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Montreal Simon: Rob Ford’s Totally Disgusting Bigot Fest

He is in addition to all his other flaws, a ghastly anti-gay bigot. And so it seems are many members of the Ford Nation.For when six gay activists turned up at the so-called Ford Fest to protest against his vicious homophobia.This is what happened…Read more »

Alberta Diary: Russia must be stopped! And Peter Goldring’s just the man to do it! We’ll fight to the last Frenchman and German!

After we’ve won the war with Russia, a beachhead in the Caribbean! Edmonton MP Peter Goldring as illustrated by Press Progress. Below: Rob Ford, Louis Riel, Ann of Green Gables and last year’s military licence plate, which is presumably the same as this year’s military licence plate.

Whenever you think it’s safe to start ridiculing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford again, Peter Goldring opens his mouth, proving that this province remains Canada’s Home Sweet Alabamberta of egregious political bufoonery.

Mr. Goldring, 69, is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton East and the source many of the more entertaining if inconsequential political (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Rob Ford: Rage Against The Latrine

Rob Ford thinks $600,000 is too much to spend on a bathroom.  After all, the bathroom is in a field, and there are trees in the field, thus rendering the bathroom redundant.

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)

(SPOKEN) Folks, I’d like to sing a song about the Etobicoke dream. About me, about you, about the way our bigoted suburban hearts beat way down in the bottom of our bigoted suburban chests. About the special feeling we get in the cockles of our hearts, maybe below the (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Spendaphobe? Give Us A Break

So, according to Rob and Doug Ford, Rob isn’t a homophobe, he’s a spendaphobe.

Rob Ford’s own actions related to pride in the not so distant past (refusing to attend, trying to stop the city from flying the pride flag for example) speak quite clearly to where he stands with respect to gay rights.

However, that isn’t the point of this post.  It is the ridiculous moniker of “spendaphobe” that needs to be talked about.

Typical of what we’ve come to expect from conservative politicians in the last decade, this is nothing more than a piece of jingoism.  It’s a (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Bigot Rob Ford and the Homeless Gay Kids

OK. I know that only last night I strongly suggested that the time had come to ignore Rob Ford.That since by now it has been clearly established that he is a crass bully, a vulgar misogynist, a low life thug, and a filthy bigot.All that remained was to defeat him, humiliate him.Or let nature takes its course…

If the Polar Bear God of the Great White North should choose to save us that way.But I can't ignore this.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford: The Beast, the Bully, and the Bigot

Well I think this much can safely be said about Rob Ford. You can send him off to a luxury rehab in Muskoka, where other millionaires like him live.You can shoot him full of horse tranquilizer, so you can try to put him on a healthy diet, or load him onto a treadmill.You can even keep him from hanging out with dangerous gangbangers…for a month.But you can't take the bully out of that ghastly gorilla.Read more »

Northern Reflections: The Circus May Soon Be Over.



Since emerging from rehab, Rob Ford has worked very hard to control his message. At his first news conference, he spoke to a select group of reporters. But that tactic hasn’t worked. Reports are now emerging of Ford’s time in rehab. Kevin Donovan writes in the Toronto Star that:

Mayor Rob Ford pushed and (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Alberta Tory MLA arrested in U.S. prostitution sting? Not a problem, apparently…

Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Tory MLA Mike Allen: Excited to be back in the Tory caucus. (Dave Cournoyer photo, used with permission.)

Say what you like about the many flaws of former Alberta premier Alison Redford, she never would have let Mike Allen back into the Progressive Conservative caucus, not as long as the Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Tory MLA lived, breathed and managed to get reelected.

It was on July 16 last year when the once and future professional jazz musician was in St. Paul, Minn., as a representative of the Government of Alberta when he was caught by (Read more…)

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Canada politics news roundup: Harper Conservatives’ lack of good governance

The Federal Court of Appeal’s ruling on the Harper Conservatives’ cancellation of refugee health care tops the list of my favorite Canada politics news headlines this week.

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Northern Reflections: He’s Not New and Improved


Rob Ford is a little thinner. But, in the interviews he did last week, you could be forgiven for thinking that rehab hasn’t really had much effect. Jim Coyle writes in the Toronto Star:

Experienced hands in recovery listen carefully for hints that newbies are harbouring old, self-destructive attitudes or aren’t committed to new ways of living. There were lots of alarms (Read more…)

Eh Types: Running Scared

Aside from enough profanity to make the navy blush, there are several words to describe Rob Ford. A few that often come to my mind are incompetent, liar, corrupt, racist, misogynist, homophobe, and criminal associate. I think after profanity, those would top most people’s list. Since his return I’d add another word. Scared. Ford began […]

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford and the Magnificent Example of Joe Killoran

Well I knew the shirtless jogger Joe Killoran had won his confrontation with Rob Ford yesterday from the moment it was over.Because after that, as you can see in the photo, not even a gallon of horse tranquilizer could keep Robbie from peering nervously over his shoulder.No doubt trying to remember what Boss Harper had told him to do when confronted by an ordinary citizen angrily demanding answers. Apart from having them arrested, or in Ford's case jumping on them.But it was all in vain, the internet was unanimous, Joe was the winner.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day Rob Ford Was Confronted by a Topless Jogger

