We're still months away from the 2014 mayoral race, but it appears that the prospect of a multi-candidate contest with serious contenders is remote, at best.
So far, and this is early, the only two valid candidates for the job are incumbent Bob Kilger and former councillor Mark MacDonald, who is primed for a rematch with the former member of Parliament.
Kilger and MacDonald have not made any official announcements, but both have made their intentions known in the usual unofficial way. That is to tell anyone who asks that they will be filing nomination papers when the time comes.
Others have been mentioned but the reality is none, when push comes to shove, as they say, will be showing up at the starting gate. Around the council table, one or two might like to take a shot at the title but are smart enough to know that it would be too big of a hill to climb. If Kilger, for whatever reason, decided to not run, that would change.
In all probability the 2014 mayoral race will come down to the two serious candidates - Kilger and MacDonald - and perhaps one or two pretenders with a snow ball's chance in Hades of coming close, theirs being the chances of Annabelle the Wonder Horse winning the Kentucky Derby.
A straight-up two-person race would be to MacDonald's advantage. It would give him all the anti-Kilger votes rather than having to share them. The question is, would this be enough to tip the election in his favour? In days of old, it was often speculated that a "rabbit" was thrown into the race with the hopes of siphoning votes from a dangerous challenger.
One year removed from the mayoral campaign (fact is MacDonald launched his campaign several months ago with the hospital issue) it is safe to speculate that it will be two serious contenders and perhaps a pretender on the ballot. In other words, a rerun of the 2010 race with a different pretender.
The smart money, at this point, would be on the same order of finish.
TRIVIA ANSWER The New York Central Railroad station was on Second Street West, across from the old Roosevelt Bridge toll booth. It was mothballed in 1957 when NYC service between Cornwall and Ottawa, with stops in Newington, Finch, Berwick and Cyrsler, was discontinued. The station was eventually ripped down. In its heyday, the Cornwall to Ottawa run would operate two special trains each day during the Ottawa Central Exhibition.
TRIVIA This future prime minister cut the ribbon at the official opening of the Transport Canada Training Institute, now called NavCanada, in 1978.
IN THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR The two-man RCMP detachment on First Street East, just east of Sydney Street. The Mounties also kept a two-man detachment in St. Regis village. ... The Ontario Provincial Police detachment and District 11 headquarters on Augustus Street, just south of Second Street. ... The Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Augustus Street. It was the firsts KFC in Cornwall and was operated by Charlie Lawn who also had a motel on Second Street West at the foot of Pescod Avenue. ... Mother's convenience store on Second Street West at foot of Riverdale Avenue. ... The McCormick's chip wagon that made its rounds every evening, starting around 6 o'clock, selling french fries and candy apples. A bell attached to the side of the wagon announced its arrival. It's first stop was at Memorial Park, before moving on to the King George Park where large crowds assembled for North End Fastball League games three nights a week.
HERE & THERE Times are tough, even for the rich and famous. Brian and Mila Mulroney are downsizing to a condo. The former PM and his wife have put their spacious Westmount, Que. home on the market and are looking at a smaller condo in downtown Montreal. They won't need to take out a mortgage on the condo. The Westmount home is listed at $7.9 million. No, there won't be an open house. ... According to a Maclean's article, Mike Duffy made fun of Green Party leader Elizabeth May by calling her "Bucky the Beaver" at Tory fundraisers. Class act that Duffer. ... U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory for Kenya. Fact is, Chicago, with 1,200 shootings thus far in 2013 and the city on target for at least 600 murders before Dec. 31, is a more dangerous place for American citizens.
SEEN & HEARD How secure can air travellers feel if a guy with a history of mental illness and carrying a shotgun can get through the front gates of the Washington Navy Yards, one of the most secure military bases in North America? ... For one of my American friends, no the C, as in 20C, does not stand for Canadian, it is Celsius.
SPORTS STUFF Plenty of speculation that this could be Dale Hawerchuk's final year as head coach of Ontario Hockey League Barrie Colts and that he will be with the Winnipeg Jets next season as an assistant to Claude Noel. A more likely move would be as head coach of the Jets' farm team waiting for Noel to stumble. ... True story, confirmed by the man himself: John Wensink used his first big NHL bonus cheque to buy a John Deere tractor and Harvester for the family farm. You can take the boy out of the farm but you can take the farm out of the boy. ... Note to the River Kings new ownership group: It's not how many fans are in the seats, it is how many loonies are in the cash register at the end of the night. ... The team's previous management offered a Division II U.S. college hockey grad $500 a game and $50 a goal. Resurrected GM Al Wagar quickly nixed that insane offer. ...Shades of another era when St. Lawrence Saints and Cornwall Collegiate Raiders battled Thursday, Oct. 10 in the Upper Canada Bowl with the winner taking home the Barry Smith Memorial Cup. It's a floodlight fixture, a throw back to the annual Red Feather game in the 1950s that had the two rivals clashing in a game that drew around 3,000 at the Grounds.
THIS & THAT Strange, isn't. One month the city coffers had a surplus, next month we were dipping into reserves to pay for a capital over-run. .. Old friends Tony and Gail Papaleo have moved back to the Toronto area after living in Cornwall for 30-plus years. They wanted to be closer to their kids and grandchildren. And proof that it is a small world, they discovered that the person they purchased their new home from is a former Cornwall area resident. ... When city council gave the go-ahead for self-serve gas pumps back in the 1970s, the pitch by the oil-companies was that customers would have a choice with the self-serve pumps offering gas one cent a gallon cheaper than the full service pumps. That didn't last long. ... Will the CBC dig the 1970s David Suzuki documentary out of the archives for a re-run, the one in which Suzuki warned that the world would run out of oil by the Year 2000. ... Hugh Hefner reportedly still going strong at 87. He's married to one of his 20-something playmates. Maybe he eats a lot of broccoli.