Author Archive

Quote of the Day: Doug Ford on where Mayor Rob Ford lives

- May 21st, 2014

20140516_140420

 

“Rob lives in a suit.” 

- Doug Ford on why Mayor Rob Ford is wearing a suit in rehab.

Mayor Ford was wearing a suit when he was spotted in Bracebridge last Friday and dropped one suit off at a dry cleaner in Gravenhurst (see story).

Doug Ford, the mayor’s campaign manager/brother, also likened Rob Ford to Elvis on Tuesday:

“You’d think there was a sighting of Elvis Presley,” Ford said on the reaction to the mayor being spotted out of rehab and in Muskoka.

 

Toronto Councillor Mike Layton cheers for Habs

- May 14th, 2014

MikeLayton

Councillor Mike Layton brought a Montreal Canadiens jersey to Wednesday’s public works committee.

The hockey sweater created a stir at the start of the meeting with Councillors Mark Grimes and Denzil Minnan-Wong both voicing their objections – as loyal Toronto Maple Leafs fans – to a Habs jersey being displayed in the heart of Toronto City Hall.

Tonight, the Canadiens face off with the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semi-final playoff series.

Grimes jokingly asked if Layton could be ordered to turn the sweater inside out.

Public Works chairman Minnan-Wong continued the jokes by suggesting they should move a motion so councillors who are Canadiens fans don’t get projects approved in their wards.

Layton took to Twitter to stress he is a Leafs fan (this is important in an election year) and explain his support for the Canadiens:

Nothing like the clash of politics and hockey.

Only in Canada.

Mayor Doug?

- May 6th, 2014

Mayor Doug

 

Doug Ford in Mayor Rob Ford’s chair at city council on Tuesday (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

Doug Ford won’t say if he’d run for mayor of Toronto if Rob Ford drops out of the race but he’s not ruling it out either.

Councillor Ford came out Tuesday at City Hall repeatedly claiming that Mayor Ford is in rehab but refusing to talk about why his brother didn’t enter the U.S. last week (story here).

There is another thing Doug Ford won’t talk about – whether or not he would run for mayor if Rob Ford drops out of the race.

“I have no comment on that,” Doug Ford told the Sun last Friday.

“Our family is committed to serving the people.”

That’s a “never say never” answer if I’ve ever heard one.

Asked again on Tuesday if he’d ever consider jumping into the mayor’s race if his brother dropped out, Ford repeated his “no comment” answer.

“I have no comment about that,” Doug Ford said Tuesday.

That’s definitely not a “no.”

And he wouldn’t even have to reprint the Ford campaign bumper stickers:

photo (6)

Doug Ford … definitely not running in this provincial election

- May 2nd, 2014

Councillor Doug Ford confirmed Friday he definitely won’t be running in this provincial election.

“100% I’m not running provincially,” Ford told the Sun.

Back in February, Ford publicly stated he wasn’t going to be running provincially for the Progressive Conservatives this year because he was too busy managing Mayor Rob Ford’s re-election campaign.

Now with the mayor in rehab and the campaign on hold comes news that the province is going to the polls.

But Doug Ford said Friday he’s standing by his decision not to run this year for the Ontario PCs this time.

“I wish everyone all the best,” he said.

Doug Ford on Mayor Rob Ford going to rehab

- May 1st, 2014

Here’s Doug Ford’s full statement delivered Thursday on his brother, Mayor Rob Ford, entering rehab:

I can tell ya this is one of the toughest days of my life.

In saying that, I also have a sense of relief. As an older brother, I am relieved that Rob has faced his problems and has decided to seek professional help.

This is not an easy thing for anyone to do especially when you’re the mayor of this city.

I encourage my brother to take this time for himself and for the sake of his family. 

Many people believe they can handle any problem by themselves, however, sometimes you need the help of your family, your friends and professionals. 

Rob was very emotional when he told me the hardest thing about this is he knows he let people down – he let his family down, he let his friends down, he let his colleagues down, he let his supporters down and the people of Toronto.

