Frank Di Giorgio

Canvassing gets candidates up close to Toronto electorate

He has been knocking on doors for years. He knows his pitch very well by now. As he approaches one of the doorsteps at Roxton Road, in Little Italy, he gently knocks on a door and patiently waits for someone to open the door. “Hi there, I’m sorry to bother you,” he said. “My name is Mike Layton, I’m running to be your city councillor. I’m just coming by to say hello and see if there are any issues on your mind.”

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TTC chief general manager ‘shut down’ and ‘tossed out’

Gary Webster disagreed with the mayor and now he’s out of a job because of it, Councillor Janet Davis says. The Toronto Transit Commission today voted 5-4 to terminate Webster — its chief general manager and a 36-year veteran of the TTC — because, she said, he would not side with Mayor Rob Ford on his transit plan.

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City daycare funding on chopping block in budget debate

Christina Gilligan says she’s having a hard time finding affordable childcare space for her little girl in Toronto. Her toddler, she says, is on a long waiting list to get into Bellevue Child Care Centre, one of the centres slated to close if the city’s proposed operating budget passes.