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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Morning Brew: Sandro Lisi arrest documents to be released, Ford's approval rating slumps, Toronto split on subway vs. LRT, a raccoon invasion, and Drake sells up

toronto subwayToday could be a long day for Rob Ford. Yesterday a judge ordered the release of papers related to the arrest of the mayor's long-time friend and occasional driver Sandro Lisi. It's believed (though not actually confirmed) the documents will touch on the mayor. In fact, the judge said Lisi was not the target of the police investigation.

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Looks like there's trouble in Ford Nation. A new poll by Forum Research says the mayor's approval rating has dropped a massive 10% to almost its lowest recorded level. 61% of those surveyed said they disapproved of the job Ford is doing as mayor - 39% of responders agreed he is "one of Toronto's worst mayors." Yikes.

Also in polls, Toronto is almost evenly split in the subway vs LRT debate with light rail coming out as the preferred choice for Scarborough by a very slim margin. People were asked whether they preferred an LRT to either of the two current subway plans. When only the subways were compared, the longer option to Sheppard was the favourite.

Raccoons and other critters have invaded the roof of City Hall. For over a year, animals have been gnawing at the insulation under the soffits of the building at Queen and Bay. "There is raccoon shit all over the place," said the contractor hired to fix the problem.

A team of divers over in Oswego, N.Y. have found the wreck of a Canadian steamship sunk while hauling wood across Lake Ontario in a storm. The hull of the ship had been at the bottom of the lake since 1916. Two drowned and seven survived by clinging on to driftwood.

If you're planning to hand out Rockets, the colourful little puck-shaped candies, among your Halloween treats tonight then congratulations, you're participating in a little bit of Toronto history. Turns out treats were once produced on Queen St. W. in 1963 until 1988, when the business moved to New Jersey. The old building is now the Candy Factory Lofts condos.

Finally, Drake has sold his Yorkville condo for $3.75 million. The three-bedroom, 3,600-square-foot unit with panoramic windows and heated balconies was mostly viewed by middle aged couples looking to "downsize," according to the real estate agent.


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

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