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Newsstand: November 27, 2012

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?


  • Anonymous

    So! Who’s looking forward to 6-12 more months of shenanigans and uncertainty at City Hall?

    I was kind of hoping that Ford would follow some obvious football-coach advice and take his punishment ‘like a man’, but apparently even that low level of self awareness is beyond him.

  • David Toronto

    Did anyone else notice that Denzil Minnan-Wong was notably
    absent from all the media glare yesterday?
    He was in almost all the video reports on TV in the months
    leading up to yesterday. Hmmmmm–
    I wonder what’s going on with him now. Is he planning to run for mayor?

    • Anonymous

      It’s hard not to interpret Mammoliti distancing himself from Ford in the same light. Mammo’s mayoral aspirations rise again.

      • vampchick21

        If this were the War of the Roses, Mammoliti would be one of the barons who switched sides every other month.

    • The Nexus

      Minnan-Wong has, over the past 2 years, slowly distanced himself from being akin to Rob Ford’s buddy. I think Minnan-Wong is smarter than some of the other councilors and, while still a conservative, has become “less” hard line than some of Ford’s stauncher supporters on council. This morning, Denzil was on Metro Morning with Shelley Carroll and he actually sounded 1) reasonable and 2) willing to work through this current “issue” that is enveloping City Hall. I give him props for that even if I don’t necessarily agree with his political slant. Municipal politics, in my opinion, should be free of political parties in the first place – that being said, what is “the norm” vs what “should be” are clearly two different things.

  • Anonymous

    Must have been hard for RoFo to get dressed this morning with Mammo’s (political) knife protruding from between his shoulderblades.

    • Anonymous

      Thumbtack, considering who wielded it.