Ford says he supports clean trains

Somebody’s fudging the facts.

The Clean Train Coalition says that Rob Ford has not signed the Clean Train Pledge. Rob Ford says that he has.

In correspondence with the CTC, they said “Rob Ford has not signed to date.  He claimed
he would but has not. He has not returned calls to meet and sign either.” The Toronto Star also reported, albeit some time ago, that he was the only candidate who hadn’t. Rabble.ca said the same thing more recently.

But an email from the Ford campaign says almost the opposite: “Rob Ford supports the Clean Train Pledge and wrote a letter to Premier McGuinty calling for electrification of the link.”

Now, his email says ‘supports’, not ‘signed’. And I did ask one, straightforward question: “Did you sign the Clean Train Pledge?” The most charitable interpretation then, may be that Ford has been to busy running his campaign to stop by the coalition’s offices to put his name in ink.

But, considering he’s a guy who ordinarily minces few words, you might expect him to just say so.

Lawn signs predict Nunziata, Ford sweep

Take it for what it’s worth (ie nothing), but a random sampling of lawn signs in Pelmo and Weston predicted a Nunziata victory.

Touring through the neighbourhood, I counted the signs.

  • Nunziata had 24
  • Sansone had 10
  • Hashised had 2
  • Marshall had 2

Rob Ford had 9 signs; Smitherman and Pantalone had one each.



Vote today!

It took ten months, dozens of debates, thousands of lawn signs, and millions of dollars, but it’s all over now. The Toronto municipal election is today.

When you go to vote, you will need to bring either of the following

  • A single piece of ID showing your name, signature and Toronto address, or
  • One piece of ID showing your name and signature and the second showing your name and Toronto address (such as a utility, credit card, or phone bill).

There are dozens of voting locations in Ward 11. You can find the one nearest you here, or download the complete list here.

NOW votes for “None of the above” in Ward 11

NOW Magazine has published its picks for all wards in Toronto. For Ward 11, they say “Anybody but Nunziata”.

Given NOW’s political leanings, this is hardly surprising: the magazine breaks left, and Nunziata leans right. But the text of the article is amusing. The editors just can’t bring themselves to endorse any other candidate. Abdi Hashised doesn’t even get a mention.

Nunziata has been taking up space at City Hall for the better part of the last seven years. … The Labour Council’s endorsing Marshall, but she has little in the way of a definable platform. Sansone looks to be the more qualified, but has a red flag in his resumé, having served as an EA to two of council’s most right-wing voices (Giorgio Mammoliti and Michael Thompson). …

John St gets speed humps

New speed humps are nearly finished on John St between Elm St and Jane St. Only the painting has yet to be done.

John St runs beside Weston Memorial Public School, and can be quite busy when the train releases held-up traffic. Nonetheless, getting the speed humps has been a bit of a struggle. One resident said that they were first proposed 19 years ago.

In the most recent negotiations, Etobicoke York council had to overrule city workers, who did not recommend that the humps be built. To get humps, 50% plus 1 of residents are supposed to return a ballot by mail. Transportation Services recommended against the humps because fewer than half of residents responded—even though two-thirds of those who did were in favour.

Etobicoke York council overruled the city workers and voted in favour of the installation. Six humps have now been placed at a cost of around $18,000.

Transportation Services has been overruled before. Fewer than half of the residents of MacDonald Ave, which also runs by a school, responded to their survey. The speed humps were installed anyway.

Another shooting on King St

But relax! It’s a good kind of shooting! MTV shot part of the TV show Skins in Weston today. Trucks lined King and Pine Streets, as one of the nearby homes was used for filming.

Skins, which has yet to air, is set in the eastern US but shot in Toronto. It is based on an English teenage drama aired by the BBC. The original is edgy and authentic—it’s written and performed by teenagers, and it contains nudity, drugs and swearing. So, no, it’s not Brangelina.

Shooting started in the morning, and was to continue until after midnight. Neighbours signed a release to allow the crew to work into the wee hours.

Attempted abduction in Weston area

Two young women have reported an attempted abduction in the Jane and Wilson area.

The Toronto Police say that as two 16-year-old girls were walking to school, a man got out of a parked car. He tried to grab one of the girls and pull her into the car. The victims fought him off and ran to school.

The police report say that the suspect has a “dark-black complexion, 35-44 years, 5’7”–5”8”, 161-180 lbs., brown eyes and short, dark hair. He had a noticeable 2” scar below his left eye.”

The suspect’s car is old, white, and has a crack on the right side of the windshield.