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News agency retracts report NHL star Sidney Crosby was arrested

TORONTO – QMI Agency has retracted a report that National Hockey League superstar Sidney Crosby was arrested in the nation’s capital late Tuesday night.

“Earlier today, QMI Agency reported that Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby was arrested by Ottawa Police late Tuesday on driving-related charges,” the news agency said in a statement.

“There was no basis for the story and QMI unreservedly retracts the story in its entirety. QMI regrets the error.”

Ottawa police told Global News they “do not have him” after QMI Agency, the parent company of the Ottawa Sun, reported that the Pittsburgh Penguins forward was taken into custody while driving a rented Porsche.

According to sources, the original report said Crosby was brought to a police station on Elgin street for fingerprinting and a mugshot.

Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau tweeted early Wednesday morning they “have had no dealings with Mr. Crosby.”

The Penguins said Crosby was “not in Canada” on Tuesday.

“The Pittsburgh Penguins have spoken to Sidney Crosby,” the team said in a statement Wednesday morning. “He is not in Canada, and was not in Canada yesterday. He is continuing his training in preparation for training camp.”

With a file from The Canadian Press

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Canadian researchers track ‘Angelina effect’ on cancer gene screening

WATCH ABOVE: Crystal Goomansingh explains the effect Angelina Jolie has had on cancer gene screening. 

TORONTO – It’s being called “the Angelina effect.”

Angelina Jolie’s stunning revelation she had a preventative double mastectomy due to a genetic cancer risk has doubled the number of high risk women considering genetic testing to see if they carry certain genes linked to breast and ovarian cancers, new Canadian research suggests.

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Doctors from the cancer centre at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital presented their findings in San Francisco on Tuesday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium.

“The Angelina effect seemed to increase the awareness and the referral for women who were truly at high risk for hereditary breast cancer,” said Dr. Andrea Eisen, one of the study’s authors and head of the Familial Cancer Program at Sunnybrook.

“It’s not just worried women who came in, or those who have moderate or low risk – it was really high risk women who perhaps were concerned before about pursuing genetic counselling or genetic testing, but who somehow seemed to have felt reassured or encouraged by this story and came forward for assessment.”

Jolie made international headlines in May 2013 with an op-ed in the New York Times which detailed her family’s history of breast and ovarian cancer, with the Oscar-winning actress noting that she had tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation.

READ MORE: Breast cancer and genetics – Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy

She said her doctors estimated that she had a 50 per cent risk of getting ovarian cancer and an 87 per cent risk of breast cancer. After removing her breasts and reconstructing them with implants, she said her likelihood of developing breast cancer dropped to five per cent.

BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are known as tumour suppressor genes that make proteins to repair DNA and suppress the grown of cancer.

Having a mutation in either of the BRCA genes leads to an elevated risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Certain ethnic groups, among them Ashkenazi Jews, have a higher prevalence of these genetic mutations.

Jolie’s story triggered widespread discussion about genetic testing, the BRCA gene mutations and the choices women who carry them had available.

In Canada, BRCA testing is available to women who meet certain risk criteria, including their family history of breast cancer and ethnicity.

Researchers at Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre found that demand for their genetic counselling services appeared to be higher after Jolie’s story was made public and decided to examine the issue in detail.

“We knew the numbers had increased but we wanted to see are we really just attracting women who aren’t really at risk, who were frightened by her story? Or are we really getting the high risk women who can benefit from being seen,” Eisen explained.

READ MORE: Double mastectomy could save the lives of women with BRCA gene, study suggests

Using information from a clinical database, doctors compared the number of referrals for genetic counselling made six months before and after Jolie’s revelation. They also compared the number of patients who qualified for genetic testing before and after Jolie’s story, and those who carried a BRCA gene mutation.

The doctors found that the number of women referred for genetic counselling increased by 90 per cent – from 487 to 916 – after Jolie’s personal story was published.

Among them, there was a 105 per cent increase in the number of patients who qualified for genetic testing – from 213 to 437.

The number of patients who were then identified as carriers of a mutated BRCA gene consequently increased by 110 per cent – from 29 patients before to 61 patients after Jolie’s story.

