Latest mayoral campaign blow: David Chen, who Olivia Chow backed during his Citizen’s Arrest case, is backing John Tory for mayor. Doug Ford wants to use Build Toronto as a revenue tool to build subways. Gardiner expressway to be shutdown this weekend for maintenance. Fairy-tale ending: Derek Jeter’s game winning RBI in his final game at Yankee stadium.
CITIZEN’S ARREST GROCER WHO CHOW BACKED IS BACKING TORY FOR MAYOR
In the latest blow to Chow’s campaign, Lucky Moose Food Market Owner David Chen, a Chinatown grocer who Olivia Chow boasts about helping in campaign literature has endorsed John Tory for mayor. Chen’s became notorius in 2009 after he was arrested for forcibly detaining a shoplifting suspect until police arrived on scene. “In Chinatown we still have so many problems here, like parking problem, pest problem and robbery problem,” Chen said. “We need a good mayor to run the city to make it more nice.” While a Member of Parliament for Trinity-Spadina, Chow took Chen’s cause to Ottawa in trying to open up laws around a citizen’s arrest, so property owners could detain suspects within a reasonable amount of time after an offence. On Chow’s campaign website, she lists her work for Chen as an accomplishments : “As an MP, Olivia stood up for the owner of the Lucky Moose grocery store after he was prosecuted for defending his store from thieves,” the biography states. “Her proposals gained all-party support, and were enacted by the Conservative federal government.”
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FORD EYES BUILD TORONTO FOR SUBWAY REVENUE
Keeping with his brother’s mantra of subway systems being the only way to move people around, Doug Ford announced his plan to expand Toronto’s network. Speaking from downtown on Thursday morning, the newest mayoral candidate says he would use money raised by Build Toronto to pay for some of the construction. Ford called the plan “one of the nine revenue tools” that will be used to help build further underground transit. Build, a city organization, was created to maximize revenues from the sales and development of surplus lands in Toronto. Critics have called out the plan, noting that Build Toronto lost more than $2 million in 2013, mostly due to a lack of land that could be sold, and a market that couldn’t sustain heavy development. Ford called the plan “one of the nine revenue tools” that will be used to help build further underground transit. The plan may have a hard time getting off the ground, with city documents showing that of the more than $500 million currently available from Built Toronto, $445 million has already been put towards specific projects.
GARDINER SHUT DOWN THIS WEEKEND
It happens twice a year and this is the weekend it’s time for the Gardiner Expressway’s scrub down. The entire east west artery from the Highway 427 all the way over to Carlaw is going to be shut down this weekend. Starting at midnight tonight until Monday morning, maintenance crews will clean catch basins, repair pot holes and guard rails and will inspect overhead signs.
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CITY HALL REMAINS CLOSED
It will not be business as usual at Toronto City Hall on Friday. Crews are still working to restore power in the building. It was knocked out on Thursday afternoon after a fire broke out in an electrical room next to a hydro vault. In a tweet, city officials said crews are hoping to have the lights back on somewhere between 10 and noon. Hester How Daycare, located in City Hall is closed and parents have been asked to make alternate arrangements for their kids. City workers are asked to contact their managers to make alternate work arrangements.
JETER HITS WINNING RUN IN STORYBOOK FINISH
Derek Jeter had one hell of a finish at Yankee stadium last night. The retiring short stop gave the “Big Apple” an incredible game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give New York a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Thursday night. Jeter took two trips out to shortstop, waving to the crowd each time following his final home game at Yankee Stadium. With chants from the Bronx crowd, Jeter tipped his cap and drove in three runs, saving his best for last. Jeter said he played his last game at the position, he will only serve as designated hitter in his final three games in Boston this weekend.