Morning Brew: Zero hour for Ford Nation, Argonauts clinch Grey Cup, arrest in biker hit-and-run, radioactive dust, Bloor Street kissing stations, and goodbye GO POP
We'll find out this morning if Rob Ford has flipped his last pancake as mayor. At 10, lawyers on both sides of the mayor's conflict-of-interest trial will send an email containing Justice Charles Hackland's decision. If found in breach of provincial rules, Ford could be thrown from office and banned from seeking re-election for seven years.
If Ford is terminated deputy mayor Doug Holyday would temporarily become leader. According to The Star, instead of appointing a new mayor from within Holyday would prefer to hold a fresh election. It's also possible the judge could find Ford breached the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act but leave him in office. Whatever happens, it's about to get interesting. We'll have more as soon as it happens.
It was about time Toronto had something to cheer about. Last night the Argonauts defeated the Calgary Stampeders 35-22 to win the 100th Grey Cup at the Rogers Centre. As a result, Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi is now obliged to wear an Argos jersey at his next council meeting. A victory parade is scheduled for Tuesday, "Argonauts Day." There's also a commemorative stamp in the works.
Before the match, Ford appeared with Nenshi for some photo-friendly trash-talking. It's fair to say Nenshi seemed decidedly cooler in front of the media, perhaps because he's not facing a potentially career-ending court ruling. The Cowtown media were never the less happy to knock Ford; the Calgary Herald called the match-up an "East-West battle won." I think we can all agree on that.
Toronto police have arrested a man over a fatal hit-and-run on a cyclist on Friday. 22-year-old Miguel Oliveira briefly appeared in court charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident, causing death. Tom Samson, a teacher, was struck at Davenport Road and Lansdowne Avenue.
Demolition was halted this weekend on a Victoria Street property over fears radioactive particles in the walls could be released into the air. Number 258, near Yonge-Dundas Square, used to manufacture radium-plated, glow-in-the-dark watch faces. Ideally, glowing faces will remain a thing of the past in that neighbourhood.
21 mistletoe-clad kissing stations on Bloor Street between Spadina and Bathurst haven't exactly been rousing festive cheer, according to The Star. According to the story, most of the marked areas are used only by inebriated overspill from bars and clubs. And they say romance is dead.
Finally, GO Transit's last remaining proof-of-payment machines are headed for the garbage over the next few months. The 350 metal devices, many of them over 15 years old, are now largely obsolete with the Presto system.
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