I told Rob that everyone knows someone who has faced these challenges and I know they will wish him well (and) a speedy recovery.

I also believe this, that even people that may not have the same political stripes as Rob does.

I love my brother.  I’ll continue to stand by my brother and his family throughout this difficult journey.

Please join me and keep Rob and his family in your prayers.

In the interest to Rob’s family, I ask the media: Please respect his privacy.

Thank you. 

Mayor Rob Ford’s leave of absence statement

- April 30th, 2014
photo
Rob Ford touring school kids around City Hall earlier today (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)
Here is the statement Mayor Rob Ford’s campaign issued tonight:
For Immediate Release
 
April 30th, 2014
 
Tonight I want to take some time to speak from my heart to the people of Toronto.  It’s not easy to be vulnerable and this is one of the most difficult times in my life. I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time.
 
Today, after taking some time to think about my own well-being, how to best serve the people of Toronto and what is in the best interests of my family, I have decided to take a leave from campaigning and from my duties as Mayor to seek immediate help.
 
I have tried to deal with these issues by myself over the past year.  I know that I need professional help and I am now 100% committed to getting myself right.
 
I love the people of Toronto, I love being your mayor and I hope you will continue to stand by me.  
 
With the support of my family, friends, professionals and the people of Toronto, I will conquer this.
 
Please keep me and my family in your prayers during these difficult days ahead.  
 
I just want to say to the people of Toronto that I thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement.  I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate it.
Mayor Rob Ford

 

Giorgio Mammoliti running for re-election

- April 30th, 2014

TS_014__TorCouncil03

 

Giorgio Mammoliti is giving a thumb’s up to running for another term on city council.

Mammoliti told the Sun he plans to register to run for re-election representing York West (Ward 7) on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

“The cutting at City Hall isn’t finished and while nobody is really talking about it in the mayoral race – they all just seem to be talking about how to spend money – there is $100 million or so that we could probably save the first year in amalgamating our housing offices,” Mammoliti said Wednesday.

“I need to stop the LRT on Finch Avenue … and try to get Finch designated for a future subway line and bring on busing lanes in the meantime.”

The controversial councillor – and one-time NDP MPP – was one of Mayor Rob Ford’s council allies at the start of this term although he later jumped off the mayor’s executive committee (and eventually came back after a few months).

But will Mammoliti support anyone for mayor? He says he may end up backing Ford.

“At this point the only one talking about keeping the agenda going … seems to be Mayor Ford,” Mammoliti said. “Unless he does something outrageous and crazy it looks like my community (and) myself may be supporting him.”

Before making a formal endorsement, Mammoliti said he plans to have a meeting with his “advisors” ahead of Election Day.

“It will be about 200 people that will tell us, me, where Ward 7 will be throwing their support in in the mayoral race,” Mammoliti said. “We’ll probably be inviting all the mayoral candidates to prove to them that it is them that should be elected in Ward 7.”

The veteran councillor is still facing problems from his 2010 election campaign.

He’s facing five charges of violating the Municipal Elections Act. Those charges were brought by a special prosecutor appointed by the city’s compliance audit committee.

Mammoliti maintained the allegations are “frivolous.”

“I’m going to take it as serious as I always have,” he said.

QMI_TS20131113ED36

Even Rob Ford can’t get Raptors tickets

- April 30th, 2014

photo (4)

Rob Ford in a Raptors jacket last week (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)

Mayor Rob Ford is on the hunt for Toronto Raptors tickets.

Ford revealed Wednesday he’s having a tough time getting tickets to the hottest game in Hogtown.

The Raptors play Game 5 of their series against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre.

But while Ford had tickets to Game 2, he said he’s still looking for tickets to Game 5.

“I’m very tempted,” Ford said at City Hall when asked if he’s going to tonight’s game. “I need some tickets.”

“I need tickets. It is pretty rough getting tickets.”

