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John Tory slams Olivia Chow’s time on cop board

- September 27th, 2014

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John Tory came out hammering Olivia Chow at Friday’s Empire Club debate over her record serving on the Toronto Police Services Board. 

Chow was stressing she has experience serving on the police board when she was a city councillor and repeated her pledge to sit on the board as mayor to try to control the police budget.

Tory said he’s “not sure” if he’ll sit on the police board and then reminded the crowd that Chow had to resign from the cop board.

Chow swung back at Tory saying she “had the guts to stand up to police.”

“You tried to tell the police what to do at a riot going on at Queen’s Park!” Tory shouted back at Chow. “You know those are the facts, it is on the record.

“It was a disgrace. You had to resign. They were throwing bottles at Queen’s Park and throwing sticks and stones at people.”

Olivia Chow on Olivia Chow

- September 25th, 2014

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“I am who I am. You see who I am and you know who I am. This is the real Olivia Chow.”

- Olivia Chow on Thursday when asked about Michael Hollett’s open letter to her in NOW Magazine calling her campaign “bland” and urging her to let “the real Olivia” out of the box.

“A pint should be a pint” John Tory on beer

- September 19th, 2014

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“A pint is a pint and a pint should be a pint. So that’s my statement for this morning.”

- Mayoral candidate John Tory starts off his Friday press conference on a less serious note in the wake of news that Toronto’s pints of beer aren’t always a full pint. The Tory truism comes a day after he attacked Olivia Chow’s transit plan arguing “money is money.”

John Tory vs. Raccoons?

- August 20th, 2014

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John Tory hasn’t had a run-in with a raccoon lately.

Toronto politicians have been recounting their face-offs with the masked critters all week after the licensing committee voted to have  staff report back on ways the city could deal with its raccoon population.

The report request came from Councillor David Shiner who argued the city’s raccoon population was “exploding” and becoming more troublesome.

Since then both Mayor Rob Ford and mayoral candidate Olivia Chow have admitted they’ve had their battles with raccoons. Ford had reporters cracking up with stories of his “standoffs” with fearless raccoons outside his Etobicoke home.

On Wednesday, Tory said he hasn’t had to stare down a raccoon lately.

“I live in a condo so I don’t have any standoffs with raccoons that I can recite to you,” Tory said. “I think we should try and deal with them humanely.”

The mayoral candidate said he did have one encounter with a raccoon in the past.

“I once had a raccoon in my house many years ago, we had somebody come and they trapped it and took it away and released it somewhere,” he said.

But Tory argued the raccoon headlines are one of the many “distractions” from the real issues facing the city.

“It is an issue for people and I don’t diminish that but I think we’ve got a lot of things we should be discussing and getting some action on in terms of getting this city back together and getting it back on track,” he said.

“That’s what I’m going to be doing when I get to be the mayor.”

Mayor Ford joked about the ongoing raccoon discussion Wednesday.

“No raccoon questions,” Ford quipped before taking questions from reporters.

Rob Ford on the death of Robin Williams

- August 13th, 2014
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Mayor Rob Ford says the death of Robin Williams is “sad.”
Williams, 63, was found dead from an apparent suicide on Monday.
Ford was asked about the death of the comedian and Oscar-winning actor on Tuesday.
“It’s sad,” Ford said. “My condolences goes out to Mr. Williams and his family, it’s sad.
“When anyone dies it’s sad.”

Quote of the Day: The hardly humble Rob Ford

- August 8th, 2014

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“People like the way I’m running the city. I’m not going to speak for the other candidates. I know what Rob Ford’s doing and I know what is going to happen on Oct. 27. Let the people talk about that.” 

- Mayor Rob Ford on the “very positive response” he’s getting on the campaign trail

Quote of the Day: Rob Ford sort of endorses Karen Stintz

- August 6th, 2014

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“Karen and I disagree on transit, obviously. But to be quite frank, I trust Karen more than I would ever trust Olivia Chow or John Tory. At least she comes out, you know where she stands.  The other two, I wouldn’t trust them as far as I can throw ‘em. That’s the bottom line. (Stintz) is right on a lot of stuff, we’ve agreed on a lot of stuff.” 

- Rob Ford talking about mayoral rival Karen Stintz today in Scarborough

Quote of the day: The Fords vs. The Globe and Mail

- July 29th, 2014

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“They’ll be held accountable, I can assure you, 100%. I’ve never been more passionate about anything in my entire life than this.” 

- Doug Ford on Monday when he vowed to “absolutely” take legal action against The Globe and Mail (fully story here)

Was Ford Fest a campaign event?

- July 27th, 2014

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Mayor Rob Ford leaving Ford Fest on Friday night (Craig Robertson, Toronto Sun)

Ford Fest came and went on Friday night (story here) but there is still an unanswered question around what it was exactly: Was it a campaign event, a councillor event or a family barbecue?

Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Doug Ford have maintained it was a family barbecue for the community – a long-held tradition started by their father, Doug Ford Sr.

The city granted the permit to hold Ford Fest in Thomson Memorial Park on the belief it was an event similar to the more than 100 other events hosted by other members of council.

Rob Ford’s mayoral rivals maintain it was an election event – part of the mayor’s re-election campaign – and should not have been allowed in the park (city rules prohibit candidates from holding campaign events on city property).

Making things more complicated still, Mayor Ford put out a robocall inviting people to Ford Fest earlier this week and asking those receiving the call to indicate whether he can count on their “support.” (story here)

And then Doug Ford claimed the event will be an election “turning point” while still denying it was a campaign function (story here).

The city had bylaw officers at the event on Friday night and found the conditions of the permit were met (story here).

That would seem to close the book on Ford Fest.

But wait, there’s more.

As the fog of Ford Fest lifted on Saturday, Mayor Ford used his official Twitter account to direct people to fordfest.ca to see photos of the event.

To view the photos on the website you need to give your name, phone number and e-mail.

(I’m not sure why you have to do that, who is collecting the information and where it goes but I offered up my contact information to get a look at the website)

And what’s at the bottom of the Ford Fest page? This contact phone number: 416-751-3673 or 416-751-FORD.

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That’s the same phone number for Mayor Ford’s re-election campaign office.

Ford Fest and the Ford re-election campaign – together at last.

Andy Byford: Time Traveller?

- June 12th, 2014

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The TTC issued a statement from CEO Andy Byford Wednesday in the wake of Toronto Police announcing it had charged six people in connection with Project Rocket (story here).

In his statement, Byford promised swift action would be taken in the wake of several current and former TTC employees being arrested on theft and fraud charges.

But there was one problem.

Byford’s memo was dated July 11, 2014 – a month from now.

Is Byford a time traveller? Not likely.

Is it a typo? Of course.

Did The Sun run a photo of the memo in today’s newspaper and were people quick to notice the wrong date? Absolutely.

Thanks to the readers for emailing me today pointing out the memo had the wrong date.

TTC spokesman Brad Ross acknowledged the date was wrong on the memo.

“We fixed and reissued to staff immediately,” Ross said today (Thursday, June 12, 2014).