Mayor Rob Ford working from hospital bed. Chow rips Tory for skipping mayoral debates. Coun. Jaye Robinson backs Tory for mayor, says the Fords have been “humiliating the city on an international level.” PETA is upset with the Blue Jays. Apple releases tool to remove free U2 album.
MAYOR ROB FORD WORKING FROM HOSPITAL BED
While lying in a hospital bed, not even a tumour is stopping Mayor Rob Ford from making calls to constituents to help solve their problems. Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington spoke with Rob Ford:
CHOW RIPS TORY FOR SKIPPING DEBATE
Only one of the leading candidates to be Toronto’s next mayor showed up last night to debate over transit, again, in front of a sold out crowd at Ryerson. Olivia Chow was set to face off against John Tory; however he bailed on the debate mid-afternoon. Organizers of the Ryerson University debate were furious with Tory for backing out just hours before the event was to start. The Chow campaign released a statement criticizing Tory for the move, saying “It’s clear John Tory can’t compete with Olivia’s knowledge or her transit plan.” Chow slammed Tory’s transit plan, saying she would run away from a debate too “if I had to pass back-of-the-napkin silliness off as a real plan.” “What does he have to hide?” Chow asked. “He won’t face the TTCRiders because his (transit) plan has no improvement for 10 years plus. He also can’t defend his very risky financial scheme. “I think he’s afraid.” The Tory team issued a statement shortly after noting that Doug Ford’s entrance and the looming election date means John Tory has “extraordinary demands on his time”, and that he couldn’t accommodate all requests. Tory’s campaign announced Monday that he was dropping out of three of the four next debates. Tory is standing strong behind his decision to cancel his attendance at some upcoming debates. “I’ve debated 22 times already in the campaign, I’m here for number 23,” Tory said. “If the notice was short, I apologize for that.” When asked why he decided not to attend some debates, Tory shrugged it off, “We have our decisions to make,” he said. He disregarded Chow’s comments about being afraid of debating her. Rob Ford was originally set to take part in the debate, however recent health complications have not only forced him from debate, but from the campaign entirely. Ford’s brother Doug has instead opted to run for mayor, but declined the invite to Monday evening’s debate, citing family reasons. Tory and Chow have already laid out strong platforms when it comes to Toronto transit, with the Chow campaign pushing for more buses, a Downtown Relief subway line and expanded use of LRT, including on the SRT route. John Tory is pushing a SmartTrack line that uses existing GO Transit infrastructure, the use of some current LRT plans and a Scarborough subway. Doug Ford has yet to introduce not only a transit platform, but an overall campaign, however in his role as the mayor’s campaign manager, the subway agenda was front a centre.
COUN. JAYE ROBINSON BACKS TORY FOR MAYOR
Yesterday, Coun. Jaye Robinson formally decided to endorse mayoral candidate John Tory, stating she believes his transit plan is the best one for the city and that Tory will be able to work with others, accomplishing the most for Toronto. “The city needs to get back on track and John Tory will deliver,” Robinson told reporters at a news conference outside York Mills Station. Robinson, who represents Ward 25 (Don Valley West), said both Fords have been “humiliating the city on an international level.” “I think that the Fords take Toronto’s votes for granted,” the councillor said. “The people of this city are smart. The entire world is watching this election, and we want to send the right message internationally that we are a world-class city led by a professional, constructive, productive individual like John Tory.” Robinson is the second councillor to officially endorse Tory. Coun. John Fillion endorsed Tory back in August. Tory hinted to reporters that many more councillors will eventually come out and endorse him. Tory was gracious, welcoming Robinson’s praise and complemented her as being a respected city councillor. Tory also used this platform to take another shot at mayoral rival Doug Ford, who on Friday registered to run for mayor in place of his hospitalized brother. “I just happen to believe that Doug Ford represents more of the same… and possibly worse in terms of this combativeness, this divisiveness, this picking fights with people.”
PETA UPSET OVER BLUE JAYS PHOTO-OP
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has sent a letter to the Toronto Blue Jays, slamming the team for a locker room photo op in which players took photos with lion and tiger cubs. The animals were provided by the Bowmanville Zoo and several players posted photos with them to their Twitter and Instagram accounts. “There’s nothing sporting about subjecting a terrified baby animal to excessive handling in a noisy, unfamiliar locker room,” said PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders is a statement Monday. PETA claims that cubs like the ones brought to the locker room are taken from their mothers and spend their lives in cages. There is no response yet from Blue Jays officials.
APPLE LAUNCHES TOOL TO REMOVE FREE U2 ALBUM
Apple has now made a move to start helping people get rid of the free U2 album “Songs Of Innonce” from their iTunes accounts, after a boat load of complaints from people expressing their disinterest and displease in the automatic download. The free gift was unwelcome by many iTunes users who to took to social media to complain about lost iPhone storage space due to an album they didn’t want and couldn’t figure out how to delete. “If you would like U2′s Songs of Innocence’ removed from your iTunes music library and iTunes purchases, you can choose to have it removed,” Apple said at a launched its SOI Removal web page that allows people to delete the album with one click. Apple warned that once “Songs of Innocence” was removed, it could not be gotten back free of charge. “I managed to delete U2 off my iPhone. It’s a beautiful day,” one Twitter user said in a message playing off a verse from one of the band’s hit songs. The digital album was made available free to anyone who has, or opens, an iTunes account by October 13.
– Q New Media Editor / Chris Bundas –