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Morning Brew: Giorgio Mammoliti in the spotlight over loans, Rob Ford says sorry, Metrolinx mulls parking fees, a ticket grace period

Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti received loans totaling more than $275,000 from real estate investors he helped place billboards along Highway 401, reports the CBC. Though are no laws requiring councillors to formally declare these sorts of transactions, the mortgages fall in an ethical grey area, according to an expert quoted by the broadcaster. It's thought the billboards could bring in around $250,000 in revenue to the owner. Was it a good idea for Mammoliti to accept these loans even if it's not strictly against the rules?

Rob Ford has apologized to Toronto's medical officer ten months after calling his salary "an embarrassment." Integrity commissioner Janet Leiper found the mayor and his brother breached the council code of conduct on their weekly radio show while criticizing Dr. David McKeown's recommendation for lower speed limits. McKeown accepted the apology.

Metrolinx says it's considering charging drivers to park and ride at its GO stations to help fund the province's next wave of transit projects. Parking is currently free to those lucky enough to snag one of its 65,000 unreserved spaces. GO charges drivers who want a space held for them.

Also in parking, coun. Paula Fletcher says drivers should get some leeway when it comes time to move their cars to the other side of the street. Parking enforcement officers have been known to issue tickets minutes after the 9 am switch time required on many residential streets. Should there be a grace period for parking tickets?

OCAD U's part of the proposed Mirvish-Gehry condos will be named for the late Princess Diana, the university has announced. The Princess of Wales Visual Arts Centre will join retail space and a museum at street level on King Street under the plans currently working their way through the approvals process.


Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

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