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Friday, November 29, 2013

Morning Brew: Rob and Doug Ford headed to YouTube, council urged to delay island airport decision, Rob Ford may face border troubles, and Saks Fifth Avenue is nigh

toronto streetcarToronto's most famous brothers are taking the "Ford Nation" TV format to YouTube, according to Doug Ford. Speaking on Newstalk 1010 last night, Doug said the show, canceled after a single episode broadcast on Sun News, will relaunch before Christmas with direction from professional producers who approached the pair about making a reality show. The Fords appear to be sticking with the talk show format, however.

Toronto should not make a decision on whether to expand Billy Bishop airport for jet traffic until 2015, city staff are recommending. It's still not clear how noise from the Porter planes will affect those living nearby and there are still many "outstanding questions," according to a detailed report explaining the suggestion. The executive committee will discuss adopting the recommendations at their next meeting.

Rob Ford might have trouble crossing the border for the NHL Winter Classic, according to US officials. An admission of drug use is enough for an American border agent to deny entry. The Maple Leafs are due to play the Detroit Red Wings on an outdoor rink Jan. 1 and Ford hopes to attend.

Saks Fifth Avenue is coming to Yonge and Bloor. The department store, acquired by Hudson's Bay Company for $2.4 billion, will be the second largest Saks in the world, according to new majority owner Richard Baker. Yorkdale and Sherway Gardens could also get stores, according to

Transfers between the subway and the new Eglinton-Crosstown LRT could take much longer than expected, according to current TTC projections. Though the station designs are incomplete, it could take upward of 2 1/2 minutes to walk from the middle of the subway platform to the middle of the LRT platform.

Finally, a stolen red bike is headed back in to its rightful owner thanks to an act of kindness. Frances Rawlings bought a red cruiser on Queen West for $100 believing it had been stolen. She tracked down the rightful owner - Julia Fawcett, a Ryerson English prof - using social media and arranged for its return handover. Fawcett says she will reimburse Rawlings her $100.


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

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