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Doug Ford to announce decision at 11am on PC leadership run. A new poll shows Torontonians want to change the way we vote. A new poll suggests Torontonians prefer Uber over regular cabs. 130 people arrested on 3rd night of protests across L.A. Turkey and Football in America today.
DOUG FORD TO ANNOUNCE DECISION ON PC LEADERSHIP RUN TODAY
Doug Ford will hold a news conference this morning amid mounting speculation over whether he will seek the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party. Doug Ford tells AM640 that he’s made up his mind, and will make a speech at 11 am at Deco Labels, the Ford’s family business. “I have a little speech,” He told reporters, “it is not going to be long, it’s short… Whatever happens I’ll be supporting the party if I run or if I don’t run.” Ford told AM640′s Lorne Honickman that the Ford’s “bring a different demographic to the table” and called it a huge commitment. Ford made the comments a day after the first PC leadership debate failed to get much attention from the media. Ford thinks by entering the race he could get people who normally vote Liberal or NDP to vote for him and win the election. The next PC leader will be elected at a party convention May 9 in Toronto.
Mayor Rob Ford, whose tenure officially ends next week, has got a long battle ahead of him. Ford will need at least a fifth round of chemotherapy, and according to his brother, will probably need radiation and surgery after that as he battles a rare form of abdominal cancer.
POLL: TORONTONIANS WANT TO CHANGE THE WAY WE VOTE
Most people don’t understand the ranked ballot system, but a new Forum research poll suggests that Toronto residents would like to change the way we vote. The poll found that 64 per cent of those asked would like to change to a ranked ballot system where you vote for a first, second and third choice and ensures the winner gets 50 per cent of the vote. The poll also shows that 56% think the size of council should be cut in half from 44 seats to 22 and 64% of people feel the election campaign is too long and should be shortened. Premier Kathleen Wynne called for the option of ranked balloting for all Ontario cities this September but in order for that to happen the province would first have to authorize its use by changing the Municipal Elections Act. A bill tabled by Liberal MPP Mitzie Hunter in February to allow the system in Toronto is currently being studied.
TORONTONIANS PREFER UBER OVER REGULAR CABS
The Uber Taxi app has got the backing of more than 2/3rds of the people in Toronto. A recent poll has found that Toronto residents agree with Mayor elect John Tory when it comes to Uber. The Forum Research poll found that 68 per cent of those asked disagree with the city’s legal move to try and block the company from operating in Toronto. While only 12 per cent of those surveyed have used Uber, of those who have tried the service prefer the mobile-app to traditional taxi service. 78 per cent of Uber users said it was better than the average taxi ride.
130 PEOPLE ARRESTED ON 3RD NIGHT OF PROTESTS ACROSS L.A.
The protests in Ferguson, Missouri that have spilled into several other American cities have really heated up, particularly in California. 130 people were arrested at a demonstration in Los Angeles last night and another 3-dozen were arrested in Oakland. the Oakland march deteriorated into unrest and vandalism.
TURKEY AND FOOTBALL IN AMERICA TODAY
Americans are kicking back with some Turkey and Football today as they celebrate Thanksgiving. And for many, especially on the east coast, they’re thankful they were able to get to their holiday travel destinations, despite the heavy rain and snow. There’s a slight chance of rain or snow today for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
The American Thanksgiving tradition of football will see a trio of NFL games today. Chicago is in for Detroit at 12:30pm, then Philly visits Dallas at 4:30pm and Seattle travels to San Francisco for an 8:30pm start.
The NFl’s Quarterback carousel continues:
— WASHINGTON WILL GO WITH COLT MCCOY INSTEAD OF ROBERT GRIFFIN AGAINST THE COLTS.
— THE JETS HAVE DROPPED MICHAEL VICK IN FAVOUR OF GENO SMITH FOR THEIR TILT WITH THE DOLPHINS…
— AND HOUSTON IS REPLACING THE INJURED RYAN MALLETT WITH RYAN FITZPATRICK… WHEN THEY FACE THE TITANS.