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Did someone punk Mayor Rob Ford’s office?

- February 13th, 2013

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Did Mayor Rob Ford’s office get punk’d late last year?

Short answer: Maybe. Here’s what we know.

Ford often recites his home phone number on the radio and repeats his promise to call everyone back that calls him – a routine he worked out as a city councillor for 10 years that he has maintained as mayor. Just last Friday he was on the radio during the snowstorm urging residents to call him at home if they have a snow emergency (story here).

But late last year, Councillor Adam Vaughan told the Sun sometimes that customer service approach is Ford’s biggest problem.

During an interview about the mayor’s two year election anniversary back in October, Vaughan was arguing one of Ford’s biggest problems is he says “no” to every council proposal and “yes” to every resident.

“There is a resident (in my ward) who as a spoof said, ‘You know it is my wedding anniversary next month, can you fix the alley behind my house?’ They fixed it,” Vaughan said.

“(The alley) had been fixed a couple of years earlier … he wrote an email as a joke (to the mayor’s office) and got it fixed.

“It is this constant reordering of priorities has staff chasing everybody all over the place.”

Vaughan wouldn’t reveal the name of the constituent or the location of the alley.

Ford’s office refused to respond to several media requests asking about the incident.

The moral of the story (if it actually happened)? Be careful what you wish for – whether you’re serious or not – from the mayor’s office.

Mayor Rob Ford’s “Last Supper”?

- January 16th, 2013

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Mayor Rob Ford and several city councillors have a post-council meeting lunch Wednesday at the Monarch Tavern (photo by Councillor Paul Ainslie)

The council that dines together.

After Wednesday’s budget vote, councillors from across the political spectrum went out for lunch together chowing down on San Francesco sandwiches at the Monarch Tavern.

And who ended up sitting together – Mayor Rob Ford and arch-Ford nemesis Councillor Adam Vaughan.

Councillor Doug Ford was quick to fill the press gallery in on the get-together (after it was over).

“We had such a great time, we were all having fun joking around,” Ford said.

“The look on the owner’s faces is like this is historic, Adam Vaughan and Rob Ford are sitting beside each other.”

And yes, given the mayor’s looming court decision, the Last Supper jokes were flying.

Vaughan did note he didn’t see the mayor eating his vegetables during lunch today but said the conversation was civil.

“I didn’t say anything quite as harsh to him as the Toronto Sun did,” he said.

(I think he meant today’s editorial entitled, “Sideshow Rob Does it Again“)

When councillors attack – Vaughan vs. Mammoliti

- October 31st, 2012

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“I want better housing not bigger flagpoles.”

- Councillor Adam Vaughan during a debate over the sale of TCHC single-family homes Tuesday (story here)

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“You can be the first one to sit on the flagpole.”

- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti to Councillor Adam Vaughan

Quote of the day – Councillor Adam Vaughan on chopping down a tree

- October 26th, 2012

“If I kept walking out of my house everyday and walking straight into a tree, my reaction wouldn’t be to chop the tree down. It might be to take my wife’s advice and stay on the footpath. If he can stay on the path, he’ll avoid the tree, there is no need to chop the tree down. He on the other hand grabs an axe.”

- Councillor Adam Vaughan on Mayor Rob Ford wanting to merge three of the city’s accountability officers (the Ombudsman, the Integrity Commissioner and the Lobbyist Registrar).

Help me fight the plastic bag ban: Mayor Rob Ford

- October 21st, 2012

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Mayor Rob Ford isn’t throwing out his fight against Toronto’s looming plastic bag ban.

Ford urged his Newstalk 1010 show listeners Sunday to help him reverse the city’s ban on plastic bags. The ban is set to take effect January 1, 2013. Councillors on the public works committee is set to hold consultation on the ban at their November meeting.

“OK, folks, you want plastic bags, I want to keep plastic bags – they are very, very handy,” Ford said. “You have to show up November 14 to the works committee at 9:30 a.m. and you have five minutes to say why you think plastic bags are important or on the other hand, why you don’t think plastic bags are important.”

Ford read out the names of the 18 councillors who voted against reopening the bag ban at city council earlier this month.

“You have to call these councillors folks,” Ford said.

“We have to get Ana Bailao, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan and Kristyn Wong-Tam.

“Folks, you must call these people and maybe they can explain why they want to ban plastic bags or why they don’t want to open the debate.”

Ford seemed to joke he may have to do a robo-call in those councillors’ wards to drive the point home.

“You have to put your waste in something,” Ford said.

“It is essential that we have plastic bags,” he added.

Councillor Doug Ford guaranteed the majority of the people in those councillors’ wards would say “I need a plastic bag.”

“It’s not our job, again here is the nanny state again government interfering, we know better,” Ford said. “It is just a socialist mentality that we’re dictating to people what they can and can’t do.”

Councillor Vince Crisanti, a guest on the Sunday radio show, complained the bag ban “rear-ended” councillors earlier this year as they debated ending the five-cent bag fee.

“Who saw that coming?” he said.

Crisanti joked next council could end up banning cars.

Councillor Ford blamed council for being “dysfunctional.”

