And so it begins

Posted By: John Moore · 2/24/2014 11:19:00 AM

We're sorry to see John Tory leave us at NewsTalk 1010 after four strong years taking you home in the afternoon but happy to see the race for Toronto mayor become serious. Today Tory jumped into the race followed quickly by Karen Stintz. Both are serious candidates who can articulate a vision for the City of Toronto.

The field of candidates in the last mayoral race was an embarrassment. You have to ask yourself, in a city of 2.5 million was that the best we could do? Where was our Bloomberg?

What is particularly heartening about the field of candidates this time around is that no-one will ever be able to argue that they aren't running on issues. Torontonians can make a very real choice about how they see their city in five, ten and twenty years.

One more thing: I had a few complaints this morning about mentioning Rob Ford's crack use. Sorry, it's relevant. It's not a personal matter when you drive drunk, degrade your wife, show up at official events drunk, hang with convicted criminals, and fail to show up for work. And it’s especially relevant when you do it again after saying “It’s in the past”.

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  1. Lorie Murdoch posted on 02/24/2014 03:40 PM
    John Tory is our Bloomberg. Good bye Boss Hogg! Thank you John Moore for that analogy.
  2. Galileo posted on 02/24/2014 06:21 PM
    Rob Ford's crack use and other unsavory behaviour WHILE IN OFFICE is not relevant to the upcoming mayoral race?? If people believe that our city is doomed.
    1. Edwin posted on 02/24/2014 09:08 PM
      @Galileo It is relevant you bonehead. Especially when there is more to come. What you in the Ford camp neglect to remember, is that there are still investigations going on. Why? Well, because our clueless mayor was involved in some pretty unsavory things.
      And if this was some pinko leftie, all of you would be screaming.
      Get it through your thick head. The man lied, continues to lie, and he was involved in some pretty illegal stuff.
      And this is all ok with you? Wow. Nice moral compass you have also.
      Go away now!!

  3. JohnH_6636 posted on 02/28/2014 05:57 AM
    I know Toronto matters to most of you, but this is a GTA station, I live in York region, though I work in Leslieville. Vaughan has one mayoral candidate named Daniel DeVito, no I'm not kidding. Mississauga has one as well
    Maybe the big players haven't shown up, but in Mississauga who are they?

    I fully expect Bevilaqua to run for reelection in Vaughan. DiBiase is content to run as regional, all three incumbent regionals have filed, I won't run this election (I was 10th for regional, but unlike Miller and other spenders I spent $0 for 5336 votes. If a provincial party wants me, I'm listening.

    As for Toronto, the major players need to get better spin doctors, because the Ford's are all about spin. Last election saw multiple subway plans, which were all ignored and Metrolinx kept its agenda. The DRL will be a major issue, and Don Mills is the wrong road, the Millwood bridge would need to be like the one at Bloor (Prince George?). That bridge accommodated the subway before a subway was built. That's the Toronto you need back.

    Check the Toronto archives, there was also a line contemplated under the islands to connect east and west Lakeshore. I need a stop at Logan, I can't see that showing up for another thirty years minimum.
  4. StephenS_5505 posted on 02/28/2014 12:59 PM
    Off topic for a moment. John please do away with David Frum in the morning. You know more about international affairs than he does for josh sakes. You asked him what John Baird could do by visiting the Ukraine and his answer from some vast well of knowledge he has was "a lot" then he went on to talk about something totally not related to or even expanding on the question asked. Most times he sounds bored or is it sleepy or both. If you want someone who has been places, written about it and has a truly world perspective might i suggest Eric Margolais. I think its tiem to fee fie fro Frum out the door.
    1. Mark posted on 03/01/2014 06:06 PM
      @StephenS_5505 A second for Eric Margolis, one of the most astute foreign affairs commentators.
  5. Peel Region GIft of Life posted on 03/03/2014 11:18 PM
    Hello John. I am contacting you on behalf of our volunteer organization in the hopes that you will help spread the word about our current campaign in Peel Region to increase the abysmal organ and tissue donation rates in the GTA. We work with Trillium Gift of Life Network-provincial body that oversees transplants in Ontario. I realize that this post is about a different subject-but increasing the donor rates in the GTA and Ontario will mean that our residents who become ill and need transplants will get a second chance-(and perhaps be here to help elect a different mayor!)Ontario hospitals have some of the best surgeons and have contributed a great deal to medicine. Let's shine the light on this and how we can be heroes by registering consent at Talk doesn't have to be cheap-talking to your loved ones about your decision to be a donor can relieve a burden when we pass. It may be a difficult conversation but it can be priceless-and may help save 8 lives and enhance up to 75 others. I urge to start a conversation with your can take up to 3 contacts with a potential donor before someone decides to take the 2 minutes needed to register.
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