the Star if he would comment on the new direction taken at City Hall (specifically with regard to the chopping of environmental programs), Miller responded "not a chance. As a private citizen now, I don't have to comment on City Hall. But I guess people can guess what my opinion is."
Now onto more drama at City Hall (when isn't there these days?). In the wake of a series of allegations from Doug Ford that cite overspending and lobbying councillors for more funding, City Ombudsman Fiona Crean has put together a list of his errors and misstatements, all of which can be found in this Post article. You can be the judge of who's telling the truth here.
The Big Bop is set to become a big shop. And now we know for sure who the next tenant will be. The former 13,000 square foot club space will soon be home to furniture store CB2, as was rumored about a year ago. The renovations, which'll cost around $4-5 million will include the preservation of the heritage building's exterior and architectural details. Today's article in the Globe isn't, however, the first I've heard of the Big Bop's new tenant. For a recent look inside the building, check out OpenFile's original article from last week.
Is this police brutality? Check out the video accompanying this article on the arrest of Raymond Costain, who claims he didn't resit officers. I'm going to bet its is deemed inconclusive if the SIU ever looks at it, but it's pretty tough to watch.
This is the last weekend many of Toronto's outdoor ice rinks will be open, so if you haven't laced them up yet this winter, now's as good a time as any. 14 rinks will, however, stay open depending on the weather (it's supposed to get warm next week!), so winter fun isn't quite over yet (check out the full schedule here)
Photo by Phil Marion in the blogTO Flickr pool.
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