If John Tory Can’t Quit Us

When John Tory resigned as the mayor of Toronto in February, there seemed to be some quid pro quo at work. Go quietly and no further questions will be asked about the details of the ‘serious error in judgment’, as he called it, aka, inter-office, extramarital affair with a notably younger, junior staffer that the Toronto Star uncovered late last year after Tory’s 2nd successful re-election campaign. Continue reading

Are You Happy Now?

Over the last few days while out and about on my summer cavort, I’ve been asked by some folks who still think of me as someone avidly if not rigorously interested in municipal politics what I think of the election of Olivia Chow as mayor of Toronto. Am I happy with the turn of events? Is she as socialist scary as some of her opponents said? How she’s going to fare, do you think? Continue reading


With Olivia Chow elected to be the next mayor of Toronto, surely we can write the final chapter of the interminable, meandering, wholly unsatisfactory, What was it even about? book of the John Tory era. Can’t we? He’s done, isn’t he? The rock has definitively crushed him in his one last attempt to roll it up the hill of relevancy. Hasn’t it? Continue reading