Doug Ford tackles heated first debate. Mayor Rob Ford released from hospital, resting at home. Ontario pumps $74 million more into Pan Am Games. TTC adds Wi-Fi to another subway station. Tim Hortons Walk Thru: A residential home in a suburban neighbourhood turned into a fully operational Tim Hortons.
DOUG FORD TACKLES HEATED FIRST DEBATE
John Tory and Olivia Chow are getting their first crack at the older Ford brother. In his first mayoral debate Doug Ford is sticking to the Ford script. In his first comments he told the rowdy crowd that he is “the only candidate that’s proposing rapid underground transit and that is subways. Subways, subways, subways.” Soon after the opening comments a heckler had to be escorted out of the auditorium by police at York Memorial Collegiate Institute. When the loud and lively debate got going again candidates were asked about several city issues including transit, youth violence, and the pride parade. When asked whether they would march in the parade as mayor, Tory and Chow said they would. Doug Ford said that he believes in equal rights and has been to the parade in the past and would go again. However, Ford did not commit to actually marching in the parade. Mayor Rob Ford has never marched in the pride parade.
(Top Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)
MAYOR ROB FORD RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
Mayor Rob Ford has been released from Mount Sinai hospital after undergoing his first round of chemotherapy. A statement was released by the Mayor’s office Tuesday afternoon. It says Ford “has returned home, and is resting with his family at this time.” The statement says the “Mayor would like to thank the staff at both Humber River Hospital, and at Mount Sinai, for the exceptional level of care that he received while at both facilities.” He also thanked those Torontonians that have passed along their well wishes to him as he battles a rare form of cancer called liposarcoma. The mayor will spend about two weeks recuperating at home, then he’ll go back to hospital for another three day round of chemo. Once the second round of chemo is complete, doctors will examine how a tumor in his abdomen has responded to the treatment.
Statement from the Office of the Mayor:
“This afternoon, Mayor Ford was released from inpatient care at Mount Sinai hospital in Toronto. He has returned home, and is resting with his family at this time.
The Mayor would like to thank the staff at both Humber River Hospital, and at Mount Sinai, for the exceptional level of care that he received while at both facilities.
He would also like to thank the media for respecting both his privacy, and that of his family during this very difficult time. He would also ask that they continue to do so.
Most of all, Mayor Ford would like to express his gratitude for the overwhelming outpouring of support from the people of Toronto. He wishes other families who are suffering from similar circumstances all the best in their ongoing battles.”
ONTARIO PUMPS $74 MILLION MORE INTO PAN AM GAMES
Confident in saying this is the last time they’ll reach into their pockets; the Liberal government is sinking another $74 million into the 2015 Pan Am Games. The organizing committee for the games next summer, which are expected to cost $2.57 billion, asked for the money as they finalize transportation, security and the athletes’ village. The committee is expecting sponsorship revenue to be $25 million off target and needs $49 million for things such as live broadcasts of some events, expanding the torch relay, more ambulances and more satellite villages to reduce travel time for athletes. The money will also go to staffing where there won’t be enough volunteers and for heightened security.
TTC WI-FI EXPANSION CONTINUES
Commuters heading underground will be able to look up the latest score, or find out what’s delaying their train. The TTC has announced that Wi-Fi service is now available at College station, adding to the service that’s been installed at Bloor-Yonge, St. George, Bay and Wellesley stations. Crews are currently working to have Dundas and Union stations hooked up, with the entire downtown loop to be online by the 2015 PanAm Games. Customers can click on the TCONNECT button and access the service free of charge. The entire underground network is expected to have internet capability by 2017.
TIM HORTONS WALK THRU: CALGARY HOME TURNED INTO A TIM HORTONS
Tim Hortons surprised an Oakridge neigbourhood by providing coffee IN the house, yes, literally in the house. The southwestern Calgary community woke up to find a local home fully transformed into a Tim Hortons store. “Yesterday it was a house, today it is a Tim Hortons, an operating restaurant,” said Doug Gunn, director of marketing for Tim Hortons, to Alberta reporters. The transformation of the house began on Sunday, but it wasn’t until Tuesday morning, complete with the neon Tim Hortons sign over the garage, did people realize what had been going on. The pop-up coffee shop also featured a front counter and donut display case, as well as tables and chair for those who prefer to dine-in. The event — which lasted from 6 a.m. to noon — was a fun way to attract new hires for the company that’s looking to fill 2,000 positions across the province, Gunn explained. Gunn was pleased to say the response from the community has been “amazing.” “People have been coming in, asking if we can go to their neighbourhood next time.”