In November, the TTC board decided to raise fares for 2014 by approximately $60/year for people who buy metropasses every month. Many have already noted that this amount is the same as the $60 VRT that Mayor Ford and Council repealed early in this term. Quite plausibly, this is a regressive tax transfer from a form of taxation that falls more heavily on wealthier residents (e.g. those with cars) to one that falls more heavily on poorer residents (those reliant on the TTC). As the TTC is already one of the least subsidized and most expensive (Read more…)
There’s still some confusion about this. Ford is the incumbent. He has as close to 100% name recognition and voter awareness as any politician can possibly attain. Short of people who have particular mental illnesses or who purposely avoid all news, it’s difficult to imagine any potential voters in the city who aren’t aware of Ford and have some opinion on him.
The challengers are just that: Challengers. Unknown, untried. That at least two of them (I’m assuming Chow will challenge) can already beat Ford in match ups even with multiple other vote-splitting candidates left in, (Read more…)
It was inevitable: a Rob Ford movie is coming soon to a theatre near you.
Just one week after the book release of Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story, by Toronto Star journalist Robyn Doolittle, Canadian production company Blue Ice Pictures have snapped up the film and television rights to the story.
“If you tried to make this story up, people would think it was over the top,” Doolittle said in a statement. “The Rob Ford investigation is something I’ve been working on for more than two years. It’s something I’m obviously very invested in. It’s so much more (Read more…)
The first time was when he suggested evolution was still “just” one of many theories that should be taught in schools. Voters soundly defeated him for such backward thinking.
Now, he has raised the ire of some by suggesting that the pay equity gap in Canada can be solved by women being more aggressive when asking for raises or, as he put it, “learn how to play golf“. John referred to studies and personal anecdotes.
Having engaged in a number of debates on this topic, defenders of John Tory took to explaining how the business world works – (Read more…)
The never ending saga of Rob Ford is important to not just Toronto.
Toronto is the 4th largest city in North America and the 6th largest government in Canada. Businesses and governments determining whether or not to interact or do business in Canada are reading news and headlines about the mayor or Toronto. The city is making international headlines and not because of anything good or worthwhile.
Right now, the mayor of Toronto is a punchline. Right now, the mayor of Toronto is a habitual liar. Right now, the mayor of Toronto commands unwarranted reverence from provincial and federal politicians.
The latest chapter in the ongoing shameful political drama starring Toronto Mayor Rob Ford offers a glimpse into Canada’s broken democracy.
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New Rob Ford video leaves council members frustrated, stunned Toronto mayor should step down for the good of the city, Coun. Michael Thompson says
CBC News Posted: Jan 22, 2014 9:28 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 22, 2014 5:33 PM ET
Personally? LMAO, sorry, but this latest RoFo Rant knocked Harpster off the front page of Canada’s fawning press…in all it’s dreariness…they can’t seem to help themselves, pushing each other aside, like papparazzi after a B grade starlet, trying to be the ones with the longest, most boring coverage of Great Leader droning on and on in Israel, where the media (Read more…)
York University in Toronto will be hosting their third annual film festival all about sustainability. This year they are running films about oil. If you’re in Toronto next weekend or nearby you should check out what’s playing and take the bus to the festival.
Planet in Focus with York University Present: Focus on Sustainability Film Festival – the annual event with this years theme on oil! This entertaining and educating experience features domestic and foreign documentaries, a panel discussion with filmmakers and academics, an interactive film display, prizes, sustainably sourced food and beverages, and an e-waste disposal program. Please join (Read more…)
I have to admit I have been doing my best to ignore Rob Ford. I find keeping up with the criminal activities of Boss Harper and his Con gang hard enough.And I fear too much exposure to that monstrous dumb as a spoon Con buffoon might drive me over the edge eh?But how can you ignore this state of denial or delusion?Mayor Rob Ford called the events of Monday night a “minor setback” and offered no apology in a Wednesday evening press conference.Or the damage he is doing.Read more »
One thing climate change will probably bring you is higher insurance premiums. Last year Canadian insurers forked over $3.2-billion in payouts, a record. For the first time, flooding-related claims exceeded fire losses.
Calgary flooding losses hit $1.7-billion. Toronto’s flooding set an Ontario record of $940-million.
Insurance companies aren’t in the business of paying out more than they’re collecting in premiums so watch for rates to increase.
Yep, more reason why Bitcoins are here to stay Bitcoin ATM was a hit in Vancouver and now Toronto gets one. Located at King and Spadina, Bitcoin Decentral will function […]
Last year Shane vlogged about ice storms. Let’s not wait until a big storm hits Saskatchewan before we future proof our homes being built today.
You can check out Shane’s website, and buy his book.
