Morning Brew: More on the Ford/McGuinty meeting, man who threatened to kill the Mayor says he voted for him, thousands ticketed after public safety blitz, Hudak admits he smoked pot, and Argos beat Roughriders
As many including the Premier suspected, when Rob Ford asked for $650-million from the province in order to access $333-million from the federal government, he was wrong. Ottawa already intends to give the city $333-million but the province doesn't have to come up with the $650-million because that deal was under the former Transit City agreement. They do have to provide some cash in order for the City to benefit from the Building Canada federal infrastructure fund, but the initial terms of the arrangement no longer exist. The federal government evaluates candidates for the fund on an individual basis, a spokesperson explained.
The man charged with threatening to kill Rob Ford says he likes the mayor. He actually voted for him, and would vote for him again. Anthony Vella says he doesn't remember saying he'd kill the mayor when he called the city's 311 information line in July because he was still asleep. Or maybe he had a few too many. At any rate, Vella says he's sorry.
So did you get a ticket last week for impeding public transit? There's a reasonable chance you did as the week-long safety blitz resulted in 7,000 tickets being handed out. Most tickets were parking offences related to blocking TTC vehicles; 150 tickets were given to drivers who passed streetcars while the doors were still open.
Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak said yesterday that if he's elected premier, he's going to establish a public grow-op and meth lab registry because he wants families to know if the home they're buying, or currently living in, was a former grow-op or lab due to health problems caused by the illegal operations. During a Q&A session, Hudak admitted to a "normal" childhood, which meant that, yeah, he smoked marijuana. But did he inhale?
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