Well yesterday he came back from rehab, but refused to answer any questions from journalists.All we got from him was a hollow apology, and a campaign speech. But today Rob Ford was confronted by an ordinary citizen, who told him exactly what he thought of him.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford’s Hideous and Hollow Apology

It was of course a monstrous sight. Rob Ford telling the world, and I mean the world, I'm so sorry I've acted like a brutish bully, and I'm even more sorry I hurt myself. "When I look back on some of the things I have said and some of the things I did when I was using, I am ashamed, embarrassed and humiliated," Ford told reporters at an invitation-only news conference Monday, when he returned to city hall after a two-month absence.Rehab was HELL. But I'm cured now and I STILL want to cling to power !!!! Read more »

Alberta Diary: Happy Canada Day from the prime minister of Canada and the premier of Alberta, channeled by Perfesser Dave

Oooooh! Happy Canada Day, Canadians. Enjoy yourselves. Prime Minister Steve Harper and Premier Dave Hancock wish they could be here with you and Perfesser Dave. Below: Mr. Hancock and Mr. Harper … Happy-Happy!

Happy Canada Day!

Perfesser Dave, here, the political predictions guy, speaking on behalf of my friends Stephen Harper and David Hancock, who weren’t available to talk to you last night.

Both of them were really, really busy getting ready for Canada Day today, but I know they would want me to let you know they hope you have the best Canada Day holiday ever! And they hope (Read more…)

Eh Types: Send in the Clown

It was nice while it lasted. The last two months in Toronto’s municipal election featured policy announcements, reasonable debate, and even a few bold ideas. However, these two months have also been notable for what they haven’t featured, or should I say who. Rob Ford will be returning to work today, asked to comment Deputy […]

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Democracy Watch files integrity complaint against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

National watchdog organization Democracy Watch has filed a complaint with the Toronto Integrity Commissioner about inside lobbying by Rob Ford and Doug Ford on behalf of companies with ties to their family company.

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Aaron Manton: Olivia Chow is the Best Choice for a Bike-Friendly Mayor of Toronto

On October 27th of this year, Toronto will have the opportunity to elect a new Mayor who will commit to improving transportation in our city. For those who want a bike-friendly mayor who understands the importance of all modes of transportation, Olivia Chow is the best choice.

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Simon Enoch discusses the costs of turning over a profitable system of public liquor stores to corporate control – as Brad Wall has finally admitted to wanting to do: A privatized liquor market is very likely to evolve into an ‘oligopoly’, where only a few corporations dominate and are able to exert monopoly-like power. Local, independent liquor retailers would likely find it difficult to compete. An oligopoly would have the supposed disadvantages of a monopoly, high prices and restricted supply, but lack the major advantage of public ownership, profits that flow in to (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford and the Lost Animals of Far Enough Farm

Well although he personally believes that crack addicts should be jailed not pampered, I see Rob Ford is finally in rehab.His monstrous Fordzillamobile is in the pound.Earlier this week, Ford's Cadillac Escalade was impounded after a 36-year-old woman, Lee Anne McRobb, was charged with impaired driving in Bracebridge while behind the wheel of the vehicle.And no doubt that "man of the people" is suffering terribly. Or not.Read more »

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, n.d. Web. 18 May 2014. 

The Toronto Star reports that Doug Ford, yup, Toronto Councillor Doug Ford, brother of the allegedly rehab dwelling Mayor Rob Ford, thinks that a treatment home for kids with autism ruined the community.  Doug Ford, constantly defending and enabling his brother, the Toronto mayor filmed with crack pipes in his (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Toronto Star: Toronto Councillor Doug Ford Believes Treatment Home for Kids with Autism "Ruined the Community"

Montreal Simon: The Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and the Con Bigots

It's International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. A day to remember the millions of LGBT people in the world who are being oppressed, hurt, and even murdered for the "crime" of being who they are.A day to remember that even in Canada, the hatred that kills is still a problem.For how can I forget that it almost killed me? Read more »

Calgary Grit: 10 Years of Blogging

Happy Trails

Back when I first sat down to rant about politics on May 15th 2004, I never expected I’d still be doing this over 3,000 posts later. The blog has outlasted 3 Liberal leaders, been through 4 federal elections, and documented my involvement on a handful of losing leadership campaigns. During that time, Bart Ramson turned into Dan Arnold, I moved to Edmonton, finished school, and became a “Toronto Grit”. Shortly thereafter, Naheed Nenshi became mayor of Calgary and Rob Ford became mayor of Toronto. Go figure.

Nenshi and Ford have provided me with bountiful amounts (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Tim Hudak and the Abominable Gila Monster

OK, I might as well say it. I need an Ontario election just when it's finally starting to feel like Spring, like I need a hole in the head, or Ontario needs Tim Hudak.Because he is a beastly Republican-style Con who would rip a hole the size of a province in this country. And along with his good buddy Stephen Harper, take us all down with him.Or turn us into another union busting Alabama. Or Putin's Russia. Read more »