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 […]
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…)
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…)
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…)
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 […]
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 […]
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…)
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. […]
Gallery: Doug Ford campaign posters.
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…)
From the wiki for Liposarcoma:
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 about setting up a bona fide old style “Tammany Hall” political machine in Toronto. Consider:
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.
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I suppose by now I shouldn't be surprised by anything Rob Ford says or does.
Because that ghastly Con has been crawling through a sewer from the moment he came to office.
And the very sight of him offends me, as it should all decent people.
But I still thought that getting an endorsement from Mike Tyson was another low moment.
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The problem when you commit to “politics in full sentences” is you find out how many people don’t read. David Soknacki’s campaign was best known for well thought out, detailed and bold policy ideas, usually on important issues most candidates failed to address. In other words you can see what went wrong. As Torontoist so […]
Earlier in the Mayoral campaign, with the unsurprising exception of Ford, the other four (then) “major” candidates (Chow, Stintz, Tory, Soknacki) solidified their positions on property taxes around a general consensus that such taxes should match inflation.
A number of people whose views I respect have written some thoughtful pieces on how this is bad public policy:
- Matt Elliott argues that aggregate measures of inflation like the consumer price index can often be poor guides to what kinds of uncontrollable price increases city operating budgets may face, necessitating a larger-than-CPI tax increase just to maintain existing services.
- Cityslikr took (Read more…)
Toronto’s Rob Ford lives a political life. Both his bare existence and his public personae have taken on a politicization since he entered municipal governance. Plainly said, his weight and other biological issues have become just as political as his public life as “mayor” of the City of Toronto. The Ancient Greeks, such as Aristotle, had […]
Toronto seemed gripped in a mix of terror and disbelief yesterday. Rumours Wednesday night were a new poll would show Ford in the lead. Yesterday the poll while having Tory in front, had a significant bump for Ford. Panic ensued as though a raccoon army had arrived carrying signs that read “First Your Green Bins, […]
Anyone who plays chess, as I like to pretend I do, knows there comes a time when surrender is the only strategy left to you. Having matched wits with your opponent and found yours lacking, knowing defeat is inevitable you lay down your King and concede. That happens at the end of the game though, […]
A small number are willing to re-elect Rob Ford. They are going down with his ship as surely as the Titanic’s band. It is encouraging that these people are in the minority, and most recognize Toronto is desperately in need of a new Mayor. However, while people clearly want a new Mayor what Toronto needs […]