Don Peat - November 13th, 2013
After around four and a half hours, Mayor Rob Ford ran out of Rob Ford bobbleheads to sign on Tuesday.
But that didn’t stop some residents from lining up to meet the mayor and have him sign other items including Rob Ford magnets, a laptop and “Ford Nation” T-shirts. A group of people were in City Hall trying to cash in on the mayor’s appearance by selling the T-shirts to Ford fans.
The shirts featured the Ford Motor Co. logo – a trademark infringement many were quick to point out on social media.
Ford signed the shirts that were put in front of him and didn’t comment on the Ford logo.
The T-shirts prompted a quick reply from Ford Canada via Twitter:
It wasn’t clear who was selling the T-shirts. Before I could interview the sellers, they were kicked out of City Hall by security – you can’t walk into the building and start selling stuff, even “Ford Nation” shirts.
Mayor Rob Ford is expected to be selling Ford Nation T-shirts Wednesday for $20 each to support the United Way.
Those shirts aren’t expected to use the Ford car company logo.
Don Peat - November 11th, 2013
Here’s the speech Mayor Rob Ford delivered on Remembrance Day 2013:
Good morning, everyone.
Canada’s first Remembrance Day was held on this day in 1919 to mark the first anniversary of the end of the First World War. And so, as we have done for the last 94 years, the people of Toronto join all Canadians to remember and honour those who have fought for our freedom.
We honour and remember the service and sacrifice of more than one and a half million Canadians. It is hoped that by remembering, we will do all we can to strive for peace.
This year, Canada marks several significant anniversaries. This is the year that we officially recognize the six long years of the Battle of the Atlantic. We also mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. Canada joined the Korean War in support of the United Nations ideals of peace and freedom. In the pursuit of a global peace, over 26,000 Canadians served in the Korean War. The names of the 516 Canadians who died are recorded in the Korea Book of Remembrance.
Since then, over 125,000 Canadians have served in pursuit of global peace. Those who did not return are owed a debt that can never ever be repaid. Today, we remember those who have served Canada so valiantly in times of need.
Ford didn’t read the last line of his speech that was included in the copy released to reporters:
“I hope all Torontonians will join me in thanking our proud veterans for their service.”
Don Peat - November 5th, 2013
“Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine but no, do I? Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago.”
- Mayor Rob Ford on Tuesday
Don Peat - November 1st, 2013
What the Ford!
Oct. 31, 2013 is a day most Toronto residents won’t forget.
Here’s a rundown of how one of the city’s most shocking days unfolded:
9:45 a.m. - Mayor Rob Ford left his Etobicoke home, pushed cameras off his property and shouted at reporters
Around 10 a.m. - Court officials released the censored 500-page police document chronicling surveillance of Ford with Sandro Lisi.
10:40 a.m. - Councillor Shelley Carroll calls on Ford to “step aside” as mayor. Says police document confirms “it would appear that the mayor has a substance abuse problem.”
11:30 a.m. - Police Chief Bill Blair holds a press conference at Toronto Police headquarters revealing investigators have recovered the video that shows Ford smoking what appears to be crack cocaine. Blair also reveals police have arrested Sandro Lisi – Ford’s friend and occasional driver – and charged him with extortion.
12:22 p.m. - Ford arrived at City Hall and was spotted walking in the back door of his office to avoid reporters.
2:31 p.m. - Ford gave a brief statement to reporters in front of his office and said: “I have no reason to resign.”
2:35 p.m. - Ford leaves City Hall, going out the back door of his office and the wrong way up the parking garage entrance ramp.
6:45 p.m. - Wearing his Toronto Maple Leafs jersey, Ford took his children trick-or-treating for roughly an hour around his Etobicoke neighbourhood. Ford did slip and fall during the walk but was helped up by the mayor’s office staffer accompanying him.
- With files from Terry Davidson and Dave Abel
Don Peat - October 27th, 2013
Mayor Rob Ford is planning on turning his City Hall office into a haunted house this week.
