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Morning Brew: Ford mum on David Price allegations, jet plans split community meeting, truck blindspots, Yonge line woes, smelly sandwiches, and a Skydome timelapse

Rob Ford says "it's no-one's business" what happens inside his office (or on the way to it, apparently) after several newspapers reported senior aide David Price was filmed having a monumental tantrum at a GO station last month. "Right now, I know as much as you know. That's all I can say," he told the CBC.

A lively community meeting was split on the prospect of jet aircraft using Toronto's Billy Bishop airport last night. Discussions ranged from bird strikes, to engine failures, to the possible increase in noise the new Bombardier CS100 may bring. Porter Airlines has a conditional order for 12 of the new planes.

Gawker's $200,000 "Crackstarter" campaign money has reached four crime and addiction charities. The money was pledged to good causes after the U.S. website confirmed it was unable to make good on its plan to buy a tape allegedly showing mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. The total incurred $16,416 in processing fees before it was split. One group, the Somali-Canadian Association of Etobicoke, will start a program aimed at keeping youth out of gangs.

A new public awareness program hopes to slash the number of bicycle-truck collisions. The Ontario Share the Road cycling group will explain where a truck's blind spot lies - basically the entire right side of the vehicle - in an attempt to minimize the number of accidents that occur at intersections. 18 bikers died between 2006 and 2012 after collisions with trucks.

Riders on the Yonge line should get used to crush-load commutes - even with a new signal system that's in works, the stalling on the Scarborough subway line and a lack of progress on a much-needed relief line means years of slowly worsening transit hell, according to Metro. Brutal.

An Osgoode Hall Law School student is losing their lunch over fellow students' eating habits. A lengthy email rant against distracting (and disgusting) lecture hall meals was circulated to 72 students this week from an anonymous author. "Tuna sandwiches: they stink up the entire room. Deli sandwiches: see above. Apples, pineapples and other crunchy fruit: your helpless classmates are here to study," the disgruntled student wrote. "We want to hear the professor, not the gnashing of your teeth and the crunch crunch crunch."

Finally, it's old but it's good. Reddit user sharinghappiness found this timelapse video of the Skydome under construction in the 1980s, filmed by its builder, EllisDon. It's amazing to watch Toronto's stadium rise from the old railway lands in just two-and-a-half minutes, even if the fireworks look a little fake by today's standards.


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

Image: Grant D/blogTO Flickr pool.

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