Peter Gzowski

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Got $5,555.55 burning a hole in your pocket? This portrait of Rob Ford could be yours 

(Image: Courtesy Stephanie Kervin)

As Rob Ford continues to scrounge for funding to build his Sheppard subway, he might consider selling self-portraits: an oil and acrylic rendering of the big guy is up for sale on eBay, and it’s going for a cool $5,555.55. The painting is currently owned by Larry Houlieff, a Ford fan with a love for the bizarre—Houlieff once bought an 18-inch tall papier maché sculpture of legendary CBC broadcaster Peter Gzowski, a perhaps surprising purchase for a member of Ford Nation. Houlieff told the Toronto Star he set the price based on the “5¢” in the painting, which artist Stephanie Kervin says is a reference to Ford’s desire to scrap the five-cent plastic bag fee. Kervin won’t say how much Houlieff paid for the painting, but now knows it was far too low. Someone should tell Ford about just how profitable the arts can be. Read the entire story [Toronto Star] »

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New biography reveals Peter Gzowski’s secret love child, alcoholism struggles

According to R.B. Fleming’s new tell-all Peter Gzowski biography, the late radio broadcaster had many skeletons in the closet, including a child from a secret affair and a drunk driving charge that led to the loss of his licence for three months. It’s a shocking revelation for those who deemed the Order of Canada inductee the “Captain of Canada,” a moniker he held throughout his 15 years conducting riveting interviews for CBC’s Morningside radio show. Gzowski, who smoked up to 80 cigarettes a day, died of emphysema in 2002, but long before his health declined, he struggled with depression and alcoholism.

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