AS DOUG FORD PLOWS AHEAD TO BECOME PREMIER, SOME HEADLINES TO CONSIDER – CHECK THEM OUT

Progressive Conservative leader DOUG FORD continues to lead in Ontario’s provincial election polls. He may become premier. Between now and then it’s worth searching for the real stories behind the headlines.  A few below for starters . . . more to come.

TORONTO has endured four years with the Ford brothers – the late Mayor Rob Ford & his brother, Councillor Doug Ford. As premier, Doug’s decision-making will affect not only Ontario’s capital city, but the entire province. Election Day is Thursday, June 7.

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DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF – SWEAT DISCOVERING YOU’VE BEEN FIRED ON TWITTER

What a way to go – your career ends, you’re out the door, and there’s little recourse. It’s the latest phenomenon in politics and business. POTUS, the class bully, practices it with aplomb by using a spitball (tapping the SEND key). The technique is to catch the target off-guard (sitting on the toilet as in the case of one member of the president’s cabinet), and then hit them on the back or side of the head.

The Twitter President is a showman who sure knows how to work the medium. With a single tweet viewed by millions, and then amplified on news and social media, the victim’s dismissal goes worldwide. In seconds it’s over – but not for the fired ones who must piece their lives back together.

AS AMERICAN YOUTH BATTLES THE NRA, THE LYRICS TO “TEARS ARE NOT ENOUGH” ARE VALID YET AGAIN

With war & famine in Sudan, butchery in Myanmar, bombs galore in Syria & Yemen – and the death of 17 young innocents in Parkland, the song’s lyrics are as fitting today as they were 33 years ago.

On February 10, 1985 a supergroup of top Canadian artists – under the name Northern Lights – crowded into the Manta Sound studio in TORONTO. Over several hours, they laid down tracks for ‘Tears Are Not Enough’, in support of relief projects in Africa and Canada’s food banks.

NORTHERN LIGHTS performers – Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Burton Cummings, Joni Mitchell, Dan Hill, Neil Young, Bryan Adams, Corey Hart, Bruce Cockburn, Liberty Silver, Geddy Lee (Rush), Mike Reno (Loverboy), Oscar Peterson, Caroll Baker, Eugene Levy, Carole Pope, Salome Bey, Liona Boyd, John Candy, Tommy Hunter, Jane Siberry, Sylvia Tyson, Catherine O’Hare and several others.

It seems like overnight we see a world in a different light
Somehow our innocence is lost
How can we look away ’cause every single day
We’ve got to help at any cost

We can bridge the distance
Only we can make the difference
Don’t you know that
Tears are not enough

If we can hold together
We could change the world forever
Heaven knows that tears are not enough

It’s up to me and you
To make the dream come true
It’s time to take our message everywhere

If we take a stand,
Every woman, child and man
We could make it work
For God’s sake, lend a hand.

<Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group>

‘TEARS ARE NOT ENOUGH’ – give a listenhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pydghC5ZX14

These American firms have cut their affiliations with the National Rifle Association (NRA) – Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, Budget, National & Alamo car rental companies, MetLife, Chubb, First National Bank of Omaha, Symantec (makers of Norton & LifeLock computer security software), TrueCar (a car buying service), SimpliSafe (home security). Allied & North American Van Lines, Best Western and Wyndham Hotel Group.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart & Kroger (grocery). Canada’s Mountain Equipment Co-Op. Amazon, Apple and Roku are advocating stronger gun laws and raising the age limit.

TORONTO WANTED ROAD TOLLS BUT THE EXURBS & PROVINCE SAID “NO!” – HERE’S ANOTHER IDEA

American cities are raking in much needed cash from ride-hailing services to pay for roads, subway signaling systems, taxi industry upgrades and other kinds of infrastructure. This could be one way to help fill the coffers.  It seems to be working south of the border.

CHICAGO levels 65 cents per ride on Uber and Lyft; Massachusetts (Boston) – 20 cents; Portland – 50 cents; New York is thinking about a $2 to $5 charge per ride. This could generate up to $605-million annually for that city’s failing subway system.

CHICAGO officials estimate that ride-hailing companies have cost their city about $40-million each year in lost revenue from transit fares, parking fees, licenses and permits. The ride-hailing tax produced nearly $39-million for the city’s general fund in 2016, up from $100,000 in 2014. The 2017 revenue total is expected to reach $72-million.

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IS TORONTO READY FOR ANOTHER RIDE ON THE DOUG FORD MERRY-GO-ROUND? PLEASE, NO-O-O-O-O!

The decision hasn’t been announced yet, but rumours are flying that DOUG FORD is going to take on JOHN TORY in the 2018 run for the mayor’s chair. We thought we’d seen the last of him politically. Apparently not.

Ford’s usual rants are about “the gravy train, taxes, taxes, taxes, suburbs vs downtown, the common folk, the elites, subways, subways, subways, and those horrible streetcars”. We’ve heard it all before and we’ll no doubt hear it all again – once the decision has been made official on Saturday, September 9.

ADVICE TO THE WHITE HOUSE FROM TORONTO’S MARK TOWHEY ON CONTROLLING THE UNCONTROLLABLE

Who is MARK TOWHEY? He was Chief of Staff to notorious TORONTO Mayor Rob Ford and author of ‘Mayor Rob Ford: Uncontrollable’ published by Skyhorse Publishing in 2015. He was summarily fired in 2013.

<Mayor Ford and President Trump in TORONTO>

In a Buzzfeed article Mr. Towhey offers 13 pieces of advice to General JOHN KELLY, the U.S. president’s new Chief of Staff.

1 – Don’t try to change Donald Trump. He doesn’t fit the mold.
2 – Never doubt his mandate.
3 – Focus on the objective.
4 – Create a two-year game plan.
5 – Break the siege.
6 – Protect your staff.
7 – Etiquette matters.
8 – Trust your instincts.
9 – Give Trump answers, not options.
10 – Trust somebody.
11 – Plan your exit.
12 – Keep your resume up to date.
13 – Don’t break the law.

MARK TOWHEY on ROB FORD: “He routinely got into trouble for speaking his mind — was eccentric and unpredictable. The establishment and the mainstream media warred openly against him. He became a regular punchline on late night talk shows. He was the world’s most notorious mayor.”

The Buzzfeed article – https://www.buzzfeed.com/marktowhey/managing-the-unmanageable?utm_term=.tjxAD5qw7#.iqDYEX5Oq

QUEBEC FINDS LOTS OF “ANGLOS” (ENGLISH SPEAKERS) HAVE GONE DOWN THE ROAD (HWY. 401)

It’s taken decades of ‘goin’ down the road’ for the government of QUEBEC to welcome English speakers back home to La Belle Province.  Looking for a secure future, thousands of Quebecers (13,100 in 2014 alone) have moved to TORONTO and Western Canada, and the brain drain is ongoing.

Premier PHILIPPE COUILLARD has reached out to exiled “anglos” by saying “we need you” to help the province build a better future. “The English language is part of who we are, it’s part of our history,” said the premier at a news conference this past weekend.

Columnist BRENDAN KELLY in the English-language Montreal Gazette sums things up in a few words: “We’re different because we live in a French-language place. By definition, we’re submerged in a different culture. There’s the rub, though. We’re not really submerged in that culture.” On that point authors Jean-Marc Léger, Jacques Nantel and Pierre Duhamel agree that, “Anglo Quebecers form a distinct society unto themselves.”

For the complete story published in The Gazette go to
http://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/pq-youth-blast-liberals-for-contemplating-loosening-up-french-charter