Morning Brew: Rob Ford is paying for his brother's gaffes, Hudak demands subways, WSJ on our waterfront plans, Air Canada strike possible, Leafs lose
Could Doug Ford's, uh, gusto be sabotaging his brother? Seems like it. Some of the mayor's faithful supporters have concerns about councillor Ford's gaffes, whether it's proposing a monorail system, professing he doesn't know who Margaret Atwood is, or just using blustery language. And it looks like those concerns came into play this week when council voted for a new pro-LRT TTC board. Even Rob Ford's former chief of staff, Nick Kouvalis, thinks Doug is a bit too much, saying,"Whenever he [Doug Ford] calls me to ask for advice, I'm always telling him to take a back seat."
Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak wants Premier Dalton McGuinty to overrule Toronto city council's transit plans because subways a "once-in-a-generation" investment. Hudak also wants the Eglinton LRT to buried in full, because, well, why not. I guess we know what he and Ford discussed at that barbecue last year.
Looks like our waterfront's revitalization is making news stateside. The Wall Street Journal offers a nice little slideshow on plans to improve our waterfront, dubbing it "one of the world's biggest waterfront revitalization efforts."
Bikes are magical, according to this short video about the Toronto Cyclists Union by the My City Lives crew, and if that doesn't make a frustrated TTC or car commuter switch over to cycling, then I don't know what will.
Well, this could suck for a lot of people with travel plans over March Break. One of Air Canada's largest unions, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents over 8,000 employees, has threatened to strike Monday unless a new contract is signed. The strike could ground many flights, but Air Canada remains hopeful an agreement can be made beforehand.
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