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Morning Brew: Scathing report expected for TCHC, Toronto newspapers critical of Mayor Ford's transit plan, York strike averted again and the Leafs aren't done trading just yet

Next month, expect a scathing report on social housing from Toronto's auditor general. Two sources familiar with Jeffrey Griffiths' probe of the Toronto Community Housing Corp. refused to divulge details but said it will shake up the arm's-length agency, an organization which Mayor Rob Ford has been critical of. "I think it's going to be a very interesting report when it's made public. And I think there's some activities there that have been going on that maybe shouldn't have," said deputy mayor Doug Holyday.

Even if Metrolinx and Queens Park are open to Rob Ford's transit plan for the city, there's a lot of discussion (and doubt) going on about it anyway amongst Toronto's newspapers. Over at the Star, Royson James contends that Ford's public transit plan isn't for public transit and lists four risks he faces because of it. Then at the Globe and Mail, Marcus Gee uses some choice words in accusing Ford of "hating" above-ground transit. And finally, over at the Post, they're not too sure if the Fords have found the solution to our transit woes.

You might already know this if you're from York, but...the transit strike has been averted again and a re-vote has been planned for sometime this week. Union President Bob Kinnear said a "significant majority" of members signed a petition requesting another vote on the deal. "This is an unusual situation, but in view of the stakes for both our members and the public, and the large majority of members who signed the petition, we will conduct a re-vote on the settlement," Kinnear said in directing all members to report for their scheduled shifts Tuesday.

Despite Toronto's love of hockey, it's illegal to play the sport on many city streets. And that's got Doug Ford a bit perturbed. "It's just not right," he said of the rarity with which kids are now seen playing road hockey. "I grew up out there playing street hockey. We lived out there." Apparently the by-law isn't really enforced, but perhaps this'll be another thing on the mayor's chopping block?


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