Doctors to provide and update on Rob Ford`s health at 5pm. New poll shows Tory enjoying a 14-point lead. Chow lands 4 high-profile councillors for backing. McGuinty is back as a lobbyist. Highway 404 extension to open today.
DOCTORS TO PROVIDE ROB FORD HEALTH UPDATE TODAY
Rob ford already know the results, but doctors will provide an update on his health to reporters at a 5pm news conference at Mount Sinai today; exactly one week after the mayor checked himself into hospital with abdominal pain. When arriving at hospital to visit his brother yesterday, Coun. Doug Ford was asked if test results were in, his response: “we’ll talk about that tomorrow.” Doctors have previously described the mayor’s tumor as “not small.” After a phone conversation with the mayor, Toronto Sun’s Joe Warmingtonreported Tuesday that Ford said he was “feeling pretty sick” but is continuing to make calls to constituents from his hospital bed. When asked about his health, Ford reportedly said “It’s pretty tricky right now.” Ford’s wife Renata was quoted yesterday saying the family is “trying to stay in good spirits.”
NEW POLL SHOWS TORY ENJOYING 14-POINT LEAD
A new Ipsos-Reid poll out is showing John Tory with 14-point lead. The sudden Ford swap due to Mayor Rob Ford’s health issues hasn’t pulled on too many heart strings and has done little to change the minds of voters. 596 Torontonians took part in the online poll that found 43% of respondents saying they will vote for John Tory if the election were held tomorrow. Doug Ford is sitting in second with 29% of respondents planning to vote Ford Nation and Olivia Chow jumped up to 28% following closely in third. The Ipsos-Reid poll also shows Tory’s support is particularly strong in North York (52 per cent) and Old Toronto (45 per cent). Doug Ford is standing strong in Etobicoke (40 per cent) and Scarborough (30 per cent). n a release accompanying the poll, Ipsos-Reid said the results suggest the race is now “John Tory’s to lose.”
CHOW LANDS 4 HIGH-PROFILE COUNCILLORS
Olivia Chow is hoping to sway voters and gain momentum in her bid for mayor by adding four high-profile city councillors to the list of those endorsing her. Gathered in the Junction yesterday morning, Councillors Sarah Doucette (Ward 13), Gord Perks (Ward 14), Mike Layton (Ward 19) and Joe Mihevc (Ward 21) publicly endorse Chow ahead of the Oct. 27 municipal election. Ward 20 candidate Joe Cressy and Toronto District School Board trustee candidates Ausma Malik and Marit Stiles also showed up at the event to put their support behind Chow as well. “I have support from a lot of councillors and I am very grateful that these west-end leaders are joining with me today. We can’t wait to repair the damage that the Ford brothers have done in the last four years,” Chow said to reporters.
MCGUINTY IS BACK AS A LOBBYIST
A year and a half after stepping down, Former premier Dalton McGuinty has registered as a government lobbyist. His registration indicates he will lobby for MPPs, as well as the Ministries of Education and Training, Colleges and Universities. His aim, it says, is to get Desire2Learn’s technology into more schools and postsecondary institutions. His online registration as a consultant lobbyist say he is seeking “to enhance the presence of Desire2Learn education technology in Ontario’s schools, colleges and universities,”. Desire2Learn Inc. has received $3,143,666 from government and government agencies in the current fiscal year. That includes $3,000,000 from the Ontario Ministry of Education. McGuinty left office after a strong wiff of scandal broke in February of last year. He was blamed for cancelling two gas-fired power plants in the GTA at an estimated cost of a billion dollars. It was later made public that his former chief of staff was accused of bringing in an outside information technology expert to wipe computer hard drives and therefore was the subject of a police investigation. McGuinty has repeatedly denied knowing anything about the alleged destruction of records. His former chief of staff has also denied allegations.
HIGHWAY 404 IMPROVEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY
It’s a great day for those who drive north, and quite a ways north of Toronto. The Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca will be making another announcement today about GTA highways. He’ll be joined by MPP’s for Richmond Hill, Newmarket-Aurora and Barrie at highway 404 and Green Lane at 1:30 this afternoon. It’s expected he’ll be announcing the 13km extension of Highway 404 from Green lane to Ravenshoe in Keswick. It should be ready for the drive home.
– Q New Media Editor / Chris Bundas –