Toronto Sun and Globe And Mail endorse John Tory for mayor. Record set for Toronto at advance polls. Mayor Rob Ford asked to leave another advance polling station over the weekend. Provincial legislature resumes today. Canada Post begins cutting home mail delivery today in Oakville.
TORONTO SUN LATEST NEWSPAPER TO ENDORSE TORY FOR MAYOR
John Tory picked up a another endorsement Sunday from the editorial board of The Toronto Sun in the upcoming mayoral election. It’s the second Toronto-based paper to throw its support behind Tory, after Globe and Mail’s editorial board also announced its endorsement earlier in the weekend. The two other large Toronto dailies, The Toronto Star and the National Post, haven’t yet endorsed any of the three leading candidates. The latest polls, conducted by Mainstreet Technologies, showed Tory to have a strong lead with 38 percent, Doug Ford with 29 percent, and Olivia Chow with 22 percent.
RECORD TURNOUT AT ADVANCE POLLS
The municipal election is 7 days away, and if the advance polls are any indication, we may have a pretty decent turnout. The turnout for the advance polls has shattered the old record in Toronto. Nearly 125,000 people cast a ballot in early polls, 62% more than the old record set 4-years ago. Officials with Election Toronto confirm the number blows away the previous record for advance polls set in 2010. At that time 77,000 people came out to place an early vote.This years count reflects results as of Saturday night. The Sunday tally still needs to be added.
MAYOR FORD ASKED TO LEAVE ANOTHER ADVANCE POLLING STATION
City Staff are confirming that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was asked to leave an advance voting station on Saturday, the second last day before advance polls close. Reports say that Ford showed up to the J.J. Piccininni Community Centre in Ward 17 with a senior citizen, who he had apparently given a ride to the station so they could cast their vote. Election officials asked the mayor to leave shortly after he had begun posing for pictures with members of the public within the building. Ford was asked to leave a second time, according to the CBC. Ford was also asked to leave another polling station earlier in the week, at the Driftwood Community Centre in Ward 8 York West. The Municipal Elections Act says that candidates are allowed to be at polling stations on active voting days, but cannot campaign, distribute materials, or influence voters. A city spokesperson has confirmed that a formal letter from the City Clerk’s office has been sent to the mayor, reminding him of the rules.
PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURE RESUMES TODAY
Ontario’s legislature resumes today with majority Liberal government ready to start implementing promises it made in the election campaign. Premier Kathleen Wynne’s majority government is looking to pass more than 20 bills that died when the spring election was called. At the top of Wynne’s agenda will be the creation of an Ontario pension plan, saying she hopes to have it started by January 2017. The NDP plans to introduce a motion today that would require a public referendum before any government could sell the LCBO, OPG, Hydro One or OLG.
CANADA POST BEGINS CUTTING MAIL DELIVERY TO HOMES
Canada Post begins phasing out home delivery in 11 communities across the country today as it converts to community mailboxes. More than 25,000 homes in Oakville are among the first victims of the cuts. The move is part of a 5 year plan to begin phasing out home delivery as a cost-savings measure. Other communities targeted in the first round of cuts include Calgary, Fort McMurray, Winnipeg, Kanata, Ont., Lower Sackville and Bedford in Nova Scotia, and five suburbs of Montreal. Toronto will be among the last to be switched over. The union representing postal workers has launched a constitutional challenge and is hoping the courts will reverse Canada Post’s decision.