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John Tory officially submits resignation as Mayor of Toronto

John Tory has submitted his formal resignation, days after he announced plans to step down following an affair with a former staffer.Tory made the announcement in a statement issued late Wednesday evening. “I will be spending the next two days in meetings with Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie and City staff to continue to ensure an orderly transition,” Tory said in his statement.The resignation is effective on Friday.

He called his time as mayor the “job of a lifetime.”“I continue to be deeply sorry and apologize unreservedly to the people of Toronto and to all those hurt by my actions without exception,” Tory said. Read more: John Tory to step down as Toronto mayor after admitting to relationship with staffer Read next: Part of the Sun breaks free and forms a strange vortex, baffling scientists Tory announced last Friday he would be stepping down as the city’s mayor after having a relationship with a staffer.Tory said the relationship did “not meet the standards to which I hold myself as mayor and as a family man.”Tory leaves City Hall, saying only he’ll have something to say in the coming days.

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Europe's top spring break destinations eclipse US beaches as travelers flock overseas - - Usa - Italy - Britain - state California - state Florida - San Francisco - city London - county Hall - city Columbia, Britain - city Phoenix - state Hawaii - county Maui - city Rome, Italy
Europe's top spring break destinations eclipse US beaches as travelers flock overseas
View of the Colosseum in 2011 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Santi Visalli/Getty Images) Spring break outings are often defined by parties and trips to beaches in California, Florida and Hawaii — however, new data shows a growing interest in international travel among Americans.Less conventional destinations, particularly in Europe, have replaced longstanding favorite locations such as Orlando, Phoenix and Maui atop many Americans' travel itineraries. Many report lower prices, fairer weather and loosening COVID-19 restrictions across the globe as driving factors in their shift toward the likes of London, Rome and British Columbia.10 SAFETY TIPS TO REMEMBER IF YOU'RE TRAVELING OUT OF THE COUNTRY FOR SPRING BREAKWhat is driving this change?After years of visiting national parks, wide-open nature retreats, and domestic tropical island getaways during the pandemic, Americans are showing renewed interest in travel this spring."Interest in international travel is increasing given the favorable exchange rate for Americans," Philip Ballard, the Florida-based chief communications officer of HotelPlanner, told the Associated Press. "For example, we're seeing about a 20% increase in U.K.-bound bookings because the U.S.
City Hall art exhibit displays stories of “co-victims” of Philadelphia gun violence - - county Hall
City Hall art exhibit displays stories of “co-victims” of Philadelphia gun violence
PHILADELPHIA - A powerful new art exhibit in City Hall highlights the survivors of gun violence by telling the stories of those left to carry the trauma after a loved one’s murder.Dozens are now on display, some positioned directly across from the offices of the mayor and Councilmembers."When you transition to being a co-victim and life as you know it is over, so this should be the first thing that people see," says Zarinah Lomax, who organized the "Apologues Exhibit," "We Are Here," as a co-victim herself."I simply want them to listen to these stories, hear their hearts and reach out to them and ask them what do they need, because they’ll tell you."MORE LOCAL HEADLINESAmong a temporary display of murder victims’ portraits, by Lost Dreams on Canvas Lomax, brought the families’ together for a press conference Thursday as an opportunity to show them they are not alone and to channel their grief into action. Cherisse Pearson spoke with her five-year-old twins by her side about the murder of her 17-year-old, Theodore "Trae" Crawford, earlier this year."I don’t want them having false expectations and false hopes that their brother is coming home one day," she says. "It’s everyone’s problem, you don’t want to wait until the last minute when you’re the one on this end."Lomax is already in talks of where the display can move to next and wants to connect with additional families impacted by violence in the city.