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The unanswered questions from Rob Ford’s night at Steak Queen

- January 23rd, 2014

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Mayor Rob Ford  spent Wednesday avoiding questions about his now notorious night at Steak Queen.
While Ford confirmed Tuesday that he was at the Etobicoke restaurant on Monday night, that he was drinking again and was caught on video ranting in Jamaican patois, Ford refused to provide further details about the night.
On Wednesday, Ford called the night a “minor setback” and ignored all questions about it during several run-ins with reporters at City Hall. Ford didn’t respond to questions about how he got home from the restaurant where he appeared to be under the influence and why he had a meeting with Alexander “Sandro” Lisi that night.
The Sun sent Ford’s spokesman Amin Massoudi 10 questions on Tuesday and Wednesday. He has yet to respond to them nor has Ford addressed these questions in any public statements.
Here’s a rundown of the mayor’s unanswered Steak Queen questions:

Tuesday night questions
1) Was the mayor at Steak Queen with Sandro Lisi last night?
2) Why were they meeting?
3) Why is the mayor meeting with a man who is facing drug and extortion charges?

Wednesday questions
4) How did Mayor Rob Ford get to the Steak Queen on Monday night?
5) How did he get home from the Steak Queen? Did he drive himself?
6) Why was he meeting with Sandro Lisi? Was it a planned meeting or accidental?
7) What did the mayor mean when he guaranteed back in November that he wouldn’t drink again?
8) Does the mayor feel it is appropriate to associate with Mr. Lisi? If so, why?
9) Does the mayor regret or have an apology for calling Chief Bill Blair a “c—sucker” in the Steak Queen video?
10) Does the mayor feel his language in the video was offensive to anyone? Does he have no apology for them?

Quote of the day – Mayor Rob Ford on his Redemption Day

- January 16th, 2014

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“I love the job, I love the people and the people are the ones that keep me going. I just can’t wait until Oct. 27, that’s the day of redemption as they would say.”

- Mayor Rob Ford to The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan when asked if he ever feels like saying “screw all you guys” when people give him a hard time.

Flashback: Mayor Rob Ford on Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly

- January 14th, 2014

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Mayor Rob Ford and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly at the Mayor’s New Year’s Levee on Jan. 1, 2014 (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun).

Relations between Mayor Rob Ford and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, Toronto’s “two mayors,” appear to be at an all-time low after Monday’s council meeting (story here).

Kelly holds most of Ford’s powers after council stripped them in the wake of the mayor’s crack cocaine scandal so it isn’t surprising the two don’t get along.

But as Kelly and Ford continue to butt heads at City Hall, it is worth remembering who appointed Kelly to be deputy mayor in the first place – Ford.

The mayor tapped Kelly to be his deputy mayor after his first deputy mayor, Doug Holyday, got elected to Queen’s Park.

Less than six months ago Ford was lauding Kelly.

Here’s what Ford said about Kelly on Sept. 5, 2013 when he showed up to his community barbecue:

You should be very proud to have a deputy mayor from Scarborough, folks.

As you know Doug Holyday got elected so the choice was mine, I looked at all 44 councillors at who would best represent the views of not just their area but all of Toronto.

It was a no-brainer, folks, it was a no-brainer. 

Norm Kelly was head and shoulders above the rest. 

I appointed Norm Kelly as deputy mayor, second in command to running this city so congratulations Mr. Deputy Mayor. 

It is an honour to have you serving as deputy mayor and he’s no nonsense, he’s on to me constantly, non-stop of which I need and I appreciate that.

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Mayor Rob Ford with Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly in Scarborough in September 2013 (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

 

Twitter verifies Toronto’s 2 mayors

- January 10th, 2014

Back in December I noticed that Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly not only got most of Mayor Rob Ford’s powers, he also got a verified Twitter account.

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The blue checkmark showed up shortly after council stripped Ford of most of his powers due to his crack scandal and transferred them to Kelly. At that time, the mayor’s Twitter account (which his staff run not him) wasn’t a verified account.

According to Twitter, “verification is currently used to establish authenticity of identities of key individuals and brands on Twitter.”

Nothing says you’re the boss of City Hall like verified Twitter status so it wasn’t surprising to see what happened next.

Flash forward to January 2014 and lo and behold, the mayor’s Twitter account now also carries the blue checkmark.

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So there you have it, two mayors and two Twitter checkmarks.

Not even Twitter will take sides in the ongoing mayoral soap opera.

Quote of the day: Ford more years?

