Doug Ford not ruling out running for Ontario PC leadership. Mayor Rob Ford returns to hospital today to find out how his cancer treatment is going. A new report says $46 more a year per Canadian can reduce homelessness. Hockey legend Gordie Howe has suffered a serious stroke. Royals send World Series to a deciding game 7 tonight.
DOUG FORD NOT RULING OUT PC LEADERSHIP RUN
After coming in second in the 2014 mayoral race, Doug Ford may soon find another use for his campaign headquarters in north Etobicoke. Ford confirms to AM640 that he is not ruling out running to be the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives. “I’d always consider it,” said Ford. “I feel we need to transform the PC party, they’ve lost their way.” “I think we need to make some tremendous changes from the PC President all the way through out that PC Party.” Ford says the same people have been involved in the party since his father, Doug Ford Sr. was an MPP. “We’re never gonna win an election again if we keep with the same mentality.” Tim Hudak stepped down as PC leader after the party’s disappointing results in the June 2014 provincial election. MPP’s Lisa MacLeod, Christine Elliott, Vic Fedeli, and Monte McNaughton have already jumped in the leadership race to replace him, along with Conservative MP Patrick Brown. Deadline for nominations in January 30, 2015. Ford says he’ll take “the next little while” and speak with his family and his team before making a decision. Voting will take place May 3 and 7 and the new leader will be named on Saturday, May 9.
MAYOR FORD RETURNS TO HOSPITAL TODAY
Mayor Rob Ford is hoping for some good news today. Ford has just over a month left as mayor but today he’ll find out how his cancer treatment is going as he heads back to hospital for tests to see if the chemotherapy is working. The mayor has already had 2-intense rounds of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in September. The goal was to shrink the tumor in his abdomen to allow doctors to either use radiation on it or surgically remove it.
REPORT: $46 MORE A YEAR PER CANADIAN CAN REDUCE HOMELESSNESS
A new report on homelessness in Canada is recommending the feds kick-in an extra $46 per Canadian each year, for a total of 1.7 billion dollars to help ease the chronic shortage of affordable housing. Roughly 235-thousand Canadians are homeless. With a budget surplus on the horizon, it’s time to return to the days when federal cash was directly spent on building those places, said Stephen Gaetz, the director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness at York and one of the lead authors of the study.
HOCKEY LEGEND GORDIE HOWE SUFFERS SERIOUS STROKE
The hockey world is holding its breath for “Mr. Hockey.” Gordie Howe has suffered a serious stroke and has lost much of his right arm and right leg, and his speech is now slurred. the 86-year-old legend already suffers from dementia. “The stroke kind of came out of nowhere,” said his son Dr. Murray Howe, a radiologist. “Mr. Hockey” set NHL records with 801 goals and 1,850 points, which stood strong until Wayne Gretzky surpassed him in the record book.
ROYALS SEND WORLD SERIES TO A DECIDING GAME 7 TONIGHT
The World Series is going to a game-7 after Kansas City embarrassed the Giants 10-0 last night. The Royals host the deciding game tonight with Jeremy Guthrie starting for KC, against San Francisco’s Tim Hudson. Also on the sports schedule tonight, after a first place finish in the Atlantic Division last season, expectations are sky high for the Toronto Raptors this year. The team tips-off its 20th season tonight at the Air Canada Centre against the Atlanta Hawks. With the core group back from last year’s successful club, the team is hoping to go further than it did back in the Spring when they lost out to Brooklyn in Game-7 of the first round of the playoffs. Tonight, fans will be partying at the Ford Fan Zone at Maple Leaf Square and watching the 7:30pm tip-off on the big screen.