Tory’s re-election signifies city’s trust after landslide win

(By: Jackson Farough) Clearly, Toronto isn’t ready to let go of John Tory yet. The incumbent mayor will now serve a second term in office after dominating the municipal elections this month. He took 63.5% of the vote despite competing against 34 candidates for mayor. Jennifer Keesmaat—Tory’s main political rival in the election—took just 23.5% of the vote. This was after a passionate couple of months … Continue reading Tory’s re-election signifies city’s trust after landslide win

Young Voters and the Toronto Municipal Election

The Toronto municipal election is taking place today. In the running are incumbent mayor John Tory, Jennifer Keesmaat, Sarah Climenhaga, Saron Gebresellassi and Faith Goldy. Youth voter turnout is expected to be low. Find out students’ thoughts on voting and hear from Jennifer Keesmaat on why the youth vote is important.   Continue reading Young Voters and the Toronto Municipal Election

Parkdale overdose prevention site closed during province’s 9-week ‘pause’ on new overdose prevention sites

(By: Manuela Vega) An unsanctioned overdose prevention site in Parkdale closed on Wednesday, the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society (TOPS) announced Tuesday, Oct. 9. Volunteers working in Parkdale said that it would be too difficult to support people who use drugs in tents based on their experiences with the cold, rain and wind throughout the last few weeks at Dunn Avenue Parkette, as well as their … Continue reading Parkdale overdose prevention site closed during province’s 9-week ‘pause’ on new overdose prevention sites

Ontario Liberals use Throne Speech to make new promises ahead of campaign season

(By: Jonathan Bradley) Ontario’s Liberal government indicated its plans for the upcoming budget in the Speech from the Throne at Queen’s Park on Monday, promising significant new spending on multiple programs and issues. Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell hinted that Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government intends on investing in new programs and expanding on current ones. Dowdeswell said that Wynne will direct spending to reduce hospital wait times … Continue reading Ontario Liberals use Throne Speech to make new promises ahead of campaign season

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath introduces campaign platform

(By: Jonathan Bradley) Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath has unveiled parts of her party’s platform this week. Horwath said that the NDP would focus on deprivatizing Hydro One, implementing universal pharmacare and dental coverage for all Ontarians, lowering wait times for healthcare services, raising taxes for corporations and the wealthiest people, and converting student loans to grants. Horwath said that these five policy points were … Continue reading Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath introduces campaign platform

Doug Ford elected Ontario PC Leader after chaotic convention

(By: Jonathan Bradley) Former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford has been elected the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives following a chaotic leadership convention Saturday. The results were announced after a seven-hour delay that saw Ontario PC members being sent home from the convention at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites. After party officials reviewed a challenge, Ford was confirmed to have won on the third … Continue reading Doug Ford elected Ontario PC Leader after chaotic convention

Provincial candidates discuss concerns about voter apathy and political indifference in Ryerson forum

(By: Anthony Manrique) Though the last federal election showed an increased percentage of voter turnout across the country, Ontario still lags behind other provinces when it comes to voting among young people. In a talk held Wednesday at Ryerson, the four candidates for this year’s provincial election discussed the current state of democracy and voter apathy in Ontario. Premier Kathleen Wynne (Liberal), Vic Fedeli (PC), … Continue reading Provincial candidates discuss concerns about voter apathy and political indifference in Ryerson forum

Patrick Brown drops out of PC leadership race

(By: Jazan Grewal) Patrick Brown announced Monday he will no longer be participating in the PC leadership race. The announcement was made the same day Ontario’s Integrity Commissioner’s office revealed it is reviewing some of Brown’s finances. That same day, Hamilton Police also announced they are investigating possible forgery and fraud in connection to the nomination of a PC party candidate that occurred while Brown was … Continue reading Patrick Brown drops out of PC leadership race

Recap: RSU election results see Unify sweep executive board

(By: Angela McLean) After two weeks of campaigning and a three-day voting period, Ryerson students have elected their 2018-19 Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) executives and directors. In an overwhelming victory, the Unify slate claimed all five executive member positions, including president (Ram Ganesh.) For some positions, such as VP Education, Unify’s candidate won by more than double the votes. Members from all three slates – … Continue reading Recap: RSU election results see Unify sweep executive board