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5 things you didn't know about Olivia Chow

Posted by Chris Bateman / July 28, 2014

olivia chow mayorWhen Olivia Chow announced her plan to run for mayor of Toronto, no one was really surprised. The Trinity-Spadina MP had long been connected with a run for the office of the city's chief magistrate, especially during the Rob Ford drug scandals. Without expressing an official interest in the job, polls regularly placed her as the most likely contender to unseat Ford.

Born and raised in Hong Kong until aged 13, Chow and her family fled to Canada in 1970 amid the Cultural Revolution in China. In her memoir My Journey, she described her experience as part of a struggling immigrant family in Toronto's St. James Town.

Chow first became involved in politics in 1981 as an assistant to Spadina MP Dan Heap. She was elected a public school trustee in 1985, campaigning for gay rights, championing anti-racism and native language policies. As a Metro councillor and later city councillor and MP, affordable childcare became an important part of her focus.

Following her first election win in 1991, Chow emphasized the importance she places on working with the public. "If you work with people and organize them, they realize they can make a difference."

She and Jack Layton were forced to abandon their rafting honeymoon

In July 1988, Jack Layton "smashed his kneecap" running into a Financial Post newspaper box on the corner of Dundas and Elizabeth. Layton launched a lawsuit against the city, which placed the box, and the Financial Post for unspecified damages, saying it was too close to the road. The injury meant the newlywed couple, who were due to marry on Algonquin Island later that year, had to cancel plans for white water rafting on their honeymoon.

At the wedding, the pair recited a "long prayer" for Toronto. "This forest of towers of concrete, glass, and steel ... our city, may it look better the closer we get, not the farther away we go," they said.

Was embroiled in a scandal over a housing co-op in 1990

While a school board trustee, Chow and husband Jack Layton were criticized by several councillors and acting mayor Tom Jakobek for living in an $800-a-month subsidized co-op unit on Jarvis St. while earning a combined $120,000 a year. Jack Layton said people of all incomes were encouraged to live together in co-ops, noting the pair paid a voluntary $325 a month surcharge on their three-bedroom, seven-room unit.

Provincial co-op legislation specifically targeted tenants from a range of incomes to avoid the development of slums, the Toronto Star reported. Co-op rents are typically lower because each is set up as a non-profit organization with the monthly fee covering only the cost of maintenance and mortgage payments. Amid the furor, provincial housing minister John Sweeney called it "not an appropriate situation." The pair later moved to a home near Queen Street West.

She was the first Metro councillor of Chinese origin

Olivia Chow was elected in the Downtown ward of the Metropolitan Toronto government in 1991, beating out opponent Storm MacGregor. As a result, she became the first councillor of Chinese origin. During her campaign Chow said she'd "like to bring the community close to the police." Husband Jack Layton lost his bid for mayor to June Rowlands, in part due to the fallout from the housing co-op scandal.

Chow was elected as Trinity-Spadina MP on her third try

NDP candidate Chow narrowly finished second to Liberal Tony Ianno in the 1997 and 2004 federal elections (by 805 and 3,681 votes, respectively). In 2006, Ianno was edged into second. During the election, Mike Klander, a prominent member of the Liberal party, quit after posting a picture of Chow and a Chow Chow dog to his personal blog under the headline "separated at birth." He also said "I think Jack Layton is an asshole" in the same post. In 2007, she was re-elected in Trinity-Spadina by more than 20,000 votes over her nearest rival.

Motioned to allow conscientious objectors to the Iraq War to seek asylum in Canada

In June 2008, Chow brought a motion calling on the government to stop the planned deportation of Iraq War deserters to the United States. She likened the action to the successful bid in the 1960s to protect Vietnam War resisters. "I believe the same thing is going to happen, because Canadian values haven't changed that much, in terms of we are a peaceful country and we want to allow people that would be deported to jail to stay in Canada," the Toronto Star reported.

The non-binding motion passed 137-110 but was not acted on by the Conservative government. The same motion passed again by a vote of 129-125 in 2009. Kimberly Rivera, a U.S. army private who became the first female Iraq War resister to enter Canada, was deported in 2012 and jailed for 12 months for desertion.

