Olivia Chow
Canadian politician
Olivia Chow
Olivia Chow is a Canadian New Democratic Party Member of Parliament and former city councillor in Toronto. She won the Trinity—Spadina riding for the New Democratic Party on January 23, 2006, becoming a member of the Canadian House of Commons. Most recently, she was re-elected in her riding for her third straight win. Chow is the widow of former NDP and Opposition Leader Jack Layton; they were married from 1988 until his death at their home in 2011.
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Blame Canada? This Cannibal Rat-Infested Ship Could Be U.K.-Bound
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Britain is currently trembling with fear at the prospect of an invasion of cannibalistic rats from the Russian ghost ship Lyubov Orlova, and Canada may well be to blame. Shrieks of panic at the prospect of a rabid rodent invasion on U.K. shores permeated the Internet Thursday, as the abandoned ship was thought to have been propelled by dreadful storms thousands of miles across the Atlantic... From Canada. See images of the Lyubov Orlova. Story continues below. The former Russian cruise ship was set adrift in international waters a year ago by the Canadian government, when an attempt to move the debt-ridden vessel from St. John's harbour (where it had languished for two years) to the Dominican Republic failed after the tow rope snapped. NDP transport critic Olivia Chow told the St. John's Telegram that the decision to move the ship in the dead of winter was "benign neglect." And that neglect, according to Pim de Rhoodes, a Belgian-based marine missions specialist, could have ...
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Olivia Chow's 'My Journey' an exhausting attempt at legacy-building - National Post
Google News - about 3 years
National Post Olivia Chow's 'My Journey' an exhausting attempt at legacy-building National Post Olivia Chow is a good, decent and always well-intentioned person. Her late husband Jack Layton, who took their beloved party, the federal New Democrats, to Official Opposition status for the first time, was equally good, decent and well-intentioned. Olivia Chow recounts abusive upbringing in new memoirVancouver Sun QUOTED: Olivia Chow on whether she'll run for mayorToronto Life Olivia ChowWaterloo Record Toronto Sun all 27 news articles »
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Poll: 62% of Torontonians wouldn't vote for Ford in 2014 'under any circumstance' - CTV News
Google News - over 3 years
CTV News Poll: 62% of Torontonians wouldn't vote for Ford in 2014 'under any circumstance' CTV News Results of a new poll show that Torontonians are more likely to vote for Olivia Chow than Rob Ford for mayor in the civic election next year, with 62 per cent of respondents saying "there's no way' they would vote for Ford "under any circumstance.". Rob Ford is master of nothing but his own demise: JamesToronto Star What could happen to his job if Toronto Mayor Rob Ford were a 'regular city ...The Globe and Mail More Ford revelations in court documentsStarPhoenix National Post -Vancouver Sun all 448 news articles »
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Unifor: Canada’s new political party — er, union
Financial Post - over 3 years
The merger of the Canadian Auto Workers and Communications, Energy and Paperworkers has created Unifor, Canada’s newest and largest union, though one could be forgiven for mistakenly assuming this new entity is actually a political party. Consider, for example, that one of the first acts of the new union’s president was to endorse New Democrat Olivia Chow for Mayor of Toronto — an interesting move since she has not declared her candidacy and the field of potential challengers is not set. Politics was also front and centre at Unifor’s founding convention when avowed socialist Naomi Klein was trotted out to speak to members. The opening lines of her speech revealed a clear political intent: “It feels like this could be the beginning of the fight back we have all been waiting for, the one that will chase Harper from power … So welcome to the world of Unifor.” No subtlety there. More politics came from a CEP vice president and declared communist who wrote that Unifor’s goal is “transf ...
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Opposition MP wants federal investigation into Calgary train bridge collapse
Canadian Business - over 3 years
An Opposition MP is calling for a separate Transport Canada investigation into the near-collapse of a flood-damaged rail bridge in Calgary to see if tough new rail safety regulations were broken. “Someone needs to be held responsible,” said New Democrat transport critic Olivia Chow. “The federal government shouldn’t wash their hands of it and the (Transportation Safety Board) is not the right venue. It really is Transport Canada.” Four petrochemical-laden rail cars derailed on a bridge over the Bow River last week when a Canadian Pacific Railway freight train was passing over the span. A preliminary investigation has determined one of the four piers that support the bridge sagged when the river swelled during heavy flooding. CP (TSX:CP) said it inspected the bridge 18 times after the flooding began, but it was unsafe to send divers down to check below the water’s surface. “We would normally have probably put divers in to inspect, but the current was too fast,” CP CEO Hunter H ...