Significantly, the doctors at Sunnybrook found that Jolie’s story appeared to have motivated the right kind of patients – those who were likely at a high risk of having the mutated genes – to consider getting tested.

“Sometimes where there’s a popular figure in the press, there’s a lot of interest, which is great, but it’s not always reaching the right women. In this case it actually was the right message,” said Eisen.

“It seems to have attracted or convinced or reassured a number of high risk women that it was OK to pursue genetic counselling and testing…These are women who have multiple relatives with breast cancer or ovarian cancer at an early age.”

The researchers note that the challenge for the future is to meet the increased demand for genetic counselling, testing and preventative surgery.

They plan to continue their monitoring to see how long the Angelina effect continues, Eisen said.

Researchers also found that women who carried the gene mutation benefited from Jolie’s story as it led to others having a better understanding of their situation.

Bonnie Stanfield is one of those women.

The now 65-year-old was just starting to look into genetic counselling when her daughter died suddenly from breast cancer in 2010, leaving her two sons behind.

When Stanfield got tested and found out she was carrying the BRCA1 gene mutation, she eventually decided to have a preventative double mastectomy and had her remaining ovary removed – a year before Jolie’s story went public.

“I was thrilled when she did that,” Stanfield said of the actress’ revelation. “A lot of women don’t really know what this gene mutation is about, don’t know how to go about finding out.”

Ontario fails to meet child poverty reduction target; blames Ottawa – Toronto

TORONTO – The Ontario government admitted Wednesday that it has failed to meet a five-year target of reducing child poverty by 25 per cent, laying the blame for the unmet goal at the feet of the federal government.

The Liberals promised in 2008 to lift 90,000 children out of poverty within the next five years by providing increased benefits for low-income families and improved public education programs.

Deputy premier Deb Matthews, who is also the minister responsible for the poverty reduction strategy, said Ontario did its part.

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“We knew that one level of government could not achieve that ambitious goal all by itself so we laid out a very clear plan on how to meet that target,” she said.

“We did everything we said we would do when we released that strategy in 2008 and had the other elements of the strategy, particularly the responsibilities we believe lie with the federal government, had the federal government done its part we would have come very close, if not had achieved, our goal of a 25-per-cent reduction in child poverty.”

In 2008, Ontario had asked the federal government to increase both the amount of the Working Income Tax Benefit and the National Child Benefit Supplement.

Though the target was not met, Ontario made “extraordinary progress,” Matthews said, pointing to an increase in the minimum wage and the Ontario Child Benefit, as well as breakfast programs and health services for children and youth in low-income families.

The original strategy helped lift 47,000 children and families out of poverty between 2008 and 2011, the government said, citing data from Statistics Canada.

The NDP’s social services critic Cheri DiNovo suggested poverty rates have actually increased.

“Poverty is at appalling rates,” she said. DiNovo said 130,000 children used a food bank this month and wait lists of between 10 and 12 years for housing persist.

“I was homeless and slept in Queen’s Park when I was a kid,” she said. “You don’t need an inquiry to look at the roots of homelessness, you need to do something about it and they’ve missed many key opportunities.”

The government is now pledging to meet the target anew, but this time it is not setting a deadline, Matthews said.

“I for one will not lose my ambition because we have not achieved that ambitious target,” she said.

In fact, Ontario is setting an even loftier goal alongside child poverty reduction – ending homelessness “in time,” said Matthews.

“When it comes to ending homelessness, we can do it,” she said.

The government is investing $42 million in a community homelessness prevention initiative, creating 1,000 new supportive housing spaces to help people with mental illness and addictions, and is committing $50 million over five years to local poverty reduction, it said in a news release.

The Progressive Conservatives’ critic for the poverty reduction strategy called the Liberal government’s pledges “hollow words.”

“It’s just the same old story, the Liberals making promises they can’t keep,” Jim McDonell wrote in a statement. “We’ve had some roundtable sessions with a number of agencies and they haven’t seen increases in more than five years. When you listen to this government there’s more and more spending being announced, but where is it going? Obviously it’s not getting to the front lines where people actually need the help.”

Some condo fraud investors to get refunds – Toronto

TORONTO – Some of the investors in a failed North York condo deal will be getting their money back after a court ruling Tuesday.

