Morning Brew: Ford worried over council appointment, MLSE plans glass roof for BMO Field, a Beach fixture returns, and a giant Wellesley Street mural unveiled
Rob Ford thinks the "lefties" on council will hijack the appointment of a new councillor. The mayor made the prediction on his Sunday Newstalk 1010 radio show: "why do we even waste our time going to Etobicoke York community council when you know the lefties downtown are just going to laugh at us," he said. Council will convene on Oct. 10 and select a replacement for former deputy mayor Doug Holyday from 45 candidates, possibly taking advice from the local community council.
Also in Ford, the first batch of documents to be released to the media through a freedom of information request was a bust in terms of scandal. The nearly 400 pages of mayor's office staffer emails and phone records do not mention the turmoil surrounding the alleged crack video. One message from former chief-of-staff Mark Towhey, sent in the days after the story broke, tells members of Ford's inner circle is odd: "don't talk to the mayor," it reads.
38 pages of emails from a Ford staffer that contain the words "crack cocaine" will not be released, however. The city redacted the documents, requested by the Toronto Sun, because they were addressed to or received from constituents and could be "of a personal nature."
The owners of Toronto FC are considering a glass roof for BMO Field. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment says it's prepared to spend around $100 million to ensure soccer games don't end up a soggy mess. The first concepts are expected next month. The city owns the stadium but MLSE say they will cover the costs.
A brawl on Spadina Ave. last night has put three people in hospital. The fight happened near the intersection of Dundas St. but cops don't know how many people were involved - no-one's talking.
Toronto's cemeteries are getting a little snug. Space and cash is starting to get pinched at the city's burial grounds as interest rates, a metric that dictates how much cash flows from reserve funds for maintenance and other expenses, stay low. The number of cremations have increased to help deal with the problem of ever-decreasing space. If a cemetery goes bust the city is required to take over the space.
Reports of his death were greatly exaggerated. "Wayne "Hollywood" Joice, the Beach's famous pen seller, is back at Queen and Lee following some serious health problems that landed him in hospital. "I feel terrific, like the million-dollar man," he told the Star.
A giant 32-storey mural on the side of an apartment building at 200 Wellesley Street East was officially unveiled this weekend. The $24,000 painting, paid for by a government grant, depicts a giant, colourful pheonix and involved 40 experts and members of the local community.
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Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.
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