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Quote of the day: The Fords vs. The Globe and Mail

- July 29th, 2014

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“They’ll be held accountable, I can assure you, 100%. I’ve never been more passionate about anything in my entire life than this.” 

- Doug Ford on Monday when he vowed to “absolutely” take legal action against The Globe and Mail (fully story here)

Was Ford Fest a campaign event?

- July 27th, 2014

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Mayor Rob Ford leaving Ford Fest on Friday night (Craig Robertson, Toronto Sun)

Ford Fest came and went on Friday night (story here) but there is still an unanswered question around what it was exactly: Was it a campaign event, a councillor event or a family barbecue?

Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Doug Ford have maintained it was a family barbecue for the community – a long-held tradition started by their father, Doug Ford Sr.

The city granted the permit to hold Ford Fest in Thomson Memorial Park on the belief it was an event similar to the more than 100 other events hosted by other members of council.

Rob Ford’s mayoral rivals maintain it was an election event – part of the mayor’s re-election campaign – and should not have been allowed in the park (city rules prohibit candidates from holding campaign events on city property).

Making things more complicated still, Mayor Ford put out a robocall inviting people to Ford Fest earlier this week and asking those receiving the call to indicate whether he can count on their “support.” (story here)

And then Doug Ford claimed the event will be an election “turning point” while still denying it was a campaign function (story here).

The city had bylaw officers at the event on Friday night and found the conditions of the permit were met (story here).

That would seem to close the book on Ford Fest.

But wait, there’s more.

As the fog of Ford Fest lifted on Saturday, Mayor Ford used his official Twitter account to direct people to fordfest.ca to see photos of the event.

To view the photos on the website you need to give your name, phone number and e-mail.

(I’m not sure why you have to do that, who is collecting the information and where it goes but I offered up my contact information to get a look at the website)

And what’s at the bottom of the Ford Fest page? This contact phone number: 416-751-3673 or 416-751-FORD.

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That’s the same phone number for Mayor Ford’s re-election campaign office.

Ford Fest and the Ford re-election campaign – together at last.

Quote of the Day: Doug Ford on where Mayor Rob Ford lives

- May 21st, 2014

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“Rob lives in a suit.” 

- Doug Ford on why Mayor Rob Ford is wearing a suit in rehab.

Mayor Ford was wearing a suit when he was spotted in Bracebridge last Friday and dropped one suit off at a dry cleaner in Gravenhurst (see story).

Doug Ford, the mayor’s campaign manager/brother, also likened Rob Ford to Elvis on Tuesday:

“You’d think there was a sighting of Elvis Presley,” Ford said on the reaction to the mayor being spotted out of rehab and in Muskoka.

 

Mayor Doug?

- May 6th, 2014

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Doug Ford in Mayor Rob Ford’s chair at city council on Tuesday (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

Doug Ford won’t say if he’d run for mayor of Toronto if Rob Ford drops out of the race but he’s not ruling it out either.

Councillor Ford came out Tuesday at City Hall repeatedly claiming that Mayor Ford is in rehab but refusing to talk about why his brother didn’t enter the U.S. last week (story here).

There is another thing Doug Ford won’t talk about – whether or not he would run for mayor if Rob Ford drops out of the race.

“I have no comment on that,” Doug Ford told the Sun last Friday.

“Our family is committed to serving the people.”

That’s a “never say never” answer if I’ve ever heard one.

Asked again on Tuesday if he’d ever consider jumping into the mayor’s race if his brother dropped out, Ford repeated his “no comment” answer.

“I have no comment about that,” Doug Ford said Tuesday.

That’s definitely not a “no.”

And he wouldn’t even have to reprint the Ford campaign bumper stickers:

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Doug Ford … definitely not running in this provincial election

- May 2nd, 2014

Councillor Doug Ford confirmed Friday he definitely won’t be running in this provincial election.

“100% I’m not running provincially,” Ford told the Sun.

Back in February, Ford publicly stated he wasn’t going to be running provincially for the Progressive Conservatives this year because he was too busy managing Mayor Rob Ford’s re-election campaign.

Now with the mayor in rehab and the campaign on hold comes news that the province is going to the polls.

