What is going on in Toronto?! Van attack leaves multiple people dead

What a horrible day of news, again. This time, a van was driven onto a sidewalk in Toronto and killed 10 pedestrians, with 15 more injured at the latest report. Despite early speculation of terrorism, public safety minister Ralph Goodale was saying a few moment ago this does not appear to be connected to national…

More disappearing Toronto heritage: HMV on Yonge Street.

I haven’t returned to Toronto for any reason, vacation or otherwise, since I moved out of there a decade ago, and sadly I don’t think it would feel much like home anymore if I did go back. Too many of my favorite haunts there — record stores, book stores, movie theatres — are now gone…

John Tory has been elected mayor of Toronto

It was a lot closer than a lot of people thought, but the networks have now projected that John Tory has indeed ended Ford Nation rule in the mayor’s chair and has been elected mayor of Toronto. And yes, I have to say I’m delighted. Great night for the city of Toronto.

It’s voting day! Municipal election results from Ontario tonight

We are almost at the end now for this municipal election in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, London and elsewhere across Ontario. Thank goodness. After this week, I can finally concentrate on following the U.S. vote, of which we are getting inundated with attack ads on American cable TV. Should be a nice change from all the…

The Honda Indy in Toronto is a big rain-soaked mess

This has been a big week of auto racing for me personally. I went to the Canadian Tire series race in Saskatoon this week (and even wrote a story about it), and then this weekend I was hoping to tune in to the Honda Indy races in Toronto on TV during any downtime from my…

Toronto’s getting tired of Rob Ford, and so am I

I haven’t blogged much about Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his glorious comeback to the mayor’s office this week, a comeback which quickly descended into the usual gong show we have come to expect. Invitation-only press conferences, heckling from people in East York on Canada Day, and a bizarre confrontation with some shirtless guy dominated…

It’s days like today when I really, really miss Toronto

My love-hate relationship with Toronto continues. Now I’m back to wishing I was still there given its multitude of news and activity. First, the late night comedians are all having a field day over Rob Ford checking into rehab. Second, the PCs and NDP are all opposing the provincial budget, so Premier Kathleen Wynne has…

Olivia Chow joins mayors race to take on Tory, Ford in Toronto

It is an interesting political day in Toronto as Olivia Chow has joined the mayors race. She has resigned her seat as an NDP MP and will officially launch her campaign for mayor tomorrow. It sounds like she is lining up all the big back room boys in her corner — John Laschinger, Warren Kinsella,…

I SURE PICKED THE RIGHT YEAR TO NOT LIVE IN TORONTO

What a mess, again, in Toronto after this massive ice storm they had this weekend. Something like 300,000 households without power down there, and it looks like it is going to take a long time for the power to come back on — maybe days. Live coverage here from CP24. Also here is the latest…

TORONTO COUNCIL TO MAYOR ROB FORD: GO AWAY, PLEASE.

What utter lunacy from Toronto city hall today. Council passes a motion asking Mayor Rob Ford to step aside. Now honestly, folks, what did you really expect these councillors to do? Nothing? Sounds like the meeting today was a three ring circus, with Rob’s brother Councillor Doug Ford confronting Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong on the floor and loudly asking him…

THIS WHOLE ROB FORD STORY IS NOW OFFICIALLY SAD

The further revelations of the past couple of days with respect to the whole fiasco with Mayor Rob Ford just leave me shaking my head. This really has turned into a sad, sad story. Of course, the late night comedians have had a field day lately targeting the Mayor, using lines like “drunken stupor” this…

ROB FORD SHOULD GIVE UP, ALREADY

The word “bombshell” has been used far too much as of late — mainly in connection to the Senate. But Mike Duffy and crew have been shoved to the back pages after the latest “bombshell” from Toronto. It turns out the infamous crack cocaine video featuring Mayor Rob Ford has finally emerged! Toronto police chief Bill…

ROB FORD WINS APPEAL; REMAINS MAYOR OF TORONTO

I must admit I was distracted this morning while writing my NDP debate stories from last night, because of the live reports from Mayor Rob Ford’s legal appeal in Toronto. As it turns out, he has won his appeal and therefore is going to remain in office as mayor of Toronto. Hopefully, this will be the end of this…

ON THE GREY CUP GAME, AND TORONTO’S INVOLVEMENT IN IT

This weekend marks the 100th Grey Cup game, and the combatants in the annual West versus East matchup are the Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts in Toronto. It’s the Stamps’ Kevin Glenn versus the Argos’ Ricky Ray. Already I am hearing about the festivities in Toronto and getting jealous about it all, wishing I was…

MORE VIOLENCE AND SHOOTING DEATHS IN TORONTO

Things seem to be going from bad to worse in my former home city of Toronto. The latest gun violence happened last night at a block party in east Scarborough on Danzig Street, where someone opened fire and shot 23 people, and killed two young persons. Just like the shooting at the Eaton Centre earlier this…

A CRIME-FILLED NEWS FROM NOWHERE

Well, forgive me if the very first edition of News from Nowhere here at the new website is loaded with crime. It has been a very gory week of criminal activity in Canada and around the world. Among the criminal activities — those of the evil Luka Magnotta, arrested in Germany following an international manhunt. He’s…