Offbeat marathon runner Yuki Kawauchi to race in Vancouver


Even if you’ve never run a step in your life, there’s lots to like about Japanese marathoner Yuki Kawauchi, who will run his first race in Canada in May at the BMO Vancouver Marathon.

Of course he’s fast and has represented his country at international events — even winning the 2018 Boston Marathon — but it’s how he approaches the sport that has delighted runners and non-runners alike.

Yuki Kawauchi, of Japan, hoists the trophy after winning the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, 2018, in Boston. He is the first Japanese man to win the race since 1987. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (The Associated Press)

Kawauchi, 31, has a penchant for dressing in costume while running. He once ran a half marathon in a panda suit and also completed a race dressed in a black business suit and tie — for fun.

His offbeat reputation is one of the reason race organizers wanted him at their event.

« What I like the most about him in some ways is that he’s very modest in his approach, »  said Eric Chene, Vancouver’s race director.

« He also likes to have fun with it, like he also has the fastest half-marathon time running in a panda suit. He’s such an interesting story and and he’s still a regular Joe if you will, » said Chene.

In Japan, Kawauchi is known as the ‘citizen runner,’ because he is not sponsored like most professional elite runners. He works full time as a school administrator and runs between 10 and 12 marathons a year.

That’s unheard of for people serious about marathons, which are 42.2 kilometres. Most elite marathoners do no more than two marathons because of the toll the races take on their bodies.

‘Enjoy your running’

In an email interview from Japan, Kawauchi had a word of advice to other runners.

« Enjoy your running and stay injury-free so that you can always enjoy it, » he wrote.

Kawauchi’s fastest marathon time is 2:08:14, which he ran six years ago in Korea. It’s an extremely fast time for average runners, but it’s still nearly seven minutes off the world record set by Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge in September.

In April 2018, Kawachi catapulted into the international spotlight when he won the Boston marathon in cold windy and wet conditions fuelled by eating Japanese curry rice, his pre-race ritual.

« You know I think he speaks not only to the elites, but also to the common person … those weekend warriors, » said Chene.

‘That dude is nails’

Vancouverite Rob Watson won the 2018 Vancouver marathon and says he’s excited to be able to race Kawauchi here.

« I’m looking forward to rolling a bit with Yuki, » he said in a release from race organizers. « That dude is nails. »

Race organizers say they attracted Kawauchi to Vancouver by emphasizing the city’s beauty and the scenic course.

The BMO Vancouver Marathon is one of the most picturesque marathons in North America. (Maylies Lang/RUNVAN)

Kawauchi, who says maple syrup and ginger ale come to mind when he thinks of Canada, will arrive in Vancouver only three weeks after trying to defend his title in Boston.

He will also come as a full-time athlete. In April, he will stop working to focus on athletics full time. 

While here, Kawauchi says he wants to run some trails on the North Shore — and find a good restaurant.

« After a race, wherever I am, I like going to a delicious restaurant and eating as much as I like of whatever I like, including dessert, » he said.


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Extreme cold postpones Special Olympics ski race in Calgary


An extreme cold warning forced Special Olympics organizers to postpone alpine events that were scheduled for Saturday at WinSport in Calgary.

Jill Moore with Special Olympics Alberta said it was not an easy decision.

“With the low temperatures and wind chill, it’s not safe for our group to be out there,” said Moore.

Sixty-five skiers are still hoping to compete in slalom, giant slalom, and super-G events on Sunday. Moore said organizers will decide on Saturday night whether or not to hold the race Sunday.

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Skiers and coaches filled the stands to cheer on their fellow athletes, taking in speed skating Saturday morning followed by figure skating in the afternoon.

Special Olympics ski racer Andreas Walther said he enjoyed the break from the cold.

“I like watching the sports inside rather than outside,” he said.

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Others, like Sarah Blenkin, said she’d rather be out racing.

“I don’t mind watching [other athletes],” said Blenkin, “but I trained hard.”

Winsport also cancelled youth and preschool ski lessons on Saturday, and closed the tube park until Tuesday.

