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Monday, July 29, 2013

Morning Brew: SIU investigates streetcar shooting, Ford aide absent after homophobic slur, Doug Holyday poses in a DeLorean, and Toronto FC snap epic losing streak

toronto tennis courtOntario's Special Investigations Unit is looking into the death of an apparently armed 18-year-old on a Toronto streetcar over the weekend. The incident, captured on a video posted to YouTube (warning: NSFW), appears to show officers shooting and tasering Sammy Yatim who one witness described as "perfectly still." Nine shots can be heard on the video, which was filmed near Dundas and Bellwoods.

Rob Ford was in hot water (surprise, surprise) this weekend after the Toronto Star revealed one of the mayor's senior aides, David Price, had made a homophobic slur towards CBC reporter Jamie Strashin. The incident happened some time in the last three weeks and has resulted in a prolonged absence for Price, something the mayor's office isn't willing to comment on. Strashin, who isn't gay, broke the story about Price posing as a caller to Rob Ford's Newstalk 1010 show.

One of the men accused in the Anthony Smith case is no longer facing murder charges. The crown withdrew its first-degree charge against Hanad Mohamed who now faces a variety of "accessory" charges. Mohamed was arrested in Fort McMurray on a nationwide arrest warrant in June. Nisar Hashimi was sentenced to nine years in prison last month for the killing.

Doug Holyday, Toronto's deputy mayor and PC candidate in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore byelection, went back to the future this weekend, posing for a photo in a vintage DeLorean at a neighbourhood barbecue. The Toronto Sun is running a caption competition. Can you think of any good ones?

Lake Ontario could rise and fall by a few extra centimetres each year if a plan, decades in the making, comes to fruition. The natural ebb and flow of the lake is controlled largely by dams at Cornwall, Ont., and Massena, N.Y. Ecologists hope tweaking the system will return the lake to a more natural state.

The City of Toronto no longer wants an elderly Scarborough woman to mow the public grass on her street. A bylaw requires property owners to be responsible for some sections of public grass unless they can convince the city otherwise. Previously, the city maintained all its public space.

Finally, Toronto FC fans had learned to content themselves with small pleasures prior to this weekend. The team snapped a horrendous 16-game losing streak and broke a 7-hour goal drought this weekend with a soggy 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew. The team scored twice in the final minutes to come from behind and snatch a rare victory.



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

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