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Extra, Extra: Ads Against Hudak, Envelopes Full of Cash, and Scarborough Subway Plans

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  • It’s uncommon for the Ontario Provincial Police Association to launch a publicity campaign during an election, in that it has not once ever done that in its 60-year history. But, says OPPA president Jim Christie, the “divisive ‘Tea Party’ style politics that Mr. Hudak would bring to Ontario” left the group no choice but to act (by creating two 15-second ads). The OPPA claims it isn’t pro-Liberal, pro-NDP, or anti-Conservative: “Let me be clear,” Christie said. “These ads do not serve as an endorsement for the Liberals or the NDP. This also does not mean that we don’t respect and work well with many in the Conservative caucus. We just don’t want this Conservative as premier.” So the OPPA isn’t for or against any political party, then—it’s just firmly and publicly anti-Hudak.
  • If, while strolling through the streets of Toronto and/or hunting madly through the streets of Toronto for envelopes full of cash, you happen to stumble across some envelopes full of cash, you will likely have either a mysterious benefactor or the “Cash Man” Russell Oliver to thank.
  • The plans for a Scarborough subway, the plans for LRTs—these plans can be devilishly complicated things, featuring overlapping interests, competing interests, and many colourful, changeable maps. Today, Spacing published part four (“Won’t somebody think of Bombardier?“) of a five-part series investigating “the political maneuvering behind the decision to build the Scarborough subway.” Once you’ve read the first four parts, you’ll certainly have a clearer sense of just how devilishly complicated this whole business has been.

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