Chris Bundas –
Ford Fest is a go – Ford receives city permit for event. New poll shows Olivia Chow, John Tory and Rob Ford in a statistical tie in mayoral race. More flights to Tel Aviv canceled.
FORD FEST A GO
Rob Ford continued to fend off criticism about his upcoming Ford Fest event Wednesday, maintaining that the barbeque is not a part of his mayoral campaign. The city, however, sided with the Ford family and approved the permit this week. Ford told reporters the event is simply a way to give back to the community. But the word on social media indicates that Torontonians are skeptical of the mayor’s motives. “Got a robo call from RoFo last night at dinner time about his BBQ on Friday and then at the end he says “if you support me press #3″. Isn’t this campaigning!” one Facebook user wrote. This year’s event will be held in Thomson Memorial Park in Scarborough on Friday. Olivia Chow and John Tory previously accused Ford of violating municipal election rules by hosting what they believed to be a campaign event in a city park.
POLL: CHOW, TORY AND FORD TIED IN A 3-WAY MAYORAL RACE
Reports of Rob Ford’s political demise may have been a little too premature. A new poll by Forum Research has found a statistical tie in the mayoral race: Oliva Chow with 29%, John Tory with 28% and Rob Ford with 27%. Chow is down seven points from a similar poll conducted on July 2 while Tory and Ford are both up one point.
MORE FLIGHTS TO TEL AVIV CANCELLED
Air Canada has cancelled another flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv due to security concerns. The airline says Flight AC84, scheduled to leave yesterday and today’s return Flight AC85 have been cancelled. The Federal Aviation Administration also extended its ban on U.S. flights to the Israeli city. The U.S. and European aviation agencies instituted the flight ban Tuesday in response to a rocket strike that landed close to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport. Air Canada says it will continue to evaluate the situation.
MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 17
74 more coffins are expected to arrive in the Netherlands today. Recovery teams continue the grim task of transferring the victims of MH17 from Ukraine. The Boeing 777 with 298 people aboard was shot down a week ago over the nation’s east where separatist rebels are in control. 193 of the victims were Dutch citizens. The transfer of remains is expected to be completed by Friday.
FOX ON OTTAWA BUS GAINS INSTANT INTERNET FAME
A fox that snuck onto an Ottawa city bus has achieved temporary Internet fame after photos of the critter sleeping on a seat went viral. OC Transpo says the fox climbed through the open front door of an out-of-service bus parked at one of its garages and settled in for a nap. It says an employee called police, which alerted the Humane Society, but the fox eventually took off on its own. The agency joked on Twitter that the fox — whose image spread on social media within minutes — wouldn’t replace its existing mascot, OC Owl.