See also:

Next week: 5 things you didn't know about David Soknacki

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.



yawn / July 27, 2014 at 11:09 pm
farook farook / July 27, 2014 at 11:47 pm
I want to read about "5 things I didn't already know about Rob Ford" or even his wife!
Steven / July 28, 2014 at 12:19 am
Joey / July 28, 2014 at 03:24 am
So, Toronto could've had Jack Layton as a mayor, but didn't because some ignorant people didn't know how housing co-ops work? Ugh, this city sometimes.
Olivia? / July 28, 2014 at 03:52 am
Olivia Chow's grasp of Toronto issues weak at best


"That's not true. I've been cashier at Shoppers Drug Mart for two or three years and a waitress for six years ... I sold paintings, photos ... I had a business when I was an artist. I had three or four contracts."

"I have a car ... Equinox ... you don't think I can do 10 activities on one day. Do you think I can fly?"

"I have the courage to say what needs to be done ... I have the courage of my convictions ... just because Rob Ford and John Tory think it is the right thing to do doesn't mean it's right."

"It was Jamey Heath's thing (her communication adviser) ... I didn't go around handing them out. We weren't doing anything with it."

"Absolutely. I think it's really important for our children to grow up smart and strong especially in an at-risk neighbourhood and in all communities."

"It's worked quite well. My mom likes it. (We have) no issues."

"By appealing to what they (councillors) are most passionate about ... and let them run (with it) as long as you don't break the piggy bank ... that's the difference between me and John Tory. I know how the city works."

"Life is too short ... I want to get things done."

"I journey on ... it doesn't get any easier ... just different."
steve / July 28, 2014 at 07:50 am
Didn't they only start the 'voluntary' payment after they'd be caught squatting in public housing? Total scum abusing a position of public trust like that
Mutton Jeff / July 28, 2014 at 08:26 am
Why wasn't that thing about Olivia doing marijuana while she was a school trustee listed in this? It seems to be a little-known fact, since so many Chow supporters slam Ford for drugs.
urbnplnto / July 28, 2014 at 08:41 am
wow steve, give it a rest. the rent was set by the co-op board. $800 would have been the rate for all tenants who didn't qualify for a reduced rate. that $800 a month in the 1980s was helping others with less household income keep a roof over their heads.

they had no need to pay an extra $325 a month in the 1980s because the finances of the co-op board worked just fine.

Rafa / July 28, 2014 at 08:49 am
More reasons not to vote for her
Elsah / July 28, 2014 at 09:02 am
Ya know, the more I read about Olivia Chow out of the mouths of her detractors the more I like her. Hahha. I was really thinking I might vote for Tory. I didn't know she smoked a wee bit of pot she always seems so straight. In fact all of the negative things people say about her just seem to make her seem more human... like those she represents. I guess if Ford gets in it's a reflection of the crack users, drug traffickers, law breakers, ignorant, homophobic and racist number of people in the city that don't particularly care about anyone else and only about saving a buck on the backs of others. Let's hope that's not the city we live in.
Mutton Lamb / July 28, 2014 at 09:13 am
Why wasn't the thing about Donnelly/Apollo Health listed in any BlogTO item? It's a widely known fact that The Three Ford Stooges used their positions at City Hall for their own financial gain and then lied about it. "Talk to my lawyer" is NOT an answer. Nothing becomes Doug and Mayor Slug's political life as the leaving of it on October 27!
#FordMoreProsecutions / July 28, 2014 at 09:18 am
Let's lock up ALL the Fords-AT THE SAME TIME! Randy & Kathy + Kathy's Convictmen™ have all been incarcerated...more to come! Rob @ Warkworth Pen, Doug @ Mimico Ref....maybe the trifecta when Mikey makes his bones and starts collecting.
Trev / July 28, 2014 at 09:19 am
Ohh no a cancelled canoe trip? Say it aint so!!!!!
Shes so hard done by.
3rd times a charm / July 28, 2014 at 09:22 am
Wow it took 3 tries to become a councillor, shes got that John Tory kind of determination.
Lawrence / July 28, 2014 at 09:24 am
Wow even on a post dedicated to celebrating Olivia Chow seems most want to talk about Ford. The mayor you love to hate.
Aaron / July 28, 2014 at 09:30 am
Olivia Chow and Jack Layton did not live in a subsidized co-op unit, they lived in a market rent co-op unit. Please stop repeating this false information.
holding an iphone the wrong way / July 28, 2014 at 09:32 am
Ohh no Chow supporter number 1 in the photo doesnt even know how to take an iphone video.
We deserve answers / July 28, 2014 at 09:34 am
If the housing coop was legit why did they pay the money back?
real / July 28, 2014 at 09:36 am
Even the housing minister said they shouldnt be living there so they moved
Spike replying to a comment from Joey / July 28, 2014 at 09:47 am
Yep, and because people have been brainwashed by right-wing bullshit media as well.
GregS / July 28, 2014 at 10:04 am
What's the point of saying her family "fled" Hong Kong in 1970 amidst China's cultural revolution? Are you trying to make us think she's some kind of refugee? Hong Kong was not part of China in 1970. It was a prosperous safe city state run by the UK. I could claim with equal justification that my family "fled" Saskatchewan in 1970 during China's cultural revolutiom.
Todd Toronto replying to a comment from Joey / July 28, 2014 at 10:19 am
I don't think he would have won anyway. Art Eggleton was still pretty popular in 1991, and June Rowlands' politics were more aligned with his.