EMS urged anyone headed outside to cover all exposed skin and to pay special attention to eyes and ears. Even the lightest wind can cause frostbite in minutes, officials said.

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Development of Vernon’s Kin Race Track could include pool, housing


The end of legal wrangling over the site of the old Kin Race Track has opened the door for the City of Vernon to develop the property.

Vernon’s mayor is now publicly musing about putting a pool and recreation centre on the land, as well as other recreational facilities and possibly even housing.

The city’s ability to use the property for a new purpose comes at the same time as Vernon is starting the process of looking for possible locations for a potential new pool.

The site of the old track, which is right next to two arenas, is considered an ideal spot.

“The most obvious spot for [a pool] is to take advantage of some of the heat produced and other things from the two arenas,” Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming said.

“I can imagine that will be one of the top spots looked at for a new swimming pool and rec centre.”

Court judgment opens door for new development at Kin Race Track

The mayor also expects baseball to continue on the property, which already houses a number of ball diamonds, as well as the addition of space for other recreational activities.

“It is a large site, and I can imagine some housing that matches the use,” added Cumming.

The development wouldn’t happen right away. Cumming said it would take years to develop a new pool for the city.

After 10 years, lengthy lawsuit abandoned over Okanagan race track  

The city is now able to consider other uses for the property after the Okanagan Equestrian Society abandoned its appeal of a B.C. Supreme Court decision on the track.

The equestrian society, the city and the regional district had been locked in a legal dispute, originally launched by the society in 2004, over the future of the property.

The society had been trying to retain the space for horse racing, but the B.C. Supreme Court ruled against the society last year.

The equestrian group said it simply couldn’t afford to continue fighting local governments to keep horse racing at the track and abandoned its appeal of the Supreme Court decision.

“We are obviously extremely disappointed,” said the society’s lawyer, Ed Woolley.

“Any lawsuit is expensive. One that drags on for several years is extremely expensive, and all resources were tapped for the original trial.”

After 120 years of hosting horse races at Kin Race Track, the facility hasn’t been used for that purpose since 2014.

Horse races cancelled in Vernon

That year, races were cancelled when the grandstand wiring was deemed unsafe.

The structure was then destroyed in a deliberately set fire, part of a string of arsons that gripped the region that summer.

The equestrian society said it would like to continue its activities somewhere else but its future is uncertain, as no new space has been identified.

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Liberal candidate Karen Wang resigns from Burnaby South byelection following WeChat post singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race


VANCOUVER—The Liberal candidate running against NDP leader Jagmeet Singh in the Burnaby South byelection has resigned following a Star Vancouver report on her post on the Chinese social media app WeChat that urged people to vote for her, the “only Chinese candidate,” and not “Singh of Indian descent.

In a statement released Wednesday morning, Karen Wang apologized to Singh, saying “my choice of words wasn’t well-considered and didn’t reflect my intent.”

She said she has been proud to call Burnaby South home since arriving in Canada as a newcomer 20 years ago, and has deep respect for the NDP party leader.

“After consideration with my supporters, I have decided to step aside as the Liberal candidate in the Burnaby South byelection. I believe in the progress that Justin Trudeau and the Liberal team are making for British Columbians and all Canadians, and I do not wish for any of my comments to be a distraction in that work.”

On Saturday, Wang used WeChat to urge supporters to vote for her in a post, translated from Chinese, part of which said: “If we can increase the voting rate, as the only Chinese candidate in this riding, if I can garner 16,000 votes I will easily win the byelection, control the election race and make history! My opponent in this byelection is the NDP candidate Singh of Indian descent!”

Singh, who is vying for his first seat in the House of Commons, is Canada’s first non-white federal party leader. The other candidates in the Feb. 25 byelection are Conservative Jay Shin and People’s Party of Canada’s Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson.

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Wang used the term “hua yi” to refer to people of the Chinese diaspora and used the term “yin yi” to refer to people of India’s diaspora.

When StarMetro asked about the post on Tuesday, Wang said her intent “was to stress the importance of people of all different backgrounds getting involved in this important byelection. The phrasing should have been different and it will be taken down.”

On Wednesday, Braeden Caley, senior director of communications with the Liberal Party of Canada, said Wang’s comments are not aligned with the party’s values.