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has approved a plan to start returning $9 million in residential deposits to those who made condo down payments in the failed deal.

However, investors who put money down on commercial units are not part of the settlement at this point.

Toronto lawyer Meerai Cho is currently facing 75 charges in connection to the multi-million dollar condo fraud investigation.

Cho represented the developer involved in the “Centrium” project – a hotel, condo and retail tower to be built at Yonge and Finch – which fell through earlier this year.

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The developer then disappeared and so did the down payments of potentially hundreds of people.

Cho later declared bankruptcy – though she was never supposed to touch the money.

Toronto police said the development seemed like a legitimate project and wasn’t just a front for fraud.

Investigators said only 25 people have come forward thus far but they think more than 100 could have been defrauded.

He added that there could be more than $12 million in losses.

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John Baird pledges $15 million to help with Iraq security

WATCH: Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is in Baghdad where he declared Canada’s support to Iraq and its people in a meeting with President Fuad Masoum.

BAGHDAD – Canada will continue to stand by the people of Iraq, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird declared Wednesday during a surprise, security-shrouded visit to Baghdad that included two of his most prominent political rivals.

A meeting with President Fuad Masoum was first on Baird’s jam-packed agenda as the Canadian delegation, including opposition MPs, donned flak jackets for a heavily guarded, high-speed dash to the presidential palace.

“We are many – all Canadians in government – deeply concerned with the security threat,” Baird told the president.

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“We wanted to come here to show our solidarity with the Iraqi people. We want to congratulate you on your nomination as president.”

Baird also met prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi and Foreign Affairs Minister Hoshyar Zebari. “I’m here in Iraq to demonstrate Canada’s commitment to Iraq’s stability, security, and prosperity,” he said.

He condemned what he called the “barbaric” advance of the Islamic State (IS), an al-Qaida splinter group wreaking havoc across Syria and northern and western Iraq.

Baird promised $15 million to support security measures, including $10 million to provide equipment helmets, body armour and logistics support vehicles to Iraqi forces fighting IS. The other $5 million will support regional efforts to limit the movement of foreign fighters into Iraq and Syria.

The full scope of the violence has come into sharper focus in recent days, in part because of a new Amnesty International report accusing IS of ethnic cleansing against religious minorities, including thousands of members of the Yazidi faith.

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“Canada will not stand idly by while ISIL continues to murder innocent civilians, including members of ethnic and religious minorities,” Baird said.

The extremists pose a threat not just to regional interests, but to global security as well, he said.

IS, also known as ISIS, has claimed responsibility for the beheading deaths – each depicted in videos released on the Internet – of two U.S. journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

On Monday, the United Nations Human Rights Council said it would investigate IS’s possible crimes against the civilian population.

The UN says more than 1,400 Iraqis were killed – the vast majority of them civilians – in August, a decline from the previous month’s death toll of more than 1,700. In June, the death toll hit 2,400, Iraq’s highest since the spring of 2005.

The incoming Iraqi prime minister succeeds Nouri al-Maliki, who stepped down last month under strong political pressure after eight years in office.

Al-Maliki was widely accused of promoting a pro-Shiite agenda that alienated Iraq’s Sunni minority – a political path that many say led to the rise of IS.

Baird urged the Iraqi leadership to come together and govern for all Iraqis, regardless of religious or ethnic background.

WATCH: Raw video of Iraqi government forces battle IS milita

The Canadian delegation wants al-Abadi to build a strong cabinet that believes in tolerance.

“It will have to be more than one-face change,” said Dewar. “A new prime minister needs to have a team around him that is going to include all minorities, particularly including the Sunnis.”

Al-Maliki was unable to unite Sunnis, Shiites, Christian minorities and other groups, said Garneau. “And this is one of the reasons that the Islamic State has been able to implant itself vigorously in Iraq.”

Baird’s latest visit – his Iraq in almost 18 months – came after a major battlefield breakthrough in the fight against IS.

READ MORE: Islamic State militants kill up to 770 Iraq soldiers: report

On Sunday, Iraqi security forces and Shia militias ended the Islamic State siege of the town of Amirli, where about 15,000 Shia Turkmens had been trapped for the last two months.

Iraq received support from Iran after thousands of Shiite militias answered the exhortation of Iraq-based Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, to direct their fire at Sunni insurgents.

