Rob Ford speaks at Ford Fest over the weekend in his first appearance since undergoing chemotherapy. John Tory has a 7 point lead over Doug Ford in the latest poll out this morning. The Gardiner Expressway has re-open. City Hall is open for business today after three-day closure due to fire. Luka Magnotta trial to begin today in Montreal.
ROB FORD SPEAKS AT FORD FEST
In his first public appearance since undergoing chemotherapy treatments, Mayor Rob Ford spoke at Ford Fest Saturday night thanking the community for their support and promising to beat cancer like he did his demons. A slightly gaunt and haggard Rob Ford is staying on message proclaiming, “Ford More Years.” Talking for the first time since undergoing chemotherapy treatments, Mayor Rob Ford spoke at Ford Fest Saturday night thanking the community for their support and promising to beat cancer like he did his demons. The mayor is now longer running for the top job but is looking to recall his old council seat in Ward 2. Global News Reporter Cindy Pom was at the event and says Ford was visibly weaker, talking much slower and speaking with a hoarse voice. The real rapturous applause was held for mayoral candidate Doug Ford who promised to continue his brother’s legacy and also took pot shots at John Tory and his campaign. The Doug Ford Campaign estimates over 11 thousand people were in attendance at Fordfest.
TORY LEADS FORD BY 7 POINTS IN LATEST POLL
Another new poll has has John Tory leading all contenders to be Toronto’s next mayor. The Mainstreet Technologies poll found Tory with 37% support, Doug Ford at 30% and Olivia Chow at 21%. 12% still say they are undecided. Among decided voters Tory still leads with 42% to 34% for Doug Ford and 24% for Olivia Chow. There are exactly 4 weeks to go until the October 27th election. All 3 leading contenders are expected to take part in a mayoral debate this afternoon. The Artsvote debate begins at noon at the TIFF Bell lightbox and will be moderated by Damian Abraham.
GARDINER EXPRESSWAY HAS RE-OPEN
The best news you can get, particularly if you’re coming in from the west this morning, is the Gardiner Expressway is back in full operation. The highway was closed over the weekend for its routine fall maintenance, causing major traffic congestion in the city .
CITY HALL OPEN FOR BUSINESS TODAY
A spokesperson has told AM640 that City Hall will be open for business on Monday morning, and that it will be running on five generators. Approximately 1,500 people were evacuated from the building when the power was knocked out Thursday afternoon, after a fire broke out in an electrical room next to a hydro vault. Hydro workers are still investigating the cause of the fire, but it did extensive damage when it burned hydro cables that connected to the building. Officials say they’ll be running on generator power for the next few weeks until they can permanently fix the damage done to the system.
LUKA MAGNOTTA TRIAL TO BEGIN TODAY
After a lengthy jury selection process, one of Canada’s most publicized criminal cases will be going to court. The trial for 32-year-old alleged murderer Luka Rocco Magnotta will begin on Monday in Montreal. Magnotta has pleaded not guilty to five charges in connection to the murder and dismemberment of international engineering student, 33 year old Jun Lin in May 2012. Judge questioned potential jurors earlier this month, and the selection was narrowed down to fourteen bilingual jurors who will hear the case. Magnotta was arrested in Berlin on June 4th, 2012. He was wanted in connection to an investigation that was launched when human remains and body parts began surfacing around Canada. The jurors and alternate jurors include: 1: Woman, auto parts analyst 2: Woman, assistant manager in a telecommunications firm 3: Man, works for a cleaning company 4: Man, web developer 5: Woman, stockbroker 6: Woman, public relations and translator 7: Man, university professor 8: Man, interpreter 9: Man, junior college professor 10: Woman, university employee 11: Man, retired financial analyst 12: Woman, call-centre employee 13: Woman, translator 14: Woman, works in administration at a butcher’s shop Alternate jurors, who will sit in if any of the first 14 are unable to do so: 15: Woman, geologist 16: Man, auditor