“The Liberal Party has accepted her resignation as the Liberal candidate in the Burnaby South byelection,” Caley said in a statement. “Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada have always stood for the full and equal participation of all Canadians in our democracy, regardless of their background. The Liberal Party has a clear commitment to positive politics and support for Canadian diversity, and the same is always expected of our candidates.”

When asked by email whether the Liberals would nominate a new candidate in the riding, Caley said: “We’ll have more to discuss on that in due course.”

The Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment and referred questions about Wang to the Liberal Party.

In Ottawa, NDP MP Nathan Cullen called Wang’s social media post “the worst kind of politics there is.” He said noted her comment about Singh’s ethnicity comes after Shin, the Conservative candidate in Burnaby South, disparaged the NDP Leader for his past as a criminal defence lawyer.

“It’s brutal,” said Cullen, who represents the northwestern B.C. riding of Skeena-Bulkley Valley. “It should be a warning to the Liberals and Conservatives that this stuff can’t come out in the general election.”

Cullen added that Trudeau’s silence on Wang’s post is “troubling” and pointed out that “she resigned, he didn’t fire her.”

“I’m trying to imagine if a Conservative candidate had said this, how Mr. Trudeau would have been on the front page of your paper, saying we’ve got to unite, not divide,” he said.

“They screened and vetted her and it took her quitting to end instead of Mr. Trudeau being a little bit more courageous in his leadership.”

With files from Jeremy Nuttall and Joanna Chiu.

Melanie Green is a Vancouver-based reporter covering food, culture and policy. Follow her on Twitter: @mdgmedia.


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Race on to partner with Ontario’s cannabis retail licence winners


Businesses and investors are rushing to partner with the 25 winners of the Ontario cannabis retail licence lottery, with offers apparently worth millions of dollars, to be involved in the province’s first recreational weed stores set to open this spring.

Olivia Brown, the founder of Hamilton, Ont.-based Professional Cannabis Consulting, says one of her clients was among the 25 entities selected by the province via lottery, and has fielded three « big offers » on Monday alone.

« There’s a couple of large investors, one from the United States, one of them from Amsterdam… a very established Hamilton family looking to invest, » said Brown, who said her client did not want to be named.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario announced late Friday the 25 entities who can now apply for a cannabis retail licence in Canada’s most populous province, out of the 17,320 expressions of interest the government agency received. There were also 100 applicants on the wait list.

Big industry players shut out

The biggest industry players, however, were kept at bay as the province’s regulations stipulate applicants cannot qualify for a retail licence if it is more than 9.9 per cent owned or controlled by one or more licensed producer.

The vast majority of those lottery entries were from sole proprietorships, at 64 per cent, followed by corporations at 33 per cent, and partnerships and limited partnerships at three and one per cent, respectively.

Everybody is trying to find one of the winners and trying to cut some sort of a deal with them– Mark Goliger, National Access Cannabis

There were no big cannabis industry names among the 25 winners, who now have five business days to turn in their applications to the AGCO along with a $6,000 non-refundable fee and a $50,000 letter of credit.

They included Toronto-based travel agency Tripsetter Inc., who declined to comment when reached by phone.

If their applications are successful, they will have the opportunity to open the first 25 recreational pot stores on April 1 in Ontario, where cannabis consumers now can only legally purchase weed from a government-run website.

Scramble to find partners

However, these retail operator licences are not transferable under provincial regulations, which has companies and investors scrambling to find ways to partner with the lottery winners as allowed under the rules and cash in on the first-mover advantage.

« Everybody is trying to find one of the winners and trying to cut some sort of a deal with them, » said Mark Goliger, chief executive officer of National Access Cannabis Corp.

NAC, which has signed an agreement with coffee chain Second Cup to convert some of its coffee shops into weed dispensaries, has been in touch with a handful of lottery winners and is seeking a partnership, such as a services agreement or revenue-sharing arrangement.

« We’re not going to do a crazy deal that doesn’t make sense long-term… I know that there are players out there that are doing crazy deals. »

Brendan Kennedy, chief executive of licensed producer Tilray Inc., said their Nanaimo-based company has been in touch with provincial lottery winners as well.

