John Tory has the lead in another new poll. The GTA may get a new political face-lift with polls showing Tory leading in Toronto, Steve Mahoney leading in Mississauga and Linda Jeffrey leading in Brampton. The CRTC has issued an ultimatum to Netflix and Google to hand over information about their Canadian subscribers by Thursday or their presentations will be removed from the public record. Magnotta’s Lawyer says his client is not criminally responsible for the murder of Jun Lin.
TORY LEADS ANOTHER NEW POLL
The city’s mayoral candidates have less than 4 weeks to go until election day and another new poll puts John Tory firmly ahead of his 2 rivals. The Forum Research poll has Tory with 43% support. 10 points ahead of Doug Ford who has 33% support and Olivia Chow has lost ground and sits at 20%. The survey saw Tory’s support increase 5 points from last week’s Forum poll that saw Tory at 38 % with Ford at 31% and Chow at 25%. Tory has been the frontrunner in every poll taken since July 30 and the Forum survey found that Tory leads in all six former cities which combined to form Toronto during amalgamation except North York, where Ford has the most support. Tory and Ford are locked in a dead heat in Scarborough.
MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS HAVE THE GTA SET FOR A POLITICAL FACELIFT
There could be a new political landscape across the GTA after the municipal election on October 27. A series of new polls show John Tory leading in Toronto, Steve Mahoney leading in Mississauga and Linda Jeffrey is the front runner in Brampton. The forum research polls give Tory 43% support. He’s 10 points ahead of Doug Ford who 33% support and Olivia Chow has lost ground and now sits at 20%. In Mississauga Steve Mahoney is only 4 points up on Bonnie Crombie at 40% compared to 36%. While in Brampton Linda Jeffrey is in front with 42% support while current mayor Susan Fennel has only 17%. She is tied with Brampton Councillor Josh Sanderson who is also at 17%. The news for Fennel gets worse as the same poll also found that 55% of those surveyed want her criminally charged. Brampton’s integrity commissioner found that Fennell knowingly and repeatedly broke council rules by overspending public money on work-related travel.
CRTC PUSH BACK WITH ULTIMATUM FOR NETFLIX AND GOOGLE
The CRTC has taken offense to Netflix and Google’s (which owns YouTube) refusal to hand over information about their Canadian subscribers at their hearing in Ottawa just over a week ago. The CRTC is now threatening both Netflix and Google to hand over information about their Canadian subscribers by Thursday or else the broadcasting regulator will remove their presentations from the public record and will shut them out of the policy process altogether. Essentially, this will appear on record as the companies never appearing before or offering any comments to the CRTC on how Canadians receive and pay for TV programming. The CRTC had promised both companies that the data they are requesting would confidential as all other sensitive information provided companies is treated. However, mainly Netflix still has its concerns with handing over its client data which they fear could eventually be made available to its competitors in a public interest test. During hearings on the future regulation of Canadian television, both companies argued their services should not fall under CRTC regulation, inturn forcing them to become licensed and host a quota of Canadian content and pay into a fund to produce Canadian content. Google and Netflix state they stream and produce plenty of Canadian content without the need of the CRTC’s regulation. Both companies have refused to hand over the requested information by the CTRC to support their claims.
MAGNOTTA’S LAWYER SAYS CLIENT IS NOT CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE
Luka Magnotta is schizophrenic and was not criminally responsible when he killed student Jun Lin in 2012. Magnotta has borderline personality disorder and a history of schizophrenia in his family, Magnotta’s lawyer, Luc Leclair told jurors on Monday. After a lengthy jury selection process, one of Canada’s most publicized criminal cases has begun. The trial for 32-year-old alleged murderer Luka Rocco Magnotta began on Monday in Montreal, with Magnotta pleading not guilty to five charges in connection to the murder and dismemberment of international engineering student, 33 year old Jun Lin in May 2012. Quebec Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer advised the jurors that that their job over the trial would be to determine Magnotta’s state of mind at the time of the murder as he had already admitted to committing the act. “I have to tell you, Mr. Magnotta admits the acts or the conduct underlying the five offences he’s charged with,” Cournoyer said. “Your task will be to determine whether the Crown has proven he has committed the five offences with the required state of mind for each offence.” Leclair revisited the matter as he spoke to the jurors. “Mr. Magnotta has admitted the physical acts for each of the offences,” he told them. “The other part to each charge is the mental part — so the defence will be focusing on that.” Leclair continued setting the landscape with jurors explaining Magnotta’s life, including several visits to psychiatrists and a hospitalization in a psychiatric ward in Miami. The 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.
NEW GO TERMINAL AT UNION STATION
Metrolinx will announce plans for a new GO bus terminal at Union Station later today. The provincial agency has reached an agreement that will involve moving the GO bus station to the south side of the train tracks from its current location north of the rails, between Yonge and Bay Sts. The proposal for the southern site, includes a new GO bus station and an office tower and will be connected directly with the PATH system and the rail terminal. Construction is expected to begin next year and take about three years. GO announced on Monday that it has bought a key stretch of CN rail track west of Georgetown. The purchase includes 53 kilometres west of Georgetown to Kitchener at a cost of $76-million. The province is trying to buy up as much GO track as possible to try and run electric trains every 15 minutes.