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Newsstand: June 26, 2012

Good morning, and welcome to the first day of the rest of your lives! Just kidding, that's a horrible thing to say. In the news: Former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader John Tory might take another stab at the Toronto mayoral race; the Ontario government will announce today its plans for revitalizing Ontario Place; Mayor Rob Ford's director of logistics and operations David Price supposedly used to call the mayor's radio show on the reg'; and central Toronto and Mississauga-Halton area folks like to drink a bunch.

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Word on the street (and also in the established newspapers) is that former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader and once would-be Toronto mayor John Tory, is considering giving it another go in the upcoming mayoral race. Myer Siemiatycki, a professor of politics at Ryerson University, speculated that Tory, if he ran, would likely position himself as a centrist candidate, taking votes from the right-leaning Rob Ford and any popular left-leaning candidates that decide to run [cough, Olivia Chow, Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina)].

If you’ve been jonesing for Ontario Place, today is a good day for you. This morning, the provincial government is set to announce what’s in store for the the amusement park, which has been partially closed for more than a year due to a drop in the number of visitors it attracts.

Mayor Rob Ford’s director of logistics and operations and longtime family friend David Price, supposedly called the mayor’s weekly radio show at least six times before joining his staff this past April. Apparently, Price made on-air jabs at leftie Toronto politicians like former mayor David Miller, and never identified himself by full name. Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) says he told Price to stop as soon as he learned of the occurrence.

And lastly, in drinking news, a new Statistics Canada report finds that, in the central Toronto and Mississauga-Halton areas in particular, people like their booze; in both places, 19.3 per cent of the population reported having more than five drinks at least once a month. To be clear, that’s five drinks in one sitting at least once per month, not five drinks over the course of one month. And if that sounds negligible to you, or just judgey, take it up with StatsCan. Or, y’know, go back to sleep, because you’re in undergrad.

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  • vampchick21

    John Tory is a right leaning candidate I could actually vote for and be satisfied if he wins. I hope he does run!

    • Winkee

      The friendly face of neoliberalism light, just what the oligarchy is hoping for.

      • vampchick21

        Huh?

      • OgtheDim

        I get the feeling you could get into a nice long discussion about the Family Compact myth.

  • OgtheDim

    Are we sure the wording was 5 drinks at a sitting?

  • OgtheDim

    Nah, Ford’s base is only about 10%. 2 out of 3 supporters would leave him for a credible sane right of centre candidate.

  • Astin44

    5 drinks at one sitting? I call that Friday night. Unless it resets when I get up to use the washroom.

  • vampchick21

    So “Dave from Scarborough” called into the Sun to complain about the headline about him calling into the show under quasi-assumed names, refused to identify himself. He then got suspended for a week without pay for doing it. Yeah, this one isn’t the brightest crayon in the Ford box, and that’s saying A LOT.

    • dsmithhfx

      I wonder if he’ll phone in on Sunday.

      • vampchick21

        Excuse me, I was having a private conversation with my mayor under the guise of Chad Sexington. Do you mind?

    • istoronto

      Suspended for a week for getting caught lying. He probably is on the pay roll and gets a bonus for not getting caught.

      • vampchick21

        Well, considering that he’s director of operations and logistics, I’d say yes, he is on the payroll. ;)

        • dsmithhfx

          As the Sun reminds us, the tax-payers’ dime.

          • vampchick21

            Have they ever used that phrasing before when talking about Ford’s staff?

          • dsmithhfx

            I dunno, not a regular reader. ;-)

  • OgtheDim

    Yeah, he said it didn’t exist but the structure needed to change…or words to that affect from a liberal 1840′s type.

    Historians are not buying the Family Compact anymore. I could get into the whole bit about how loony Mackenzie was and his creation of that myth as a means of debt avoidance, but that would be a bit off topic.
    Regardless, I don’t see a politicized class here in Toronto. There are groups of like mindedness. But life is now too disparate for people to always think alike.

    • vampchick21

      Slightly off topic, but could you direct me to anything that’s been written/published regarding this new view on the Family Compact? I ask because I’d love to take a look at it, my ancestors were tied up in the 1837 rebellion and WLMK and a fresh outlook is always interesting.

      • OgtheDim

        Hmm……Historiography is having issues dealing with the rise of wikipedia, the certainty of internet discussions, and the desire for systemic truth. Most of the historiography readily available comes from the 80′s. Bits and pieces can be found from Canadian History A Readers Guide

        • vampchick21

          Ok, I’ll check there, thanks. Hopefully it can lead me in the right direction to verify or refute certain family stories.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    Certainly there is a lot of begging going on behind closed doors: a lot of conservative party insiders want Tory to run because Ford can’t seem to stay out of trouble. If I recall correctly Tory didn’t run in 2010 because his wife was against it. Even with everyone urging him to run there are other factors — Stintz is likely running, so she’d split that right vote too. Any way you slice it Olivia Chow wins if she runs, unless there are other strong center left candidates. Tory may choose not to run simply because he wouldn’t win. Of course, the election is over a year away so all of this speculation.

    • dsmithhfx

      “If I recall correctly Tory didn’t run in 2010 because his wife was against it.”

      Nick Kouvalis took credit for keeping him out: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2010/11/05/did_ford_campaigns_tricks_knock_tory_out.html

      • bobloblawbloblawblah

        Yes. I’d forgotten all about how Kouvalis claimed to have kept Tory out of the race. I had read somewhere that Tory’s wife didn’t want him running in yet another election so she’s probably going to be against it now and Tory isn’t going to run if he isn’t sure he has a very good chance of winning.

        But this is interesting. From your link to the Star article:

        “The Rob Ford campaign had one of its members anonymously call John Tory’s radio show and bait him about his integrity”

        I wonder if it was “Dave from Scarborough” who called Tory? ;-)