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Babel-on-the-Bay: Lord Black lauds buddy Trump.

You get the feeling that there could be another boring book by Lord ‘Cross-the-Pond’ in this. Yes, Conrad Black came out of seclusion on his Toronto estate the other day to promote another book that will look good on your coffee table. He told the news media that his raison d’etre for the lordly appearance . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Lord Black lauds buddy Trump.

Alberta Politics: Every time you bug this 85-year-old city councillor, your library could lose a few books! Have you got that, people?

PHOTOS: St. Albert City Councillor Bob Russell – fending off annoying letters from voters since 1950-something! Time to send him back to the greenhouse? (St. Albert Gazette photo.) Below: A crowd of irritating readers at a recent library event. Probably every one them sent an email to Bob Russell, dammit! Below that: Proof that I . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Every time you bug this 85-year-old city councillor, your library could lose a few books! Have you got that, people?

Montreal Simon: The Desperate Stephen Harper and the Rob Ford Nightmare

I suppose for a man as desperate as Stephen Harper, it must have have seemed like the answer to his prayers.

In his crazed mind it must have seemed like a brilliant last minute Hail Mary or Hail Rob pass. One that might still spare him from being humiliated by Justin Trudeau.By calling . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Desperate Stephen Harper and the Rob Ford Nightmare

A Grumpy Hobbit: EPIC OLD MAN RANTS #3 Rob Ford – Blame Other People For His Own Problems

EPIC OLD MAN RANTS #3 Rob Ford – Blame Other People For His Own Problems

So Rob and Doug Ford don’t like Fiona Crean’s report on the failings of City Hall Security while Rob was Mayor. Ya, I know, but try to act surprised,..

Doug Ford, who simply just will not go away, said the . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: EPIC OLD MAN RANTS #3 Rob Ford – Blame Other People For His Own Problems

Eh Types: No Doug, No Problem

If at first you don’t succeed, try something you’re even less qualified for? Not exactly conventional wisdom, but very little of that applies when talking about the Fords. For example, holding a press conference to announce you’re not running for office. Doug Ford announced earlier he will not seek to replace Tim Hudak, as leader . . . → Read More: Eh Types: No Doug, No Problem

Alberta Diary: Why libraries – and library users – need their librarians and other library workers to be union members

Maureen O’Reilly, president of the Toronto Public Library Workers Union, speaking in Toronto last weekend. Below: Renowned author Margaret Atwood on an Alberta union picket line, circa 2000, Doug Ford and his Brother Rob.

Doug Ford? Doug Ford? Who is Doug Ford again?

I think he’s Rob Ford’s brother?

OK. Who is . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Why libraries – and library users – need their librarians and other library workers to be union members

Montreal Simon: The Wonderful Day the Ford Nation Died

Well it was closer than I thought it would be, the bestial Fordzilla put up a desperate struggle.But at last he could hold on no longer.And after four long nightmarish years the Ford Nation has finally been defeated. Read more »

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Toronto Mayoral Election: A Brief Note

I just told a Doug Ford Robo-Call I’d vote for him.  But I lied!  Tee hee! #TOpoli  PS. He’s now promising 32 K of new subway lines.— Bigcitylib (@Bigcitylib2) October 23, 2014

The Ranting Canadian: John Tory, the leading Conservative Party candidate for Toronto…

John Tory, the leading Conservative Party candidate for Toronto mayor, has gotten endorsements from the Conservative Toronto Sun (after they previously promoted the Ford brothers), the Conservative Globe and Mail, Conservative Toronto city councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, a bunch of other lesser-known Conservative city councillors, federal Conservative Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, Conservative prime minister . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: John Tory, the leading Conservative Party candidate for Toronto…

The Ranting Canadian: Doug Ford should drop out of the Toronto mayoral race – he is…

Doug Ford should drop out of the Toronto mayoral race – he is splitting the anti-John Tory vote. John Tory should drop out of the mayoral race because he is splitting the anti-Doug Ford vote. They should both drop out because they are both splitting the pro-Chow vote.

If that sounds silly . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Doug Ford should drop out of the Toronto mayoral race – he is…

Eh Types: The Dogs of Ford

The term “dog whistle politics” refers to politicians making a public statement, which also has a deliberate unspoken message for a targeted group of supporters. Like a real dog whistle, what they’re actually saying is something only meant for certain ears. It is a despicable tactic the Ford borthers have employed for quite some time. . . . → Read More: Eh Types: The Dogs of Ford

The Ranting Canadian: Gallery: Doug Ford campaign posters.

Gallery: Doug Ford campaign posters.