- January 2nd, 2014

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“Ford more years.” 

- Mayor Rob Ford on his 2014 slogan after registering to run for re-election on Thursday (story here).

Mayor Rob Ford’s road not taken

- December 5th, 2013

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Mayor Rob Ford in his City Hall office on Wednesday night watching coverage of the latest police documents about him (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

Talk about the road not taken.

Mayor Rob Ford has repeatedly refused to get help or resign in the wake of his crack cocaine scandal.

But it is worth remembering Ford’s staff laid out a way for him to exit – temporarily or even permanently back in May.

In his interview with Toronto Police released as part of the now infamous ITO, Ford’s former press secretary George Christopoulos confirmed staff laid out three possible statements for Ford to make in response to the initial public reports of him being caught on video smoking crack cocaine.

Christopoulos told police that the mayor’s chief of staff Mark Towhey was fired in May after writing three statements for the mayor.

“One stated something along the lines of: effective immediately I will be taking a leave of absence to take care of my personal issues. At this time I ask the media to please respect my family and so forth. I will be returning August or September and looking forward to taking care of city business,” the document states.

The second statement stated Ford was going to resign as mayor.

“And the last was going to state that ‘I do not do this, I do not do this, I do not do this,” the document states.

“The mayor decided to say something completely off the mark. He said ‘I do not do crack cocaine, I do not do this and the (Toronto Star) sucks.”

Christopoulos’ interview went on to reveal that mayor’s office staff “figured” Ford had an “issue with something, both alcohol or prescription pills, and that he needed to straighten himself out for his family.”

“They wanted to give him an option to do that,” the document stated. “The mayor was in deep denial.”

Ford continues to maintain he is not addicted to alcohol or drugs and does not need to take a leave or resign.

Quote of the Day – Mayor Rob Ford cheers for the Redskins

- December 4th, 2013

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“That’s ridiculous. What are we going to call the Cleveland Indians? The Cleveland Aboriginals next? Where do we start? The Skins are the Skins and I stick with the Washington Redskins.”

- Mayor Rob Ford today on whether the Washington Redskins should change their name. Ford starts being a weekly guest on a Washington sports radio station on Thursday (story here).

Mayor Rob Ford sorry he’s not number 1

- December 4th, 2013

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Mayor Rob Ford is sorry he didn’t make the top spot on Time Magazine’s list of the top 10 apologies of the year.

Ford’s apology delivered last month after he admitted to smoking crack cocaine (story here) made the number two spot on the magazine’s list.

“Geez, not number one?” Ford asked reporters at City Hall on Wednesday.

Ford lost the top spot to U.S. celebrity chef Paula Deen who apologized back in June after she admitted to using the n-word (Time Magazine’s full list is here).

A joke about Rob Ford from Newfoundland

- November 28th, 2013

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s ongoing scandal has them cracking jokes from coast to coast.

Want proof?

Here’s a photo of a sign in Channel-Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, that was sent to the Sun today:

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A zinger from 2,185 km away.

If only Ford had just smoked meat.

Rob Ford is “hard at work”: Press release

- November 27th, 2013

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Mayor Rob Ford, or at least the mayor’s office, is now speaking via press release.

Ford – who has been dodging most reporters throughout the ongoing crack cocaine scandal – is “hard at work for the taxpayers of Toronto” according to the statement issued by his office around noon on Wednesday.

Ford had yet to arrive at his City Hall office when the statement came out.

Here is the full statement from the mayor’s office:

 

November 27, 2013

Over the past number of days, Mayor Ford has been hard at work for the taxpayers of Toronto.

Following Monday’s budget presentation, Mayor Ford has continued to meet with the Budget Chief and staff to look for additional efficiencies, to reach a 1.75% property tax increase in 2014.

The Mayor and his staff have been in constant communication with a number of City divisions and are reviewing Monday’s budget presentations with City staff, as they continue to advocate for Toronto taxpayers and keeping taxes as low as possible. 

The Mayor is continuing to explore avenues to reduce the proposed 2014 tax increase. 

As always, one of the Mayor’s key priorities is customer service excellence for his constituents. As Mayor, his constituent base includes the entire City of Toronto. Over the last few days, he has been meeting with a number of citizens both in the Mayor’s Office and on site around the City, to make sure their concerns are addressed in a timely fashion.

The Mayor encourages the residents of Toronto to call his office at 416-397-FORD (3673) or email him at mayor_ford@toronto.ca with questions or concerns.