Also, Layton's anti-Olympics stance still smarted. Rob Ford couldn't have gotten elected in the Old City of Toronto, but it wasn't as liberal as people like to believe.
Junction John / July 28, 2014 at 10:35 am
Noooooooo... She would be a terrible mayor. I hate Rob Ford a heck of a lot but I think I'd rather go for him over her. That is how much she sucks. John Tory is my guy - he better win.
Shame / July 28, 2014 at 10:37 am
The provincial housing minister John Sweeney called it "not an appropriate situation." The pair later moved to a home near Queen Street West.
Laura L / July 28, 2014 at 10:46 am
Chris Bateman: Just a quick fact check: Kimberly Rivera was not the first Iraq war resister to enter Canada, (that was Jeremy Hinzman) she was the first female war resister to enter Canada.
DL / July 28, 2014 at 10:57 am
Jack Layton "smashed his kneecap" running into a Financial Post newspaper box on the corner of Dundas and Elizabeth. Layton launched a lawsuit against the city, which placed the box, and the Financial Post for unspecified damages, saying it was too close to the road.

This is fucking hilarious.
Chris Bateman replying to a comment from Laura L / July 28, 2014 at 11:03 am
Right you are!
Jules replying to a comment from DL / July 28, 2014 at 11:11 am
Ha Ha. The guy walks into a newspaper box and files a lawsuit? Watch were you going!!! What was he running out of a Dundas street rub and tug or something....
Yuel / July 28, 2014 at 11:18 am
Olivia will make our city safer by banning handguns. What part of city safety and progress don't you not understand?
Todd Toronto / July 28, 2014 at 11:20 am
Are we really still talking about this co-op housing thing? I'm no fan of Olivia Chow, but enough already.

Toronto voters have had a chance to digest this story and express their approval/disapproval of it for about a dozen elections since 1991.
Dave / July 28, 2014 at 11:24 am
She's an idiot. Period.

Dave replying to a comment from Yuel / July 28, 2014 at 11:24 am
What a stupid post!
Yuel replying to a comment from Dave / July 28, 2014 at 11:34 am
Are you saying her promise to all Torontonians for a ban on handguns to reduce crime is stupid? She promised it to us. She will make this city safer. No other candidate has even addressed the issue.
Yuel B Zorry replying to a comment from Yuel / July 28, 2014 at 11:39 am
It will be great when only the criminals have handguns, right Yuel?
WalkingWhileStoned replying to a comment from DL / July 28, 2014 at 11:44 am
The fact that they tried started a lawsuit over that proved that they just want to get cash wherever possible. If I whacked my knee on something outside, I'd be thinking that I better be more careful next time. I will never vote for the ChowChow

Meanwhile, did you know that Jack Layton used to drive around in a very big car back around 1997? It was shocking to see that an NDPer would drive something like he did
Yuel replying to a comment from Yuel B Zorry / July 28, 2014 at 11:45 am
So we shouldn't vote her then? So crime will get worse if she's elected, yikes this is about Olivia's campaign promise. Maybe I should vote Tory after all.
Dan replying to a comment from Yuel B Zorry / July 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm
I guess what your saying is we'll all be sorry if Olivia Chow is elected.
Yuel B Zorry replying to a comment from Dan / July 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm
correct! You win a cigar! Or do you want a spliff so you can smoke it, walk into a newspaper box and sue the city?
Ching Chang Chong replying to a comment from Dan / July 28, 2014 at 12:10 pm
you see my video here!
Astin replying to a comment from Ching Chang Chong / July 28, 2014 at 01:12 pm
1 thing I didn't know, and is completely irrelevant - missing white water honeymoon. The rest is fairly common knowledge I thought. Also, once again, the housing story is wrong and pointless.
Downtown Diva replying to a comment from steve / July 28, 2014 at 01:15 pm
FOR GODS sakes Steve educate yourself about the FACTs before you spout your mouth .
The things you say are wrong.
This misinformation just refuses to dies because of ill informed big mouths like you.
AL / July 28, 2014 at 02:30 pm
Why is the housing scandal wrong and irrelevant?