Eh Types: Dangerous Games

I have called Rob Ford a coward. I have a criticized his politics, his ability to govern, and his morals or lack there of. I have made jokes about his inability to do math or tell the truth. I may have used the phrase “serial liar with ties to gangs & drugs” more times then . . . → Read More: Eh Types: Dangerous Games

Autonomy For All: The Ford Family Political Machine

The recent switch of Doug for Rob in the Mayor’s race, and Rob for Michael in the Ward 2 race is in a sense shocking, but not surprising. Speculation about this possibility had existed for some time.  I see outraged talk about “feudalism” and fami… . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: The Ford Family Political Machine

Autonomy For All: The Ford Family Political Machine

The recent switch of Doug for Rob in the Mayor’s race, and Rob for Michael in the Ward 2 race is in a sense shocking, but not surprising. Speculation about this possibility had existed for some time.  I see outraged talk about “feudalism” and family dynasties.  Good.  It’s been apparent that the Fords were always . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: The Ford Family Political Machine

The Canadian Progressive: Rob Ford statement on dropping out of Toronto mayoral race

The scandal-plagued mayor dropped his bid for a second term at the helm of Canada’s largest city after being hospitalized with an abdominal tumor on Wednesday.

The post Rob Ford statement on dropping out of Toronto mayoral race appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Chief Blair…Unchained

Seen at the bottom of Sue-Ann Levy’s latest:

I posed a question while on a media panel at the last mayoral debate which stated Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has of late spent considerable money on lawsuits trying to muzzle members of the Police Services Board. This was incorrect and I apologize to the chief.

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The Ranting Canadian: I’m surprised I have never seen anyone post this song…

I’m surprised I have never seen anyone post this song (click on the video link above) in relation to the fucked-up Ford brothers, Doug and Rob. Maybe I have just missed it. The original lyrics don’t all apply to the Fords, so here is an amended version.

Asshole (Rob Ford version)

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THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Standing Up for Love When We Feel Surrounded By Hate

Do you ever have days when you feel like you are the only person who cares about kindness?  When you begin to think that maybe EVERYONE else is thinking always and only about their own interests…about their own money, their own home, their own job….

Yesterday was such a day for me.  First came the . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Standing Up for Love When We Feel Surrounded By Hate

Eh Types: Group Homes Are People’s Homes

I could write about how Doug Ford’s comments on a group home showed he was ignorant, selfish, and a shameless liar. I might as well write water is wet. Doug’s comments were despicable and the worst kind of populist fear mongering. In other words, exactly what you would expect to hear from him. I don’t . . . → Read More: Eh Types: Group Homes Are People’s Homes

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Doug Ford: A champion of NIMBYism

  Doug Ford, a Toronto city councilor and brother of our notorious mayor, is supporting a community that wants a residential program for developmentally challenged youth thrown out of its neighbourhood. If the media reports are accurate, Ford’s support is quite vociferous. This shouldn’t be surprising because we’ve come to expect that everything one of . . . → Read More: Maple-Flavoured Politics: Doug Ford: A champion of NIMBYism

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Toronto Councillor Doug Ford Confirms His Fear of Children With Autism

Dear Toronto City Councillor Doug Ford, as the father of a son with severe autism disorder, my son Conor pictured above, I want to reassure you that you needn’t be so afraid of autistic kids. If you actually get to know any you may find they can even bring a smile to your . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Toronto Councillor Doug Ford Confirms His Fear of Children With Autism

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Toronto Star: Toronto Councillor Doug Ford Believes Treatment Home for Kids with Autism "Ruined the Community"

Is Toronto City Councillor Doug Ford so contemptible as to verbally attack autistic children residing at a home for children with autism?   con·tempt·ible

adjective \kən-ˈtem(p)-tə-bəl\

: not worthy of respect or approval : deserving contempt “Contemptible.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 18 May 2014. 

The Toronto Star reports that Doug Ford, yup, . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Toronto Star: Toronto Councillor Doug Ford Believes Treatment Home for Kids with Autism "Ruined the Community"

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Rob Ford’s re-Election Strategy

After reading this, I wonder just who from Harper’s inner circle is advising their campaign? In another pointed jab at the gay community, Doug Ford accused the mother of a gay son of “bullying” for accusing Rob Ford of homophobia.Rob Ford has begun his mayoral campaign by saying that hedeliberately avoids the Pride festival and vocally opposing . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Rob Ford’s re-Election Strategy

Montreal Simon: Rob and Doug Ford’s Ghastly Bigot Show

I'm sure you remember the last time Rob and Doug Ford got their own Ford Nation TV show.And how it had to be cancelled after just ONE episode. Because the Ford brothers stank out the joint.And crappy low budget Fox News North ran out of tape…

Well brace yourself, they're BAAAAACK !!!!With their . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rob and Doug Ford’s Ghastly Bigot Show