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One Full Year of Mayor Tory in Office.Tory Could Handily Beat Ford Today: Mainstreet Research. Mayor Declares Today Blue Jays Appreciation Day. Heavy Rain And Thunderstorms For Wednesday. Canada Post Suspends Community Mail Box Conversion, Door-to-Door Delievery to Continue.
One Full Year of Mayor Tory in Office
It has been a full calendar year since John Tory took the mayor’s chair in Toronto. Some of Tory’s accomplishments over the past year include starting city staff on a review of Smart Track and standing firm on his desire to keep the eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway up. Tory has also put the push to contract out the rest of the city’s garbage collection on hold until after labour negotiations.
Tory Could Handily Beat Ford Today: Mainstreet Research
He’s proudly marking his first year in office, and if another municpal vote were to be held today, John Tory would still be sitting in the Mayor’s chair. A new Mainstreet poll finds 47% of Torontonians would vote for Tory, with only 20% supporting former Mayor and now Councillor Rob Ford.
“It’s incredible how well Rob Ford is doing, despite everything we know about him. Last week an excerpt was published in Maclean’s that raised new questions about domestic abuse, and yet, the Conservative Party featured the Ford Brothers at two events.” – Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research.
Non-Ford supporters were asked if they would consider Rob in 2018, and the response, according to Mainstreet, was an overwhelming no. But when asked about the current spending at City Hall, 28% said too much is being spent, 29% weren’t sure.
Mayor Declares Today Blue Jays Appreciation Day
After a memorable playoff run Mayor John Tory is proclaiming today Blue Jays Appreciation Day in Toronto. The Kansas City Royals knocked the Jays out of the playoffs on Friday night but Tory says there is still plenty of reason to celebrate the most successful season since 1993. Tory says “We are going to encourage people to wear a bit of the blue and white to work or to school or wherever they are going tomorrow, and to join us on social media in sharing some of the memories of what this season meant to people in Toronto,” Tory says the day will be a way of thanking the the players for an exciting season.
Heavy Rain And Thunderstorms For Wednesday
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of a fall storm in all of southern Ontario with rain and strong winds. The storm should arrive by this evening or Wednesday morning and is a developing storm over the American Midwest that is expected to merge with moisture from the remnants of hurricane Patricia. Rainfall associated with this storm is forecast to spread into Southwestern Ontario late tonight and reach the Golden Horseshoe area by Wednesday morning. The rain will continue all day Wednesday and will be heavy at times with a few thunderstorms also possible. Total rainfall amounts are still uncertain, but between 25 and 40 mm are likely for most locales by the time the rain tapers to scattered showers from west to east Wednesday night through Thursday. Some regions close to Lake Erie and Lake Ontario shorelines, could see rainfall approaching Environment Canada’s rainfall warning criterion of 50 mm within 24 hours. The storm will also bring strong and gusty southwesterly winds over Southwestern Ontario. Wind gusts to 70 km/h are likely, with even stronger winds possible near the eastern ends of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
Canada Post Suspends Community Mail Box Conversion, Door-to-Door Delievery to Continue
It will be “business as usual” for nearly half a million Canadian households, when it comes to picking up mail. In a surprise move, Canada Post announced it would be suspending the installation of community mailboxes to replace door-to-door delivery. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, which has been pushing against the “super-boxes” says it’s thrilled with the decision, which comes a week after the Liberals were elected to power. The party campaigned on an election promise to stop the cuts to home mail delivery and review Canada Post’s operations. “The postal cuts were driven by the Conservatives. Now they are no longer in power, it’s time to hit the brakes.” – Mike Palecek, National President of CUPW. Canada Post issued the following statement regarding it’s decision:
“Canada Post is temporarily suspending future deployment of the program to convert door-to-door mail delivery to community mailboxes. We will work collaboratively with the Government of Canada to determine the best path forward given the ongoing challenges faced by the Canadian postal system.
Efforts are now underway to place the comprehensive program on hold in an orderly fashion. This involves roughly 460,000 addresses across the country which are currently in the process to be converted to community mailboxes.
As a result, all conversions planned for November and December 2015 and those announced for 2016 will be placed on hold. Customers impacted by this decision will receive a letter within the next few weeks advising them of the status of their mail delivery service.
In neighborhoods where the 10-month internal and community conversion process is complete, customers will collect mail and parcels at their community mailbox. This includes customers set to begin receiving their mail and parcels in their boxes in October. We remain focused on maintaining reliable postal service to all Canadians without disruption.”