Newsstand: September 20, 2010




Newsstand: September 20, 2010

Illustration by Matt Daley/Torontoist.

Monday has never looked so good! Here’s all the news that’s fit to recall: Ford slays the competition, Brampton’s buses get Euro, and TIFF is no more.

There’s really no other way to say this than to just come out and say it: Rob Ford is absolutely destroying the competition in the run-up to this fall’s mayoral election. The results of a new poll released last night reveal that Ford has captured a commanding twenty-four-point lead over his closest rival, George Smitherman. Ford has gained most of the undecided voters since the time of the last Nanos poll in June, and now has the backing of 45.8% of decided voters, while Smitherman sits at 21.3%. The other major three candidates saw little change in their numbers, with Joe Pantalone at 16.8%, Rocco Rossi at 9.7%, and Sarah Thomson at 6.4%. Prognosticators say Ford’s competition’s only hope is that the always colourful councillor somehow self-implodes in the next five weeks, though, if the public’s reaction to the many controversies that have thus far plagued his campaign are any indication, that may only make him stronger.
Alleged G20 organizer Alex Hundert thought he was participating in a civil panel at Ryerson Unversity about the impact of the G20 on the progressive movement. Not so, say the Toronto Police. According to the boys in blue, he was participating in a public demonstration—a breach of his bail conditions. Hundert was arrested shortly after the panel discussion on Friday evening and taken to Toronto West Detention centre, where he awaits a hearing date.
Brampton’s transit system is going European, and they’ve even got the umlaut to prove it. Züm is the name of Brampton’s new line of buses, which include such luxurious amenities as plush seats, heated shelters, and laptop plugins. Mississauga also has upgrade plans, and will unveil their new “MiWay” buses on October 4. Züm’s designers say the glam-new buses are designed to coax suburban dwellers with three cars in the garage to ditch their vehicles and give public transit a try.
If you were standing on Grosvenor Street this past Saturday afternoon, you may have noticed a gentle sprinkling from the heavens—not of water, but of glass. A pane from the thirty-first floor of the Murano building at 37 Grosvenor Street broke this weekend, raining broken glass down onto the street below. No one knows why it broke, but the property manager says the glass is specially designed to shatter into tiny pieces to reduce the chance of injuring someone should it break. No one was injured and engineers are working to see what caused the breakage to prevent further accidents.
Every year TIFF blows into town like a hail storm of high heels and canapes, and every year it leaves just as suddenly. The coveted People’s Choice Award was given out last night, the last night of Toronto’s most glamourous two weeks of the year, and the winner was The King’s Speech. The film stars Colin Firth and chronicles King George IV’s relationship with an Australian speech pathologist who helps him overcome a serious stutter. The Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie by Canadian filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson also got a nod for People’s Choice Documentary. Our coverage of the awards ceremony is here.