Air Canada off runway

Morning Brew: Plane drives off Pearson runway, Ford meeting details released, Toronto condo sales booming, Lake Shore cursed, Atwood has support at City Hall

If you want to take a meeting with the mayor, chances of that are slim if you happen to be more of the "left-wing" persuasion, according to documents obtained by the Star. Of the people and groups Rob Ford held meetings between February 22 and July 7, the mayor pretty much stuck to his allies. Of 25 listed meetings with councillors, 21 of them were Ford loyalists. Though in all fairness, opponents like councillor Adam Vaughan said his reputation would be ruined if he showed up with Ford at a community meeting.

Is this a cursed year for Lakeshore Boulevard? Well, it looks that way, if you believe in those kinds of things. From yesterday's brutal car wreck to that mysterious bullet-riddled car and numerous festivals (not to mention the shooting of "Total Recall") taking up stretches of the road for days, it's not a good time to be travelling on Lakeshore.

Seems that Margaret Atwood has a lot of support at City Hall, despite her feud with the Twin Fordmayor(s). According to a straw poll from the Globe and Mail, at least a dozen of city councillors, including those in Ford's circle (like Mammoliti and Holyday), do not support the closing of libraries. Even councillors whose wards have the lowest circulation would not want their local library to close.

Just how heavy is a passenger airplane? So heavy that it takes nearly twelve hours to remove one wheel from an area of grass. Passengers from Air Canada's flight to Frankfurt found that out the hard way when their plane veered off the runway at Pearson and hit a patch of grass. Apparently most passengers were good-humoured about the incident, even if they ended up having their flight cancelled. I wonder how good-humoured they'll be once Air Canada raises their fares...


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