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Olivia Chow’s long “decision-making” process is almost at an end: after months of steadfastly refusing to confirm the obvious, her campaign has finally set a date. Chow resigned her seat on Parliament Hill today and, on Thursday, she’s expected to launch her mayoral campaign with a “change”-themed platform.
With her entry, the mayoral race will begin in earnest. One gets the sense that her many right-leaning rivals have been saving their energies for the moment they can begin angling to define themselves against her NDP-tinged political record. Already, David Soknacki and John Tory are attacking her over a mailer she sent to residents of her federal riding, which identifies her as an MP. The allegation against Chow is that the mailer, apparently sent at taxpayer expense, is in fact a covert advertisement for her mayoral campaign. (Mayoral candidates aren’t allowed to raise or spend funds until they’ve filed their nomination papers, which Chow hasn’t yet done.)
Unless the mailer somehow broke the law—and it doesn’t appear that it did—it’s doubtful that this minor flub will blow up into a scandal. But the campaign is only beginning, and we’re sure it’s only a matter of time before someone finds another Kyle Rae retirement party to flog all the way to the polls.
Today’s revelation that the Toronto District School Board has funneled tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars into a charity founded by its own board chair is only the latest in a long series of politically damaging news stories to emerge out of the organization over the past two years. Allegations of sexual harassment, plagiarism, homophobia, bullying and inappropriate spending have dogged the school board’s 22 trustees, a collection of relatively inexperienced elected officials who seem incapable of reining in their behaviour despite repeated attempts at intervention from outside agencies.
And yet, despite all the issues in its boardroom, the school district continues to do what is, by most accounts, a decent job. Kids are still learning, and the city’s public schools continue to function, leading some to suggest that trustees are to some extent merely interfering with the work of competent school staff. How did we get to this point? Here’s a rundown of the board’s recent history of scandal.
1. Nailed it.
2. The Sun may not always be journalistically upstanding, but it has some of the best Photoshop artists in the biz. How many pictures of Rob Ford making frowny faces do you have to sort through before you find the one that melds seamlessly with Mel Gibson’s body? Also: A-plus pun.
The Pembina Institute, an environmental think tank, has just released one of its periodic reports on public transit in Toronto, and the takeaway is clear. The institute is saying, essentially, that if you care about transit in Toronto, you should vote for anyone you like in the upcoming provincial election, as long as they’re not Tories.
Considering the humiliation he suffered during his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this month, it would be totally sensible for Rob Ford to want nothing more to do with the show’s host. But the mayor isn’t a sensible man—and so he’s apparently accepting Jimmy Kimmel’s offer to make an appearance on Ford Nation, the Ford brothers’ weekly YouTube show. This time, Rob and Doug will be asking the questions.
I came to Toronto on my own and rented a drafty, rodent-infested three-bedroom. Over the years, the people I’ve shared it with has made it home sweet home
Eleven years ago, I moved to Toronto in search of a new life. A born and raised Montrealer, I was 23 when I decided it was time to vacate my parents’ basement. My aim was to work in television, and I followed the opportunities here—a city where I knew next to no one.
One of the many amazing things about Rob Ford as a political candidate is the disparity between his image as a “regular guy” and his family’s wealth. Most politicians in his situation—he’s the scion of a label-making empire started by his father in the 1960s—couldn’t get away with marketing themselves as men- or women-of-the-people. And yet, Ford’s uncouth, crack-smoking public image helps him avoid being considered a member of Toronto’s elite. He appears too unrefined to have come from money—and, in elections, appearances are sometimes all that matter. Read the rest of this entry »
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If Rob Ford is going to make it as mayor until election day, he may have to do it all himself. Over the weekend, reporters learned that the only two remaining members of Ford’s office staff with city-hall experience are departing, albeit for different reasons.
Given the pressures of modern travel, it can be easy to wave goodbye to your fitness routine at the departure gate. We chat with two of the trainers from Evolve Functional Fitness, a premium digitally delivered fitness program, as they share their top travel tips and show you just how easy it is to take your workouts with you wherever you go. You were built to move, and Evolve was built to keep you moving.
Q: How do you fit in a workout when you’re travelling?
