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Morning Brew: No Supreme Court date for Rob Ford, new Operation Traveller arrest, taxi changes, inter-city jest, silent balconies, and a controversial sidewalk is go

Rob Ford won't be making Supreme Court appearance - a panel of three judges decided yesterday not to hear an appeal by Paul Magder, the Toronto resident who brought the original conflict of interest case against the mayor. Ford told a press conference the decision means he's "been vindicated" but the verdict doesn't mean he will be off the hook for court costs from the Toronto case.

Cops have made a new arrest in Operation Traveller, an investigation in to gun and drug activity that peaked with a series of raids last week. Despite continuing interest in the case over a possible connection to Rob Ford, police chief Bill Blair is still refusing to go into detail about what evidence has been collected and whether or not it includes the alleged Ford tape.

Toronto's taxi fleet could be set for an overhaul. A series of changes, including encouraging more drivers to use their own vehicle and a boost in the number of accessible cabs, will be floated at a meeting with industry groups next month. How could the city best improve its fleet of 4,849 cabs?

Calgary's mayor Naheed Nenshi is in town and he's making wise cracks about Rob Ford. The popular Albertan civic leader told a Canadian Club luncheon he had a "Diet Coke" problem (ha). He made the same crack in Ottawa the day before. Too soon?

Condo and apartment dwellers - do you use your balcony? Most don't, according to Brad Lamb, Toronto's condo king. He says adding the exterior areas is difficult for builders and often play into people fantasies about condo living. How often do you use your balcony?

Toronto is going to become $150 million poorer over the next three years thanks to funding cuts from the province. The money was promised for another 10 years in 2008 to cover the cost of social programs the city downloaded from the provincial government. The loss of funding likely means the city must make cuts or increase taxes.

Finally, Scarborough's Chine Drive is getting a sidewalk whether the locals like it or not. The area's community council has voted to install a paved area for children and parents walking to Chine Drive Public School despite a petition from the residents of the street south of Kingston Road.


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

Image: Davoud D./blogTO Flickr pool.

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