5 Things To Know Today
John Tory wants to appoint four Deputy Mayors. Rob Ford’s mayoral term comes to an end, thanks the people of Toronto. Mississauga introduces new laws for dog owners. Cyber Monday could be a bust. Oil prices are falling even lower.
JOHN TORY WANTS TO APPOINT FOUR DEPUTY MAYORS
John Tory has picked up the torch for Mayor of the City of Toronto and he’s already has a list of councillors he hopes will help him. Former Ford ally Denzil Minnan-Wong is up for Deputy Mayor along with Vince Crisanti, Glenn DeBaeremaeker and Pam McConnell. All four councillors would be Deputy Mayor’s, represent the interests of different regions of the city. Former Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly was asked but doesn’t wish to take an active role in the administration. Tory is looking to place Josh Colle as the next TTC chairman, Jaye Robinson as the new public works committee chair and Gary Crawford as budget chair. Right wing speaker Frances Nunziata will sit in the speaker’s chair again. One name absent from the list, former Mayor and now councillor Rob Ford.
ROB FORD’S MAYORAL TERM COMES TO AN END
Mayor Rob Ford’s term as Mayor ended at midnight and in his final move he sent a not thanking Toronto residents for their support over the last 4 years. Ford then went on to highlight some of his accomplishments and says he’ll continue to watch taxpayers money. His full statement can be seen below:
I wish to thank the people of Toronto for their support over the last 4 years as their Mayor, and their ongoing support as I will continue to represent its citizens as a Councillor for Ward 2.
Just four short years ago, City Hall was filled with examples of extravagance, wastefulness, and a general disrespect for both the taxpayers and their hard earned dollars.
My administration brought that to an end.
In these four years, we have accomplished so much. We’ve stopped the out of control spending growth at City Hall. We’ve found efficiencies while maintaining the high level of service that Toronto deserves, and by eliminating the unfair PVT and keeping our eyes on the bottom line, we have kept more than $1 billion in the pockets of the taxpayers.
But our job is far from over.
Over the next four years, I will continue to look out for the people of Toronto, by making sure that their money is put to good use. I will make sure that people can see, through a transparent and accountable government, where every one of their hard earned tax dollars is spent. I we continue to find more efficiencies at City Hall, to keep even more of your money in your own pocket, while maintaining our level of customer service excellence.
Thank you again for the privilege of representing you as Mayor these past four years, and to continue to do so for the next four.
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
Mayor Ford’s Four Priorities:
1 Customer Service Excellence
2 Transparent & Accountable Government
3 Reduced Cost and Size of Government
4 Transportation City
MISSISSAUGA INTRODUCES NEW LAWS FOR DOG OWNERS
A new bylaw takes effect in Mississauga today to try and minimize people who neglect their pets. The law bans dog owners from leaving any animal outside in extreme weather without adequate shelter. The shelter has to be a “double-walled and insulated doghouse that is large enough for the pet to stand up, turn around, lie down and stretch its limbs in.” The law also states that dogs may only be tied up for a maximum of four hours in a 24-hour period. Any dog left tethered must be in sight of others and able to access food, water, shelter and shade. While driving with pets your dog must remain in the passenger compartment of the vehicle and not be left unattended in the car if weather conditions are unsuitable.
CYBER MONDAY COULD BE A BUST
You’re likely to hear fewer voices and more mouse clicks over the course of the day today. Cyber Monday is upon us, however, it could be a bust with experts figuring 127 million people will click & buy; down from 131 million last year. And while Cyber Monday may be starting to lose its luster, the Black Friday market was also a downer. The fake holiday isn’t really a draw now thanks to earlier sales and slashed prices. The figures showing a 5.2% drop from last year with around 133 million people hitting stores, both brick and mortar and online.
OIL PRICES ARE FALLING EVEN LOWER
Oil prices have recently had a dramatic drop and there’s no sign of an end to the slide.Oil prices continue to fall in the wake of the OPEC Cartel’s decision to maintain production levels, sending crude to below $65/barrel – translating to a couple cents off the price of a litre this weekend.