Happy Thanksgiving from Mayor Rob Ford

- October 6th, 2012

---From Remote-- (14- __K6J9300_   _ Toronto city council meeting October 4, 2012- Mayor Rob Ford

“Have a Happy Thanksgiving and remember to drive safe.”

- Mayor Rob Ford’s sign off Friday in his weekly “Message from Mayor Rob Ford” e-mail blast

Ummmm …

 

Mayor Rob Ford reading while driving on the Gardiner back in August.

But seriously folks.

Ford’s weekly message (full text below) is always an interesting piece of propaganda from the mayor’s office. There hasn’t been one in a while but this week, the message gives the Fordian take on the events of the week including the sale of Enwave, the bag ban and the ombudsman’s report.

Of course, it gives the talking point response to the ombudsman’s investigation: “our Administration has made the public appointments process more open, transparent and accountable than it has ever been before.”

(Story on Ombudsman’s report here, here and here)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Here’s the full text of Ford’s email message:

Dear Friends:

 

This week marked the first meeting of Council following the summer break.  The three-day meeting dealt with 186 items, including the sale of Enwave Energy Corporation, the plastic shopping bag ban and a report from the Ombudsman.

 

I am very pleased to tell you that Council approved the sale of the City’s share of Enwave Energy Corporation.  Enwave is a company that provides heating, cooling and alternative energy to commercial customers and was owned jointly by the City of Toronto and OMERS.  On November 30, 2011 City Council along with OMERS authorized the company to look for potential buyers for 100% of the company.  This week, Council approved the sale.  The City will receive about $170 million for its share of the company, which is more than twice the initial investment made on behalf of taxpayers.  The sale of Enwave will provide much needed money to pay down our existing capital debt.The actions of our Administration to continue making good financial decisions are being recognized.  Yesterday, DBRS confirmed Toronto’s credit rating at AA, Stable.  DBRS attributes this rating to our work to contain spending, improve efficiency and to find permanent solutions to eliminating our budget gap.  DBRS commented that, although Toronto achieved a positive operating variance in 2011, it continues to have a financial deficit when both capital and operating budgets are considered.  Although this deficit was reduced by the Administration’s disciplined approach to cost-control, any let up in this discipline could cause the situation to get worse.  In other words, although our Operating Budget is doing well — much more work must still be done to fund our capital needs without going too far into debt.

 

As many of you know, I have openly spoken about my concerns regarding the proposed banning of plastic shopping bags in Toronto.  Council’s decision to ban plastic shopping bags was done hastily, without study or consultation.  We have received notice that some groups intend to pursue legal action against the City as a result.  Councillors Milczyn and Minnan-Wong proposed that Council reconsider this decision – a proposal I fully supported.  While a clear majority of Councillors also supported this proposal and voted to reopen the issue (27-18), it was not enough to meet the two thirds that Council procedures require to do so.  I will continue working with staff and the majority of Councillors who believe this issue must be resolved.

 

Over the past number of days, a lot of attention has been given to the Ombudsman’s report on Civic Appointments.  Since taking office, our Administration has made the public appointments process more open, transparent and accountable than it has ever been before.  Prior to taking office, the public appointments process lacked accountability.  Many boards were self-nominated, others appointed nominees from secret lists prepared by agency staff or insiders.  This process has ended. Our new process works well, and all the Councillors on the Civic Appointments Committee have worked extremely hard to ensure the process is open, fair, transparent and accountable.

 

There will be no radio show this Thanksgiving weekend.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving and remember to drive safe.

 

Yours truly,

 

Mayor Rob Ford

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6 comments

  1. Wilma says:

    When one sits down for “Thanks Giving Dinner” may each Councillor in turn contemplate what they
    have “personally done” for their Wards……especially the one’s that are so “self serving”.
    And I wish Rob Ford a “hassle free” “Thanksgiving” with his family.

  2. Chandra says:

    City employees can cheat to get a job or to give it to a friend or a relative.

    It has happened to me. When caught red handed you still have to prove it. With the city lawyers it is a hard fight along with management which uses delay tactics to take the response to your challenge to the time limit. Hoping that you will go away and would have forgotten it. If you ask them to state under oath what they want to say, they disappear out of sight never to be heard from again.

    No this was not under Ford administration, it happened under Lastman and continued into Miller time.

    That is how I got involved into politics. I had enough of that kind of corruption at city hall. Yes, even the auditors shut up. I suspect because the lawyer has the upper hand. City does not want to lose the case and face the consequences.

    You must hire an expensive lawyer to fight if you want.

    Well may be the city employees who are gving these secret oath statements tell the ombudsman about what happened behind the scenes.

    Just remember the defense prepared by the city solicitor was fictitious. Someone fabricated a whole story which the lawyer bought into hook and sink.

    I wish I had known Rob Ford at that point in time. I only assumed that he fought for his constituents only, but later discovered he will take up the cudgels on your behalf.

    That is why I stand behind Rob Ford! One man I can trust.

  3. Kel Fritzi says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, All!

  4. danieljchristie says:

    “There will be no radio show this Thanksgiving weekend.”

    Now THAT’S something to be thankful for. Better a turkey on the table than two on 1010.

  5. Brian Graham says:

    asdf

  6. john says:

    what a hoot the pumpkin wishes us people toronto happy thanksgiving, what tocelebrate with all the lies he told us. i am not voting for it when his term is up. it done nothing but harm to the city of toronto. WHen i retire 2 years me move to ajax where at least themayor cares about the people not like asskhole forbes

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