When a TV reporter pointed out that he’s known to “curse the team” when he wears their jersey (see examples of Ford wearing Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Blue Jays, Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos jerseys and those teams going on to lose), the embattled mayor acted like he’d just been kicked.

“Ooooooh! Did they win last time? OK,” Ford asked.

Another reporter pointed out Ford didn’t actually wear a Raptors jersey last time, only a Raptors jacket.

“Aaaah, now you’re taking shots,” Ford said.

Rob_Ford

Rob Ford at City Hall on Wednesday (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)

Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly is getting into the Raptors spirit – and even gave a shout out to Drake and his lint brush.

Here’s what Kelly tweeted Wednesday afternoon:

Sarah Thomson punks the media

- April 30th, 2014

photo 4 (2)

Mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson invited the media to her campaign headquarters for a “major announcement” on Wednesday.

“Sarah Thomson is set to make a major announcement which may affect the course of the mayoral race,” read the press release for the event.

Spoiler alert: It wasn’t what I’d call a “major announcement”

At 10 a.m. with a handful of media outlets filling her tiny campaign office, Thomson came out and delivered an announcement about her plan to reform Toronto Community Housing (TCHC).

Asked why her campaign described this as a “significant” announcement that would “affect the course of the mayoral race,” Thomson argued that’s “exactly” what it was.

“There’s two major issues I see in Toronto, one of them is transit and we’ve been talking about that a lot, the other is Toronto Community Housing and affordable housing across the board and nobody’s been talking about it,” she said. “I’m bringing that forward today and I’m calling on the other candidates to address it and to have real solutions to the problem.”

I wouldn’t bet on a large media turnout at Thomson’s next “major announcement.”

Mayoral candidates blame Rob Ford for TCHC mess

- April 26th, 2014

1297553319630_ORIGINAL

As Mayor Rob Ford fumed about the loss of Gene Jones, his mayoral rivals attacked him over the mess at Toronto Community Housing.

Here’s a rundown of what the mayoral candidates running against Ford said in response to news that Jones was gone:

 

“Let us hope TCHC is not this year’s last change in leadership. The next needs to happen on October 27.”

“Because whether it’s the mayor or head of TCHC, rules aren’t annoyances and accountability counts. Under Rob Ford’s failed leadership, our city is failing to make the crucial investments we need. On files from housing to transit to showing up for work at noon, it’s clear Mr. Ford cannot lead a city of our scale. As such, the next leadership change needs to be at the top because it’s time for a new mayor.”
- Olivia Chow

 

“This is just another example of Ford chaos. Instead of getting things done we have a huge City organization with tons of work to do totally consumed instead with another Ford era sideshow. This is another example of why the City desperately needs new leadership.”

“Whatever else he may have done, Mr. Jones broke many rules, many times and suffered the same fate most other people would suffer if they did that where they work. The TCHC board appears to have concluded no one is above the law, a lesson Mr. Ford seems unable to grasp.”
- John Tory

 

“I welcome the decision of the TCHC Board to accept Mr. Jones’ resignation. As I stated earlier this week, I am concerned by what was happening at Toronto Community Housing. In her report, the Ombudsman identified a number of instances of waste and mismanagement at TCHC, which point to an alarming lack of leadership by the organization’s former CEO and his number one supporter, Mayor Rob Ford.”

“The Mayor came to office on a promise to clean up TCHC, but he has obviously failed. Today, the board of directors acted responsibly. This is clearly an organization that is not functioning as it should be, and the Mayor’s lack of leadership is to blame. We need responsible and accountable leadership at both TCHC and in the mayor’s office. Today, the TCHC board did their part. On October 27, the voters of Toronto will have the opportunity to do their part.”
- Karen Stintz

 

“The issue has been festering for some time. It is incumbent that the resources are available to address these issues and to act on them.”

He promised that if elected he will have a dedicated pool of investigators available for the city’s integrity commissioner and Ombudsman

“(Ford’s call for the Ombudsman to resign) shows complete disregard for the rules that we have. It shows disrespect for the public … In other words, it is just plain wrong.”
- David Soknacki