Morning Brew: Rob Ford watch, art theft in Toronto, the pros and cons of the Sheppard subway extension, and weekend road closures

Rob Ford Watch

The Star follows up on the Mayor's campaign promise that under his leadership Toronto would suffer no service cuts, which makes for a mostly predictable article, but does contain this gem of a quote from Councillor Gord Perks: He was elected "promising that he could make water flow uphill and that he could make pigs fly. Now that's he's found out he can't do either of those things, he's lurching from strategy to strategy to cover the fact that he made an absolutely impossible claim — that the only problem the city had was waste and efficiency."

Among the numerous articles devoted to Ford's softball interview with CP24's Stephen LeDrew yesterday, surely the most entertaining is the latest installment of Edward Keenan's "Ford Fact Check" over at the Grid. Some of the erroneous claims made by the mayor in the 16 minute long interview include the notion that the city has has added more bike lanes recently, that traffic on Jarvis was 10 times worse on Jarvis post-bike lane installation, and that the KPMG reports are all about finding efficiencies rather than services to cut (the study is the exact opposite of that).

Other News

The Post takes a look at art theft in Toronto, and finds that while we're yet to become a centre for marauders with taste, that might change unless a more systematic approach is taken to prevention. Interestingly, many art thefts go unreported due to the fact that they take place at private residences or are "inside jobs" at art galleries or museums, which means there's not much information available to help track trends.

Speaking of thieves, how's this for sweet justice? A burglar who entered a Rosedale-area home recently may have have contracted C.difficile. The homeowner had been recently diagnosed with the virus bacterial infection, which has killed 24 people in Ontario since Spring.

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