If I had $20,000 to spend on a “depreciating liability” (a car), or $20,000 to spend on renewable energy for my home, which would be more useful during an ice storm or other time of emergency? Arguably a car could be useful to remove myself from the place of emergency, but if there’s no enough gas, or electricity to pump the gas, (Read more…)
Is it time for Canada’s largest city to have its very own purple rain? The Editorial Board of the Globe & Mail seem to think so. They frame the issue this way: Toronto needs to be rethought from its suburbs inward, not from its centre outwards. And its politics have to move beyond tired, left vs. right clichés. Mayor Rob Ford has been less than successful in competently running the city, reducing its council meetings to high farce, worthy of earlier British comedy skits more than of the governing board of a major city. The G&M is scathing (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Deperately seeking Toronto’s Nenshi
As Toronto woke up to a scene of devastation with more than a quarter of a million people without power, one man was missing in action.And you can guess who that was eh?The Mayor in Name Only. As city officials, staff and cleanup crews worked to repair the havoc caused by an icy storm, Mayor Rob Ford was unreachable, according to a source. The mayor could not be found all Sunday morning by city staff working to organize warming centres and other emergency preparations, the source said. Read more »
CBC reporting, and Conservative MP’s and Kenney himself confirming.
“In a voice loud enough for several of their cabinet colleagues to hear, Flaherty told Kenney to “shut the f–k up” about Ford. Kenney responded angrily in kind, and although the two men were separated by four other ministers, alarmed caucus colleagues, who requested anonymity, were concerned the bilious debate might escalate beyond their control. “I thought they might come to blows,” said one MP who was not authorized to speak publicly about the incident. Another MP said there was shock at the sight of two senior ministers battling in such (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Focused on the economy? Finance Minister Flaherty and "Minister of Jobs" Kenney nearly "come to blows" over Toronto politics
Some beautiful animation about a terrible person. Are the creators psychic or merely wishful? We’ll find out in 2014.
Just when you thought the lying scumbag Rob Ford couldn’t sink any lower, he belly flops into the filthy, shitty muck yet again. During a softball interview by Conrad Black on the show Zoomer TV — which aired on December 9, 2013 on the religious channel, Vision — the lying, corrupt mayor spouted disgusting, defamatory lies about Daniel Dale, a Toronto Star reporter.
Shithead Ford also falsely accused Toronto’s police chief of ordering his officers to unfairly target Ford and Ford’s criminal associates due to politics, when the reality is that police have been giving the Ford family a (Read more…)
If you defended Rob Ford during his election campaign in 2010, I would have simply said you made a mistake. His angry outbursts against the media, and his ridiculous comments about bike lanes placed him firmly in my political opponents category then. Plus he had a history of drunk driving by that point in his life.
It’s now 3 years later, and he’s admitted to smoking crack and being an angry, drunk driving, alcoholic. If you’re still defending the man as recently as this past Summer, or last month, you’re making a big mistake.
Today, you have even more egg (Read more…)
Golly. Because I've been so busy trying to stay on top of the Senate scandal, I haven't been able to write anything about the continuing adventures of Rob Ford. But they are continuing. And it's still a horror show.Even though the Fordzilla can't seem to understand that he's only the mayor in name only. Read more »
News roundup: November 30, 2013
Here are a few thoughts about recent Canadian political stories (in no particular order).
Liberal spin on the Toronto Centre by-election
Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals have been falsely claiming they ran a wholly positive campaign in the Toronto Centre by-election, and that this is why they beat the “angry” and “negative” New Democratic Party (NDP).
First, the Liberals did go negative during that campaign, including distributing a flyer that was a personal attack against NDP leader Tom Mulcair. When called on it, the dishonest Liberals cynically claimed that the personal attack was not (Read more…)
Overall, Wells’s first rule — that “for any given situation, Canadian politics will tend toward the least exciting possible outcome” — held up. This is the result you might have predicted, and that most of us did predict. Folks in Toronto Centre are used to voting Liberal, and changing habits is hard.
Notwithstanding, each of the other three main parties had a notable results, good and bad. At 36%, the NDP with Linda McQuaig achieved its highest percentage of the vote ever in this riding. The Greens, on the other hand, had their worst result since 1997 (2.95%) and (Read more…)
There are funny Trolls, trolls who have a purpose and use snark, satire and humor to get their point across. An example of this kind of Troll would be @CanadianCynic (aka CC). CC is the master of the 140 character snark on twitter.
There are brain dead Political Trolls, trolls that continuously spout lies and mis-information. An example of kind of troll is @ejb__, she tweets bs an lies to support @TOMayorFord and decries anything that supports pedestrians and cyclists. Her lies are legendary and if you try to correct her she screams that you are cyberbullying her, stalking and (Read more…)
Crack smoking admission, “rage/murder threats” video, oral sex comment, international embarrassment, bullying and immature behaviour in council, … After a series of things that confirm, for most people, that Rob Ford should resign as Mayor of Toronto, Ford still enjoys significant support. Unbelievable you say? How can this be? Who are these people who still support him?
Today I will look at 5 polls done by Forum Research, Oct. 28-29, Oct. 31, Nov. 4, 2013, Nov. 6, 2013 and Nov. 20, 2013. Again, I will look at the groups with the highest initial approval ratings on Oct. (Read more…)