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Newsstand: April 7, 2014

More Rob Ford news, sadly: His Worship lost his temper when he was denied entry to a lounge during the Maple Leafs' Saturday game. Other news for today: Olivia Chow has ideas about child care and transit, organic black peppercorn products are being recalled, and candidates start talking Gardiner.

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Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow
has promised to extend after-school programs to more children across Toronto by increasing funding to the After-school Recreation and Care program she founded in 2005 as the City’s Children and Youth Advocate. “Right now only one out of five children has access to after-school activities,” Chow said at the ribbon-cutting for her campaign headquarters on Sunday. Her proposal involves a funding boost of $3.2 million in total, phased in over three years. Chow also discussed her transit plans for the city: her much-discussed plan to increase bus service by 10 per cent is her short-term goal; mid-range, she wants to set up a seven-stop light-rail Scarborough extension rather than the three-stop subway city council approved last year; and long-term, she wants to see a subway relief line built.

A number of organic black peppercorn products are being recalled throughout Canada due to possible salmonella contamination. Officials say no illnesses related to the products have been reported yet.

John Tory does not support longer commute times! In a recent “telephone town hall,” mayoral candidate Tory said “it is a bottom line” for him that he not contribute to lengthening voters’ commutes. And, according to him, “every single one of the solutions presented so far, every one—including tearing down the Gardiner in particular—extend or make longer people’s commute times.” Tearing down the expressway is favoured by city officials and Waterfront Toronto and appears to be the best option for transit, cyclists, pedestrians, the environment, and urban planning goals. Everyone and everything except drivers would be best served by tearing down the 2.4-kilometre stretch of the Gardiner east of Jarvis Street. Olivia Chow seems to favour a proposal first touted by mayoral candidate Karen Stintz, a hybrid between tearing down and keeping intact the stretch of the Gardiner in question. Stintz’s option was put forward by a private development company that would like to build 15 million square feet of office space in the area. Meanwhile, David Soknacki, another mayoral candidate, favours keeping the expressway up “until funded transit is available in the area.”

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  • Steveinto

    John Tory appears to be campaigning to the GTA. Wil this work, it did for RoFo. He has presented himself as Rob Ford without the reprehensible behavior.

    • Budd Nada

      I don’t know, being a con in and of itself is pretty reprehensible. Never trust a Tory.

      • OgtheDim

        Yes, because, you know, having a poltiical view point not like yours is evil.

        Ur 1 step from the Sun, but don’t even realise it.

  • Mark Dowling

    Olivia Chow 2013 = John Tory 2003
    John Tory 2013 = Rob Ford 2010

    • Sonny Yeung

      You got the wrong year bub! Olivia Chow in 2014 is running on themes that will help create jobs like the 200 who will watch 1200 kids. As well as 100plus jobs operating buses during rush hour on a few routes. She is right to try to pursue Tory voters so the Gardiner position will matter. Ford voters are irrational!

      • Mark Dowling

        Just back from vacation. Seems my brain hasn’t fully booted up yet and adjusted its onboard clock :)

  • andrew97

    “Everyone and everything except drivers would be best served by tearing down the 2.4-kilometre stretch of the Gardiner east of Jarvis Street.”

    And how many drivers are there in Toronto? Can’t be more than single digits, right?

    • dsmithhfx

      Too many.

      • Notcleverguy

        Soknacki seems to have the right approach on the issue.

        • andrew97

          It’s honestly a shame that more people aren’t taking him seriously.

          • Notcleverguy

            I’m still undecided (won’t vote for Ford), but Soknacki’s approach and platform makes more sense to me the more I learn about it.

          • dsmithhfx

            His biggest problem is no one’s heard of him.

          • TheSotSays

            Olivia Chow’s biggest problem is that everyone has.

          • dsmithhfx

            And you’re helping her to win, one stupid comment at a time. Don’t stop now!

          • Notcleverguy

            I wasn’t thinking of voting for Chow, but now I might, just to spite the annoyance.

          • TheSotSays

            Well we can’t all be as smart as you and I haven’t yet started my free Jacktivist course at Ryerson.

          • OgtheDim

            I think the bigger problem is the media focus on polling horse races.

          • dsmithhfx

            That is unlikely to change anytime soon.

    • Steveinto

      Less then everything else.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      Do they all need to take the Gardiner east of Jarvis? I thought we had a bunch of roads everywhere in the city, not just that one.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    So he’s not committed to shortening commute times, just not making them longer? What a visionary!