John Tory leads in two latest mayoral polls. Mayor Rob Ford could be out of hospital today. Doug Ford set to participate in first debate of campaign tonight. Toronto Police officers could be wearing cameras by years end. Ontario Universities see enrollment hit a 15 year low.
JOHN TORY LEADS IN TWO LATEST POLLS
A couple of new polls in the mayoral election both paint a similar picture. Both polls put John Tory in the lead with the Forum research poll giving him a modest 7 point lead over Doug Ford and a Nanos poll giving him a 22 point lead. The Forum poll found Tory had 38% with Doug Ford in second at 31% Olivia Chow trails in third at 25%. The Nanos Poll has Tory in front with 49%, Doug Ford is in second with 27% and Olivia Chow is third with 24%. The forum poll has Tory with the same 7 point lead he had last week when Doug Ford entered the race but with lower overall numbers. Olivia Chow has gained ground since the last Forum poll, improving by six points to 25%.
MAYOR ROB FORD COULD BE OUT OF HOSPITAL TODAY
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may be able to leave the hospital today. He will be checked over by his team of doctors who will decide whether and when he can be discharged. Ford has finished his first round of chemotherapy to treat a rare form of cancer called liposarcoma. He begins a 18 day rest period, prior to starting a second round of chemotherapy. Doug Ford predicted his brother would most likely be released from Mount Sinai hospital today. “It is up to the doctors but more than likely (Tuesday),” Doug Ford told the Toronto Sun on Monday. Doug his been visiting the hospital every day, keeping tabs on the city’s ill mayor. “He’s not doing well. When you go through your three bouts of chemo it is tough. It is brutal.” Ford said.
DOUG FORD SET TO PARTICIPATE IN FIRST DEBATE TONIGHT
Doug Ford wasn’t quite ready yesterday to participate with John Tory and Olivia Chow at a debate held at the Ryerson Student Centre. The debate focused on how to improve accessibility in the city for individuals living with disabilities. Olivia Chow preached that she intends to create 15,000 units of affordable housing by asking developers to make 20 per cent of units in the buildings affordable. Tory’s plan focused on making existing affordable housing more accessible. “There is no reason whatsoever when we are repairing extensive numbers of buildings that have fallen into poor repair that we can’t make sure a clear targeted percentage of those units are made more accessible,” Tory said. Prior to the debate, Tory received another endorsement from Ward 41 Counillor Chin Lee. As for today, Doug Ford will be looking to cut the gap between him and John Tory in the latest polls as he’s expected to take part in his first debate tonight. Doug only began campaigning this weekend after entering the race just before the deadline. Tonight’s debate will be hosted by the York South-Weston community associations at York-Memorial Collegiate at 7:30.
TORONTO POLICE COULD BE WEARING CAMERAS BY YEARS END
Toronto police officers could be wearing cameras by the end of the year. The force will launch a one year pilot project that will see 100 officers wearing the body worn cameras. The details of the deal are still being finalized including when and where the cameras will be worn and what the final price tag will be. The plan as of now would be to have Toronto’s finest equipped with the wearables by mid December. The pilot comes after numerous reports and recommendations suggesting that the cameras could improve accountability and reduce the use of force by officers.
ONTARIO UNIVERSITY ENROLLMENT DOWN
Ontario’s University enrollment is down for the first time in 15 years. The figures are from the central application centres in Guelph and found that 2.9 per cent per cent fewer high school grads enrolled at universities and 3.5 per cent fewer at community colleges. The stats come just as the province is set to fund up to three new satellite campuses. Experts had been predicting a decline in enrollment as the last of the baby boomers’ kids finish their post-secondary education.
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