Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as he might have appeared in ancient Rome, whence comes the idea that in politics public figures and their associates must be above suspicion. Below: The real Rob Ford; Caesar’s wife.
Schadenfreude is all very well, but this whole Rob Ford video scandal has me feeling just the tiniest bit hinky.
It’s a due-process thing, and I recognize that there can be no due process in politics, as unjust as that may seem.
No, realpolitik demands that the operative rule in politics be summed up in the notion we abbreviate with the phrase “Caesar’s wife (Read more…)
He has been drunk as a skunk in public.He has given women and children the finger.He is a crass, vulgar bigot, and the worst Mayor Toronto has ever known.Now let Rob Ford explain this one. A cellphone video that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine is being shopped around Toronto by a group of Somali men involved in the drug trade. Read more »
By: Human Rights Legal Support Centre | Press Release: TORONTO, May 14, 2013 – The Toronto Police Service (TPS), the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB), and educator Dr. Clem Marshall have reached an agreement to settle his Human Rights Application. The terms of the settlement are confidential and neither the TPS nor the TPSB has admitted any liability. Dr. [...]
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I was in Toronto last week for a conference on HIV, pregnancy and mothering. It was an excellent conference, very interesting, with a good mix of researchers, HIV+ mothers, and frontline workers. There were even a few babies, and a toddler who took his mom’s cell phone, placed it on the floor, made sure she was looking, and then stomped it as hard as he could.
Infant feeding guidelines in third world countries are practically opposite those in the developed world. Because HIV can be transmitted through breast milk, Canadian HIV+ women are strongly advised NOT to breastfeed. Their third (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) says it’s concerned about school bus provider Stock Transportation’s plan to push down wages and other working conditions. In a press release issued last week, CAW said the plan would result in worsening conditions for Toronto elementary and secondary school bus drivers. “There is [...]
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Twenty years ago today, it was a year like any other. The ceremonial swap between less liberal and more liberal leader of the United States took place when Clinton picked up where Bush left off (launching a cruise missile attack on Iraq just half a year into his term and fine-tuning the ongoing regime of domestic and international deregulation for the next eight), Czechoslovakia emitted more post-Soviet fragmentation moans and became two independent states, North Korea announced its imminent withdrawal from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, and Canada saw the four-month reign of its first and last female Prime Minister, Kim (Read more…)
Rob Ford and his council lackeys want to differ discussing transit funding until AFTER Metrolinx’ deadline to agree on what they will present to the province – in other words, until after it is too late to have their input considered by Metrolinx in their recommendations to the province.
Typical Rob Ford/Ford Nation idiocy.
The mayor should be doing all he can to encourage ideas and debate on this issue in order to come up with some input for Metrolinx BEFORE this deadline. Instead, he is burying his head in the sand and trying to stifle progress, as usual.
Transit (Read more…) Ford, Councillors Headed For A Showdown
View on YouTube website How can we build a united movement that respects difference and autonomy, and also advances common struggles against oppression and exploitation? What are the linkages, and tensions, between feminism and queer politics? And how can we understand women’s liberation in the context of other movements against oppression? [...]
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I stand before you a son of Quebec. A grandson of British Columbia. And a servant of Canada. These Canadians you just met are a few of the thousands I’ve had the honour to meet, to talk with, and to learn from over the past 6 months. Their stories are remarkable. Remarkable, [...]
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Rob Ford, Toronto’s part-time mayor, is an addict. Among other things, he is addicted to lying. Those who are always quick to believe his side of the story are enablers. Ford doesn’t need defending; he needs an intervention. He’s not just hurting himself; he’s hurting the whole city.
Ford has a long, well-documented history of lying, going back to when he was a city councillor, and probably originating in his childhood. His entire mayoral campaign was based on lies.
Growing up rich, spoiled and sheltered, Ford is used to getting bailed out of trouble, and then having that trouble covered
. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Rob Ford, Toronto’s part-time mayor, is an addict. Among…
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: That’s right, the Mayor of Toronto has a serious drinking problem. Actually, one that calls for rehab. The Toronto Star says Rob Ford’s drinking problem is so seriously that, since he was elected in 2010, his inner circle has repeatedly urged him enter rehab “over pattern of [...]
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It is news that Rob Ford was allegedly acting inappropriately at an official function where he was attending in his capacity as mayor of Toronto. It is news that he was (allegedly) asked to leave that gala.
It is not news that Rob Ford is allegedly fighting personal demons. The Toronto Star was wrong to report that. It’s not going to help him if it`s true.
There are a great many things to dislike about Rob Ford and a great many issues to fight him on – let`s focus on those.
Canadian Labour Congress | Press Release: More than 350 labour leaders met for a one-day summit on Friday, March 22 in Toronto to talk about how their members can advocate for greater fairness for all Canadians. “We met to reaffirm our resolve that all Canadian workers have the right to share [...]