The U.S. has played down the role of Iran, America’s sworn enemy since its Islamic revolution more than 30 years ago. Tehran’s apparent good-guy posture also has foreign policy implications for the Harper government.

Canada severed diplomatic relations with Iran in 2012, shuttering its embassy in Tehran and kicking its diplomats out of Ottawa. Baird, in particular, has been a loud, boisterous critic.

Dewar said it is time for Canada to reconsider its hard line towards Iran. “Diplomacy is talking to people you find it difficult to talk to. That’s why it’s important to have a presence anywhere you can.”

Added Garneau: “It’s a delicate thing to manoeuvre because Canada has a certain position with respect to Iran on a number of issues – some very serious issues including human rights.”

The crisis has also presented a conundrum for many U.S. allies, including Canada, which did not support the original 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that many now view as the root cause of the current situation.

At the request of Iraq and the U.S., Canada, France and Italy have joined Britain and Australia by helping transport guns, mortars and ammunition to Iraqi forces.

Canada has contributed two military transport planes to the region, a CC-130J Hercules as well as a CC-177 Globemaster, which last week successfully delivered weapons donated by Albania.

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Obama touts ‘unwavering’ U.S. commitment to NATO self-defence – National

TALLINN, Estonia – Lashing out at Russia, President Barack Obama on Wednesday cast Moscow’s aggression in Ukraine as a threat to peace in Europe. He vigorously vowed to come to the defence of NATO allies that fear they could be Vladimir Putin’s next target.

“You lost your independence once before,” Obama said following meetings with Baltic leaders in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. “With NATO, you’ll never lose it again.”

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Obama, who faces criticism in the U.S. for being too cautious in confronting Russian President Putin, sharply condemned Moscow’s provocations. He declared in blunt terms that Russian forces that have moved into Ukraine in recent weeks are not on a humanitarian or peacekeeping mission, as the Kremlin has insisted.

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“They are Russian combat forces with Russian weapons in Russian tanks,” he said during a speech at a packed concert hall.

Obama also took aim at one of Russia’s main rationales for its provocations in Ukraine: the protection of Russian speakers living outside its borders. Like Ukraine, Estonia and other Baltic nations have sizeable Russian-speaking populations, compounding their fears that Moscow could seek to intervene inside their borders.

“We reject the lie that people cannot live and thrive together just because they have different backgrounds or speak a different language,” Obama said.

Despite the president’s tough talk, the U.S. and Europe have been unable to shift Putin’s calculus in the months-long crisis in eastern Ukraine. While multiple rounds of Western sanctions have damaged Russia’s economy, the penalties have not pushed Putin to end what the White House says is unfettered support for pro-Moscow separatists who have stirred upheaval in key cities.

Obama offered no new options for penalizing Russia beyond more sanctions, and reiterated his opposition to getting involved in the conflict militarily.

Shortly after the president arrived in Estonia Wednesday morning, there was a brief flicker of hope for a resolution to the conflict. The Ukrainian president’s office announced that it had reached a cease-fire agreement with Putin. But the statement was ambiguous, and a top rebel figure quickly said no cease-fire was possible without Ukraine withdrawing its forces.

READ MORE: Ukraine revises statement on Russian ‘cease-fire agreement’

Estonia and other countries in the region that were once under Soviet control have been warily eying Putin’s aggression and fear he could set his sights on their nations next. Unlike Ukraine, the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are NATO members, and have been seeking firm commitments that the U.S. and other alliance powers would come to their defence if Russia were to encroach on their territory.

Obama’s three-day trip to Europe is aimed at offering just those assurances. Following a meeting with the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, he declared that the U.S. commitment to security of NATO’s newest members runs deep.

“We will defend our NATO allies – every ally,” he said. “In this alliance, there are no old members or new members, no senior partners or junior partners – there are just allies, pure and simple. And we will defend the territorial integrity of every single one.”

Obama’s comments were welcomed by Estonian President Toomas Hendrick Ilves, who said the U.S. commitment to his country has “helped set an example for other NATO allies.” Still, he continued to push for a more persistent NATO military presence in his country, something some allies have been loath to do because of a 1997 agreement with Russia in which the alliance agreed not to put permanent bases on Russia’s borders.

