THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE
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?