Extra, Extra: Ford Fest Postponed, Pan Am Games Tickets, and Debating John Tory




Extra, Extra: Ford Fest Postponed, Pan Am Games Tickets, and Debating John Tory

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Trampolinist Samantha Sendel, at the one-year countdown to the Pan Am Games. Photo by Richard Rhyme, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

  • The last Ford Fest created a certain amount of controversy. The next edition, originally scheduled for this coming Friday, was poised to do so as well, after concerns were raised about the planned site for the Ford family barbecue—it’s owned by a company that’s lobbied Councillor (and now mayoral candidate) Doug Ford about developing that very land. But because of the mayor’s health issues, it’s been decided that this instalment of Ford Fest will be postponed.
  • The Pan Am Games won’t be hitting town until next July, but tickets for its various events went on sale today. Or rather, the option to request such tickets became available today—organizers will work out the level of interest sports-loving Torontonians have in each event based on the number of requests, and when that interest exceeds the number of tickets available, the tickets will be sold by way of a lottery.
  • “With Doug Ford entering the race and less than six weeks to go until election day, we have entered a new phase of the campaign,” the John Tory campaign commented in a statement. This “new phase,” at least for John Tory, appears to involve no longer attending quite so many debates—he indicated today that he would be cancelling scheduled appearances at three debates this week, in one case giving organizers less than four hours’ notice.

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