« Stay tuned… They’re looking for potential partners as they build out their entities, » he said.

Offers north of $5M

Abi Roach, the owner of Toronto-based Hot Box Cafe, says her lottery entry did not win, but she has been in touch with winners on potential partnerships, and has been told other offers are north of $5 million.

It’s a big risk she says she is not willing to take, given that most of the winners are sole proprietors and there are restrictions on changing the structure of the company after entering the lottery, she added.

« The risk of putting in a large sum of money into a sole proprietorship without ownership is crazy, » she said.

Although the types of deals that can be made are limited, there was a « flurry of negotiations » over the weekend, said Ottawa-based lawyer Trina Fraser, who is representing clients looking to enter partnerships.

The deals Fraser’s clients are seeking include licensing or services agreements, which allow the license holder to retain sufficient control as required under provincial regulations.

Many of the 25 entities selected do not have industry experience, and will likely face difficulties satisfying requirements such as a letter of credit from the bank, she said.

Retail licence operators who are not ready to open their doors by April 1 will face hefty late fines that could total as much as $50,000.

« They need money and they need help, » said Fraser. « They don’t necessarily have the expertise or the resources to be able to execute on this on their own. They’re going to need partners. »


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BC Hydro crews rebuilding parts of electrical grid in race to restore power


Last week’s windstorm caused so much damage on some of B.C.’s Southern Gulf Islands that crews must rebuild parts of the electrical distribution system, according to BC Hydro.

More than 900 workers, including crews from as far away as Alberta and the East Coast, were in the field on Boxing Day, the utility said Wednesday morning.

Upwards of 700,000 customers lost power after Thursday’s storm, and by Boxing Day, the lights were still off in about 7,000 homes on Vancouver Island and in the Southern Gulf Islands.

BC Hydro says everyone on Vancouver Island should have power by Thursday, but the extensive damage on the Gulf Islands means the work could take until New Year’s Eve.

Last week’s windstorm was the worst BC Hydro has seen in two decades. Winds gusting up to 100 km/h tore through southern B.C., toppling trees and snapping power lines.

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Houston surges to victory in PC leadership race


Pictou East MLA Tim Houston is the new leader of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives.

Houston garnered 2,496.75 points out of a total of 5,100 after the first round of voting. He required 2,551 points to win the leadership.

Shortly after the result was announced, however, the remaining candidates on the ballot stood down in favour of supporting Houston as the new party leader.

Houston was followed by Cecil Clarke with 1,385.71 points, John Lohr with 692.45 points, Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin with 384.96 points and Julie Chaisson with 140.13 points.

Tim Houston, speaking with voters as they wait their turn in line during Saturday’s leadership convention, has won the party’s leadership. (Michael Gorman/CBC)

Clarke was first to cross over to Houston. He led his supporters across the floor of the venue to shake Houston’s hand and merge his supporters with those of the Pictou County resident.

Clarke, the mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality, said his decision was based on what’s best for the party.

« I said last night the unity of the party is paramount, » he said. « I believe in bringing this party together. As I just said to Tim, we need to set any campaign differences aside. It’s about the next election. The party is bigger than any one person. Bigger than me, and I am happy to support our new leader, Tim Houston. »

Clarke promotes party unity

Houston called it a joyful moment and said it was very helpful for party unity.

« I think they’re sending a message as well to their supporters and to party members and really to Nova Scotians, » he told reporters.

« I’m totally grateful that that happened. »

He’d been the target of the most prominent attacks throughout the campaign, but on Saturday Houston said he believes that’s all in the past.

« When you’re in a campaign, people have a strategy for a campaign, » said Houston. « That’s over now. The race is over now. We’re caucus colleagues, we’re members of the PC party together and we’ll just get to work. »

Hundreds of Tories descended on Halifax’s Exhibition Centre Saturday to cast their votes and watch the new leader be elected. About 300 people were voting at the event, while there were 8,868 ranked ballots cast by mail ahead of time.

