Would Toronto rather just vote in a Squirrel for Mayor?
I would. Squirrels help put Toronto on the map - most of our Flickr pool is squirrel pics, and while we can't claim to be one of the five locales warring for albino squirrel capital (as Exeter, Ontario can), our black squirrels are famed, and many a fresh young face on Queen West would be happy show off their squirrel tote bags, clothing, accessories, and tattoos - well, maybe not all the tattoos. It's squirrel-mania out there.
So no one should be particularly surprised that a squirrel is now running for mayor of Toronto, ostensibly on the implied slogan "nuts not crack." Conveniently, the squirrel in the running has the surname of Squirrel, as I suppose most squirrels do. Does Mayor Squirrel have an official ring to it? Compared to Crack Mayor, yup.
Mayor Squirrel (if we can jump ahead and refer to Squirrel as such) is running on solid platform that includes such items as why are the garbage bins in the park so ugly? (plus a general city rebrand); an all-Toronto bike circuit; tolls on the Gardiner; and fiscal transparency.
Personally I'm sold, and am already voting Squirrel with my social media power. Mayor Squirrel might, in the name of fiscal transparency, end up confessing to have stashed Toronto's TTC budget "somewhere in the vicinity of the Dundas side of Trinity Bellwoods," but we deserve that kind of honesty, Toronto, we really do.
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