It's part of her history in Toronto city politics. We have a right to know all of the good and bad stories about the candidates and judge them based on what we think. Why is it OK to dig up issues from John Tory or Rob Fords past but not elitist Olivia's?

Just because its in the past and has been dealt with doesn't mean its erased from history. Quit trying to hide and protect her, we have a right to judge.
Steve / July 28, 2014 at 02:36 pm
"Chow and husband Jack Layton were criticized by several COUNCILLORS and acting MAYOR Tom Jakobek for living in an $800-a-month subsidized co-op unit on Jarvis St. while earning a combined $120,000 a year."

IF THIS HAPPENED TODAY and you found out Doug Ford or Denzil Minnan-Wong or Giorgio Mammoliti we're living in a co-op you'd all be outraged.

Housing minister John Sweeney called it "not an appropriate situation." The pair later moved to a home near Queen Street West.
The mayor you love to hate replying to a comment from #FordDumpedIn Trash / July 28, 2014 at 02:45 pm
This post is to celebrate the candidate Olivia Chow, why must you bring Ford into it? The mayor you love to hate.
kn / July 28, 2014 at 03:13 pm
I always love the references to "AT RISK" communities. Are we talking about TCHC ghettos? Ghettos built by the city? Atkinson ghetto destroyed Alexandra park but the city is spending hundreds of millions to rebuild it now. Maybe we shouldn't be rebuilding these "AT RISK" communities Olivia.
JB for Mayor / July 28, 2014 at 03:23 pm

vote for Justin as Mayor!
Todd / July 28, 2014 at 04:54 pm
5 things you didn't know about Olivia Chow failed MP drop out.
Change of Vote / July 28, 2014 at 05:24 pm
The anti-Chow idiocy posted here has convinced me to vote FOR CHOW! Tory & Ford can eat each other.
Astin replying to a comment from AL / July 28, 2014 at 06:10 pm
The honeymoon story is irrelevant.

The housing scandal is wrong because it was blown out of proportion and still is. They lived in a non-subsidized unit of a co-op. Not subsidized housing. They paid the market rate. They then paid OVER that rate when they realized the optics weren't great (granted, this just made them look worse).

It was $800/month at Jarvis and Shuter in the 80's. That's not some huge bargain, and they weren't living off the taxpayer's dime.
Vote Chow / July 28, 2014 at 06:17 pm
Yo check u Chowness
If you gonna bring the prowness
To our towness
She's got the Howness!
Suzi / July 28, 2014 at 06:26 pm
Change of vote must be weak to easily switch and decide thier candidate based on the online comments of others.

Its called "self esteem" for a reason not "others esteem".
Ian / July 28, 2014 at 06:31 pm
$120,000 combined income in the 80's WOW! Whats that $500,000 today? And took an $800 a month rental from someone more needy and deserving? The mayor, councillors and housing minister all did not approve of thier living situation.

