Morning Brew: Rob Ford's road repair issues continue, TTC won't subsidize Eglinton LRT, an olympic parade, talking a Casa Loma museum, and a DeLorean sighting
Rob Ford's controversy du jour - the expediting of road repairs outside his family's business in time for a 50th anniversary celebration - continues to rumble on. According to The Globe and Mail, the mayor met with city staff at Deco Labels and Tags on Greensboro Drive and his office at city hall to push for the unscheduled repairs. The Star speaks to locals who have had calls for road repairs fall on deaf ears.
Let the war of words begin. Toronto Transit Commission chair Karen Stintz told Metrolinx yesterday that the TTC will not subsidize the operating costs of the new Eglinton LRT now the provincial transit agency has decided to seek an independent operator for the line. Stintz's remarks came after Ontario Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli said Metrolinx and the TTC were discussing sharing the costs. Expect this one to run on.
In related news. The Star is discussing the effect of having two separate operators might work in Toronto. Bottom line, the humble TTC token could be headed for the deadpool.
Toronto officially welcomes home Canada's olympians with a short parade today. The event starts at 11:30 on Bay Street north of Queen and will head south to Maple Leaf Square by the ACC via Wellington Street and York Street for 12:15. The TTC (them again!) is offering a special $5 half-day pass for between 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Could Casa Loma make a comeback as a museum? The city is currently seeking an operator for the historic mansion after it was reclaimed from the Kiwanis Club in 2011. In an open letter published in the National Post, councillors Josh Matlow and Joe Mihevc say repurposing the property would create "a new cultural institution that will protect and share our city's heritage."
Finally, speculation is flying on Reddit over a Back to the Future-style DeLorean spotted with a film crew near the Church of the Holy Trinity behind Old City Hall. Is it Back to the Future 4? Kick Ass 2? Robocop? Something else? All we know is it looks functional and there's no sign of the Doc.
But before you go, here's a slightly unnerving 1985 advert for Snuggle Bear laundry detergent from Retrontario. There's something off about the way that bear's mouth moves...
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