TIFF People’s Choice Award Announced. Doug Ford to start campaigning today. Poll puts Rob Ford in lead in Ward 2. POLL: People split over jet expansion at Island Airport. Tickets for Pan-Am Games go on sale today.
TIFF PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD ANNOUNCED
After 14 days of glitz, glamour and road closures on King Street, TIFF has finally come to an end, closing up shop last night in Toronto. To signify the end of the festival, votes were tallied and the People’s Choice Award has been given to Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game. The film starring Benedict Cumberbatch depicts of the life of the great thinker Alan Turing, who revolutionized modern science and saved 14 million people in World War 2. Each year the film awarded People’s Choice goes on to achieve world-wide success like last year’s winner, 12 Years a Slave. Three of the past six winners at TIFF have gone on to win best picture at the Academy Awards.
DOUG FORD TO START CAMPAIGNING TODAY
It wasn’t the crack-cocaine scandal, nor the racial slurs or homophobic remarks. It wasn’t even by the hand of another political opponent. A tumour in his abdomen was the take down of world’s most infamous mayor Rob Ford had of remaining in power. After spending most of the weekend at Mount Sinai hospital by his brother’s bedside, Doug Ford says he will officially hit the campaign trail today, after entering the race for mayor just before Friday’s 2pm deadline. When the tumor was discovered in Rob Ford’s abdomen last week the Mayor decided he would run for council in Ward 2 instead of going for re-election. The younger Ford encouraged his brother to run for the city’s top job. A Forum Research poll done after Doug Ford entered the mayoral race showed he had 34% support, second to front runner John Tory with 41% support, and Olivia Chow in third with 19% support. Tory tells AM640 his strategy for the new contender will not change much. “I’ll be taking the same message to people which is, you know, isn’t it time we really brought the Ford era to an end with all the confrontation and division?You can’t get transit built, you can’t get housing money for Toronto, you can’t really do an effective job of getting jobs here for people if you’re not working with the other governments and with council,” said Tory.
POLL PUTS ROB FORD IN LEAD IN WARD 2
Even though Rob Ford remains in a Mount Sinai hospital bed awaiting test results for a biopsy on an abdominal tumour, a new poll shows he has already taken a healthy lead in the race for the Ward 2 seat. 59% of those polled in Etobicoke North over the weekend said they intend to vote for Ford on Oct. 27. Businessman and community activist Andray Domise trails in second place with 26% support.
POLL: PEOPLE SPLIT OVER JET EXPANSION AT ISLAND AIRPORT
One of the hotly discussed topics throughout this year’s mayoral campaign continues to be the whether to allow jets at the island airport and a new poll has found that residents are split over the idea. The Forum Research poll found last week that 45% approve of using jets at Billy Bishop Airport while 43% are opposed to the idea. At the city’s latest debate last night, John Tory said he’s still waiting for more answers about the proposed expansion. “I want to work with the members of Toronto City council and they voted unanimously … to get answers to the questions,” he said. Olivia Chow on the other hand said she doesn’t want to see an expansion at the island airport. “We have been very clear on where we stand on the island airport,” she said. “We don’t think there should be an expansion, we don’t believe there should be jets.”
TICKETS FOR PAN-AM GAMES GO ON SALE TODAY
Tickets for next year’s Pan Am Games, including the Cirque du Soleil opening ceremony, go on sale this morning. Fans can request tickets by going to the Toronto2015.org website beginning at 10am. If more tickets are requested than there are available, the sales will be done through a lottery system similar to what’s used at the Olympics. Roughly 75 per cent of tickets are priced at $45 or less with the games running from July 10 to 26. The Parapan Games will run from Aug. 7 to 15 and tickets will go on sale in March.
– Q New Media Editor / Chris Bundas –