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Extra, Extra: Doug Ford’s Ambitions, Electoral Maps, and Petition Supporting the Women Affected by Jian Ghomeshi

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

  • Those of you mourning the end of the mayoral campaign will be glad to hear there might be another contest on the horizon involving one of the municipal election’s central figures. “I can honestly say I wouldn’t rule that out right now,” commented Doug Ford on the possibility of making a bid for the Ontario Conservative Party leadership. Some Tories appear to be welcoming the prospect, believing he’d have a “real shot” at winning—others are less enthusiastic: one source asked “Are you [deleted] kidding me?” and one member of the legislature said simply, “Doug Ford? Oh my God.”
  • Keep reading: Extra, Extra: Doug Ford’s Ambitions, Electoral Maps, and Petition Supporting the Women Affected by Jian Ghomeshi

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Newsstand: October 30, 2014

Halloween is tomorrow―this means only one more day of having to suffer through that annoying Village People–themed Value Village radio commercial. We may not have costumes, but we sure do have some news for you: The provincial government aims to cap executive salaries at public sector agencies, a Trailer Park Boys actress accuses Jian Ghomeshi of sexual violence, paramedics concerned over lack of Ebola preparedness training are ordered back to work, and a woman is seriously injured after falling onto the 401.

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Extra, Extra: Hefty Fines for Illegal Signs, Toronto in Four Maps, and the City’s First “Street Store”

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

  • It’s been a rough week for Doug Ford. First he lost the mayoral election. Now it looks as if he’s going to lose some money too. CP24 reports that Ford is facing an $11,950 fine over illegally placed mayoral campaign signs. Candidates are charged $25 for each election sign found to violate City rules—including any signs placed along the Don Valley Parkway or Gardiner Expressway, on civic buildings, and in parks. City staff removed 478 “Ford for Mayor” signs over the course of the campaign. Meanwhile, just 119 of John Tory’s signs were removed (he faces a $2,975 fine) and 96 of Olivia Chow’s (she’s on the hook for $2,400).
  • Keep reading: Extra, Extra: Hefty Fines for Illegal Signs, Toronto in Four Maps, and the City’s First “Street Store”

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Extra, Extra: Royal York to Be Sold, a Big Win for Polls, and David Soknacki to Join Team Tory

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

  • An ownership shuffle is afoot at Toronto’s historic Royal York Hotel. According to the Toronto Star, real estate company KingSett will nab a 60 per cent interest in the hotel, worth just over $110 million. Meanwhile, the similarly unfortunately named InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust will acquire a 20 per cent stake for nearly $40 million. That leaves 20 per cent for the hotel’s current owner, provincial pension fund company Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. The deal is set to close in January, after which the new owners will invest millions of dollars in renovations to the 85-year-old hotel. Fairmont will continue to operate the Royal York, which has been on the market since May 2014.
  • Keep reading: Extra, Extra: Royal York to Be Sold, a Big Win for Polls, and David Soknacki to Join Team Tory

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Newsstand: October 27, 2014

Finally, the day of reckoning has arrived. Our patience has been rewarded, and by this time tomorrow we will have a new mayor, new city council, and nearly four merciful years without municipal campaigning. That alone is a victory. In the news today: CBC has fired Jian Ghomeshi and he claims it's because of his sexual predilections, Doug Ford discloses his donations, and CityNews called the election (last night) for John Tory.

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Weekend Newsstand: October 25, 2014

Election, election, election. It's happening Monday and it's probably all you'll hear about until it's over. (You may well hear about it for a while after, but let's pretend while we can that Monday will be the end.) In the news: Cycle Toronto has a plan for the city's biking future, a supporter of Brampton mayor Susan Fennell threw coffee at a reporter, and what the school board elections are all about.

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Newsstand: October 23, 2014

Sometimes, you just have to get right to it. In the news: Parliament will sit today in the wake of the Ottawa shootings, Bill Blair says there is no credible threat of a similar attack in Toronto, Queen’s Park holds a moment of silence to honour the fallen soldier in Ottawa, Doug Ford shares his views on what needs to be done to keep the nation safe, and the identity of the killed soldier is confirmed to be Corporal Nathan Cirillo.

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Newsstand: October 22, 2014

Apparently, a Niagara-on-the-Lake hotel has the greatest restroom in Canada. The porcelain thrones at Shaw Club Hotel and Spa are described as a convergence of “style and radiance.” Given that a public lavatory in Toronto that offers a convergence of functioning plumbing and tolerable odour is a pretty big coup, what would rate as our fine city’s top public potty? In the news: Malala Yousafzai will be made an honorary Canadian citizen, the TDSB has a $3-billion repair backlog, the El Mocambo sign goes up for auction, and Doug Ford meets Michael Dunbar Jr.

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Newsstand: October 21, 2014

A surfer in Hawaii punched a tiger shark who came close to attacking his three sons while they were surfing together over the weekend. That is definitely worth a “#1 Dad” mug. In the news: questionable billboards in Ward 9, nearly half of Torontonians would be willing to pay higher user fees for better recreation services, more than 5,000 Pan Am Games security jobs for students, and fall road closures.

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