Toronto Mayor

To Fix Transit, Ontario Should Look to the Private Sector

Allan O'Dette | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Allan O'Dette

The results of the recent municipal election have produced a strong mandate for renewed investment in transit and transportation. In an era of fiscal constraint, how does the Ontario government get the biggest bang for its buck out of this fund? The answer is right under its nose: trust in the made-in-Ontario Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model. The government uses the AFP model as a means to leverage capital and expertise from the private sector to design, build, finance, and maintain major infrastructure projects. In doing so, the model transfers the risk of project cost increases and scheduling delays on to the private sector.

What Torontonians Really Think About When They Vote

Huffington Post Canada | Sunny Freeman and Dan Lytwyn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Politics

To mark Election Day, we asked Torontonians: What are they really thinking about when it comes time to cast their vote? “I think transit beca...

Voting for Tory to Keep Out Ford Is Socially Bankrupt

Tyler Pollard | Posted 12.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Tyler Pollard

Voting for Tory in order to guarantee that we don't have to deal with four more years of Ford has become a kind of twisted civic sacrifice, which members of the liberal media tell us concerned citizens should be willing to make. The problem is that as we chase the Fords towards a well-deserved exile, we fail to see that we've lowered the gates to equally, if not more, regressive social policies and market-based politics.

Why I'll Be Voting for John Tory

Samuel Getachew | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Isn't John Tory exactly the kind of mayor we all want after the disaster Ford years? He is a real consensus builder that will actually make an exceptional 65th mayor of Toronto. He is a candidate that is rare and worth supporting. I hope many will.

Doug Ford Booed After Question On Brother's Anti-Semitic Remarks

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Politics

Mayoral candidate Doug Ford drew fire from audience and opponents after refusing to address his brother’s anti-Semitic comments at Sunday night's de...

This One Chart Perfectly Sums Up The Race For Toronto Mayor

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada Politics

Confused about how a man notorious for losing elections ended up with a massive lead in the Toronto mayoral race? Look no further, we've got answers. ...

Ford Nation Has Good Reason To Celebrate After Wednesday's Debate

Quito Maggi | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

I was not prepared for what actually happened last night. Olivia Chow started off with vigour but then seemed to fade, John Tory was aggressive, and both attacked Doug Ford as if he were the frontrunner. There were no kid gloves for the debate newcomer. I think many observers may see this as the beginning of the end for John Tory, the much anticipated point where he begins to lose as he has done so often before.

First Rule of Running For Mayor of Toronto

Mike Gallay | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Gallay

You can still vote for me on October 27, but striking your ballot will have the same result. Instead of putting up my dukes, I'm admitting the humbling failure that was this brief foray, and settling into a future more suited to someone of my limited skills and boundless grumbling.

The Reaction to Rob Ford's Cancer Proves We Don't Take Addiction Seriously

Christian Cotroneo | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Christian Cotroneo

It's almost as if that nasty business of the media running roughshod -- downright bullying -- a man suffering from a mental illness never happened. Journalists never hounded him at the rehabilitation facility. Or coerced other patients into revealing intimate details of his treatment. Or wrote features about the clinic founder's own history with the law. Now that he's dealing with a physical disease, on the other hand, it's real. Let's give the man some privacy, our noble journalism vanguards suddenly declare.

Doug Ford Launches His Campaign

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Rob Ford's brother plans to launch his election campaign this weekend for Toronto's top job, which he put off Friday so he could spend some ...

'Unbearable' Pain

CP | Maria Babbage and Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was devastated to learn he has a rare and aggressive type of cancer, but is determined to fight it, his brother said ...

'Rough Shape'

CBC | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Politics

A newspaper columnist who spoke by phone with Rob Ford on Monday said the Toronto mayor is in "rough shape" and has undergone a second biops...

Having $200 Shouldn't Qualify You to Run for Mayor of Toronto

John Laforet | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

We can pretend living in Toronto and having $200 dollars you aren't using qualifies you to be Mayor, but it doesn't. There are realities that come with running for office and one of those is being able to demonstrate popular support for your candidacy and ideas.

Rob Ford Still Waiting For Test Results

CBC | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Politics

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his family are still waiting for more information about the tumour that has been discovered inside his abdomen. Ford, 45,...

Doug Ford, John Tory Have The Same Policies: Chow

CBC | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Politics

Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow struck out at her political rivals Saturday, claiming that newly registered candidate Doug Ford and current fron...

Undergoing MRI Today

CP | Colin Perkel and Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will undergo an MRI today, but the whole story on his condition won't be known for about a week.Doctors say it will t...

The Future Of Toronto's Mayoral Race

CBC | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Politics

UPDATE: Humber River Hospital confirmed Thursday that Rob Ford has been transferred to Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital "for follow-up investigation and...

Toronto, Don't Choose a Rob Ford Redux

Douglas Judson | Posted 11.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Douglas Judson

The trouble is that recent years have invigorated the mayor's brand of hyperbole politics. It pays out in spades for those willing to join the bandwagon and echo the "us versus them" chorus. Its cronies transcend party lines; its victims and resisters fade quickly from memory ("not a leader", anyone?). It is the Ford Nation creed. A new, normalized nastiness has imbued the body politic, harshly demarking who is "one of us" and who is to be cast aside. Its candidates bob in the fickle surf of prejudice or fashionable platitudes, instead of wading into their own vision or fair-minded convictions.

Ford: 'You're Never Going To Catch Me Doing Anything Illegal'

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Politics

Rob Ford wants you to know his crack-smoking “drunken stupor” days are “gone, finished.” The Toronto mayor made the familiar declaration at...

Ford Fest Draws Protesters

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - A beaming Rob Ford shook hands, posed for pictures and signed autographs as his annual "Ford Fest" drew hundreds of supporters and a handful...

John Tory Will Say Anything To Finally Win

Jamey Heath | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Jamey Heath

Mr. Ford and Mr. Tory share something else. Neither wants to work to the plan we have, preferring instead to draw new lines on maps. It's never easy to decipher what, precisely, Mr. Tory believes today, but it seems he no longer supports the Sheppard or Finch LRT's. And he certainly no longer supports the subway relief line that is the TTC's top priority, which is odd because getting it built allegedly propelled him to run.

Chow: Help Me Fire Ford

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Rob Ford was both cheered and jeered as he took part Tuesday night in his first mayoral debate since returning to office after a two-month s...

Stop Rob Ford, Don't Share This Article

Mark Friedman | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Friedman

The mayor is only relevant if people make him relevant. For every time we make a sensation about Rob Ford and his latest scandal, we give him attention that he does not deserve. His election chances were ill-served when social media went quiet, and we are now ill-served by perpetuating stories about how he is a tactless, corrupt, and bigoted embarrassment to the city.

Biblical's Nick Sewell On Rob Ford And His Ex-Toronto Mayor Dad, John Sewell

The Huffington Post Canada | Colton Eddy | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Music

Biblical are not a religious band. They are not a political band. They are a furious band, though. Sitting on a street corner where the Mod Club Th...

Toronto Is So Much More Than the Core

Mark Crowley | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Crowley

Toronto is more than Ford Nation, true, but it is also so much more than the Core. Let me tell you about my Toronto. Toronto is getting a Jamaican beef patty on a fresh portuguese bun at Eglinton and Oakwood. Toronto is getting congee rice porridge in North Scarborough. Toronto is so much more than the Core or the car-centric suburbs.