Sean / July 28, 2014 at 06:36 pm
Do we really want a failed MP for mayor? Whats next Mike Duffy gonna run and get your votes.
Tripper / July 28, 2014 at 06:39 pm
Did the CBC really waste taxpayer dollars creating a movie biography about Olivia and Jack?
#ChowMoreYears / July 28, 2014 at 07:21 pm
Chow supporters can be just as obnoxious and low class as Ford supporters! Chow for the win! Vote Chow Oct. 27!
Mark replying to a comment from Astin / July 28, 2014 at 07:31 pm
For the last time, yes Chow and Layton were sponging off the taxpayers. When you take a subsidized house off the market so you and your fellow councillor can live in it at a reduced rate, you are stealing from the public. If they didn't do anything wrong they wouldn't have moved when caught.
Jessica Rabbit / July 28, 2014 at 08:01 pm
Funny how we can run through all the Rob and Doug Ford history all the way back to high school, but mention a real Toronto political scandal that Olivia Chow was involved in from the past and its off limits and irrelevant and blown out of proportion.
Apsley Dood replying to a comment from Mark / July 28, 2014 at 08:03 pm
And, how is that different than any idiot conservative providing for his freeloading corporate welfare bum buddies? Layton admitted to the wrong and corrected it, end of story. Vote in Layton's memory, he earned it.
tommy replying to a comment from holding an iphone the wrong way / July 28, 2014 at 08:08 pm
It's you. You're the kind of person that takes iPhone videos vertically, cropping out all action to the left and right of the frame. No one likes those videos, they suck and are hard to watch. You are the worst kind of person, bar none.
Gregor / July 28, 2014 at 08:08 pm
If you want to Vote in Layton's memory then vote Mike Layton at least he has some of Jacks DNA so there is some hope for him. Chow married into greatness to get herself out of St. James town what kind of message is that sending to the youth?
VOTE HAND GUN BAN! / July 28, 2014 at 08:13 pm
Vote for the safer city we all deserve. Vote Olivia Handgun Ban in 2014. Let's get the guns off our streets!
Jack / July 28, 2014 at 08:44 pm
Olivia is the queen of the deflection which is why she fails at the debates. Tory, Ford and all the other candidates can address and handle any attack on them at the debates BUT Chow just deflects back to the attacker and stumbles to try and avoid the questions. Even if in the past, there are many young voters just coming of age that have a right to see how she responds today to allegations from the past.
Alex / July 28, 2014 at 09:30 pm
Sorry but Toronto is not in the position to vote on sympathy and compassion. We need to vote to get things done in this city. We have fallen behind on so many issues and projects. We need to get this city moving.
Kn / July 28, 2014 at 09:38 pm
Ban handguns from Toronto? Is Olivia taking a page from the book of stupid from Adam Vaughan? Toronto is not a country, it's a city. There are no borders. How would they ever enforce such a law? Does Olivia think the gangs have legal registered handguns? Or they buy they won't have access to guns once they are banned in the city? Wow Olivia and Adam are quite a pair.
Astin replying to a comment from Mark / July 28, 2014 at 10:09 pm
And for the last time, it wasn't a SUBSIDIZED home. It was a market rate co-op. When they left, someone else came in and paid the same market rate for that unit, it didn't become subsidized. That's how co-ops work, a mixed population of income levels to keep it from becoming entirely low-income.

As for Chow attacks being off-limits, when she does something recent, let me know. Focusing on something that can be manipulated to look bad that happened 20 years ago is sad desperation. The brothers Ford say or do something idiotic on an almost daily basis.
#ChowMoreYears / July 28, 2014 at 10:11 pm
Yes! Olivia!
80's Housing Scandals / July 28, 2014 at 10:19 pm
Where are they now?: Olivia Chow
getReal replying to a comment from Astin / July 28, 2014 at 10:24 pm
3 bedroom apts were not generally going for $800 in 1990 unless they were roach motels. Better check rents, I know what they were
noGunBan replying to a comment from Kn / July 28, 2014 at 10:27 pm
If we ban guns, the bad guys like the ones in this video may decide to turn them in
Sean / July 28, 2014 at 11:28 pm
Vote Chow! Relax for a more chill Toronto experience. Chow 2014.
Stanley replying to a comment from Ian / July 29, 2014 at 06:12 am
Wow, I have no idea where you pulled that level of inflation from. It is horrendously inaccurate. By that logic, if inflation jumped 416 percent from the late 1980's (according to you), then the 800 dollar market rate that they were paying back then would cost 3300.28 dollars today. If that was true, I would be completely lost within your bickering.

Rent back then was dirt cheap. When they paid 800 (plus the 325 surcharge) dollars for rent, they were paying above market prices in an unsubsidised co-op apartment, which was obviously done to prevent the build up of a slum (as Jack mentioned), while low-income earners paid less than 800 since they were subsidized, but lived in same apartment.

Rents have gone up!!!!!! / July 29, 2014 at 08:40 am
Yes a 3 bedroom 7 room unit goes for about $2500-$3000 today in the downtown core.
Andy / July 29, 2014 at 08:43 am
Rents were not dirt cheap back in the 80s ask anyone who rented back then people were still struggling to get by. Sure it looks cheap compared to todays rents but were talking 30 years ago people.
Change of vote again. / July 29, 2014 at 08:53 am
Woke up today and all this anti-Ford idiocy posted here has convinced me to VOTE FORD! Ive loat faith in Chow. Tory and Chow can eat each other.
Stephan / July 29, 2014 at 09:00 am
After Jack and Olivia voluntarily payed an extra $325 a month to cover up the issue they quickly moved elsewhere as they didnt agree with the new rate they were paying for the rental. Only worth it if it was cheap.
KG / July 29, 2014 at 09:23 am
Zzzzzzzz..... wake me up when there's something new here.
GK replying to a comment from KG / July 29, 2014 at 10:28 am
Nothing new here. She's not going to win. We'll wake you up on October 28th so you can see the results and you can once again cry voter apathy from your side.
Ford=Jail Tory=Boardroom/Rosedale / July 29, 2014 at 11:47 am
Chow=Mayor.....Doug Ford:"Zing. The End."
Chow=Mayor / July 29, 2014 at 12:18 pm
Ford=Jail/Rehab/Lying/Raising Taxes/Do Nothing/Voting No As A Dumb Reflex/Corruption/ThreeStoogesPolitics/Bigots\HomophobicRFords
Tory us Elmer Fudd with Money
Warey replying to a comment from Ford=Jail Tory=Boardroom/Rosedale / July 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm
Warren Kinsella Olivia's Campaign Manager on guns,
SnoopHotDawg replying to a comment from VOTE HAND GUN BAN! / July 29, 2014 at 12:44 pm
My pea shooter becomes a gun when I put my hand on it. oes that make it a handgun?
Hey Ho Olivio replying to a comment from SnoopHotDawg / July 29, 2014 at 12:48 pm
That's up for Olivia to decide.

