Newsstand: October 26, 2010
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Newsstand: October 26, 2010

Illustration by Matt Daley/Torontoist.

Did you hear? There was an election. Many a thing changed and Hazel stayed the same.

Good morning: you’re all waking up to a stranger, rounder, and rasher Toronto. In case you missed it, or just tried to ignore it, Rob Ford is now the city’s mayor. Ford gave George Smitherman the boot with an eleven-point lead, nabbing 47% of the vote. He even got more of the vote than David Miller did in 2003 and 2006. “This victory is a clear call from the taxpayers: Enough is enough and I want respect,” said Ford. Well, apparently he’s right? Or does everyone just want a break on their car registration?
So what does the council accompanying Ford look like, you ask? Well, several faces are different than expected. The lefties took quite a hit, with names like Sandra Bussin (Ward 32, Beaches-East York) and Adrian Heaps (Ward 35, Scarborough Southwest) no longer on the map. Not to mention, a third of council will be “rookies.” Adam Giambrone’s seat (Ward 18, Davenport) went not to his assistant Kevin Beaulieu, but rather to businesswoman Ana Bailao. Voter turnout was at more than half this time around.
And in Vaughan, Maurizio Bevilacqua took down Linda Jackson. Mario Racco came in third place. Bevilacqua promised change and more transparency, releasing the names of those donating to his campaign to the Star. He raised about one hundred thousand dollars for the race. While Jackson and Racco squabbled over cleaning up City Hall, Bevilacqua mostly coasted.
And here’s something that’s tried and tested. Mississauga’s Hazel McCallion is back at it again with a double victory—holding onto her seat as mayor for a…wait for it…twelfth term with 76% of the vote, and also seeing the win of Ron Starr over Carolyn Parrish. Apparently McCallion was seen “jumping up and down with her arms in the air” after finding out about Parrish’s loss. Though she did follow that up with: “I don’t wish anyone bad luck—I’m Christian.” Oh, Hazel.
So maybe you don’t actually give a crap about the election and are looking for other news. Well, look no further. The man who shot bystander John O’Keefe outside the Brass Rail strip club was sentenced to life in prison yesterday. Edward Paredes was shooting at bouncers at the club on Yonge Street for getting the boot earlier. He is ineligible for parole for at least fifteen years.