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Morning Brew: Ford dodges football coaching questions, new Regent Park plans revealed, TTC fare hike coming, lights for deadly intersection, and finding a stolen bike

Rob Ford has responded to allegations yesterday that taxpayer-funded "special assistants" from his office help coach his football teams. In a statement, Ford called his accusers "cowards" but did not directly address the accusations. Later that day, an anti-waste taxpayer's group, Canadian Taxpayers Federation, criticized Ford. Even the The Sun, usually a dependable ally, said Ford needs to "smarten up." No love from taxpayers and The Sun? Yikes.

Developers unveiled their plans for phase three of the Regent Park revitalization yesterday. A new park, Regent Park Athletic Grounds, will add a soccer pitch and cricket ground to the neighbourhood between Sumach and River, north of Shuter. The construction project could also add more then 2,500 new homes to the area.

Looks like the TTC will increase fares in the new year. TTC chair Karen Stintz says the hike, which will likely be kept in line with inflation, hasn't been finalized. The Commission also has to hammer out the details of its proposed outsourcing of cleaning duties.

The west end intersection where cyclist Jenna Morrison was killed last November is getting traffic lights and a ban on right turns on red. The public works and infrastructure committee voted yesterday to spend $175,000 on the upgrades in the hope of making the intersection of Sterling Road and Dundas West safer.

Finally, bike thefts in Toronto usually end the same way: police reports are filed, insurance pays out (ideally), and the property is never recovered. Recently Redditor David Park spotted someone with his stolen bike and decided to confront the rider. His girlfriend caught the exchange on video.


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