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Toronto mayor John Tory and city councillors respond to the passing of Rob Ford

Louisa Clements | posted Wednesday, Mar 23rd, 2016

The death of Toronto’s former mayor and city councillor Rob Ford shocked the city and the world when he passed away yesterday at 46 after battling pleomorphic liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer, since 2014.

“With heavy hearts and profound sadness, the Ford family announces the passing of their beloved son, brother, husband, and father, Councillor Rob Ford earlier today at the age of 46,” his family said in a statement released yesterday. Supporters and detractors alike have been responding to his death and legacy as a passionate and determined politician. Ford’s successor, Mayor John Tory released a statement yesterday describing Ford as “a profoundly human guy”.

“The city is willing to do whatever the family wishes with respect to making sure that this man’s public contribution is recognized.” Tory said.


Ford served for a decade as a councillor before becoming the city’s 64th mayor in October 2010 and represented Toronto for four years on an international scale.


Coun. Norm Kelly remembers Rob Ford as a man who “summed up the feelings and the sentiments and the emotions of a considerable amount of Torontonians,” and acted on them in his own way.

Ford’s ally and colleague coun. Giorgio Mammoliti, remembers his friend for his style of “grass-roots politics” and his close relationship with his supporters and says he would want to be remembered with the same type of gathering he was known for, something involving hamburgers, hot dogs, beer and soft drinks in a city park.

Tributes have been pouring in on social media for Rob Ford with supporters sharing their memories for the man who was often called ‘the people’s mayor’. See the highlights from social media.


Share your memories with us in the comments below.

Body confidence champion Liis Windischmann’s tips and tricks for body love

Louisa Clements | posted Wednesday, Mar 9th, 2016


Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful, and top curvy model and body confidence champion, Liis Windischmann, wants to change that conversation. Her multi-platform ‘Body Love Series’ was created to help women feel more positive about their bodies and rethink how they feel about wellness, body image and style by focusing on the mind, body and soul connection.

Windischmann shares her insights for loving your body without ever having to step on the scale; instead of paying attention to numbers, notice your level of happiness and vibrancy.

Mind: Create me time

Take a few minutes each day for yourself. Think of it as a spectrum, while you might have enough time for a meditative bath with Epsom salts even taking just a few minutes in the morning to dry brush and wake up your circulation is a start. Windishmann recommends thinking about this “me” time as a necessity instead of a luxury.

Body: Make food fun

Change your mindset and start thinking about food as something that heals you. Think about cooking as an adventure and experiment with unfamiliar fruits and vegetables, prepare dishes in fun new ways by using a spirilizer or try a new way of eating like paleo, vegetarian or raw.

Soul: Release your inner child

Turn off the world and take a few minutes to unleash your inner child with colouring books or doodling. This is the perfect meditative activity that can quickly calm the mind at the end of the day. Colouring is also the perfect activity to involve the whole family in promoting healthy soul-fueling habits.

With these simple lifestyle changes, Windischmann hopes to help women feel good about themselves every day.