Tory still leads mayoral race according to new Forum Research poll out this morning. Toronto sees highest ever voter turnout on 1st day of advance polls. Health minister says Ontario is prepared for the Ebola virus. Environment Canada has issued a fog advisory for most of the GTA. K.C. Royals advance to the World Series after ALCS sweep.
TORY STILL LEADS MAYORAL RACE ACCORDING TO NEW POLL
With the municipal election just over 1 week away, another new Forum Research poll out this morning has Tory still leading the mayoral race. The latest poll has John Tory in front with 39% support. Doug Ford is second with 33% and Olivia Chow remains in third, 10 points back with 23%.That reestablishes Tory as the clear frontrunner after a Forum poll last week showed Doug Ford had closed the gap to just 2 points. However, Tory’s approval rating has slipped by 11 points in the past month down to 55% as both Ford and Chow attack his Smart-Track Plan.
TORONTO SEES HIGHEST EVER VOTER TURNOUT ON 1ST DAY OF ADVANCE POLLS
A record number of Torontonians cast their ballot in advance polls on Tuesday. The city has released figures from day 1 of the advanced vote, saying 28.046 electors dropped their ballot in one of the 45 boxes around the city. In 2010, the overall number of people who cast an early ballot during the weekday polling hours sat at 16,000. Fast forward to 2014, and Toronto could be ready for a record breaking election. The one-day figure is roughly one-third of the entire early voting turnout, which clocked in a 77.000. Ward 5 (Etobicoke-Lakeshore) and Ward 25 (Don Valley West) recorded the highest turnout on day 1, with more than 1,000 electors casting a vote. The advance vote will run until October 19, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and has been expanded to 44 locations across the city, with one in each ward. Advance voting is also being offered at Toronto City Hall until Friday, October 17. Electors, regardless of where they live in the city, can vote at City Hall, 100 Queen St. W
HEALTH MINISTER SAYS ONTARIO IS PREPARED FOR EBOLA
Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins is confirming to the public that the province is well equipped and prepared in the event any one of its citizens contracts the Ebola virus. Speaking alongside province’s chief medical health officer, Dr. David Mowat, Hoskin’s, who also reiterated that it’s unlikely the virus will come to the province, and that “all in all, we are prepared and have been prepared — not just for Ebola but for any infectious disease.” The announcement comes on the same day that the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions brought forward concerns, saying they would be ill-equipped to handle an outbreak. National nurses associations across the country are warning that their nurses don’t have enough training to deal with the Ebola virus should it come to Canada. In a letter to Eric Hoskins, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions highlighted five instances in which unnamed Ontario hospitals failed the Ebola readiness test. Hoskins and Mowat also cited recent cases where patients were put in isolation after showing Ebola-like symptoms, saying the cases showed the protocols worked well, and that continued training of front-line health care workers is already underway. He also said that health officials will be releasing updated guidelines on how to help deal with Ebola by the end of the week.
FOG ADVISORY ISSUED FOR MOST OF GTA
Environment Canada has issued a fog advisory for much of southern Ontario including all of the GTA outside Toronto. The advisory includes Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Pickering, Oshawa, Oakville and Burlington and stretches towards Hamilton and Cambridge. Drivers are being warned to be prepared for areas of near zero visibility. The fog should dissipate by mid morning.
ROYALS ADVANCE TO THE WORLD SERIES AFTER ALCS SWEEP
The last time the Kansas City royals were in the World Series, Dire Straits were at the top of the charts with their ‘Brothers In Arms’ Album, and Miami Vice was one of the top TV shows. But finally, the Royals are back after a 2-1 win over the Orioles and a sweep of the ALCS. The Giants hold a 3-1 lead in the NLCS after beating the Cardinals 6-4. A win tonight and San Francisco will be in their 3rd World Series in 5-years.