Thursday enough for ya? Try some news with this weekday: TTC needs more money from the City, Doug Ford doesn't attend Chief of Police Gala, Rob Ford is trying to see the video, Sandro Lisi gets a lot of phone calls, and James Forcillo faces a hearing.
With budget season approaching, TTC CEO Andy Byford is making his pitch: transit costs money, so please give us some, thanks. The City gives the TTC an annual subsidy, but that amount has been frozen at $411-million for the last two years. That equals about 78 cents per rider. Byford doesn’t want riders to foot the bill through fare increases. He also says things like “i.e.” out loud, in interviews. So you gotta give him that.
Bill Blair had a party last night and the mayor wasn’t invited. Though the organizers of the Chief of Police Gala say they did not uninvite the mayor, the point is the mayor wasn’t there. And neither was his brother. Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) did not attend the fundraiser for victims’ services, and the silent auction gift he originally offered—a steak lunch and dinner with him and the mayor—was taken off the table. This comes after Doug Ford suggested chief Blair step down. Which came after the chief announced the cops had the infamous video. Which came after a lot of other stuff.
Speaking of that video, Ford is trying to schedule a private screening with the police. The Globe and Mail reports that the mayor’s lawyer is negotiating the terms of the movie night. Dennis Morris is not happy with the conditions the police are trying to impose on the viewing. That’s the thing he’s not happy with.
In other Ford saga tidbits, it seems the mayor and his staff communicated with Sandro Lisi more than 900 times in a six-month period.
And James Forcillo will face a police disciplinary hearing Thursday. Forcillo has been charged with second degree murder in the death of Sammy Yatim this summer.