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Olivia Chow for mayor?

New Democrat MP Olivia Chow is “listening” to the public, and may consider a run for mayor of Toronto in 2014.

The Trinity-Spadina federal representative spoke at a news conference in Toronto on Tuesday, and said an increasing amount of people insist that she take a stab at running against mayor Rob Ford in the next election.

Similarly, at a Friday media event, 680 News reports Chow told the press that while she may not be considering a run, she has not shut that door, or ruled it out completely. 

Chow has a history as a Toronto city councillor, serving from 1991 to 2005, before moving into the federal political realm in 2006.

My “job is to make sure we have a vibrant, sustainable city where no one is left behind,” said Chow, who also grew up in the city, and made reference to her late husband, NDP leader Jack Layton’s love of Toronto. Back in the spring, a Toronto Sun Forum Research poll found Chow would beat Ford in a two-person race, and 58 per cent of the Toronto electorate said they would vote for her.

Avenue-Lawrence home invasion and sexual assault suspect surrenders

Image: Toronto Police Services

A 20-year-old man has surrendered himself to the police in connection with two sexual assaults and a home invasion at an Avenue Road and Lawrence Avenue West area house on Monday.

The man is a suspect in the case, and allegedly gained forceful entry into the women’s home shortly after 10 a.m. on Monday, after posing as a newspaper salesperson. Armed with a knife, the alleged suspect sexually assaulted two woman, ages 25 and 30, and fled the scene on foot.

Toronto police tell 680 News the suspect turned himself in to the 12 division at around midnight on Tuesday. Earlier that day, the police released video surveillance footage of the suspect entering the house, and a clear, closeup TTC security camera photo of him as well. The suspect remains in police custody.

A struggle ensued during the attacks, and one of the women was taken to the hospital. The suspect was also said to be wounded. 

Firing Donald Trump?

Over 520,000 people have signed a petition asking U.S. department store Macy’s to fire Donald Trump.

According to The Hollywood Reporterliberal group MoveOn.org has sponsored the petition, alleging the real estate magnate and TV personality repeatedly makes sexist and “racially charged” comments which counter the retailer’s standards.

“Trump’s brand is consequence-free bullying,” said organizer Angelo Carusone to The Hollywood Reporter. Trump sells a variety of products exclusively at Macy’s, including his line of signature ties, and a fragrance dubbed “Success.”

Macy’s has yet to comment on the petition, or on Trump’s standing with the brand. 


Joanna Adams writes about news and entertainment for Toronto Standard. Follow her on Twitter at‏ @nowstarringTO.

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