BEARY HOT Toronto high school teacher Joe Killoran was out for a jog yesterday when he came upon Rob Ford was being pelted with jeers and insults when while he marched in his city’s Canada Day Parade this afternoon. Killoran who is outspoken and has writtenat newspaper op-eds on educational issues including an essay on the rights of LGBT students in Catholic schools just couldn’t hold back and captured the media’s attention when he repeatedly called Ford a racist and a homophobe
Ford was at one point confronted by local resident Joe Killoran — a Toronto-area teacher who was apparently out for a jog when he crossed paths with the mayor’s entourage. Killoran hurled questions and accusations at Ford while the mayor’s staff attempted to intercede. “Answer one of the million questions people have for you,” Killoran said. “People have a million questions about your lying and your corruption.” Ford did not respond to Killoran. Someone in the crowd asked if he was working for one of Ford’s political rivals. “Do I look like I’m with a campaign?” Killoran, who was shirtless at the time, responded. “I’m an East York guy out for a jog.”
Dear Joe Killoran: Please jog by my house, I’ll be ready with refreshments.
Members of the governing Liberal Party are set to vote on convention delegates this weekend who will decide who becomes the next leader of Canada’s most populous province, Ontario.
Later this month, delegates will choose one of six candidates to become the next premier of Ontario. That person inherits a Liberal minority government with 53 of Ontario’s 107 seats and an ongoing labour dispute with Ontario teachers – a situation that contributed to OLP leader and Premier Dalton McGuinty’s decision to resign last October.
There is a very good chance that the new premier will be an out lesbian named Kathleen Wynne. Wynne has served in the legislature since 2003 and became Ontario’s second openly gay cabinet minister in 2006. In 2007, she won re-election by defeating John Tory, then leader of the opposition Progressive Conservatives, by over 10%.
Wynne has become the perceived frontrunner with over 1,500 Ontario Liberals vying to become Kathleen Wynne delegates in this weekend’s leadership election meetings.
Today Wynne’s campaign got a big boost when another openly gay candidate, Glen Murray, dropped out of the race and endorsed his fellow LGBT colleague. Murray, a former mayor of Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba, was first elected as an Ontario Liberal in 2010 and has served in cabinet since August of that year.
If Kathleen Wynne prevails, she will become Canada’s second openly gay provincial party leader (after Québec’s André Boisclair), Ontario’s first female and Canada’s first openly gay premier.
“The Toronto Marlies pledge to support all of our teammates, coaches, and fans – gay or straight,” it reads. “We stand for the idea that athletes should be judged by their character, work ethic, and talent. Not their sexual orientation.”
The pledge, created in conjunction with the You Can Play organization, started by Brian and Patrick Burke, continues with a promise to stamp out homophobic, racist and sexist comments.