I’m not kidding.
This is no trick and he is promising treats – chocolate bars – for any kids that stop by.
I thought Sun columnist Joe Warmington was kidding when he called me up to tell me about this on Sunday.
But Ford’s spokesman Amin Massoudi confirmed this is actually happening and the mayor will be turning his office into a house of horrors this week. He said more details about this will be out on Monday.
I just listened to Ford’s radio show from today and sure enough Ford and his brother Councillor Doug Ford said they will be decorating the place for Halloween.
“We’re decorating up the mayor’s office,” Councillor Ford said. ”We thought we’d have some fun this year.”
He stressed to listeners that they are paying for the haunted house out of their own pocket.
Mayor Ford went on to say he’s looking forward to getting reporters in dark places inside the mayor’s office haunted house.
“I’m going to invite some media guys in there,” Ford said.
Don Peat - October 25th, 2013
Mayor Rob Ford speaks to reporters at the Etobicoke Civic Centre (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)
“I won’t be supporting it. You’re going to kill tourism, I’ll tell you that. A lot of tourists won’t come here if they can’t have a cigarette.”
- Mayor Rob Ford speaking to reporters on Friday about the parks committee recommendation to beef up the city’s smoking ban in parks, beaches and sports fields. The issue goes to council next month.
Don Peat - October 24th, 2013
“Because, I’ve answered it, that’s it. Anything else? Thanks. It’s over. Forget it, forget it, done. See ya, done. Forget it … I gave you an opportunity and you just want to cause problems, it is all you want to do.”
- Mayor Rob Ford during his own press conference Wednesday at City Hall. Ford got mad at the first question and left the building (story here). It was his first press conference so far this week.
Don Peat - October 21st, 2013
Mayor Rob Ford leaving his City Hall office Monday with his spokesman Amin Massoudi (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)
Mayor Rob Ford’s brother Randy Ford is in hospital, according to the mayor’s office.
I know this because Ford’s spokesman Amin Massoudi appears to have accidentally sent me a message Monday night telling me to send Randy a basket at Humber hospital Tuesday morning. I think he meant to send the five messages to another Ford staffer.
According to the messages, the mayor wants the basket to cost around $150 and to include nuts, pistachios and sunflower seeds. It has to be done “first thing tomorrow”, it needs to be sent “on behalf of the mayor’s office” and it has to be delivered.
“It should say: ‘Get well soon from the mayor’s office,’” he adds.
Not sure who Massoudi actually intended to send these messages to but hopefully they read this blog post and get the message.
Hope Randy gets well soon.
Massoudi sent me two messages Tuesday morning:
“Don, those messages were sent to you in error last night. I apologize for any confusion,” he wrote.
“Please disregard the messages.”
Here are photographs of the Monday night messages from my Blackberry screen:
Don Peat - October 17th, 2013
“You get it all, you get it all, you get it all. At the end of the day, you guys FOI, I give it to you. You do that anyways, it doesn’t matter. I have nothing to hide. Business between me and a person that calls me, it is privacy issues. I don’t think they’d want to know or want to put their name or their issues out for the public to see. If you don’t believe that I was out there, I don’t care what you guys believe or not. Call Jim Hart, we had a tree issue in Nunziata’s area, I had a municipal licensing and standards and flooding issue in Luby’s area, there’s time to travel. So yeah, I was busy.”
- Mayor Rob Ford on why he won’t make his daily schedule public and what he did Thursday morning before he arrived at City Hall at 12:30 p.m. Ford’s schedule isn’t made public. Reporters have to file a freedom of information request if they want to see Ford’s official schedule weeks or even months after the fact.
Don Peat - October 17th, 2013
“It has a big mouth and it has sharp teeth. If anything gets in its way, he takes care of it pretty quick.”
- Mayor Rob Ford on his favourite fish – the great white shark – during the opening of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada on Wednesday.
Interestingly, Ford was one of only four members of council to vote against a ban on the possession, sale and consumption of shark fin products in the City of Toronto back in 2011.