People wait in line for their turn to vote at the Nova Scotia Tory leadership convention in Halifax. (Michael Gorman/CBC)

Each candidate had an opportunity to make a speech to the crowd on Friday night. During the lead-up to the first round of voting, candidates could be seen working the voting line, making one final pitch to uncommitted voters.

The event also included a tribute to outgoing interim leader Karla MacFarlane, who assumed the role when Jamie Baillie was forced to step down after the party found he violated the legislature’s workplace harassment policy.

Karla MacFarlane and her son, Jack, look on as a video tribute is played for the outgoing interim leader. (Michael Gorman/CBC)

MacFarlane said she was honoured to hold the role and humbled by the support, but she was also ready to turn things over to the new leader.

She joked she wouldn’t trade the past year for $1 million — « nor would I do it again for $1 million. »

When it was Houston’s turn to address party members, he called on volunteers for the other campaigns and the thousands of new party members to remain engaged and promised there was a place for everyone within the party.

« We need you to stay involved and to keep going. We have so much work to do, » he said.

« You are on the ground floor of a movement, and I think you can feel it, » he said, before pledging the party would go on to form successive majority governments.

« Won’t stop until Nova Scotia is the leader and the best province in Atlantic Canada and beyond, » he said.

« Change is coming. »

Candidate John Lohr shares a word with a convention attendee ahead of the results of the first round of voting. (Michael Gorman/CBC)

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Mitch Panciuk wins Belleville mayoral race after beating incumbent in upset – Kingston


It was a result that shocked the incumbent mayor of Belleville, Taso Christopher. He was hoping to run a second term in the city, but had his seat taken by local businessman, Mitch Panciuk.

“Obviously the public wants to go in another direction,” Christopher said. “I fully respect that.”

The incumbent admitted defeat after just three polls were counted, conceding to his supporters that former councillor Mitch Panciuk was the winner. Panciuk, who is the former president of the Chamber of Commerce in Belleville, says he is elated at being given the mandate to lead the city, and hopes to bring real change to the position.

Belleville election results 2018

“I understand that this is more about changing the style and the way that the mayor does the job,” Panciuk says. “We’re going to continue to accomplish great things for Belleville going forward.”

Christopher has nearly a decade of experience on city council and one term as mayor of the city. He ran on a platform of wanting to develop the city’s waterfront and continuing growth in Belleville. Mayor-elect Mitch Panciuk, however, says he heard that constituents wanted change in the chambers.

“I just kept hearing, door after door, that people wanted change, and they saw me as that vehicle for change,” Panciuk says.

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More than 36 per cent of voters cast their ballot for Panciuk, compared with 25 per cent for the incumbent. Egerton Boyce, a former councillor of 15 years, came in third with 21 per cent of the votes.

With five new councillors were elected, joining just three incumbents — almost an entirely new council — the mayor-elect will have a chance to change how things are done. Panciuk says he looks forward to advancing how the city government can pave the way while working together.

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“We’re going to talk about what their priorities are, what they heard coming out of the election and try and put it together in a platform as a whole council,” Says Panciuk.

Panciuk and his council will take office in December.



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19 votes later, Jason Baker wins Brockville mayoral race by narrow margin – Kingston


The mayoral election in Brockville came down to the wire between Mark Oliver and Jason Baker.

Brockville election results 2018

Oliver was joined by dozens of supporters and family at the Georgian Dragon Ale House & Pub on Monday Oct. 22, as they waited for the final tally of votes. As the clock ticked down to the announcement, Oliver and his family were huddled in the corner of the restaurant, trying their best to calm their nerves.

Then, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the news broke that former councilor Jason baker had won the Brockville mayoral election — by a margin of 19 votes.

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Once Oliver received the results, he was consoled by family and friends but was quick to address his supporters and thank them for their aid in his campaign.

“This is not easy, and it’s disappointing for our team. I cannot thank everyone enough for their support and generosity throughout this process,” said Oliver.

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Baker, who has served over 20 years on city council, held an election party at Kelsey’s with supporters and family.

Once the election results were released, the restaurant filled with former and newly-elected city officials, including former Brockville mayor David Henderson.

