Extra, Extra: Towhey Denies Responsibility for Former Mayor's Drunk Driving, Fiona Crean to Join Hydro One, and a Battle Between Libraries
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Extra, Extra: Towhey Denies Responsibility for Former Mayor’s Drunk Driving, Fiona Crean to Join Hydro One, and a Battle Between Libraries

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  • In an interview this morning for CBC’s Metro Morning, former Rob Ford chief of staff Mark Towhey told host Matt Galloway that he wouldn’t let city staff drive with then-mayor Ford for fear that the mayor might be driving under the influence of alcohol. When asked by Galloway why he didn’t prevent the mayor from driving, period, Towhey replied: “What could I have done? If we had known that he was drinking, we would have called [police].” Towhey’s tell-all book about the mayor is due out next week.
  • City of Toronto ombudsman Fiona Crean announced today that she would be taking on a new role as Hydro One’s first watchdog when her term ends next month. The change comes after a report released by provincial ombudsman André Marin revealed that Hydro One had bungled, then concealed, a series of billing complaints.
  • The Toronto Public Library has been embroiled in the cutest of Twitter wars with the public library system of Kansas City, whose baseball team has been duking it out against the Blue Jays this week in the American League Championship Series. The two libraries have been reflecting the week’s game victories and losses with strategically arranged book spines.
  • From today’s edition of 12:36: Sun News Network tell-all appears and disappears. Krista Erickson, the original Sun News Network anchor (she left for the U.K. in early 2013), penned a piece for National Newswatch indicting the tactics of her old boss Kory Tenycke, who went on to become Stephen Harper’s PR flack during the 2015 election. The Halifax-based Newswatch—which is partly owned by CBC At Issue panelist Bruce Anderson—won’t comment on why the piece was unpublished after a short while. ( Want more 12:36? Subscribe to it now.)

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