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Extra, Extra: Olivia Chow Denies Being Offered a Job, Doug Ford Might Want a New Job, and Canadian Authors Make Resolutions

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  • Trinity-Spadina MP Olivia Chow has not been offered the position of lieutenant governor of Ontario. The reason she took to Twitter today to insist she had not been offered this post is that TV Ontario’s Steve Paikin reported this morning that he’d been told Prime Minister Stephen Harper had, in fact, approached her about it. “Could Stephen Harper do something to help his ideological soul mate, Rob Ford?” asks Paikin. “The answer is, absolutely yes. One of the things he could do is remove the front runner from the race, at least, the front runner according to recent polls.”
  • Doug Ford, on the other hand, was all about extremely strong hints rather than denials today: “I’m considering running provincially,” he said. “I haven’t announced it yet, but I seem to be leaning that way.” He provided no insight, though, into how much apparent leaning must take place before he’s prepared to make a firm decision.
  • Read a whole book; embrace the irreverent; “watch less reality TV about giant snakes being found in people’s toilets.” Those are just some of the resolutions Canadian authors (Torontoist‘s own Natalie Zina Walschots among them) are taking with them into this new year.

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