Another day, another mayoral debate, and Torontoist was liveblogging it from University of Toronto’s Hart House (See the Star’s non-liveblogging take, as well). Kevin Clark crashed the debate, Pitfield wants to drop the voting age to 16, and all of the candidates debating agreed that landed immigrants should be allowed to vote in municipal elections.
Porter Airlines had an uneventful first day of business. According to various reports, the flights had lots of room available, and around 30 protesters showed up on the first day.
Locally, a demolition company was fined $200,000 for failing to inspect the roof prior to taking down the Uptown theatre. The oversight killed one man and injured 17 others. Individual lawsuits are still pending. Elsewhere, Enron CEO Jeff Skilling was sentenced to 24 years in prison. [For the curious, check out this incredible archive of all of the 200,000 e-mails back and forth between Enron executives recently released to the public—Ed.]
The Fraser Institute has released their annual rating of hospital wait-times (between referral and treatment) in Canada, and Ontario is the best in the list, with an average of 14.9 weeks. The national average was 17.8 weeks.
Harley Walker, 72, is missing and may have met with foul play after meeting with David K. Reid, 46, of Mississauga, in an online chatroom. The Toronto Police Homicide Squad is currently working with the OPP to find the suspect.
Toronto’s World’s Fair bid for Expo 2015 is in danger of falling apart, with the provincial government unwilling to be on the hook for any cost overruns. With Ontario low on cash reserves, they’re currently offering to help negotiations with the federal government instead.
A Dove commercial on YouTube titled “Dove Evolution” has been making the rounds. The spot was created by Toronto ad firm Ogilvy & Mather.