Matt Mernagh starts his day vaporizing marijuana into a plastic bag. He smokes several times a day, consuming several grams to relieve pain from an inoperable brain tumor that causes seizures. He has fibromyalgia, which in addition to pain causes his spine to curve sideways. For almost 20 years, Mernagh, 40, has fought for the rights of medical marijuana users; he’s been attempting to legalize marijuana in an ongoing court case with the federal government. This year, however, Mernagh is fighting a different battle. This year, he’s running to be mayor of Toronto.
His name is William Allan Russell Gore, but you know him as Al Gore. No, not that Al Gore. This one’s all Canadian and he’s running to be the next mayor of Toronto.
The University of Toronto Scarborough Campus hosted a panel discussion for five of the mayoral candidates on Feb. 5. Candidates David Soknacki, Rob Ford, Robb Johannes, Al Gore and Richard Underhill attended the first mayoral panel of the campaign.