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Hudak’s Hail Mary performance pass?

It could be considered by some to be a draw between Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne and Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak with the edge going to Hudak. She, for not crumbling completely under fire for the gas plant fiasco, and he, for improved personal performance and appeal – even going as far as offering to

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John Stall

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion wants better transit for her birthday
In the eye of the ‘Hurricane Hazel’

Had another chat with Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion this morning on news that she has completed a memoir that will be published in the fall, just as she hands the mayoral reins over to whoever wins the municipal election in October.

John Stall

CityVote
Jimmy Kimmel didn’t show up to first TV debate

The buzz this morning is that Mayor Rob Ford came out on top (if for no other reason) than he showed up for a brawl that never really developed.

John Stall

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, during a Remembrance Day ceremony held at the Battle Group headquarters in Kandahar, Afghanistan
Welcome home Canadian Armed Forces

Imagine looking over your shoulder every minute of your waking life for the last eight months, in a high state of alert and anxiety against a possible threat to your or your family’s life.

John Stall

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion
What Hazel hopes to get out of today’s meeting with GTA mayors

Just got off the phone with Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion who is always up really early and always takes my calls as early as 6 a.m. Today, I wanted to talk to her about the meeting she called with all of the GTA mayors and regional representatives to figure out a coordinated strategy that can be used to request disaster relief for damage caused by the Dec. 21, 2013, ice storm.

John Stall

GTA ice storm
Hurricane Hazel’s experience trumps the tyrannical pitch for federal/provincial funding

After all these years at the helm, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion knows a bit about how senior levels of government work and what it needs on paper to make the kind of decisions, like the one it will be asked to make on financial aid to cover the cost of ice storm damage

John Stall

(Left to right) Ontario's Lt.-Gov. David Onley and political affairs specialist John Stall.
Time passages: Lt.-Gov. David Onley and me

I spent a pleasant few hours over at Lt.-Gov. David Onley’s suite this week to chat with him about the year past and a look ahead to 2014. His Honour’s term representing the Queen in Ontario has been extended indefinitely by the prime minister given the minority status of the legislature. He wouldn’t say when

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John Stall

Mayor Rob Ford and Coun. Doug Ford speaking to reporters, May 26, 2013. CITYNEWS
Ford brothers may be reckless but certainly smart when it comes to using media

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may be too reckless for his own good, but you can’t say that he and his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, aren’t smart when it comes to using the media.

John Stall

John F. Kennedy
Childhood memories of the day the world lost JFK

At 11 years old, I was in Grade 6. I don’t remember a P.A. announcement that the president John F. Kennedy had been shot, but our teacher had re-entered the room to let us know that we were being dismissed early that Friday afternoon.

John Stall

Blog: Tons of paper, wells of ink

Newly-minted political leaders are coached (if they are not too stubborn to understand themselves) about the perils of picking a fight with the media in general and the print media in particular, especially if the fight is simply over unfavorable coverage. One of the reasons why (as Rob Ford has found out the hard way)

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