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Extra, Extra: Ford Fest Robocalls, Anti-Streetcar Arguments, and Disappearing Bookstores

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Poll Position: Ford, Chow, and Tory in Three-Way Tie for First

Statistically, it's a dead heat in the mayoral race.

If a mayoral election were held today, who would you vote for if the
candidates were Rob Ford, Karen Stintz, John Tory, Olivia Chow, and David

Rob Ford: 27%

Karen Stintz: 6%

John Tory: 28%

Olivia Chow: 29%

David Soknacki: 5%

Some other candidate: 1%

Don’t know: 4%

Poll taken: July 21, 2014
Sample size: 1063
Margin of Error: ±3%, 19 times out of 20
Methodology: Interactive voice response telephone survey
Conducted by: Forum Research [PDF]

NOTES: 59 per cent of those surveyed believe that Rob Ford should resign, but it seems 27 per cent would still be willing to cast a ballot for him—which places him in a statistical tie with Olivia Chow and John Tory in the mayoral race, according to the latest poll from Forum Research. Although his numbers have not changed substantially since the last Forum poll in early July, which pegged his support at 26 per cent, Olivia Chow’s have dropped from 36 per cent to 29 per cent.

Karen Stintz and David Soknacki—weighing in with 6 per cent and 5 per cent, respectively—are, Forum concludes, “not serious contenders.”

Keep reading: Poll Position: Ford, Chow, and Tory in Three-Way Tie for First


Newsstand: July 23, 2014

A spokesman for the the provincial liquor control agency says Ford Fest was denied a booze permit because the event was deemed not “municipally significant.” So many jokes, so little time. In the news: The police services board and Michael Thompson avoid public court battle, Carol Wilding exits the Toronto Region Board of Trade, dooring incidents are highest on College Street, and a TTC bus narrowly misses hitting a pedestrian in Scarborough.