Taxpayer-funded buses for football teams? Not a Ford show topic

- November 4th, 2012

Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Doug Ford weren’t talking at all Sunday about two TTC buses dumping their riders to go pick up the Don Bosco Eagles – the high school football team the mayor coaches.

Both Fords were mum on the fact fare-paying TTC riders had to get off two buses Thursday so the vehicles could go pick up his high school football team at the request of Toronto Police (story here).

The TTC was talking. TTC officials issued a statement – just two hours after the Ford show ended – and released TTC CEO Andy Byford’s email to commissioners about the incident (blog post on that here).

As the Sun reported Friday, TTC commissioner and Councillor Peter Milczyn said he will be pushing police and the TTC for answers on why the order was given to ditch riders (story here).

The Fords could have come out on their Newstalk 1010 show in support of Milczyn’s call for answers. Mayor Ford could have made it clear whether or not he knew riders were losing their ride so his team could get a personal TTC bus back to their school and apologized to those who were inconvenienced. Mayor Ford could have also explained why he feels he needs to be at the field with his team instead of at City Hall.

But neither Mayor Ford or Councillor Ford addressed the issue Sunday.

Mayor Ford did acknowledge the undefeated Eagles have a playoff game this week against Senator O’Connor.

“Everyone and all the lefties try to give you hell but if you were going to a ballet class they wouldn’t mind it,” Councillor Ford said.

“People don’t realize how much you mentor these kids, how much you teach them, it is not about just the sport of football … it is about mentoring them, getting them involved in the community, getting them a great education and a secondary education in college.”

One caller, Mike from Toronto, did criticize Mayor Ford for leaving this week’s city council meeting to go to football.

“You say you’re fighting for transit yet you are missing the debate to coach a football game,” the caller told Ford.

Ford laughed off the call.

“Thank you very much, actually I didn’t miss the debate. I actually voted for subways and I made a passionate speech about subways,” he said. “But I do appreciate obviously, you get both sides of the coin.”

(Here’s the story on Ford’s speech at the end of the debate over the master agreement for Toronto’s four light rail lines)

The same caller also criticized the Fords for pushing ahead the removal of the Jarvis St. bike lanes.

Councillor Ford argued people that use Jarvis “overwhelmingly want the Jarvis bike lane gone.”

“It’s called listening to the taxpayers,” Mayor Ford added.

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5 comments

  1. roy mitchell says:

    OK, Taxpayer here – stop acting like a child. Admit what’s wrong and leave politics and coach football. Okay, As a taxpayer, I’m glad you’re listening to me. I can tell you again too – I’m a taxpayer; you’re a football coach.. Thank you.

  2. Wilma says:

    Another day of “Pick on Ford Day”…..can we continue with the microscope and do the same with the
    remaining Councillor’s…..under the microscope, and just see what accomplishments they have achieved?? Never hardly hear from any other’s except Stintz. Is it too tough an assignment with
    the other Councillor’s?? Look up Ontario’s debt….are we like the country of Greece all ready?? Just what are Councillor’s pay packages when they leave or quit on the municipal level? Obviously, the
    Provincial level spends like a drunken individual……with no end in sight. When is anyone going to jail over the scandal’s on Provincial level……immunity for everyone involved with a Platinum pay out….thought so. OPP…..don’t bother wasting your time to investigate……the one’s involved get off scott free anyway…….next Liberal leader…..if elected promises to sweep everything under the rug, just continue on….taxslaves will pay for “generations” to come. What do we have in common with Greece…..debt, debt and more debt.

  3. City Boy at Heart says:

    Out of curiosity, didn’t one or both of those buses dump the passengers in Doug Ford’s ward?

  4. jane doe says:

    DISGRACEFUL…AND I AM A ROB FORD SUPPORTER…THE POLICE SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUTABLE…AND SO SHOULD THE TTC…RUN BY A BUNCH OF BUFFOONS….THANKS FOR SCREWING TAXPAYERS WHO PAY YOUR SALARY GOVERN MENT BUFFOONS.

  5. BenjaminJGrimm says:

    High school sports are a catalyst for trouble, so much so I know of at least 6 kids forbidden to play school sports by their rep coaches, no parents present, it’s during school hours, students from both schools will be present, always a bad mix, add the testoterone of 50 teenage half wits playing a sport they love its a miracle we haven’t had a full out riot at one of these games, the cops know this, who ever called for the buses did the right thing, before you say different, attend a high school game then a league game, 2 different worlds, same people.

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