THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE

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THE GOOD: Yes, it was only 12 points, but on Oct. 19, the home­town Toronto Maple Leafs be­came the first team in the National Hockey League to reach that level. When was the last time that hap­pened? Austen Matthews has paved the way for the Leafs, play­ing at the high­est level of his young ca­reer and lead­ing the team to big wins in Mon­treal and Detroit. Lo­cal For­est Hill kid Zach Hy­man has also been off to a good start. The Rap­tors just started their new sea­son. Toronto FC is look­ing for its first ti­tle. And all of a sud­den T.O. is back where it be­longs, ranked as the best sport­ing city in all of the land.

THE BAD: It was re­vealed late last month that there have been talks re­gard­ing the po­ten­tial sale of the Hearn Gen­er­at­ing Sta­tion site. Toronto res­i­dents may re­call that Lu­mi­nato Fes­ti­val uti­lized the Hearn and of­fered the city a bold vi­sion for trans­form­ing the space into what would surely be the most ex­cit­ing per­form­ing arts venue in the coun­try, if not North Amer­ica. The fes­ti­val fin­ished, Jörn Weis­brodt left town, and we haven’t heard a whim­per from the po­lit­i­cal masses since. Sure, we can cre­ate smart neigh­bour­hoods on for­mer in­dus­trial land in the area. We can turn the Brick Works into a stun­ning tourist at­trac­tion in the Don Val­ley. But the Hearn de­serves a mas­sive vi­sion, not a side deal. Mayor Tory needs to jump into the fray to en­sure we set­tle for noth­ing less.

THE BIZARRE: The 2018 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion is less than one year away, and al­ready we see politi­cians jock­ey­ing for po­si­tion to gauge in­ter­est in a po­ten­tial run at in­cum­bent Mayor John Tory. There is a chance Doug Ford will take a shot, de­spite the abysmal polling num­bers that have been re­ported so far. And in a sur­prise move, there is a cam­paign un­der­way in Scar­bor­ough to draft leg­endary fun­ny­man Mike My­ers, of Wayne’s World and Austin Pow­ers fame, for a run at Tory’s seat. The idea was floated by the Free Scar­bor­ough Cam­paign, who have made it clear that they are in­ter­ested in de-amal­ga­mat­ing their hum­ble burg from the mega-city of Toronto. Yeah, baby.

Mayor Mike My­ers?

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