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Morning Brew: Police investigate deadly TTC bus crash, Doug Ford sends mixed messages over Rob's drinking, police chief meets Yatim family, and a new Ford cartoon

Police are continuing their investigation in to a head-on collision between a cube van and a TTC bus on Steeles Avenue that killed one person and sent 12 others to the hospital. Cops say the bus was struck while paused at a bus stop near Middlefield Road. Moments earlier, the van had hit a pedestrian and knocked down a hydro pole. The CBC reports the van driver had been talking on a cellphone.

Doug Ford says journalists are "playing investigative reporter" by asking questions about his brother's alleged drinking in the hours before a controversial Danforth Avenue appearance last Friday. "He had a couple pops. Big deal," Ford told reporters yesterday. "I don't know where he drank and who gives a hoot? That's what I'm hearing on the street." Well, that clears that up.

Hours later, Doug Ford was singing a different tune to John Tory on Newstalk 1010, saying the mayor "made a mistake" by drinking at a public event. "Was it right? No. Does Rob know it wasn't right? He understands that."

Police chief Bill Blair met with the family of Sammy Yatim for the first time since the 18-year-old was shot dead by police on a Toronto streetcar, but wouldn't say what the group discussed. The meeting came shortly after a Toronto Police Services Board meeting where the death was recognized in a four-page statement. Chair Alok Mukherjee said there needs to be "a cultural change" in the way police use force.

Earlier in the day around 500 people marched from Yonge-Dundas Square to police headquarters on College Street to demand "Justice for Sammy." Some protestors jeered and heckled police who were posted to the event.

Finally, Rob Ford's world-renowned escapades have earned him a new Taiwanese animation, which, let's face it, is pretty liberal with the facts. The animated Ford isn't wearing any pants, for a start, but the video does show some familiarity with the story. Ford's surprise jail appearance earlier in the year makes the cut, for example.


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

Image: Neil Ta/blogTO Flickr pool.

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