Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with “rare, aggressive” cancer. Toronto’s reaction to news of Rob Ford’s cancer. Show producers say that Rob Ford The Musical will still open tonight despite news of Rob Ford’s health. Polls are now open in Scotland for historical independence vote. AM640 EXCLUSIVE interview with U2 THIS AFTERNOON amid iTunes controversy.
MAYOR ROB FORD DIAGNOSED WITH “RARE, AGGRESSIVE” CANCER
Hospital officials at Mt. Sinai say a tumor in Mayor Rob Ford’s abdomen is malignant liposarcoma, a rare type of cancer that grows in fat cells. The tumour found in Ford’s abdomen measures about 12cm by 12cm. The cause of this type of cancer isn’t known. Dr. Zane Cohen, who is the physician overseeing Mayor Rob Ford’s care says this is a rare cancer, making up only about 1% of all cancers. Cohen could not give an estimate for the survival rate of this type of cancer, but did say Ford’s doctors were optimistic about his prognosis. Doctor Cohen says they are planning a treatment plan that consists of chemotherapy for three days followed by an 18 day washout period. They will repeat that treatment cycle, and once two rounds are complete they will reassess the tumor with imaging. Doctors say they will wait to see how the tumor responds to chemo and that there may or may not be a need for radiation or surgery. Ford has been in hospital for a week now, after being admitted for stomach pains, later being transferred downtown for more comprehensive care. Contrary to earlier media reports, Dr. Cohen says they have not performed a biopsy on Ford’s chest. He says a small nodule on Ford’s buttock was part of the same tumor. Dr. Cohen told the media that the medical team is optimistic as they begin the mayor’s treatment. He says liposarcoma is a type of cancer that is more sensitive to chemotherapy. Several members of the Ford family have been seen coming and going from the hospital, with Ford’s wife Renata telling reporters “we have a lot of faith in doctors, and a lot of faith in God.”
TORONTO REACTS TO NEWS OF ROB FORD’S CANCER
Officials at Mt. Sinai hospital confirmed yesterday that Mayor Rob Ford does have a rare form of cancer. As the tragic news broke, support from across the city began pouring in for the Mayor. Both Ford’s political rivals — John Tory and Olivia Chow — were first to express their sorrows, holding press conferences immediately after the breaking news. Both candidates offered their support and prayers to Ford and his family, commenting on the strength Ford has shown in the past. Both Chow and Tory hope Ford makes a full recovery and is able to fight for his council seat in the upcoming election.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has also released an official statement on the news:
“I was deeply saddened today to learn that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been diagnosed with a rare type of cancer and that he will have to undergo chemotherapy.”
“The thoughts and prayers of all Canadians are with Mr. Ford and his family at this difficult time.”
“We wish him a speedy and complete recovery and are certain that he will take on this fight with all of his characteristic tenacity and energy.”
Former Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday joined the Bill Carroll show yesterday, also expressing his well wishes to Ford and his family but hopeful that the type of cancer Rob is suffering from is something that is treatable. A complete statemnet has also been released from Rob’s Brother Doug:
ROB FORD THE MUSICAL STILL ON TONIGHT DESPITE CANCER DIAGNOSIS
Rob Ford the Musical: Birth of a Ford Nation will open tonight as planned, despite the shocking news of Rob Ford’s cancer diagnosis. “The show must go on, and the show will go on,” said Brett McCaig, the show’s writer and producer. However, McCaig says they have canceled tonight’s party and red carpet, and will also “dim the marquee” as a sign of respect for Ford’s diagnoses of malignant liposarcoma. Furthermore, the production will collect donations for the Canadian cancer society at each viewing. “We did make some alterations to the show. We addressed the situation that is happening now, in a very small way, and we changed the ending,” McCaig said. The show’s producer was pleased to share that Tuesday’s preview of Rob Ford the Musical was warmly received by the audience and that its upcoming run is mostly sold out. Rob Ford the Musical opens tonight, with shows running through September 28.
POLLS NOW OPEN IN SCOTLAND FOR HISTORIC INDEPENDENCE VOTE
It’s a massive day for Scots around the world who will anxiously be awaiting the results of today’s Independence vote. Polls have already opened across Scotland for this historic referendum which could result in Scots declaring their independence from the United Kingdom. With 97 percent of those eligible to vote having registered, it’s expected to be a nail-biter for all. A phone poll released Wednesday by Ipsos MORI showed out of 1,373 people, 51% opposed independence versus 49% supporting it. Given the margin of error, neither side is feeling too confident in a vote going their way. Polls close at 10pm in Scotland which means we should find out if they have decided to separate from the UK around 5pm ET.
CORUS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH U2
When U2 woke up last Tuesday morning, I doubt they expected the backlash of hate and criticism they been receiving daily for the past week, over their free iTunes album “Songs of Innocence.” It just so happens that Alan Cross from our brother station 102.1 the edge has secured an exclusive interview with U2 today at 2:30pm. Now, this is a huge deal considering all of the controversy over the last week, thanks to said forced, free iTunes album “Songs of Innocence.” This will be the first time U2 comments on the controversy and it very well may be the only Canadian, perhaps even the only North American interview they do. Alan Cross will be on our brother station, the edge at 3:15pm today with interview highlights and then join Jeff Mcarthur on our other brother station, AM640 at 3:30pm with more from his U2 interview. As part of the new iPhone 6 and iWatch marketing campaign, U2 accepted Apple’s deal worth a reported $100 million to offer up their latest album for free to its half a billion iTunes users. Most however, did not appreciate the U2 giveaway. A week later, after numerous cries different across social media platforms, Apple 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 –