Et tu, Mammo? In the news: Councillor Mammoliti leaves the mayor's executive committee; potential mayoral candidates are in the spotlight; Canada's top banker is heading to the UK; and grapefruits are out to get us.
Did you hear that Mayor (for now) Rob Ford had a big day yesterday? The resignation of one of Ford’s biggest supporters, Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West), from his executive committee had to feel like insult on top of already considerable injury. He’s resigning because of the number of calls from constituents asking him to do so, Mammoliti said—”My gut is telling me that I should be quitting because there’s a lot of work to be done in council and it’s going to take all of us to do it and we have to forget about our partisanship for the next few months and make this thing work.” Granted, bipartisanship has never been Mammo’s strong suit.
Now that the writing is on the wall for Ford’s time as mayor—pending appeal—he’s starting to find out who his real friends are. Mammoliti wasn’t the only Ford supporter to distance himself from the mayor yesterday. Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday said he’d like to have Ford’s job, should council vote in an interim mayor. Potential by-election candidates should soon start to come out of the woodwork. There’s been hope from some that MP and former councillor Olivia Chow will run in the next municipal election, and she may get her chance sooner than expected. She’d have competition though: councillors Adam Vaughn (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) and Shelley Carroll (Ward 33, Don Valley East) have both discussed their interest in the past.
The news was overshadowed by the Ford decision, but there was another big departure in Canadian politics yesterday: Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney is leaving his position to take up the equivalent position at the Bank of England. Brits were surprised at the appointment of a foreigner to the job, but Carney’s time leading this country’s bank has been well regarded.
And for some completely different news, apparently grapefruits are trying to kill us. Canadian pharmacists warn that grapefruit and its juice can interact with about 85 different drugs to cause unintentional overdose, leading to reactions as serious as sudden death. Make sure you wash those pills down with water instead, okay?