Progressive Conservative candidate Jon Kieran knows he has an uphill battle, trying to defeat Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in her own riding of Don Valley West.
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The program director at the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office applauds Mayor John Tory’s initiative to provide free breakfasts to Toronto-area grade school students, but believes the program doesn’t go far enough.
In 2014 the Government of Ontario released a poverty reduction strategy; it included $10 million made available between 2014 and 2019 to reduce poverty in Ontario communities. On Monday, Mayor Tory announced the allotment of $500,000 (of that $10 million) to offer breakfasts to communities in need. Mohan Doss, the program director of Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, appreciates the initiative, but has some criticism.
“What about youth between 19 and 28, who are not in high school, who will not have access to free-breakfast programs?” Doss said.
This election marked the third time in a row that Oliphant and Carmichael have competed to represent Don Valley west in the House of Commons.
Defeated MP John Carmichael stood with his family when he thanked supporters for backing his unsuccessful campaign to hang on to the Don Valley West riding for the Conservative Party. While he said “it’s too early to tell” what he will do next, or whether he will seek election again, he was sure about one thing.
The openly gay former United Church minister captured a true majority of votes cast in the riding — 54 per cent, and despite six rivals. That was more than 8,000 votes ahead of Carmichael. All of the other candidates were stuck in the single-digits, percentage-wise.
At 10 p.m. the CBC announced that Liberals will form the next federal government. With earliest results coming from Atlantic Canada, the CBC said that the so-called “red wave” had swept the Atlantic region, unseating such sitting Conservative cabinet ministers as Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea and Aboriginal and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt.
With the election 12 days away, the affluent Don Valley West riding pits Conservative candidate John Carmichael and Liberal candidate Rob Oliphant — again.
An organizer of the Oct. 1 protest, pulling students out of classes at Thorncliffe Park Public School, says his group wants to send a strong message to the Ontario government regarding its new health curriculum. About 200 parents and children gathered outside the school in East York on Oct. 1. Protestors formed human chains and marched with their picket signs on Thorncliffe Park Drive. They were protesting the new sex component of the health curriculum in Ontario’s public schools. The parents pulled more than half of the students, about 740 children, from the school for the day.
Four years ago, in his first bid for city councillor for Ward 26, incumbent John Parker edged out first-time candidate Burnside by a paper-thin margin of two percentage points. This time around, Burnside emerged convincingly victorious — with 42.7 per cent of the vote in a six-candidate field.
Gershon has been in the limelight in recent weeks after a provincial auditor’s report questioned some trustee expenses. For instance, the audit showed Gershon spent $3,765 on a tour of Israel. Gershon told the Globe and Mail that the trip had “very much to do with her role as trustee.” And judging from the returns tonight, many East Yorkers seemed to take her at her word.