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Morning Brew: Judge orders more Ford papers released, Porter jet plans could stall, Doug Ford knocks Norm Kelly, U.S. spied during G20, and Jilly's is here to stay

A Superior Court judge has ruled a stack of blacked-out police documents related to the investigation into Rob Ford should be made public in the coming weeks. Justice Ian Nordheimer said the remaining information, which includes wiretap details, will not be available immediately pending an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. The Star says the information could be released by early December. Can Ford weather more revelations?

Porter Airlines could be about to hit trouble on its quest to fly jets out of Toronto's island airport, the Globe and Mail reports. City staff will recommend council defer a decision until 2015, until after next year's municipal election, to gather more information on noise and the impact of expanding the current runway. Porter was hoping for a quick answer.

Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly is taking more flack from Doug Ford over the 2014 budget. Ford, the vice-chair of the budget committee, says he has "zero respect" for the Toronto's de facto leader after Kelly refused to budge on a 2 per cent property tax increase and a 0.5 per cent levy to fund the Ford-backed Scarborough subway.

Ford also had choice words about the TTC, prompting a response from CEO Andy Byford. "Is your TTC cleaner? Is your TTC faster? Is your TTC cheaper?" he asked. "I pay more attention to what TTC riders say and to what my customers say. They're the people that matter to me and they are saying it's cleaner," Byford said.

The CBC reports a new cache of top secret documents released by United States whistleblower Edward Snowden shows the U.S. spied during the G8 and G20 events in Canada with the approval of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government. The documents do not clearly spell out the target of the spying but reveal the U.S. turned its Ottawa embassy into a command post for NSA agents during the events.

Looks like the Broadview Hotel is here to stay a little while longer. According to the National Post, Jilly's - the strip club currently occupying the Romanesque building at Queen and Broadview - is not making way for a Gladstone-like refit. A temporary closure that stirred a flurry of excitement appears to have been for minor renovations.

Black cats are on sale at Toronto animal shelters. The city has decided to waive the $75 adoption fee in the hope of finding good homes for its backlog of black cats - typically the last to be adopted - in honour of Black Friday. All moggies are spayed/neutered, microchipped, dewormed, vet-checked, and vaccinated.

Drivers of electrics cars will soon be able to plug in at GO stations. A three-year, $500,000 pilot program unveiled yesterday will put special charging stations in many stops outside the City of Toronto. The first month will be free after which each charge will cost $2.50.

Finally, say goodbye to the Dufferin Street bridge - the crumbling structure is being torn down on Friday and pedestrians will not be able to cross the rail tracks until a temporary structure is built on Dec. 7. A temporary vehicle structure will arrive in Feb. 2014.


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

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