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Toronto mayor's support holds despite crack scandal: poll
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Julie Gordon TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's popularity has not been hit by allegations that he was caught smoking crack-cocaine on video, claims he firmly denied, but he is at risk of being ousted in a 2014 election, according to a poll released over the weekend. The poll, taken on Friday after Ford denied the drug-use claims, found the mayor would still lose a one-on-one battle for his job if pitted against Olivia Chow, a former city councillor and current parliamentarian widely touted as a candidate. ...
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Chow tries to get Tory MPs on board in push for city infrastructure spending - Globe and Mail
Google News - about 4 years
Globe and Mail Chow tries to get Tory MPs on board in push for city infrastructure spending Globe and Mail Olivia Chow will try to convince a handful of Conservative MPs to jump ranks and support her push for long-term infrastructure spending, arguing that cities struggling with congestion problems should be able keep more of the tax money they send to Ottawa. Olivia Chow calls for long-term transit and infrastructure planCTV News Olivia Chow renews call for federal transit fundsToronto Star NDP preps parliamentary pitch for sweeping new infrastructure schemeCBC.ca (blog) all 4 news articles »
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Wednesdays with @Kady: Layton's legacy, one year later - CBC.ca
Google News - over 4 years
CBC.ca Wednesdays with @Kady: Layton's legacy, one year later CBC.ca In the year since Jack Layton died, much has changed in Canadian politics. Jack Layton's widow Olivia Chow sculpted this bust for the former opposition leader's headstone at Toronto's Necropolis Cemetery. Jack Layton's widow Olivia Chow sculpted this ... Public memorial to mark anniversary of Layton's deathCTV News Layton's legacy one year after his deathGlobe and Mail One year on, Canadians still in the dark about what killed Jack LaytonGlobal Montreal rabble.ca (blog) -Toronto Sun -mediacaster all 428 news articles »
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Peter Foster: Biofuel policy on thin ice
Financial Post - over 4 years
Washington’s biofuel mandate is hurting poor people right now The New Yorker is — mostly — a wonderful magazine. Although its left liberal leanings are hardly a secret, its cover illustrations are usually whimsical rather than political. The cover of its latest issue, however, portrays Santa Claus sitting on a tiny ice floe at the North Pole. Cute, but fraught with catastrophic implication (This past Christmas, the Suzuki foundation had a child-scaring fund-raising campaign based on the claim that Santa’s workshop was sinking). In fact, the climate scare du jour relates not to the Arctic but to this summer’s extreme heat and drought in the U.S. Midwest, which is the worst since the mid-1950s and on a par with the Dust Bowl years of the Great Depression. However, while providing rich fodder for bloviation by the usual suspects, current weather is in no way outside the normal range, as three skeptical experts, MIT’s Richard Lindzen, Princeton’s William Happer, and American Geophysi ...
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Sook-Yin Lee To Play Olivia Chow In Jack Layton Movie
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
Less than a year after his untimely death, the cameras have already started rolling on a made-for-TV Jack Layton biopic titled "Smilin' Jack: The Jack Layton Story." Canadian actor Rick Roberts ("Republic of Doyle," "Pontypool") is playing Layton, while seasoned broadcaster, actress and filmmaker Sook-Yin Lee ("Year of the Carnivore") will tackle the role of Olivia Chow. "Being Erica"'s Erin Karpluk and "Air Force One"'s Wendy Crewson will also appear in the film. Self-described couch potato Roberts has been ramping up his fitness routine to play the athletic Layton. He has also been brushing up on his French, Cantonese and guitar-playing skills to prepare to play the man of many, many talents. Lee says this is a project close to her heart, since her little sister Deanna was diagnosed with cancer last year. "I saw firsthand the kind of strength and courage it takes to live with the disease. Jack and Olivia were an amazing team in life, love and politics," Lee noted in a relea ...
