Morning Brew: Ford, Blair, and McGuinty meet, a wild weekend on the roads, an SUV for Rob Ford, elephants to stay longer, roundabouts, and Jays sweep Red Sox
Mayor Rob Ford, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty will discuss ways to tackle gun crime when they meet with other members of the provincial government later today. Ford appears to be struggling to make his ideas, which include some kind of deterrent based around citizenship, clear. The mayor called Newstalk 1010 on Friday to explain but ended up making things more confusing. According to the latest stats, more than 20 people have been killed as a result of gun violence this year.
It wasn't a good weekend on the roads or waterways. Downtown, a TTC bus struck a building - home to Little Nicky's coffee - on Peter Street, in Oakville, a boat exploded after refueling and in North York an SUV fell 9 metres into a ravine. Stay safe out there.
If you watched the video in Friday's Morning Brew of Global News reporter Jackson Proskow drilling Rob Ford over his community grant voting record (i.e. always against) you would have seen the mayor getting into a sleek, black Cadillac Escalade instead of his usual Uplander minivan. Turns out the new wheels were a birthday gift from his brothers, Doug and Randy (yep, there's a third one.)
In the latest episode of Toronto Zoo's elephant saga, we've found out the animals won't be heading to California until September because of concerns over the hot weather.
Could more roundabouts be the answer to Toronto's traffic congestion? According to the National Post, the circular junctions remove the need for traffic lights and help keep vehicles moving. Okay, hands up who knows how they actually work. Here's a live feed video from a real life roundabout in Halifax, Nova Scotia, if you're into that sort of thing.
Finally, right on schedule, the intersection of Queen and Spadina is back open for east-west traffic after a two-week closure to replace the streetcar tracks. The catch? There's only one lane in each direction right now, but at least the 501 streetcar is off diversion.
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