Illustration by Matt Daley/Torontoist.
Back to the weekday: fires still suck when they stop burning, polls weigh in on election, and cattle become casualties.
The fire that caused the evacuation of about seventeen hundred people last month is still screwing them over. Tenants of the Wellesley Street building will likely have to wait three months before moving home. Some will be let back within the next five weeks. They do get exempt from the November rent though, so it’s probably all worth it.
Later this morning, the Rob Ford camp will be announcing councillor Doug Holyday’s (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre) endorsement. The Ford mobile has been after the veteran right wing councillor for some time, and he agreed in the end, to stop George Smitherman’s “furious” spending plans. “I think Rob needs help,” said Holyday…in a quote taken out of context. Many would agree.
Despite the support, all the anti-Ford talk seems to be paying off. George Smitherman has finally caught up to Rob Ford in the polls. According to one Star-Citytv poll, the two front-runners in the mayoral election are now neck and neck. The survey of 1,001 Torontonians resulted in Ford with 41% and Smitherman with 40%, which once you account for the margin of error, puts the two at a tie. Joe Pantalone still hangs back at third place with 16%.
And speaking of that distant third, what will happen when he finally decides to drop out? Well according to yes, another poll, once Pantalone calls it quits, his leftover supporters will determine the winner. In a Nanos poll from last week, more than half of Pantalone pushers named Smitherman as a second choice, while only 15% picked Ford, all of which could render Pantalone the “kingmaker“…it sounds more prestigious than it really is.
In case you missed it, farm animals are taking a severe hit lately. The eighty-one pigs that died on the highway weren’t enough, so on the weekend a truck carrying a load of cattle also rolled over on the highway. This accident only had about twenty casualties, but when you compare the size of a cow and a pig, the volume of wasted meat probably comes down to the same thing. Although maybe a car accident is a better way out than getting slaughtered. Among other faux pas, the truck driver has now been charged with careless driving, driving a vehicle with defective brakes, and driving for more than thirteen hours a day.