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Extra, Extra: Candidate Announcements, Candidate Font Explosions, and Proof of Rehab

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

  • Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak announced today that, if he becomes premier on June 12, he’s prepared to cut 100,000 public sector jobs. Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow announced today that, if she’s elected mayor on October 27, she will work to improve pedestrian safety. We are not political soothsayers, but we are willing to bet one of those announcements will go over better with civil servants.
  • For his part, mayoral candidate John Tory would like to bring more music to Toronto. Music … and also fonts. He would clearly like to bring more fonts to Toronto as well.
  • Doug Ford promised that he would be providing proof today that his brother Rob is in rehab and not hanging about in Tim Hortons and changing his clothes. He has not yet provided this proof, apparently because he has been distracted by persistent calls from the media.

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  • OgtheDim

    Hudak’s move is going to drive the public service unions into working for the Libs.

    Big strategic mistake.

    He thinks he can hive off about 5% of the electorate with this, just enough to get a majority.

    BUT, he’s going to lose more then that based on motivated voters and workers.

    Stupid stupid stupid move.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      The people who think this is a good idea are already voting Tory.

      • OgtheDim

        Yeah, and that’s the problem with the Tory brain trust.

        They are so wedded to the wedge, they don’t see that it in a game where 45-50% of the voters don’t vote, motivating some people to work against you is a bad idea.

        Then again, these are the people that have a firm belief that every particular scandal has been enough to doom the Libs. Starting with the health care tax, they have been just expecting Ontarians to agree and vote out the Libs. Doesn’t work like that.

        • TheSotSays

          10 bucks says that’s exactly the way it works.

          By the way Derpnutz, just what is it you’re wedded to?

          • dsmithhfx

            “The Dixon City Bloods, Rob Ford’s alleged go-to guys for drugs, are the scariest of the scary, suspected of ordering murders, running $2,500 pistols and machine-guns and trafficking in large amounts of cocaine.

            It’s not that we didn’t already know Ford allegedly bought his drugs from gangsters. But the latest court documents unsealed late Friday reveal the truly frightening nature of this violent Etobicoke gang that funnelled guns and narcotics from Windsor to Toronto — and allegedly counted the mayor of Toronto as a friend and customer.”

            http://www.torontosun.com/2014/05/09/mayor-rob-fords-pals-the-scariest-of-the-scary-docs-show

      • mlr81

        Do you think The Star (or the Tories? or their “brain (!) trust”) cares about public service workers? Do you think they care about you?

        You’re a credit card number (let me guess: maxed) to them.

        Pace Marshall McLuhan: there’s a war going on out there, and it isn’t between liberals and conservatives, or public and private sector workers; it’s between us and them, where ‘them’ is defined as ‘everyone who is not us,’ and ‘us’ is defined as ‘me’.

        You lose.

        • TheSotSays

          “public service workers” ???????

          I see no “service,” especially from the five or six of them trolling away here day after day after day. The ones here are simply public cheque recipients and dishonest ones at that.

          • mlr81

            When an entire generation has been told to spend $60k on uni degrees in basket-weaving and then hunt for jobs that don’t matter in middle-management for $40k/year + benies instead of going out to build something (albeit without any guarantees) like their grandfathers did, I know I don’t have to look far to find jobs in any sector that don’t matter and that don’t produce value. But you don’t see that because your brain is broken.

            I troll here to counteract the lies the Boomers told them, and that other millenials are paid shit wages to repeat: if you were going to blow $60k, you could have had a start-up. “But I don’t want to deal with all that billing!” No, of course you don’t …

            Instead, they shelled out to brand themselves as “smart” and “skilled” instead of DOING something to GET smart and/or skilled, adding to the number of plebes just like you who sit here and rage impotently about things you helped built so that you could have something outside to point and yell at and say “See! That’s why I can’t do [X]! Only overpaid public servants on the dole and Kim Kardashian can do that!”

            Go on, yell at a system that only cares about you as a producer. By which I mean consumer. Eat up, it has corn in it!

          • TheSotSays

            Your poor old arm must be a mess eh?

        • dsmithhfx

          ..

          • mlr81

            Amy Schumer can give you a better glimpse of the future of work, and you can keep your $566,000:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDk5wDBR3hA

            Hey, if they can make Grey’s Anatomy episodes where the main characters spend 11 minutes orgasming over the new X-ray machine, then I’ll bet my bottom dollar that one day the media can convince young women to put off the biological clock to get a BA so they can be middle managers at a drive-thru. “I just want to make a difference!” And you ARE, dear!

        • bobloblawbloblawblah

          What are you talking about?

    • TheSotSays

      Average government worker receives salary plus benefits of approx 18%.

      Therefore if Hudak ties a can to 100,000 flakes from the Sunshine List, the annual saving will be about $14.8billion

      • dsmithhfx

        “100,000 flakes from the Sunshine List”

        There’s not that many cops.

        • OgtheDim

          Somebody should also point out to the troll that Cops tend to vote Tory…which is another reason why they are not being touched by this idea.

          • TheSotSays

            All this talking to yourself Derp, you must have the same mother as Norman Bates.

          • TheSotSays

            Well Derp it’s Mothers Day. So are you taking the old Manchester girl out for a little “steak and pud.”

            Last year you gave her a subscription renewal to the Daily Worker and a pink cup cake that looked like Joe Stalin. That was a nice thing to do.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Firing 100,000 people is going to be great for the economy. Somehow. Don’t ask!

    • estta

      See, if you fire + re-hire those 100 000 people into slightly different roles 10 times, that’s a million jobs!

  • HotDang

    Olivia Chow’s plan to address traffic fatalities is long overdue. I’m very happy that a candidate has raised this issue.

    • TheSotSays

      There’s a common sense rule to be observed when out playing in the traffic. “Look out for Number One and don’t step in Number Two.”

      So I’m curious to know just exactly what it is you think Olivia Chow might do to improve on this.

      • HotDang

        Not habitually driving around town drunk is a good first step. Beyond that you’re welcome to read the plan for yourself.

        • TheSotSays

          Well since Chow is looking into it. maybe she can look into keeping bicycles off the sidewalk.

          Jack put himself into the hospital by riding his bike illegally on the side walk and crashing into a newspaper box. It’s a lucky thing he didn’t wipe out an old lady or a few children.

  • https://paul.kishimoto.name/ Paul Kishimoto

    Will that be 80 or 151 proof?

  • VictorianShuter

    Um… I only counted three fonts. Sure, it’s overdone, but it’s not ‘church newsletter’ bad!

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      One of them is Lobster, which is on the verge of becoming the next Papyrus. (Papyrus is the new Comic Sans.)

      • https://paul.kishimoto.name/ Paul Kishimoto

        Tory has about lost the small, but motivated, typography nerd demographic.

        • dsmithhfx

          TFFT.

        • estta

          He never, ever had us.

          • dsmithhfx

            Erik Spiekermann write in?

  • Imelda Marcos

    According to the CBC, Rob Ford was let out of rehab on May 3 to go to a general hospital b/c of medical reasons. Between then and the 7th, when he returned to rehab, he apparently used his time to phone into a City Hall meeting, chat on the phone at least twice with the Sun’s Warmington and in all likelihood it was him at the Tim Hortons, not Doug as Doug claims. Pretty busy guy and I’m now convinced that rehab will work for him! /sarcasm

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