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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

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.


  • 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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  • vampchick21

    Translation: Hudack is still super leary about allowing a Ford brother on the PC team when it’s hard enough for the party with him as a leader.

    • dsmithhfx

      Either you’re a law-and-order party, or an everyone-makes-mistakes party…

      • vampchick21

        The ONLY good thing about Doug Ford going Provincial is that if he actually got elected he’d be a backbencher. I really can’t see Hudack giving him much in the way of public face time or responsiblities.

  • Lee Zamparo

    “I seem to be leaning that way”? Did Doug Ford just have an out of body experience?

    I shouldn’t be surprised; anyone paying attention last year could tell his mind was clearly not anywhere near his body whenever a microphone was near his mouth.

  • Selene Cusping

    Well, he’d have to resign or choose not to run as a councilor, so City Hall would be rid of Dougie. Excellent move. Hudak is a loser: I wouldn’t trust him as far as I can throw him and his ideas would just penalize anyone in need in the province, so here’s hoping Dougie’s career as an MPP is settled on election night (and Hudak’s).

    I’d like to see Olivia as mayor, I think. Haven’t decided yet, but I know she loves Toronto, she has a vision for the city AND she is pretty fiscally responsible.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      Doug has been saying for some time that he wouldn’t run again as Councillor. I think he feels City Hall is too small a fish pond for a deep thinker like himself(/sarcasm).