“Cops are like crack addicts.”
- Citytv crime specialist Jojo Chintoh explains on election night the Toronto police force's constant obsession with getting extra cash in the city budget
Liberal lyin' time
Ontario Liberal promises are falling like leaves from the trees. Barely three weeks in, three major promises ditched. No balanced budget this year, and the cap is coming off hydro rates - not a bad thing, actually. But after scooping voters north of T.O. on a stone-cold promise to stop the insane housing on the Oak Ridges Moraine - you know, the one that serves as the city's watershed - McGuinty's now weaseling out. He claims it's too hard, too expensive and, oh yeah, too late to change your vote. Mr. Integrity indeed.
Toronto One loses on election night
Like many previous successful CRTC licence applicants, Toronto One TV proves that promises made before going on air have little to do with future tele-reality. While pledging to be a true local station in the Citytv mould - but better - the Craig Media broadcasting bust could only steal itself away from a steady diet of imported American schlock TV for an hour to cover the most crucial civic election in 30 years. At 9 pm Monday night it was time for NFL football, so screw the birth of a new city.
NDP keeps crummy company
The NDP ran their disastrous provincial campaign on integrity. So how come Peter Kormos is trying to make a deal with one of the worst Tory MPPs? NDPers hope to get renegade Tory Bill Murdoch to play red and put their caucus numbers over the official party status hump. But the Owen Sound oaf's obsessed with abolishing the Niagara Escarpment Commission and tries to block native fishers. Some NDPer.
Election fun with figures
Some election-night fun with figures. Voters in the 905 gave a convicted bribe-taking councillor, Clifford Gyles, 4.5 per cent of the tally in his Mississaugua re-election bid. Toronto mayoral candidate Tom Jakobek topped the scorn meter, getting only 1 per cent of the vote after being caught lying about supplier-paid trips and tickets to hockey games. And while we're counting, Barb Hall's disappearing act saw her get barely more votes than "fringe" candidate Tooker Gomberg won in the last race. Hall scored 60,425, while Gomberg got 51,111 back in 2000.