John Tory is Toronto’s new mayor. A few new faces at city hall. Rob Ford wins in Ward 2. New mayors for Brampton, Mississauga & Hamilton. Full regimental funeral for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo today in Hamilton. Federal bill extends CSIS powers to investigate security threats.
JOHN TORY IS TORONTO’S NEW MAYOR
John Tory is Toronto’s mayor-elect. After a failed bid to be mayor in 2003 and provincial losses in 2007 and 2009, Tory finally got to the winner’s circle, capturing 40% of the vote compared to 34% for Doug Ford and Olivia Chow’s 23%. Nearly one million people cast their ballots in Toronto shattering the record for voter turnout. That’s roughly 61%, a 10-point jump over the 2010 turnout.
A FEW NEW FACES AT CITY HALL
Rob Ford may no longer be our Mayor but he will still be taking a seat at City council. Ford won the council race in Ward 2 with 58% of the vote beating the second place candidates by nearly 50%. Rob is still battling a rare form of aggressive cancer that forced him to abdicate from the Mayor’s race but vows to be back in the mayor’s chair in 4-years. The look of the councillors at city hall won’t be all that different than when we last saw them but there will be a few new faces around the table. Stephen Holyday took Ward 3 winning his father Doug’s old seat. Justin Di Ciano is the new councillor in Ward 5 winning Peter Miliczyn old seat. Christin Carmichael Greb took Ward 16 taking over for Karen Stintz. John Campbell takes over for Gloria Lindsay Luby in Ward 4. Jon Burnside was the surprise winner of the night as he beat out incumbent John Parker in Ward 26. Jim Karygiannis won in Ward 39 taking over for a retiring Mike Del Grande and Joe Cressy took adam vaughan old seat in Ward 20.
NEW MAYORS FOR BRAMPTON, MISSISSAUGA AND HAMILTON
Brampton Mayor Susan Fennel is ending her 14 year tenure losing to for MPP Linda Jeffery, only earning 13% of the vote. In Mississauga the 40 year legacy of Hazel is over with Bonnie Crombie taking over as Mayor. She was endorsed by Hazel late in the race giving her an eventual 60% margin of victory. Voter turnout rates in both Brampton and Mississauga were just over 30%. After being defeated by Bob Bratina in the last election, Fred Eisenberger has re-emerged as the new mayor of Hamilton. As the pre-election polls had indicated, Eisenberger was in the lead when the first polls were counted this evening and maintained the lead. The mayors of Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Halton Hills, Vaughn, Richmond Hill, Markham and Oshawa were all re-elected.
FULL REGIMENTAL FUNERAL FOR CPL NATHAN CIRILLO TODAY IN HAMILTON
A public visitation was held yesterday for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the soldier who was shot and killed while guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Prime Minister Harper will be among the dignitaries at today’s full regimental funeral in Hamilton. 24-year-old Cpl.Cirillo died Wednesday after being shot by 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a homeless man with a criminal record. The RCMP are still investigating Bibeau’s assault. Donations can be made to Cirillo’s family at any TD bank, quoting Transit number 2221, Account number 6391935.
FEDERAL BILL EXTENDS CSIS SOURCE PROTECTION, OVERSEAS WARRANT POWERS
Less than a week after the terror-related events in Ottawa and Montreal, the feds have tabled a bill to give C-SIS more power to investigate possible security threats. The anti-terrorism legislation will also strengthen protection of intelligence sources.