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- Yesterday, the City issued a permit that will allow Rob Ford to hold the annual Ford Fest barbecue in a public park—because Ford Fest is a special event and not a special campaign event. It is such a special non-campaign event that Rob Ford wants everyone to go and so has been sending out promotional robocalls—and when he says “If I can count on your support, please press 3,” he is presumably referring to support for totally non-campaigny, family-friendly, apolitical, and not-in-any-way-election-oriented barbecues.
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%
±3%, 19 times out of 20
Interactive voice response telephone survey
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.”
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.
Happy birthday, Prince George. Here's to another year of bashing other kids on the head at playgroup as the most popular member of the Royal family. In the news: a company challenges the City’s private parking ban, Scarborough residents unite against a TTC bus garage, the Toronto Time Bank offers helping hands, and the Canada Revenue Agency targets PEN Canada.