A: I try my best to schedule the workouts into my mornings or at the end of the day. If it’s part of my schedule from the start, I’ll stick to it. Laying out my workout clothes and creating a playlist ahead of time also makes me look forward to breaking a sweat. Even if there’s no gym in the hotel, I’ll use my Evolve app and am good to go.
Q: What’s your favourite grab-and-go snack at the airport?
A: I’d suggest fruit or a garden salad. Both are high in water content and will help with swelling, which often occurs while travelling.
Q: Why use Evolve while you’re on the go?
A: It’s for everyone, at every level and doesn’t require any equipment. You can choose the length and type of workout and who you train with. It’s perfect for a hotel room and it’s the no-excuse tool for everyone that travels and doesn’t have a gym, class or personal trainer.
Q: How often do you travel and where do you go?
A: I’m a west coast kid at heart so I often travel to Los Angeles and Vancouver but I also take a few international trips every year along with fitness excursions to Costs Rica, Tanzania and Southeast Asia.
Q: What are some easy ways to fit exercise into your airport routine?
A: There are lots of ways to keep your body moving while you’re waiting around. Seated glute stretches are easy and discrete; place one ankle across the top of the opposite knee and hold. You can also stretch your postural muscles by rolling your shoulders back and down and squeezing the blades together. Walking up and down the aisle on a long flight also lets you stretch out your legs and increase your blood flow.
Q: What do you use to compliment a travel-heavy lifestyle?
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Here’s your roundup of all today’s exciting George Stroumboulopoulos news: according to reports out of CBC and Rogers Media, the earringed one will be giving up his talk show, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, and accepting a new gig as the host of Hockey Night in Canada. The move is the first big staffing change to be announced by Rogers since it bought the rights to Canadian NHL broadcasts—including Hockey Night in Canada—for $5.2 billion late last year.
The Canadian Press is reporting that Strombo’s time on HNIC will begin with the next hockey season, in October 2014. His face will be virtually inescapable for Canadian hockey fans: Rogers now has a monopoly on hockey in this country, and so the new host’s duties extend not only to CBC, but also to broadcasts on City, Sportsnet and any other channels or websites that might conceivably contain a picture of a hockey rink. Don Cherry, Ron MacLean and the rest of the gang are said to be retaining their jobs for the time being (the Rogers deal only guarantees the continued existence of HNIC on CBC for four years), but a press release indicates that their roles will be reduced.
Considering the utter failure of his attempted expansion into the U.S. talk-show arena, this may be Strombo’s one realistic shot at advancing his television career. He’ll be the de facto face of Canada’s national sport, and Canada will have to get used to him, if it can.
Nostalgia is more than just the latest internet meme. It taps into a primal and powerful part of our collective identity. The web’s latest deluge of look-back content got us sharing memories here at Toronto Life. It wasn’t long before we had pages and pages of notes about how our city once was, and the experiences that determined our sense of civic pride and shame. (In ten years, there will a post like this heavily featuring Rob Ford). We’ve compiled our favourites from the decade of huge hair, 1050 CHUM and Art Eggleton. Here, 15 signs you grew up in Toronto in the 1980s.
The old Spadina 77 buses seemed to come every five seconds, yet they were always sweaty, crammed and infuriating (unlike today’s modern TTC). You could get through it by singing the Shuffle Demons’ delightful “Spadina Bus”—a surprise top-40 hit from 1986. The 77 route was eliminated in the ’90s when Spadina Avenue was revamped to reinstate the 510 streetcar. And the fate of the Shuffle Demons? One of them is running for mayor. Read the rest of this entry »
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Alexander Neef and Johannes Debus have turned the COC into a thriving opera company by attracting international divas and staging grand new productions.
One saturday last October, the Canadian tenor Ben Heppner wasn’t feeling his best. It wasn’t serious—a mild vocal inflammation—but he was a few days away from singing the title role of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, one of his signature roles, at the Canadian Opera Company. Grimes is a dark, difficult opera. He was reluctant to give a less than perfect performance.
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The Property: While some parts of the city are clamouring to modernize, there remains a certain appeal to the classic Toronto home. This brick two-storey still has many of its original features, including wainscoting, trim and leaded windows. The french doors and oak hardwood floors have been meticulously maintained and show few signs of wear. A particular draw: there’s a bachelor apartment in the basement that could help offset the mortgage. Read the rest of this entry »
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