Christopher Peloso (pictured right), husband of veteran Canadian politician George Smitherman, was found dead Sunday, according to The Toronto Star. Peloso, who disappeared this past September and was feared dead, but was luckily found alive albeit "dirty and confused" next to some train tracks. Police have yet to release the circumstances surrounding Peloso's death but suicide is suspected to be the cause of death. Peloso was a longtime sufferer of depression. According to a statement released by George Smitherman on Twitter earlier:
“We will celebrate his life and we will find comfort somehow in knowing that he has found peace from the depression that has wreaked havoc on his mind. A son and brother, a husband and father of 3 he will always be remembered for his dedication to others.”
Smitherman was previously the Ontario health minister and a candidate for Mayor in 2010 against current embattled incumbent Rob Ford.
Condolences from fellow politicians immediately began to pour in once news of Peloso's death surfaced.
Premier Kathleen Wynne choked back tears when she spoke about Peloso’s death.
“It’s a very, very sad day for George and his family and Christopher Peloso’s family,” she told reporters Monday...
Standing beside her own same sex partner Jane Rounthwaite, Wynne said they both knew Peloso, describing him as a “kind, gentle, loving man.”
“He will be hugely missed and my thoughts and love are with George and the kids . . . it’s just a very, very sad day for the family.”
Mayor Ford also released a statement Monday expressing his condolences:
“It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Mr. Christopher Peloso, husband to Mr. George Smitherman, and loving father,” he said. “I would ask all Torontonians to extend their condolences to the family during this difficult time.”
Peloso, who was previously married to a woman and had a daughter from that union, was also the father of two adopted children he parented with Smitherman.
Crack-smoking homophobe Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was stripped of most of his powers by the City Council today, but not before putting on a childish show which climaxed in a charge around the chamber during which Ford knocked a female councilor off her feet. NBC News reports:
The meeting was full of drama: lawmakers pleaded with Ford to get help; the mayor vowed revenge against anyone who voted against him; and spectators shouted "Shame!" But the most surreal moment came when Ford, who appears to be in the 300-pound range, suddenly darted across the room and right into Councilor Pam McConnell, who fell.
Video of the mishap seemed to show him helping to pull the woman back up.
"I rushed over there because my brother was in an altercation," Ford explained when one of the lawmakers announced McConnell had a swollen lip and demanded an apology from him.
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Toronto mayor Rob Ford saw the spoof Saturday Night Live did on him and thought it was "crazy", he tells TMZ.
"Ford Nation" will feature Ford and brother Doug Ford, who is himself a member of the 44-member Toronto city council that stripped the mayor of some of his powers. The show will air Mondays at 8 p.m. on the tabloid Sun News Network but there were few details about the format released...
...The firestorm has apparently not dampened Ford's political ambitions. "I take that same approach to politics so if people want to start bringing up personal stuff, that's fine," he told Fox. "And, yes, one day I do want to run for prime minister."
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In October 2009, Torontonian Chris Skinner was walking home from his sister's birthday party when he was beaten and run over by an SUV before he died from his wounds hours later. It was suspected that Skinner was murdered because he touched the car that was used in the attack.
On Thursday, Det. Sgt. Stacy Gallant announced that they have charged 23-year-old Augustin Caruso with second-degree murder. Sgt. Gallant said that there were six people in the vehicle used in the murder, but only four of whom were involved in the attack.
Police were finally able last month to identify the make, model, year, and color of the vehicle and released a photograph to the public. Part of what made gathering details so difficult for the case is Toronto's problem with a "no snitch" culture that remains tight-lipped when cooperating with police authorities in reporting crimes. Despite assurances that the police were interested in the driver the other five kept the information to themselves for four years, and now they will face charges of their own.
“I can assure you that there will be further arrests in this case in the near future,” Gallant said.
Toronto mayor and major homophobe Rob Ford admitted smoking crack cocaine today in a surprise press conference. "Probably in one of my drunken stupors," he said. "I don’t even remember. Probably in one of my drunken stupors."
Ford has been embattled over the crack charges since reports surfaced of a video in which he is seen smoking it.
The Toronto Star reports:
The news conference came a week after two Star reporters disclosed that they had seen a clear video of Mayor Ford smoking what appeared to be crack from a glass pipe, calling Justin Trudeau, now Liberal leader, a “fag” and his high school football players “f------ minorities.” At that news conference, Ford said he would not comment on a video “that I have never seen or does not exist.”
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