George Smitherman

Q&A: George Smitherman on medical marijuana, becoming a single dad and that... Q&A: George Smitherman on medical marijuana, becoming a single dad and that Rob Ford “shit”

By Malcolm Johnston | Photograph by Norman Wong You recently announced that you’re ­getting into the weed business, which seems like an odd career choice: former health minister turns pot farmer. Why medical marijuana, and why now? I’m not sure I agree with your premise. Medical marijuana is a legitimate industry that presents tremendous opportunities… Read more »

One-time mayoral candidate George Smitherman is getting into the medical-marijua... One-time mayoral candidate George Smitherman is getting into the medical-marijuana biz

What does life after losing an election to Rob Ford look like? For George Smitherman, the second-place finisher in 2010’s mayoral election, it evidently looks like a bucolic farm, and a never-ending supply of medical-grade weed. CTV reports that the ex-Ontario health minister is working with former deputy police chief Kim Derry and a Markham… Read more »

Ezra Levant thinks George Smitherman’s personal tragedy is somehow unfair to R... Ezra Levant thinks George Smitherman’s personal tragedy is somehow unfair to Rob Ford

On Monday, Christopher Peloso, husband of one-time mayoral candidate and former deputy premier George Smitherman, was found dead after being reported missing the previous day. Journalists working on the story were respectful of Smitherman’s grief—that is, except Sun News Network’s Ezra Levant. Here he is tweeting just a few hours after news of Peloso’s death started circulating:

George Smitherman’s husband, Christopher Peloso, found dead George Smitherman’s husband, Christopher Peloso, found dead

Christopher Peloso, husband of one-time mayoral candidate and former deputy premier George Smitherman, has been found dead, according to a statement posted earlier this morning on Smitherman’s website. Toronto Police had asked the public for assistance finding Peloso on Sunday evening. He was last seen on Sunday at 11 a.m., in the Bloor and Lansdowne area…. Read more »

George Smitherman and Deepa Mehta endorse woman who is not running for mayor George Smitherman and Deepa Mehta endorse woman who is not running for mayor

Toronto’s mayoral elections are notorious for being drawn-out, soul-crushing marathons—and that’s when they start on schedule. Thanks to Mayor Rob Ford’s fractious influence, though, the 2014 campaign has been raging (albeit quietly) for more than a year ahead of its January 2, 2014 start date. With a less than a month to go, things are… Read more »

UPDATED: George Smitherman’s husband found alive near Landsdowne and Dupont UPDATED: George Smitherman’s husband found alive near Landsdowne and Dupont

Well, this is troubling: Christopher Peloso, the husband of former health minister and mayoral candidate George Smitherman, has been reported missing by Toronto Police, who say they are concerned for his safety. Peloso and Smitherman have been married for six years and adopted a son and a daughter together. The 39-year-old was last seen on Monday at… Read more »

Philip Preville: Ford Nation is not who you think it is Philip Preville: Ford Nation is not who you think it is

Crackgate revealed that the city’s crippling political divide isn’t between downtowners and suburbanites—it’s between the rich and the poor, and it’s only getting worse By Philip Preville | Illustration by Steve Murray What will it take for Ford Nation to abandon their man? That’s become one of the great riddles of our time. In late… Read more »

Mayor In Waiting: an inside look at Olivia Chow’s political ambitions Mayor In Waiting: an inside look at Olivia Chow’s political ambitions

Olivia Chow’s public mourning after Jack Layton’s death cast her in a new light: dignified, likeable and, well, mayoral. Toronto wants her to run, but does she want Toronto? By Michelle Dean The morning of December 13, Olivia Chow woke up with a strange feeling on the left side of her face. Her ear was… Read more »

Glen Murray and Kathleen Wynne are running for the Ontario Liberal Party leaders... Glen Murray and Kathleen Wynne are running for the Ontario Liberal Party leadership

The race to be the next leader of the Ontario Liberal Party is now, finally, an actual race. Three weeks quietly passed following Dalton McGuinty’s resignation as Ontario’s premier before any of his political brethren launched a leadership bid. Then, in the space of 24 hours, a pair of contenders revealed their candidacy: Toronto-Centre MPP… Read more »

The Moment: Dalton McGuinty’s emergency exit The Moment: Dalton McGuinty’s emergency exit

During his nine years as premier, Dalton McGuinty displayed a magical ability to maintain the squeaky clean persona of Premier Dad—that smiling paternalist whose ramrod-straight affect evoked a grown-up Michael Cera in a suit—while all hell broke loose around him. The eHealth boondoggle may have cost David Caplan his cabinet post and spiked George Smitherman’s… Read more »

Reaction Roundup: Premier Dalton McGuinty steps down and adjourns the legislatur... Reaction Roundup: Premier Dalton McGuinty steps down and adjourns the legislature

We’ve never really thought of Dalton McGuinty as a big-surprises kind of guy, but Premier Dad shocked the province last night by announcing his resignation as party leader—and the prorogation of the legislature. Today, most of Toronto is speculating about why McGuinty stepped down, and where, politically, the province goes from here. We rounded up the main threads of the discussion,… Read more »

QUOTED: George Smitherman predicts whether Rob Ford will win a second term QUOTED: George Smitherman predicts whether Rob Ford will win a second term

I suspect his chances at re-election are extraordinarily good, because even though he’s not exactly living up to everyone’s dreams of what a mayor ought to look like, and how a mayor ought to act and project himself, it’s working for a good cluster of folks.

The man who raised millions for George Smitherman’s campaign is helping get Ro... The man who raised millions for George Smitherman’s campaign is helping get Rob Ford re-elected

It’s no secret Rob Ford is thinking ahead to the 2014 election—and now he has landed fundraising veteran Ralph Lean to help. Lean, a Bay Street lawyer, gushed over the mayor’s budget and labour victories in the Globe and Mail this weekend and confirmed that he’ll head up Ford’s fundraising team (a job he has done for various mayoral candidates… Read more »

The weirdest mayoralty ever—the inside story of Rob Ford’s city hall The weirdest mayoralty ever—the inside story of Rob Ford’s city hall

Loyal councillors have defied him. His approval ratings have plummeted. And his powerful Conservative backers are nervous. How did it all go so wrong? The strange story of Rob Ford’s city hall By Marci McDonald | Portrait by John Cullen On Newstalk 1010, the sly strains of the Hollies hit “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My… Read more »

Rob Ford opts out of attending a “gentle” and “welcoming” gay outreach e... Rob Ford opts out of attending a “gentle” and “welcoming” gay outreach event

Rob Ford has remained non-committal about whether or not he’d forgo all Pride events this year (we believe his exact words were “We’ll see”), but he has confirmed he won’t be attending an outreach event leading up to the festivities. Ford’s office told organizers that he simply can’t squeeze in a flag raising at city… Read more »