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When the federal Lobbying Act came into force in 2008, Vic Toews, then the President of the Treasury Board, declared the legislation “increased accountability in Ottawa” and provided “a more open and transparent government for all Canadians.” The law, Mr. Toews added, would give Canadians more information about who is attempting to influence public policy.Not everyone agrees. Award-winning business journalist Andrew Nikiforuk has called the Lobbying Act “ineffectual” because, among other reasons, it does not require corporations to explain publicly how much money they are spending on their lobbying efforts.Clearly, there
. . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: Canadian lobbyists. Who They Are and What They Do.
I’ve shared some common ground with Fair Vote Canada over the past few years, because I support electoral reform to our electoral system, as they do, and I generally believe a form of Proportional Representation is a good system to have to cure what ails our current Parliamentary system, as they do.
However, several failed referendums later (with only 1 being close in BC, and that regressed a couple of years later) , it’s rather clear to me and a lot of other reformers that Canadians simply do not have the appetite right now, if ever, for such a radical
Olivia, or John Tory. Center-left or center-right. I don’t care.
Someone please just send the clown away.
By: Council of Canadians (Press Release) | March 1, 2013: OTTAWA – Two more municipalities have taken action as part of the Council of Canadians’ campaign to mobilize local governments against the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This week, Prince Albert City Council endorsed community demands for a bigger public role in CETA while Toronto city councillors READ MORE
I’m a long way from Toronto, a good long way, and people like mayor Rob Ford make me kind of grateful for that. Distance also let me avoid taking part in any of the commentary on Ford’s recent legal troubles. Besides he emerged out of it seemingly contrite and said he’d learned his lesson.
Then it emerges he’s back at it again, sending hand-signed letters to lobbyists soliciting funding for his football foundation.
Andy Manahan, executive director of the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario, said he received a letter on Jan. 28 — only . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Rob Ford is At It Again?
Teaching people about the environment makes a lot of sense since we live in it. Surprisingly, in many school systems knowledge and awareness about the environment is not shared. In Toronto, Evergreen has been working for years to make the environment important in education. Their efforts are paying off as schools throughout the province are benefiting from their programs.
At that institute, Inwood says, “Teachers learn concepts of ‘ecosystems thinking’—the idea that every action we take as humans affects some other form of life on the planet. Then we demonstrate how this can play out in their classrooms.”
. . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Environmental Education Improving in Ontario
To do the little I can do from my low-traffic blog to push back on a deeply stupid and frankly maliciously preposterous lie being pushed on the public, let’s just apply a little common sense to the claim that a Toronto waterfront casino would lead to any significant levels of additional tourism to the city from outside the province. There’s only one place in the world I can name that anyone makes a point of visiting that is famous mostly (or solely) for gambling, and that’s Las Vegas. I don’t mean that people from Ontario don’t take bus trips to . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: A Casino Will Not Bring Mass Tourism to Toronto
If you don't live in Toronto you probably know Rob Ford as the callous, vulgar, Con buffoon, who doesn't know what he is doing, and is always getting into trouble. But because he has no effect on your life, you can laugh, or shake your head, or shrug your shoulders at this latest democratic outrage.Among auditors Bruce Armstrong and Glen Davison’s findings: the mayor’s campaign overspent by $40,168, or 3% of the $1.3-million limit; it received $6,000 in donations made by 11 corporations, but listed them as coming from individuals..It found the campaign attributed $19,500 to
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Real Crimes of Rob Ford
The Design Exchange in Toronto has invited Stefan Sagmeister to explore what happiness is all about. The artist has done some great album artwork and is now exploring how to bring happiness via stats and images. It looks like a good show!
In the spirit of design week, join us at the DX for Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show. Running until March 3rd, the site-specific exhibition has “hijacked” the DX and converted it into a happy place complete with bright yellow walls upon which Sagmeister’s very own maxims for happiness have been personally handwritten. From the restrooms to the elevators,
He was so sure he was going to lose, they had to hire a squeegee kid to mop the sweat off his ample brow.And when he found out he had got off on a technicality, he was so relieved he sounded like the new and improved Rob Ford.He stood at the podium, grey faced. With a choking voice, he read from a script. “This has been a very, very humbling experience,” Ford said.For about ten seconds.Read more »
Rob Ford’s removal from office, as mayor of Toronto, overturned. Two more years of this clown? Not good for Toronto’s image or reputation. Hopefully in 2014 he will be gone. He has become a complete laughingstock, dragging the city’s reputation down with him, I think most Torontonians at this point would like to see him go.
Incompetent, arrogant, anger-prone. Ford is a joke, he’s already become a lame duck in many ways with City Council taking a more assertive stand against his insane proposals.
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many years ago, local Toronto artist and activist Devon Ostrom started Beautiful City to get more funding for the arts in Toronto and since then the project has grown to be quite large. This week they saw their dream realized and now Toronto is using a new tax on billboards (which are a visual blight) to fund more outdoor arts in the city.
Under Crawford’s plan, another $17 million would be phased in gradually over the next four years until Toronto reaches its oft-stated goal of increasing its per capita spending on the arts from $18.30 to $25.
. . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Toronto Uses Billboard Tax to Fund Arts