National Newswatch

Olivia Chow’s support slips slightly in new mayoral race poll

Jun 12 2023 — David Rider — Support for Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow has slipped slightly but none of her rivals made significant gains in the past week, according to a new Forum Research poll for the Toronto Star. The survey of 1,047 Torontonians conducted Friday found the former NDP MP with the support of 35 per cent of decided voters, […]

Polls suggest Olivia Chow remains the front-runner in Toronto’s mayoral race. Will there be an ‘Anybody but Chow’ movement?

May 29 2023 — David Rider — With less than a month until Toronto chooses a new mayor, and after several head-to-head candidate debates, former NDP MP Olivia Chow retains a sizable lead, according to a new Forum Research poll for the Toronto Star. The survey of 1,007 Torontonians conducted Friday found Chow with the support of 34 per cent of decided […]

John Tory sees ‘shortcomings’ in Andrew Scheer’s policies for cities

Oct 17 2019 — David Rider — Toronto Mayor John Tory sees “shortcomings” in the federal Conservative platform for cities but will not join his Vancouver counterpart in predicting “disaster” if Andrew Scheer is elected Prime Minister on Monday. Tory was asked Thursday about Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart’s scathing assessment of Scheer’s positions on issues important to his city in remarks to […]

Ontario Place Cinesphere, pods could be demolished under Ford government plan

Jan 18 2019 — David Rider — The Doug Ford provincial government is accepting proposals to redevelop Ontario Place and says the landmark Cinesphere dome and futuristic pods can be demolished. A news release from Tourism Minister Michael Tibollo says the provincial government is soliciting proposals from around the world to turn the shuttered educational amusement park into “a spectacular world-class, year-round […]

Tory asks Trudeau to end bail for repeat gun offenders

Aug 6 2018 — David Rider — Mayor John Tory is renewing his call on Ottawa to toughen bail rules for people accused of gun crime, including no bail at all for repeat offenders. “We want to ensure that repeat gun offenders not be granted bail in the event of a subsequent gun charge and remain in custody until the charges have […]

Amazon officials asked Toronto bid backers about health care and the tech sector

Apr 10 2018 — David Rider — officials evaluating Toronto as a potential second headquarters host were keen to learn about the benefits of government-provided single-payer health care, Toronto’s education system and the city’s booming tech sector. Toronto Global, the federal-provincial-local agency co-ordinating the regional bid for Amazon’s “HQ2”, revealed those details, and few others, about Amazon’s two-day visit in mid-March. […]

Doug Ford abandons plans for mayoral election rematch, puts ‘pedal to the metal’ in Ontario PC leadership race

Feb 1 2018 — David Rider — Doug Ford has abandoned his much-trumpeted plan to again seek election as mayor of Toronto, saying he is focusing solely on becoming the next leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. “I will not be running for mayor,” the former city councillor told the Star on Thursday, confirming statements he made in a Wednesday […]

Tory makes fun of Ford’s basement campaign launch

Jan 30 2018 — David Rider — Toronto Mayor John Tory has taken aim at nemesis Doug Ford’s shifting political ambitions and campaign launch location. Tory was asked by reporters about Ford — who had vowed a rematch with Tory in the October civic election, but is now seeking the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party — on Tuesday during a […]

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