“He understands that his job is to keep Toronto running well and doesn’t aspire to representing Toronto on the world stage or areas that are the rightful purview of the provincial and federal government such as youth unemployment.” That is just one of the 10 reasons J. Watkins gives for supporting Rob Ford in the upcoming municipal election. (There may also be a commendatory mention of the mayor’s “simple common sense approach to city government.”)
WHAT: A controversial new art project in the York neighbourhood of Mt. Dennis. The installation is called Nyctophilia—”love of the night”—and features 36 streetlamps of various colours mounted to 10 utility poles. The public did not take kindly to the project, which cost $250,000 all told, when the poles were being erected last month. But designers Christian Giroux and Daniel Young say the gentle glow of the LED lights has changed people’s attitudes somewhat: “I was photographing it the other night, and I saw about 10 people actually stop their car to get a photo of it,” Young told the Toronto Star in an interview. “There’s a romanticism about coloured lights in the city.”
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The selection process for a new Toronto police chief should not begin until the municipal election is over, argues mayoral candidate David Soknacki in a press release. Yesterday, the Toronto Police Services Board indicated that it would not be moving to renew current chief Bill Blair’s contract, and that it would now begin to take “the necessary steps” to choose his successor—but Soknacki claims that moving forward now, with only 88 days remaining before the election, would be both problematic and premature.