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“I would argue this is an unforeseen and new security environment,” Ilves said.

Obama was to depart Estonia Wednesday evening for Wales, where a high-stakes NATO summit will get underway Thursday. The alliance is expected to approve plans to station more troops and equipment in Eastern Europe, with the aim of building a rapid response force that could deploy within 48 hours.

Separately, Obama announced that he was sending more Air Force units and aircraft to the Baltics, and called Estonia’s Amari Air Base an ideal location to base those forces.

Obama is the second sitting American president to visit Estonia, following President George W. Bush, who travelled here in 2006. Upon his arrival, Obama wrote in a guest book that it was an honour to visit “a nation that shows what free people can achieve together.”

The Baltics were invaded by the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany during World War II. After the Soviet Union crumbled, the Baltic countries turned to the West and joined the European Union and NATO in 2004, much to the chagrin of Russia.

Rob Ford to ‘bore’ his subway plan through ‘until the cows come home’ – Toronto

ABOVE: Subways, subways, subways! Mayor Rob Ford outlines what his transit plan for Toronto will be if he is re-elected. Mark McAllister reports. 

TORONTO – Toronto mayor Rob Ford is again making it clear subways are his preferred method of transit for commuters across the city by revealing an extensive underground expansion plan as a main campaign platform in his re-election bid.

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Ford told reporters during his announcement at his campaign headquarters Wednesday morning that his rapid transit vision would see 32 kilometres of new subways built across the city at a cost of $9 billion.

“The city is growing folks. People do not want St. Clair,” Ford said. “People don’t want L-R-T, they don’t want delays.”

Ford’s plan includes overhauling the above-ground portion of the Eglinton Light Rapid Transit (LRT) line between Laird and Kennedy station, to now be built underground for a cost of $1.4 billion.

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Furthermore, a subway extension would be constructed between Finch West Station to Humber College for $2.6 billion, as well as completing the Sheppard subway line from Don Mills to McCowan for $1.8 billion, cancelling the planned surface LRT.

“You bore, bore, bore until the cows come home,” Ford said on how the city should use its boring machines to continue work along the proposed routes.

Ford’s estimate for the cost of subways falls far below what the city is spending to build the extension of the Bloor-Danforth line. Ford said Wednesday he could build 32 kilometres of subway for $9 billion (or $281 million per kilometre) but the Scarborough subway is being built at a cost of $3.56 billion for 7.6 kilometres (or $468 million per kilometre).

Metrolinx refused to comment on Ford’s transit plan.

Ford’s billion dollar plan also include Phase 1 of the Yonge Relief Line to be built from Queen to Pape at a cost of $3.2 billion.

“This is a bold and ambitious vision for years to come. For your kids. For you grand kids,” Ford explained.

Fellow mayoral candidate Olivia Chow quickly rebuked Ford’s expansion plan by calling it “irresponsible.”

“What Mr. Ford is doing is to stop the work that we’ve been doing on light rapid transit and we are ready to start building it,” Chow told reporters following a debate hosted by FilmOntario on Wednesday.

“If you look at the Scarborough subway, there’s no studies. There’s no environmental assessment,” explained Chow who supports light rail on the Scarborough extension.

“Even the application to the federal government hasn’t gone in and the contract with Bombardier for buying those light rail trains have to be cancelled and we’ll pay a hefty price if we cancel the contract.”

John Tory, who also took part in the FilmOntario debate, said the mayor will not get the support needed from the upper levels of government to push his plan through.

“This man has absolutely run out of gas,” Tory said.

“I’d like to ask when was the last time he talked to the premier of Ontario or talked to the prime minister of Canada who are people leading governments that have to be partners in every single thing he talked about.”

The mayor believes the Eglinton underground line can be finished during his next term in office while work can start on the Sheppard line and the Downtown Relief Line.

“You got to build these tunnels. The easy part are the stations, it’s the boring.”

Ford’s subway expansion plan would use a combined funding model which includes private and public partnerships, government money, as well as transferring funds allocated for planned LRT routes to pay for it.

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The mayor also revealed his grand vision for phase two of a subway plan that would see the Eglinton line run to Pearson airport and the Downtown Relief Line loop from Eglinton in the north, to Union Station in the south and come back up to Dundas West Station.