It's Olivia's Toronto the rest of us just live here and fund it.
norm / July 29, 2014 at 02:14 pm
Chris, check your facts."She was the first Metro Councillor of Chinese origin" Ying Hope was a Metro Councillor in the '70's although he was Canadian born. Maybe K.Dock Yip was too but I can't remember with certainty.
Agreed replying to a comment from norm / July 29, 2014 at 03:42 pm
Yes Ying Hope was a Councillor from 1969 - 1985.
Change of Vote 3 / July 29, 2014 at 05:52 pm
Not going to vote for Cocksucker Fords
sam / July 29, 2014 at 07:55 pm
Olivia Chow has moved on up from subsidized housing, she is now in the category of billing taxpayers half a million dollars a year
sam bam / July 29, 2014 at 09:22 pm
Rob Fordfucker has moved on up from self-abuse to abusing a city. He is now in the category of world-wide joke. He has cost the city 100s of millions of $$$.
#FordMoreYears / July 29, 2014 at 10:22 pm
Let's get rid of the land transfer tax in Toronto once and for all. Vote Rob Ford on October 27th!
#FordGravy4DecoCustomers / July 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm
I, Rob Ford, do hereby swear that it's OK to put city money into Deco/Apollo Health/Donnelly pockets. Why not? I've gotten away with it for years, like my brother & dear old dad.
#FordDumpedIn Trash / July 30, 2014 at 12:41 pm
So...why isn't it OK? (sung to your fave tune..."If it's good enuf for Daddy(or Ma'am-o-litti) it's good enuf for me!
Warren Kinsella tweet angers John Tory campaign / August 20, 2014 at 12:03 pm
arren Kinsella tweet angers John Tory campaign

The hiring of Mr. Kinsella is reflective of what the residents of Toronto and the GTA can expect from Ms. Chow's politics. Mr. Kinsella's political personality is known, and Ms. Chow embraces him as a leader.
Where is Olivia? / August 20, 2014 at 02:39 pm
Ohhh Olivia will you at least take responsibility for the Warren Kinsella's comments? Will you say your not responsible for the comments made by your staff or will you say he's just a volunteer that's only been in the office for 1 day doing photocopies he's not really part of the team.

Thats not how you made it sound when you announced your campaign advisory committee and Warren Kinsella's involvement.
adGuy replying to a comment from sam bam / August 20, 2014 at 03:00 pm
What do you think it cots to run ads which would get Toronto the publicity that Rob Ford has gotten us? And he did it for nothing!
Lorn / September 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm
Toronto had a Ford for mayor now it's time for a change to something different.
Doug Taylor replying to a comment from Joey / October 6, 2014 at 04:23 pm
Thank God we never had Jack (me off) Layton as mayor. You are another naive dupe who does not know the entire story of that co-op fiasco. Not only were they paying less than they should have been given their combined income, but they amazingly jumped ahead of other people who were on the list before them.I guess it was a clerical error. Of course, that is what must have happened. After all, Saint Jack and Queen Olivia would never do anything improper for something as crass as money.Here's something else the leftist media will not tell us: Olivia has an Imelda Marcos type problem with excessive spending on shoes!Conspicuous consumption...materialism...not cool man.It has been said that she and jack even owned a car!! I know,we were all stunned and horrified. Olivia has run such a pathetic campaign that even some of the true believers south of Bloor Street have begun to defect.
Davy Gravy / October 6, 2014 at 04:53 pm
Chow makes me hot.
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