Morning Brew: Ford calls cops on CBC crew, some city councillors oppose shark fin ban, council approves privatizing garbage collection, and Flyers beat Leafs
Maybe Rob Ford doesn't have much of a sense of humour or he doesn't watch a lot of TV. I'm just trying to come up with a reason that might explain why he called 911 after a crew from the CBC's satirical program, "This Hour Has 22 Minutes," unexpectedly showed up at his house yesterday morning. Ford's later said it was "dark" and he was "ambushed." Apparently Mary Walsh was trying to film her regular segment as political journalist Marg Delahunty, who's interviewed a number of politicians over the years, none of whom have called the police.
The mayor certainly had a busy day yesterday. He, along with some other city councillors, voiced his opposition to banning shark fins in Toronto. Never mind that activists say shark finning is at least partly fueled by the demand here in Toronto, councillors, like Doug Holyday, believe the city is setting itself up for a bigger battle if they go ahead with the ban. Apparently Ford doesn't think the ban is in the city's "purview".
But at least Ford had something to smile at when city council approved to privatize garbage collection in Toronto's west end. It was one of his campaign promises he's actually followed through on (for better or worse).
One last piece of Ford news: It probably should come as no surprise that Ford was ranked as the second least popular mayor in Canada. HIs approval rating sits at a mere 37 per cent (Montreal's mayor is the least liked in the country). So who's the most popular? Mississauga's Mayor Hazel McCallion. Of course.
A college degree in Beer Studies? No, this isn't a made-up Tucker Max fantasy; it's a real thing. Niagara College has the only brewery school in Canada that offers suds mixed with studies. But it's competitive: only 24 students are accepted into the program a year. Yes, just like a case of beer.
Photo by Neil Ta in the blogTO Flickr pool
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