<QUEEN ELIZABETH II, great-great-grand daughter of QUEEN VICTORIA, looks decidedly amused in this portrait by CHRISTOPHER WAHL, taken in WINNIPEG in 2002. It’s part of a superb exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario – “Light My Fire”>
<QUEEN VICTORIA looks decidedly un-amused on the front page of today’s SUN. There are plans afoot to rename Victoria Day>
And TORONTO’s mayor ROB FORD, isn’t amused by a front page story connecting him to crack cocaine smoking and drug dealers. A man of few words, he says the whole thing is “ridiculous”. For more on ROB-O, take a look at New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer - http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/05/rob-ford-crack-video-toronto-mayor.html
- Mayor Rob Ford, March 26/2013
Columnist MARGARET WENTE, the Globe and Mail, March 28: “Whatever the truth about Mr. Ford’s drinking, the man looks like a walking time bomb. You can’t help thinking that a coronary, a stroke or a burst blood vessel could fell him any time. He badly needs some help with anger management. It’s easy to imagine that one of these days, he’ll get so angry he’ll haul off and pop someone in the nose.
“If Mr. Ford announced tomorrow that he’s checking into rehab, all of TORONTO would be on his side. Right now, he just strikes me as someone who’s dangerously in denial – of the havoc he’s wreaking on himself, his family and his city.”
. . . and ends up on the front page, after allegedly groping the buttocks of SARAH THOMSON, a former mayoral candidate, on International Women’s Day.
TORONTO STAR EDITORIAL: “There’s Ford – mouth open, eyes closed, with a mysterious stain blossoming on his shirt – TORONTO’s glorious leader . . . This is the image rocketing around the internet and prominent in the news. No mayor should appear this way.”
MAYOR ROB FORD: “I am shocked, dismayed and surprised. I can say without hesitation that (the allegations) are absolutely, completely false.”
SARAH THOMSON: “He told me he was in Florida and I should have been with him because his wife wasn’t there.”
There’s dancing tonight in the Ford Nation. According to Forum Research, Mayor Ford scored 22% in a new poll, voting him the “best” of our last 8 chief magistrates.
The final tally:
1. Rob Ford – 22%
2. Haven’t a clue- 21%
3. David Miller – 19%
4. Mel Lastman – 14%
5. David Crombie – 13%
6. Barbara Hall & Art Eggleton – 4%
7. John Sewell – 2%
8. June Rowlands – 1%
TORONTO has done a lousy job when it comes to investing in the arts. We dole out a piddling $18 per capita to a sector which brings in millions of dollars annually, and keeps several thousand people employed. By comparison, MONTREAL contributes $55, OTTAWA $28, VANCOUVER $49.
Our slaphappy mayor, whose political career may be about to go over a cliff, has shown no apparent interest in the arts. Until now – or so it seems.
He’s looking for votes, folks!
The Mayan Calendar runs out on December 21/2012, and some folks are predicting the end of the world. After all that is over with, Mayor Rob Ford appeals his conflict-of-interest sentence on January 7, which could lead to removal from office (Mayans permitting).
TORONTO has made both the December 1/2012 print and on-line editions of The Economist, the business world’s widely read financial publication. The “bombastic, polarising manner” of Mayor Rob Ford fighting to save his job, is front and centre in a lengthy article headed by a large photograph of the Mayor (not the image above).
The Economist: “Mr Ford was largely the architect of his own downfall. Although there are no political parties at municipal level, his bombastic, polarising manner has prompted remorseless opposition. The turmoil surrounding him has added to the troubles of Canada’s business capital, a city of 2.6m that is struggling with an unwieldy political structure, financial strain and horrendous transport problems.”
The story goes on to detail Ford’s talking on a mobile phone and reading while driving; using city staff and cash for a high school football team; skipping important council meetings to coach the team; giving the finger to a citizen and her six-year-old daughter; and generally creating a circus atmosphere in the council chamber and the street. There are quotes from both Councillor Josh Matlow and Toronto-based urban guru, Richard Florida, who believes there’s a growing split between downtown and suburbs.
The Economist: “If he fails to cling on, Mr Ford is more likely to be remembered for his antics than for his small-government ideology. . . Toronto still ranks highly on international lists of desirable places to live. But its politicians’ inability to come to grips with its problems is alienating some admirers.”
The Economist is on newstands worldwide and on-line at http://www.economist.com
<Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks; PHOTO – Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press>
Rob Ford must ‘smarten up,’ says council ally
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, faced with fresh allegations he personally approached senior officials to have the road in front of his family business paved in time for a company celebration (at a cost to taxpayers of $10,000), needs to “smarten up,” says one of his staunchest allies on council.
“It couldn’t have happened at a worse time … there’s no question about that. The mayor needs to be exceedingly careful about how he conducts his affairs. It’s hurting the agenda that he was elected on,” Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong said on CBC’s Metro Morning on Friday, September 21/2012.
ecg0@canuck1741: “The city is doing really well without Rob Ford. He is not leading anyone into a future of any kind. The people will continue to arrive, the buildings will go up, money will move around, and commerce in Canada’s business city pushes forward on its well-greased rails into its own future, leaving the Ford disgrace behind.” - Toronto Sun website
PHOTO – http://www.bite.ca
Yesterday, August 14, TORONTO’s Mayor Rob Ford was allegedly caught on camera catching up on his reading – while driving along the Gardiner Expressway at 70 km/h. He was unapologetic. Was that really him? “Yeah, probably,” he said flatly. “I’m a busy man.”
Ford was late for a news conference to announce a forthcoming trade mission to CHICAGO in September. MetroNews said that the “business mission” sounded more like a “corporate raiding party”. When asked if he hoped Chicago businesses would relocate here, the Mayor replied “Absolutely, absolutely. If we can get them to open up their head offices here and come up, that’s the goal. We have to create an environment for them to come here.”
Spokesbrother, Councillor Doug Ford, later clarified: “What he’s saying is he’d like them to open up a Canadian division in TORONTO, similar to what Sears have done, McDonald’s have done, Kraft have done.”
MAYOR ROB FORD, in his continuing battle with the TORONTO STAR, wants award-winning reporter DANIEL DALE banned from City Hall. “I will not be talking to any reporters if he’s part of that scrum. They have to take him out of City Hall,” Mayor Ford told JOHN OAKLEY on AM640 Thursday morning.
Dale was working on a story about Ford’s attempt to buy a slice of a city park for an enhanced security fence. He was spotted by a neighbour in the vicinity of the mayor’s property line. The STAR, Canada’s largest circulation daily, says Dale will remain on the City Hall beat. MICHAEL COOKE, Toronto Star editor: “Mayor Ford is not in a position to be dictating the assignments of reporters who cover him. We have no plans to restrict Daniel Dale from attending any press conferences or scrums he would normally cover as a City Hall reporter.”
Final word on this one from a Vancouverite in the Metro newspaper: “For sheer entertainment value, this is a GOLDEN AGE IN TORONTO CIVIC POLITICS!”