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The full text of John Tory's mayoral acceptance speech

Posted by Derek Flack / October 27, 2014

john tory mayorJohn Tory took the stage at the Liberty Grand to celebrate his victory as mayor of Toronto. In a polished speech, he spoke of his goal of uniting the city, building his transit plan, and supporting at-need Torontonians. It was a measured speech, which might hint at a measured mayoralty. One can only hope.

Here are Tory's victory remarks.

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John Tory is the new mayor of Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / October 27, 2014

john tory mayor torontoJohn Tory is the new mayor of Toronto. The former leader of the provincial PC party carried a big lead in advance polls heading into the election. Tory ran for mayor in 2003, ultimately losing to David Miller, but ran an airtight campaign this time around, avoiding major platform controversies on his way towards victory in the mayoral race.

Early polls put Doug Ford and Tory close, but the CBC made the call on the victory as of 8:25pm. CP24 has also called the victory. The numbers still look close at time of publication, but as more and more polls report, the networks have decided that Tory's lead is insurmountable.

As of 9:15pm the breakdown of votes is: Tory 393,593; Ford 329,934; Chow 225, 338. That's far closer than many thought the race would be. Ford is about to take the stage for a concession speech.

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Rob Ford wins council seat in Ward 2

Posted by Derek Flack / October 27, 2014

rob ford ward 2Rob Ford will remain a voice in Toronto politics. Early polls suggest a landslide win over his competition in Ward 2. Media-friendly candidate Andray Domise promised to be competitive heading into the election, but the early numbers suggest that his campaign didn't resonate with voters in the Etobicoke North.

At present, Ford has received nearly 10,000 votes to under 2,000 for his nearest competition, including Domise. It's a runaway victory, though it remains unclear whether Ford's health will allow him to immediately assume his responsibilities as he undergoes cancer treatment. The former mayor of Toronto was, however, present at his brother's campaign headquarters as results came in. The mood was subdued given news of Tory's victory, but the Ford name will live on in Toronto politics -- for better or worse.

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20 spooky shots from Toronto's most fearful festival

Posted by Derek Flack / October 27, 2014

Night of Dread TorontoThe annual Night of Dread Festival returned to Dufferin Grove Park this weekend. Hosted by Clay & Paper Theatre, the 15th iteration of the event once again featured ghoulish costumes, effigy burning, and the shedding of fears that ranged from monsters to climate change to getting fat. The hour-long procession took to Bloor St. in all its spooky glory, where onlookers gawked and grinned at the masked revellers.

Then, as dusk gave way to night, the theatre started. Fire artists deftly twirled batons while oversized effigies duked it out in front of the crowd gathered back at the park. It was creepy and cathartic all at once, as our collective fears were poured out into the night to be consumed by flame.

Check out all the highlights from Night of Dread 2014 in this photo gallery.
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Star report alleges Ghomeshi assaulted other women

Posted by Derek Flack / October 27, 2014

Jian GhomeshiIn the wake of Jian Ghomeshi's firing from the CBC and the radio host's subsequent version of the events that led to his dismissal, the Toronto Star has published a report in which three women allege that Ghomeshi sexually abused them, engaging in violent acts without their consent. Apparently the newspaper has been investigating the matter for months, but only ran the story after the radio personality published his controversial note to Facebook yesterday.

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John Oliver begs Toronto to vote for Doug Ford

Posted by Derek Flack / October 27, 2014

John Oliver Doug FordJohn Oliver, the former Daily Show correspondent whose late night show has taken off in recent months, had some stern advice for Toronto voters last night. After running through some highlights (lowlights?) from Doug Ford's campaign, including his notorious statements about the Jewish community and his alleged reference to a Toronto Star reporter as a "little bitch," the host addresses our city as follows:

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