Rob for Mayor

Think small town politics are boring? Guess again.

Toronto’s mayoral Tory-Ford-Chow showdown dominated the news. But by all accounts, it was a snooze-fest. I mean, how many times could I listen to them bicker on who had the better ...
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Strategic Voting Is the Best Way To Defeat a Bad Candidate

I wonder why Olivia Chow has stayed in the mayoralty race since every poll indicates she is way behind to be competitive. The reality is that her presence, and her votes, could do serious ...
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Insights & Influence with Toronto mayoral candidate Doug Ford

In this episode of Insights and Influence, I interview Toronto councilor and mayoral candidate Doug Ford – brother of current mayor Rob Ford. With a day left until voting booths open ...
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Harper v. Trudeau: analysis on Ottawa’s terror attacks

On Oct. 22, what was believed to be an ISIS-inspired Islamic terrorist, opened fire on a soldier guarding Ottawa’s National War Memorial. The soldier, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, was shot ...
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Insights & Influence with author Allan Levine

Canada’s largest and most populous city now has a biography. In the last sixty years, Toronto has been transformed from a provincial town to significant urban heavyweight. One thing ...
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Wynne Liberals use fuzzy math to hide fiscal truth

Big headline today in the Toronto Star: “Ontario Liberals trim deficit by $800 million down despite revenue drop.” Incredible if it were only true. If you read the next line, there ...
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How I met a possible terrorist informant on a park bench

It was the strangest, scariest interaction of my twenty year journalism career. A call came in to my cell phone. The display said “Unknown name unknown number.” Shahbaz, as he called ...
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Insights & Influence with Mark O’Brien

Actor Mark O’Brien gears up for the sixth and final season of CBC’s award winning series Republic of Doyle, airing this October 2014. The show follows Newfoundland private ...
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Ottawa’s Canada Science and Technology Museum closes

A great loss for Ottawa, and its tourist base, occurred last week when The Canada Science and Technology Museum shut indefinitely. As the Ottawa Citizen reports, mould in the air was ...
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Jay Leno headlined UJA Toronto fundraiser

UJA Federation of Greater Toronto launched its 2015 fundraising campaign Sept. 10 with an event at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, featuring standup comedy from former Tonight ...
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