Today's expected to be another scorcher. Be heat smart, guys! In the news: Ontario supports a Scarborough subway, to a degree; a busy intersection is still closed after a weekend fire; staffers are suspended in the wake of a toddler's death in Vaughan; one Mississauga resident says that making him pay the mayor's legal fees discourages honesty about the government's actions; and Honest Ed's is honestly for sale.
After meeting with Mayor Rob Ford, Ontario transportation minister Glen Murray said that Ontario will agree to the Scarborough subway extension—but the extra money to fund it has to come from the City and the feds. The City can have time to put together a business plan on funding a subway instead of a surface rail line for Scarborough if that’s what the City votes to support this week, Murray said. City councillors could revisit the subway-versus-LRT debate as early as today.
Broadview and Gerrard remains closed after an early Saturday fire that destroyed a 100-year-old building containing a grocery store and apartments. The fire, in the southeastern building at the intersection of Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street East, caused almost $2 million in damages. The intersection remains closed to all traffic while the fire investigation continues, and is not expected to re-open earlier than Friday.
Two staffers at the provincial Ministry of Education have been suspended after a toddler died at an unlicensed daycare in Vaughan last week. Just yesterday, Ontario Ombudsman André Marin launched an investigation into how the Ontario minsitry responds to concerns from the public about unlicensed daycares. Sources told the Toronto Star that the staffers, whose names have not been released, were suspended for failing to follow up on earlier complaints of overcrowding at the home-based daycare. Three complaints about the daycare were received by the ministry late last year, but only the second was acted upon with a visit from provincial investigators. There were 27 children at the daycare when the coroner arrived on July 8, which is 22 more children (unrelated to the operator) allowed by law to be in a home facility; it’s not known if all were registered with the daycare.
Mississauga resident Elias Hazineh says that if a court decides to put a nearly $400,000 legal bill on him, it’ll be the end of the Municipal Conflicts of Interest Act. Hazineh brought a conflict case against Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, alleging that her votes on an issue at Peel Region council in 2007 would have benefitted a development company owned by her son. Hazineh lost his case last month, and on top of his own $350,000 in legal costs, McCallion has filed a submission to Superior Court requesting that Hazineh cover $394,529 in legal costs she incurred. “Nobody in their right mind would ever bring about charges against any politicians if the judge rules in her favour,” Hazineh told the Toronto Star. “It’s counterintuitive to the intention of the MCIA.”
And are we close to the end for a Toronto landmark? The Honest Ed’s store on Bloor Street West has been put up for sale, along with surrounding land also owned by the Mirvish family, the National Post reports. The late Ed Mirvish opened his famous bargain store in 1948 with seed money of $212; today’s sale could garner as much as $100 million.