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Alberta Politics: Give some credit to Jerry Bance for improving the quality of Conservative public discourse

ILLUSTRATIONS: Is it time to give Jerry Bance a break? After all, he’s raised the tone of Conservative discourse in Toronto, and raised our national profile abroad. (Image grabbed from the CBC, just as Mr. Bance reaches for the cup.) Below: Mr. Bance in happier times, with both his hands where you can see them; […]

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THE WINGNUTERER: #RobFordLooksAtThings – 0012

Rob Looks at reduce revues, that he didn’t reduce himself

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Rob Looks at fish

I wonder where that fish has gone. You did love it so. You looked after it like a son. And it went wherever I did go. Is it in the cupboard? Yes! Yes! No!… Wouldn’t you like to know? It was a lovely little fish. And it went wherever I did go. It’s behind the sofa! Where can that fish be? It is a most elusive fish! And it went wherever I did go. Ooooh, fishy, fishy, fishy fish! A-fish, a-fish, a-fish, a-fishy, ooooh. Ooooh, fishy, fishy, fishy fish! That went wherever I did go.

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Rob Looks at an owl, owl looks for a way out.

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Rob Looks at being so very very very FUCKED!

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Rob Looks for an another apple

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Yup, another photo-op I couldn’t give a shit about,… but hey it is a photo-op

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Yup that’s a lot of empty offices, business as usual, everything is fine, anything else?


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These clowns will make me look more serious, right?

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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 Crean’s report was just another example of her going after Rob, a person vendetta as it were. So I guess her job

Eh Types: Ford Fin

Rob Ford is no longer the Mayor of Toronto. Not in name, not in law, not in anything but perhaps the delusional recesses of his brother’s mind. A quiet ending is not one many city observers would have predicted as little as six months ago. Many likely saw Ford leaving his office in defeat, if […]

Things Are Good: Rob Ford No Longer Mayor of Toronto

Rob Ford has been the worst mayor of Toronto and as of today he’s officially no longer mayor. I say officially because he was stripped of his real power over a year ago. Why is this good news though?

Ford divided the city in a way no other politician was able (or willing) to do; he pitted the people who care about the city against people who only care about lower taxes. In Toronto this basically meant the “old” city of Toronto and the “new” inner suburbs of the city. Divisive politics is not a good thing and already the (Read more…)

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 Rob Ford?

Didn’t I say back in the summer of 2011 that Margaret Atwood – and, by contrast, we all know who Ms. Atwood is – was the best thing that ever happened to Doug Ford?

Mr. Ford, in case you’ve forgotten already, was the former Toronto (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: There’s no better time than right now for non-union employees of the City of St. Albert to look for union protection

St. Albert’s 2013 civic election campaign was pretty dirty, as the illustration above, grabbed from an anonymous blog during the campaign, illustrates. Since those kind of tactics seemed to work, the next one, in October 2017, is likely to be dirtier still. Below: St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse, Spruce Grove-St. Albert MLA Doug Horner.

ST. ALBERT, Alberta

If you’re a front-line administrative or library worker employed by the City of St. Albert, you should be thinking seriously about joining a union. Now. Here’s why:

Cast your mind back to the rhetoric and tactics of a number of candidates in this (Read more…)

Eh Types: You Get What You Need

Between changing more diapers and falling deeper in love than I’d have thought possible, I’ve struggled to put in to words my thoughts on Toronto’s election since the ballots were counted. Sleep deprivation is likely an accomplice to my inability to write an adequate epilogue but hardly the ringleader. More likely the feeling of having […]

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 »

Eh Types: When Being Right Feels Wrong

In March of this year I had a job interview with a well known political consulting group. I must say despite not being hired I immensely enjoyed the interview. One of the questions I was asked, other than my response to a zombie apocalypse, was what I thought the main issue facing Toronto in the […]

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 Stephen Harper and other Conservative MPs.

I haven’t seen an official endorsement from the Conservative National Post, but their coverage of Tory has certainly been in his favour.

Gee, you think it might be because John Tory IV is a long-time, dyed-in-the-wool, (Read more…)

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. […]

The Ranting Canadian: Gallery: Doug Ford campaign posters.

Gallery: Doug Ford campaign posters.

The Disaffected Lib: Let’s Not Get Too Gushy About Rob Ford

I get it, he’s got cancer.  With the sludge that guy has pushed down his gullet and snorted up his nose, quelle surprise!

As our friend, The Salamander, pointed out, where’s our concern for other cancer victims like the natives in the cancer villages near Fort Mac on the Athabasca river?  Those are people who have contracted terrible cancers and deformities that others, mainly very well to do just like Rob Ford, could get ever richer.

Unlike Rob Ford, those cancer victims of Athabasca are blameless for their plight.  The shit that got into their bodies wasn’t of their doing. (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ford’s Prognosis

From the wiki for Liposarcoma:

Prognosis[edit] The prognosis varies depending on the site of origin, the type of cancer cell, the tumor size, the depth, and proximity to lymph nodes. Well-differentiated liposarcomas treated with surgery and radiation have a low recurrence rate (about 10%) and rarely metastasize.[3] Five-year survival rates vary from 56% to 100% based on histological subtype.[3] Best wishes to the mayor going forward. . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ford’s Prognosis

Eh Types: Our City, Our Choice

Today doctors at Mt. Sinai hospital will update Toronto on the health of Rob Ford. There are reasons to think the news will not be good, perhaps even gravely so. If the diagnosis from doctors is as bad as it could be given what we do know, the question is not how the Fords will […]

Joe Fantauzzi: Post-Democratic Trend Lines in Etobicoke

Since news broke of the decision by Toronto mayor candidate Rob Ford to step away from the mayor’s race and be replaced by his brother Doug the term “feudal” has been thrown around a lot. The argument quite often associated with the use of this term generally appears to be that the Ford family is treating Etobicoke […]

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 […]