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Chow calling on government to fix crumbling Gardiner
680 News All News Radio - almost 5 years
With two cases this week of falling concrete from the Gardiner Expressway, NDP MP Olivia Chow is calling for immediate action to fix the major artery. The avid urban cyclist told reporters Friday she's calling on all three levels of government to come together to fix the highway immediately.
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NDP rolls out ad to introduce new leader - Toronto Sun
Google News - almost 5 years
CTV.ca NDP rolls out ad to introduce new leader Toronto Sun By Kristy Kirkup ,Parliamentary Bureau The widow of late NDP leader Jack Layton endorses the party's new leader in a TV commercial which began airing nationwide Tuesday. "Jack's vision is in good hands," MP Olivia Chow says in a fresh ad that's part of ... Do the Liberals have the courage to really change?Vancouver Sun English TV ads introduce NDP's Mulcair to CanadiansCTV.ca New NDP TV ad introduces Thomas Mulcair, emphasizes continuityToronto Star National Post -CBC.ca all 125 news articles »
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That Hopey-Changey Thing: Thoughts on Citizenship, Affect, Cancer, and the ... - rabble.ca (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
I asked Jack Layton and Olivia Chow to write a letter. I finally had my hearing: it took three minutes and my application was accepted. They phoned the day after to make sure it had gone OK. In the last election, I voted for the first time as a
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Random House announces Layton e-book for fall - CTV.ca
Google News - over 5 years
Olivia Chow, wife of the late NDP leader Jack Layton, looks at a photo at Toronto City Hall on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. (Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Olivia Chow and family members look on as the coffin of NDP leader Jack Layton leaves Roy Thomson ... - -
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Salmon Arm saxophonist plays tribute to Layton - BCLocalNews
Google News - over 5 years
He said he has known Layton and his spouse Olivia Chow for many years. He wrote: “In the late '90s they used to stop by on their tandem bicycle when I was playing a patio on King Street and listen to a few tunes. We would chat between songs,
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Chow For NDP Leader? Lots of Support in Trinity-Spadina - Newstalk 1010
Google News - over 5 years
His widow, Olivia Chow, seems like an obvious option to many and the buzz is building around her name. In her Trinity-Spadina riding, Chow is getting a lot of nods for the leadership contest. Sarah Wooldridge is a constituent and says Chow is perfect
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Layton's death 'tragic': MP - Squamish Chief
Google News - over 5 years
... that John Weston — the local Member of Parliament who sponsored the 20:10 Fitness Initiative during his first term in the House of Commons — came into frequent contact with Layton and his wife, fellow MP Olivia Chow, as a result of that
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Olivia Chow
  • 2015
    Age 57
    Chow announced on July 28, 2015 that she is seeking the federal NDP nomination in Spadina—Fort York for the October 19, 2015, federal election.
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    Following her loss in the municipal election, Chow was appointed to a three-year term, beginning March 1, 2015, as distinguished visiting professor in Ryerson University's Faculty of Arts, with a focus on community engagement and democratic participation.
    More Details Hide Details On July 28, Ryerson University released a statement that it had agreed to grant Chow's request for a leave of absence from the university.
  • 2014
    Age 56
    She faced Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, who was elected MP for Trinity—Spadina in 2014 in a by-election that was held following Chow's resignation to run for mayor.
    More Details Hide Details In the election, Chow lost to Vaughan by a wide margin.
    Chow entered the 2014 mayoral campaign in an attempt to unseat incumbent mayor Rob Ford after most polls taken over the previous year suggested she was best placed to win either a head-to-head vote against Ford or a multi-candidate contest.
    More Details Hide Details Ford's mayoralty had been at the centre of several controversies during his tenure, most significantly over accusations and ultimately Ford's own admission that he had used crack cocaine as well as allegations that he has associated with criminals. Chow was the only prominent centre-left candidate running against Ford. Her other major rivals in the election, former provincial Opposition leader John Tory, councillor Karen Stintz and former budget chief David Soknacki as well as Ford himself, were all centre-right candidates. Chow's campaign manager was John Laschinger, who previously managed David Miller's mayoral campaigns as well as federal and provincial Conservative campaigns. Former federal and provincial Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella also worked on her campaign. Other senior staff included former MuchMusic VJ Jennifer Hollett, former NDP national director Nathan Rotman, and Brian Topp, a former NDP leadership candidate. Supporters included former Ontario Liberal cabinet minister George Smitherman (who was the runner-up to Ford in the 2010 mayoral election) and filmmaker Deepa Mehta.
