Canadian writer and artist BRUCE McCALL has written a column in this week’s Sunday Review section of the New York Times about TORONTO’s ailing mayor, ROB FORD.
“Farewell, Rob Ford” begins with a reference to a painting by American artist PAUL CADMUS exhibited at the Canadian National Exhibition in 1950. Then-mayor of TORONTO, the Honourable Hiram E. McCallum, was scandalized by “Sailors and Floozies”, which depicted seamen cavorting with strumpets in New York’s Riverside Park. <In the early fifties TORONTO was a city of churches with “no Sunday shopping, no drinking, no movies, no sports – no nothing. The other six days were no jamboree either,” writes Bruce McCall. “By the third millennium, that stony bastion of Protestant piety lay as buried and forgotten as ancient Troy.”>
Then came 2010 and the election of ROB FORD as mayor of the Queen City <painting above by SPUD – “Rob Ford’s engine pulling the gravy train”>
But now, in the middle of his re-election campaign, MAYOR ROB FORD has been stricken with a rare form of malignant cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy at Mount Sinai Hospital. The outpouring of best wishes in his battle against the disease from friend and foe alike has been impressive.
Mayor Ford has quit the mayoral race, but will run for city council in Ward 2 – illness permitting. And TORONTO will lose its “renegade Canadian churl who got and held the attention of millions of Americans who had always seen their northern neighbour as a nation of Dudley Do-rights.” – BRUCE MCCALL Illustration – Mayor Rob Ford, Graham Roumieu – http://www.roumieu.com