Ford admitted he didn’t have a price tag for the second phase of the project.

“I can’t give you a price on that right now. But obviously a lot more than $9 billion.”

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Toronto mayor Rob Ford is making it clear subways are his preferred method of transit for commuters across the city by revealing an extensive underground expansion plan as a main campaign platform for his re-election bid. A power point presentation leaked on Ford’s website late Tuesday night ahead of his planned announcement on Wednesday morning shows a rapid transit vision that would see 32 kilometres of new subways built across the city at a cost of $9 billion.Ottawa police are denying a report that National Hockey League superstar Sidney Crosby was arrested in the nation’s capital late Tuesday night. Ottawa police tell Global News they “do not have him” after a QMI Agency reportedthe Pittsburgh Penguins forward was taken into custody while driving a rented Porsche.John Tory’s campaign to be Toronto’s next mayor is gaining momentum according to a new poll that says he would capture the support of 42 per cent of decided voters if the election were called right now. The Nanos Research poll currently places Rob Ford at second with 28 per cent, Olivia Chow at 26 per cent, and David Soknacki at 3 per cent. Some of the investors in a failed North York condo deal will be getting their money back after a court ruling Tuesday. A total of $9-million that was held in a trust account will soon be expedited to those who made condo down payments in the failed deal.Sports-related concussions in children and youth constitute a significant public health issue which requires serious reform in public policy to address the harm associated with them, a new Canadian paper argues.

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John Tory clear front-runner among decided voters: Poll – Toronto

TORONTO – John Tory’s campaign to be Toronto’s next mayor is gaining momentum according to a new poll that says he would capture the support of 42 per cent of decided voters if the election were called right now.

The Nanos Research poll currently places Rob Ford at second with 28 per cent, Olivia Chow at 26 per cent, and David Soknacki at 3 per cent.

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The survey also reveals that Tory is strong across the City of Toronto except in Etobicoke where he is virtually tied with Ford.

Chow’s concentration of support remains in Old Toronto with 32 per cent and Ford in Etobicoke and Scarborough with 35 per cent respectively.

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The poll also showed that the most important issue facing Toronto is transit and gridlock which resonated with almost half (49 per cent) of the respondents.

A poll released last week by Forum Research revealed Tory was ahead with 34 per cent of voter support, Ford has 31 per cent and Chow is trailing with just 23 per cent.

When asked who was the most trustworthy candidate, 42 per cent of respondents picked John Tory, followed by Chow with 29 per cent and Rob Ford at 19 per cent.

Tory remains also remains ahead when those surveyed were asked who was most likely to control spending at city hall.

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The former provincial Progressive Conservative leader had 41 per cent support, Ford at 34 per cent and Chow at 15 per cent.

The Nanos Research telephone poll was conducted between Aug. 27 and 31 among 1,000 people with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

Fox apologizes for ‘#HeadlessDay’ marketing campaign

TORONTO — The studio behind the hit TV series Sleepy Hollow apologized Tuesday for promoting “Headless Day” as news broke that another American journalist was beheaded by Islamic State militants.

“Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment recognizes and apologizes for today’s promotion for the Season One DVD release of Sleepy Hollow,” read a statement.

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“We regret the unfortunate timing of our announcement and our deepest sympathies go out to the families of all involved.”

The campaign included e-cards with Sleepy Hollow characters and messages like “Does this axe make my head look small?” and “I knew you’d forget your head if it wasn’t attached.”

The e-cards were sent to media outlets with a press release that read: “On this National Beheading Day, viewers everywhere can share in the fun as fans prepare for the release of Sleepy Hollow: Season One.”

It urged fans to use the hashtag “#HeadlessDay.”

ThinkJam, the creative agency behind the marketing campaign, also expressed regret for the bad timing.

“We apologize for the unfortunate timing of our Sleepy Hollow Headless Day announcement,” read an email from ThinkJam, which was behind the campaign.

“The tragic news of Steven Sotloff’s death hit the web as the email was being sent. Our deepest sympathies are with him and his family, and we don’t take the news lightly. Had we have known this information prior, we would have never released the alert and realize it’s in poor taste.”