“What’s next? A ban on what?” Ford asked.

Mayor Ford also hinted he may try to reverse City Hall’s ban on bottled water on city property. That ban was approved by former Mayor David Miller’s city council.

“You can allow bottled Coke and bottle root beer and bottle ginger ale and every other bottled (drink) at City Hall but you can’t have bottled water,” Ford said. “That’s something that we have to get back on the floor.”

 

Quotes of the Day – Ombudsman’s Report Edition

- September 28th, 2012

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City of Toronto Ombudsman Fiona Crean delivered a scathing report Thursday, slamming Mayor Rob Ford’s office for meddling in the civic appointments process (story here).

Here’s how Mayor Rob Ford and some councillors reacted to the Ombudsman’s report released Thursday:

“I didn’t interfere with the process.”
- Mayor Rob Ford to reporters

“This is one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen written about the City of Toronto.”
- Councillor Adam Vaughan

“I’m happy that someone has recognized that staff make mistakes and is recognizing that changes need to be made based on staff error.”
- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, a member of the Civic Appointments Committee

“This report from the Ombudsman outlines the many ways the mayor’s office interfered in the public appointments process. It was unprecedented, inappropriate and I think compromised the public appointments process.”
- Councillor Janet Davis

“We’ve been very open and transparent at our committee and I’m not aware of any direction or interference by anybody.”
- Councillor Frances Nunziata, chairman of the Civic Appointments Committee

“An enormous amount of work went into making sure we had the best quality candidates with the most diverse background.”
- Councillor James Pasternak, a member of the Civic Appointments Committee

Quote of the Day – Adam Vaughan shouldn’t worry about Rob Ford …

- September 10th, 2012

 

Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Sun file photo)

Councillor Adam Vaughan predicted Monday Mayor Rob Ford won’t be re-elected in 2014 (story here).

That led to some interesting reaction from Ford’s executive committee.

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong was quick to point out Vaughan couldn’t even get his bullet ban past the executive committee (story here) but he’s passing judgment on the mayor’s odds in the next election.

“I think Councillor Vaughan hates the mayor so much that he’s completely lost his perspective,” Minnan-Wong told the Sun.

Then Minnan-Wong came up with the zinger.

“Adam shouldn’t worry about Rob Ford, he should worry about Olivia Chow,” he said.

Chow – who said last month she doesn’t want to run for mayor – has been touted as a possible dream candidate for Toronto’s political left and one that would knock out any other “progressives” mulling a run like Vaughan.

Quotable Quotes: The Life and Death of OneCity

- July 12th, 2012

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Here’s what city councillors said Wednesday during the transit debate (story here):

“It’s pink lipstick on a very fat pig with flip flops on.”
- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti on OneCity advocates claiming a win

“I think it has been renamed the Toronto transit expansion plan and that’s just fine.”
- TTC Chair Karen Stintz on the death of OneCity

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- Mayor Rob Ford who didn’t speak during Wednesday’s transit debate

“I would say that the province would not be wise to continue to spend large sums of money on the Scarborough LRT because council is going to weigh in on it at a later point this year.”

- Councillor Joe Mihevc

“They’ve fallen into the trap that Rob Ford set about retail politics, when it’s all about slogans and campaigns.”
- Councillor Adam Vaughan

“I’m very disappointed that didn’t happen.”
- Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker on rejection of his motion on studying extending the Bloor-Danforth line rather than replacing the Scarborough RT with an LRT

“I can assure everyone in Toronto the mayor is back in charge of transit and we’re going to move forward.”
- Councillor Doug Ford

“I just want to know what OneCity is … Where is it? Where’s Waldo?”
- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti asking why no one has introduced OneCity on the floor of council

“We know that we’re failing (on transit), we haven’t kept up.”
- Councillor Peter Milczyn on transit

“We’ve clearly made a meal out of this particular issue, we continue to chew at the same old bone.”
- Councillor Michael Thompson on transit

“Building transit can’t be about political cover.”
- Councillor Shelley Carroll

“It’s a complete flame out.”
- Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong on the end of OneCity

When Quotes Attack: Councillor Vaughan on Mayor Ford

- July 4th, 2012

“If it’s not which streetcar door the mayor drove by it is whether or not the mayor has been partying in the Entertainment District. When it’s not whether he’s been partying in the Entertainment District, it’s whether he’s been picking up liquor on Dundas St. When it’s not that, it’s whether or not he’s gone off to the cottage instead of attending Pride.

“Very little of what you talk about when you’re talking about this mayor has anything to do with work at City Hall and as a result his approval ratings are dropping.

“He’s not doing anything here, in fact he’s doing very little, he barely even shows up for work.”

- Councillor Adam Vaughan on Tuesday after Mayor Rob Ford outlined his version of events on his much-reported run-in with a TTC streetcar driver

Quote of the Day: Denzil Minnan-Wong on banning bullets

- June 15th, 2012

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Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong and Mayor Rob Ford earlier this week (Toronto Sun file photo)

“It’s funny when Chris Rock suggested it but it’s ridiculous when Adam Vaughan suggested it.”

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong on Councillor Adam Vaughan’s bullet ban idea