Thursday, October 31 Commentary
We'll know in a few hours if Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was the target of the police probe that led to the arrest of his friend, Sandro Lisi.
That was the Mayor the day Lisi was arrested. Since then, the Star has quoted unnamed sources as saying that the target of the investigation that led to Lisi being accused was actually Mayor Ford.
City hall reporters were all over the Mayor yesterday after a judge ruled that 3-hundred of the 4-hundred-80 page document used by police to get search warrants in this case would be released to the public this morning.
One reporter noted that the Mayor's mother showed up at city hall yesterday....something which is not common.
We know there are 70 names in the police documents and most, if not all, of those names will remain uncovered when the documents are released.
There's no point in me commenting on this until we've had a chance to see the documents and put things in context.
Rest assured, NewsTalk 1010 will be all over this story when the document dump occurs...in the 9am hour. Listen live either to the radio or online.
FORD AND TAXES
Mayor Rob Ford, always the one saying he hates increasing taxes says "we are going to have to do it."
Not only is he onboard with a property tax increase of 1.75 percent but he and his executive committee yesterday recommended another 9 percent bump in water rates, which would cost a typical homeowner an extra 73 dollars a year...annual bill pushing up against 9-hundred.
You would also have to pay more for garbage collection...3 percent more and exec is recommending that starting next year charities, churches and other religious institutions start paying for garbage collection, phased in gradually over 4 years.
Score one for Toronto councillor Adam Vaughan. I suspect it was his impassioned plea before the council executive committee yesterday that convinced the committee, hand picked by Mayor Ford to tell the Mayor to get lost.
The issue: whether public housing should be part of the Bayshore development along the lake between Parliament and Sherbourne. Ex says, overwhelmingly yes.
Have you ever purchased groceries online. There's been a service in the GTA for years and now Amazon-dot-ca is taking a shot at grocery delivery and auto parts.
The launch is today. Amazon-dot-ca will offer about 15-thousand non-refrigerated food products such as soup, cereal and baby food and formula. The company does this with fresh food as well in the U.S. but it's not clear why they're not doing that here yet. In addition. Amazon will offer 2-hundred-thousand auto parts, things like wiper blades and jump starters.
The Conde Naste Traveller magazine is out with its annual Reader's Choice Awards.
For favourite cities in Canada...Quebec City is tops. Toronto is 5th behind the likes of Vancouver, Quebec City and Montreal.
The Conde Naste survey also names Porter Airlines the best small airline in the world.
This is what we in the business call "talk show gold"...
There's a woman in Fargo, North Dakota who is getting ready for Halloween in a much different, and may I say, stupid way.
Cheryl, and that's the only name she will allow to be used, has made up flyers. She'll hand out goodies to the normal weight kids but not to the kids she considers to be obese. The flyer is really a note to the parents of fat kids that says their child should not be out trick or treating because they're obese.
Cheryl says parents should take more responsibility for their kids becoming little fat kids. On that point I agree...but it is the parents responsibility not yours Cheryl. Mind your own business. This is one of those neighbours I hope she gets her house egged.