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Cries of humbug over Santa parade in Vaughan; Councillor under fire for setting date on election eve Incumbents ride sleds before vote; challengers left out in cold
[MET Edition]
Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Edwards, Peter
Date: Oct 28, 2006
Start Page: A.6
Section: News
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Regional councillor Mario Ferri, co-chair and founder of the local Santafest Committee, is being roasted like a chestnut because the [Santa Claus] parade in [Vaughan] has been scheduled for Nov. 12 - or election eve.

Vaughan city manager Michael DeAngelis emailed [Gino Ruffolo] yesterday to tell her that, "in keeping with the corporate protocols for events," no challengers for council seats can ride on the horse- drawn lead wagon.

To try to defuse any potential Santagate, Ferri has emailed parade critics, saying "the Santafest Parade is an annual community event and not a city event."

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