“It is an honour to be the mayor of Brockville and certainly one that I am going to respect and value. There is a serious job ahead and we have to get started as soon a possible,” said Baker, after hearing he won the mayoral election.

Brockville mayoral candidates look to tackle youth crime, create jobs

Baker told Global News it is crucial that any ego be removed from the mayor’s office, and that he will spread the responsibility to city officials rather than having one person make all of the decisions.

 “The biggest thing is to return the mayor’s job to what its supposed to be, and that’s a part-time role, where the experts run the city and the council runs the day to day vision,” said Baker.

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Henderson said he was not surprised that the election was close, but said he has never seen an election that come down to 19 votes. He continued by saying not only will there be a new mayor, but that there will be four new council members as well, and believes the balance of incumbents and newly elected members will benefit the community.

Henderson will continue to serve as mayor for another six weeks before Baker takes his seat.

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Patrick Brown completes stunning political comeback by beating Linda Jeffrey in Brampton mayor’s race


Patrick Brown, ousted as Ontario Progressive Conservative leader earlier this year, is the new mayor of Brampton.

Brown’s beleaguered political career was revived when he edged out incumbent Linda Jeffrey — about 4,000 votes separated the two — in one of the province’s tightest mayoralty races Monday night.

A buoyant Brown, who captured 44.4 per cent of the vote, with 148 of 169 polls reporting, told cheering supporters that Brampton deserves attention and investment from the province, from increased spending on hospital beds and transit to jobs.

“We’re not second-class citizens in Brampton,” he said, his wife Genevieve Gualtieri at his side.

“You want to visit Brampton? We deserve investment that comes with that visit.”

“My party is the people of Brampton and I want results,” he said.

Brown also took time to thank his campaign team and his family, but saved special praise for his new bride, Gualtieri. The couple married in late September and spent their first few weeks as newlyweds on the campaign trail.

“When we got engaged in March and we said we’re going to have a fall wedding, we never thought we’d be in the middle of a municipal campaign,” said Brown, who entered the Brampton race in July.

“So it turns out, our honeymoon was doorknocking,” he continued, as the crowd laughed.

“But what a phenomenal partner who would be by my side and (was) even willing to have a honeymoon that included doorknocking.”

Brown pledged to bring a non-partisan approach to managing Brampton city council — an approach he said is modelled on governing methods used by former Ontario premier Bill Davis.

“I’ve always considered him a mentor and a friend but frankly, an inspiration for the way politics should be,” Brown said of Davis, whom he phoned before addressing supporters.

Brampton’s new mayor said Davis “taught me about being collegial, about being non-partisan, about recognizing there’s no monopoly on a good idea.”

“I think the lesson for city council is: We’re a team and that we have to listen to each other and that to get good ideas from different perspectives makes you stronger,” Brown continued.

“To have ideas from different council members, to embrace good ideas — no matter who raises them — will make Brampton stronger. I think we need more Bill Davis in Brampton city hall.”

Jeffrey conceded defeat before all the polls were counted and congratulated Brown. She told her supporters that during her time in office that “together we brought in accountability, openness and transparency to city hall.”

“I can confidently say our city is in better shape than what I found it,” Jeffrey said.

Jeffrey, a former Liberal MPP, who resigned in 2014 to run for mayor of Brampton, had the backing of PC party operatives — Doug Ford’s campaign manager organized a fundraiser for her. Jeffrey won the 2014 mayoral election, ending Susan Fennell’s 14-year reign.

Brown stepped down from the Ontario PC leadership in January, following allegations of sexual misconduct, which he has denied and is fighting in a defamation lawsuit.

Brown served as a Barrie city councillor and MP for Barrie before stepping down in 2015 to run for leadership of the Ontario PC party, winning Simcoe North in a byelection that same year to become an MPP. He entered the Brampton mayor’s race in surprising fashion on the last day for candidate registration in July. He had earlier declared his intention to run for chair of Peel Region, before that race was called off by the provincial government.

Read more: For up-to-the-minute results, visit the Star’s municipal election page.

Francine Kopun is a Toronto-based reporter covering city politics. Follow her on Twitter: @KopunF

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