    On March 12, 2014, Chow resigned her seat and registered to run in the 2014 mayoral race in Toronto.
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    Chow resigned her seat in parliament on March 12, 2014 in order to run in the 2014 Toronto mayoral election, where she placed third.
    More Details Hide Details Chow was born in Hong Kong, to Ho Sze, a schoolteacher, and Wilson Wai Sun Chow, a school superintendent. She was raised in a middle-class family in Happy Valley, a residential area in Hong Kong.
  • 2011
    Age 53
    In the 2011 Canadian federal election, which saw the NDP's historic rise to Official Opposition, Chow was reelected handily in her riding of Trinity—Spadina with a margin of more than 20,000 votes over her nearest rival.
    More Details Hide Details She was named Critic for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities in the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet. She also became the first spouse of a Leader of the Opposition to also be an MP. However, her time in Stornoway was to be short, as Jack Layton died of cancer just three months after assuming office. Chow was in the spotlight as Layton's widow during the mourning period and state funeral, winning respect for her care for her husband in his last days and for her dignity and poise in grief, and her and Layton's partnership in both life and politics was eulogized. Subsequently, she ruled out a bid for the leadership of the NDP and pledged neutrality in the leadership race.
    In 2011, she was re-elected in her riding for her third straight win.
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  • 2009
    Age 51
    This same motion, again re-introduced by Olivia Chow in the 40th Canadian Parliament, was again passed on March 30, 2009, with a vote of 129 - 125.
    More Details Hide Details Chow has been instrumental in debates and actions surrounding Canada and Iraq War resisters.
  • 2008
    Age 50
    On June 3, 2008, Chow, "who originally brought in the motion," voted to implement a program which would "allow conscientious objectors to a war not sanctioned by the United Nations to remain in Canada " The motion gained international attention from the New York Times, Britain's BBC and the New Zealand press.
    More Details Hide Details The Toronto Star reported: "It passed 137 to 110.. But the motion is non-binding and the victory was bittersweet as the government (Conservative Party of Canada) is likely to ignore it."
  • 2007
    Age 49
    In 2007, Chow sponsored a motion calling for Japan to apologise for forcing some 200,000 women to serve as wartime sex slaves.
    More Details Hide Details The motion was passed unanimously by Canada's parliament in November 2007. Chow stated, "for me, this isn't crimes against 200,000 women. It's crimes against humanity and all of the world's citizens have a responsibility to speak out against it."
  • 2006
    Age 48
    On January 23, 2006, she won the Trinity—Spadina seat for the NDP in the federal election.
    More Details Hide Details She defeated Ianno by 3,667 votes, almost 6%. Along with Jack Layton she was part of only the second husband-and-wife team in Canadian parliamentary history. (Gurmant Grewal and Nina Grewal were the first, winning their seats in the 2004 election.)
    During the 2006 campaign, Mike Klander, an executive of the federal Liberal party's Ontario wing, made comments in his blog insinuating that Chow was a Chow Chow dog and said of her husband, " I just want to say that I think Jack Layton is an asshole " Layton denounced the comments about Chow as racist, and Klander apologized and resigned.
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  • 2005
    Age 47
    When the Liberal federal government was defeated on a motion of non-confidence, Chow resigned her city council seat of fourteen years on November 28, 2005 to make a third run at seat in the House of Commons.
    More Details Hide Details She was succeeded on city council on an interim basis by Martin Silva. As Silva was not allowed to run for re-election, Chow's constituency assistant Helen Kennedy ran but lost to Adam Vaughan.
  • 2004
    Age 46
    In 2004, Chow again won the Trinity—Spadina NDP nomination for the summer federal election, giving her another chance to unseat Tony Ianno of the Liberal Party.
    More Details Hide Details With support from Jack Layton, a new urban focus of the NDP, and higher party popularity nationwide, she was widely expected to win despite some criticism from voters who elected her to a municipal seat just six months prior. She managed another strong second place showing, but failed to unseat Ianno by only 2% of the total vote. Tactical voting was blamed partially for Chow's defeat, as the Liberal attack ads on Stephen Harper attempted to make the election a choice between the Liberals and Conservatives, with the effect of attracting NDP leaning voters to support the Liberals and stave off a potential Harper government. Chow also did not resign her council seat to run federally, with some suggesting that her constituents were able to vote Liberal and while still having Chow around to represent them.
  • 2003
    Age 45
    Both were supporters of David Miller's successful 2003 campaign to become Mayor of Toronto.
    More Details Hide Details Chow was forced to resign her position on the Toronto Police Services Board because, at a riot in front of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, she informally attempted to persuade police to change their tactics. Some argued, however, that she was ousted for her outspoken attitude towards alleged police misconduct. Chow was renowned for her trademark bicycle, decorated with flowers and bright colours, which she rode every day to Toronto City Hall. Chow was voted "Best City Councillor" on numerous occasions by Toronto's alternative weeklies Now Magazine and Eye Weekly. In May 2012, Chow was named one of the top 25 Canadian immigrants in Canada by the Canadian immigrant magazine.
  • 1997
    Age 39
    In 1997, Chow ran as the New Democratic Party candidate for the Canadian House of Commons in Trinity—Spadina.
    More Details Hide Details Chow was defeated by Liberal Party incumbent Tony Ianno.
  • 1991
    Age 33
    Popular on the school board, she was elected to Metropolitan Toronto Council in 1991 for the Downtown Ward in the riding of Trinity—Spadina.
    More Details Hide Details The area has long been home to a diverse group of communities in the core of Canada's largest urban centre. Chow was re-elected several times to city council by wide margins. As councillor, Chow was an advocate for the homeless, public transit, and many other urban issues that promote sustainable development. She was also a vociferous opponent of the proposed Toronto Island Airport expansion, a controversial plan by the Toronto Port Authority. Following the amalgamation of Metropolitan Toronto, she and her husband Jack Layton were prominent members of the city council. While sometimes critical of pro-development mayor Mel Lastman and other suburban councillors, they worked with councillors across political lines to achieve practical progressive measures. Layton left his seat on council to become federal leader of the NDP.
  • 1988
    Age 30
    She married Jack Layton in 1988 and they stayed together until his death in August 2011.
    More Details Hide Details On August 20, 2012 she unveiled a statue dedicated to her husband Jack Layton; tributes to him were written in English, Chinese and French. The statue is located in Harbour Square Park at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal. Chow is portrayed by Sook-Yin Lee in the 2013 CBC Television film Jack. Lee won a Canadian Screen Award for her performance.
    Chow is the widow of former NDP and Opposition Leader Jack Layton; they were married from 1988 until his death from cancer in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details She speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English. In May 2012, Chow was named one of the top 25 Canadian immigrants in Canada by Canadian Immigrant magazine. Chow's personal memoir, titled My Journey, was published January 21, 2014.
  • 1985
    Age 27
    Chow first became active in politics working with local NDP MP Dan Heap. With his support, she ran for school board trustee, and won in 1985.
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  • 1979
    Age 21
    In 1979, she graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in fine art from the University of Guelph.
    More Details Hide Details After graduation, she worked as an artist. She owned a sculpture studio and created art pieces for clients. She still paints occasionally. She later taught at George Brown College's Assaulted Women and Children Counselling and Advocacy Program for five years. In 2005, she revealed that she had undergone surgery for thyroid cancer in 2004. She decided to speak out to raise awareness of the disease. In 2013, she was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome type II.
  • 1970
    Age 12
    She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1970 at the age of 13 and lived in a high-rise unit in St. James Town, a neighbourhood in Toronto.
    More Details Hide Details Her father worked odd jobs, such as delivering Chinese food and driving taxis in order to support the family. Her mother became a seamstress and a maid, and worked in a hotel laundry. Her father was physically abusive towards her half-brother, Andre, and her mother, but nurturing and loving towards Olivia. Chow was raised in a Chinese Baptist household. As a young girl she was a slow learner and had to repeat grade 3. However, she soon started to excel and she later skipped grade 8. She attended Jarvis Collegiate Institute. She studied fine arts at the Ontario College of Art and philosophy and religion at the University of Toronto.
  • 1957
    Born on March 24, 1957.
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