But Doug Ford said Friday he’s standing by his decision not to run this year for the Ontario PCs this time.

“I wish everyone all the best,” he said.

Doug Ford on Mayor Rob Ford going to rehab

- May 1st, 2014

Here’s Doug Ford’s full statement delivered Thursday on his brother, Mayor Rob Ford, entering rehab:

I can tell ya this is one of the toughest days of my life.

In saying that, I also have a sense of relief. As an older brother, I am relieved that Rob has faced his problems and has decided to seek professional help.

This is not an easy thing for anyone to do especially when you’re the mayor of this city.

I encourage my brother to take this time for himself and for the sake of his family. 

Many people believe they can handle any problem by themselves, however, sometimes you need the help of your family, your friends and professionals. 

Rob was very emotional when he told me the hardest thing about this is he knows he let people down – he let his family down, he let his friends down, he let his colleagues down, he let his supporters down and the people of Toronto.

I told Rob that everyone knows someone who has faced these challenges and I know they will wish him well (and) a speedy recovery.

I also believe this, that even people that may not have the same political stripes as Rob does.

I love my brother.  I’ll continue to stand by my brother and his family throughout this difficult journey.

Please join me and keep Rob and his family in your prayers.

In the interest to Rob’s family, I ask the media: Please respect his privacy.

Thank you. 

Mayor Rob Ford’s backstage pics

- March 11th, 2014

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Councillor Doug Ford sent me some behind the scene pictures from Mayor Rob Ford’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel last week.

As you can see in the pic above, Mayor Ford was hamming it up with his dressing room door the night he appeared on Kimmel’s post-Oscar special. On that show, actor Kevin Spacey ended up cracking jokes about the mayor (story here).

A day later, Ford was the main event on Jimmy Kimmel Live (story here).

Now Doug Ford says Kimmel will be a guest on the mayor’s YouTube show, Ford Nation (story here).

Here’s some more Ford family snapshots from their Hollywood trip:

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Councillor Doug Ford, Jimmy Kimmel, Randy Ford (the mayor’s other brother) and Mayor Rob Ford

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Doug Ford, Mayor Rob Ford and Randy Ford with a Jimmy Kimmel pool table

 

What time is it in Ford Nation?

- March 9th, 2014

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Mayor Rob Ford – or at least whoever runs the mayor’s Twitter account – might want to double-check what time it is today.

Ford’s account tweeted out a reminder to folks last night about the time change.

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The only problem is that tweet was wrong – the clocks are supposed to go forward an hour overnight not back an hour.

Leave it to the Ford camp to turn a simple time change into another embarrassing episode for the embattled mayor.

Other people on Twitter – who remembered that you spring forward/fall back when it comes to daylight saving time – were pretty quick to point this out and crack more jokes at the mayor’s expense.

It is worth mentioning Ford has testified under oath that he doesn’t run his own Twitter account (it came up during his conflict of interest trial) so it is entirely possible the mayor had nothing to do with this blunder and is aware the clocks spring forward this weekend and fall back in the fall.

Ford’s Twitter account eventually got it right.

The original tweet was deleted and this one went out:

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Hopefully all the clocks will be right in the mayor’s office on Monday.

Meanwhile, Ford’s rival David Soknacki – who appears to run his own Twitter account – tweeted this last night:

Quite the contrast between these two mayoral candidates even on Twitter.

UPDATE: 

Dan Jacobs, Mayor Rob Ford’s chief of staff, confirmed Sunday that he was the one who tweeted the daylight saving time tweet from the mayor’s Twitter account.

Here is what Jacobs told me via email on Sunday:

“This was my error, I had just been talking with friends that it’s spring forward, and when I posted the tweet I wrote it backwards.”

The story of Ford’s Twitter account messing up daylight saving time was picked up by several U.S. media outlets on Sunday.

Unfortunately, USA TODAY ended up making its own Twitter error – tweeting out a photo of Doug Ford, the mayor’s brother, with the story rather than Rob Ford.

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Five minutes later, the newspaper tweeted out a correction:

 

Robo-row in quotes

- October 16th, 2013

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Here’s a rundown of who said what on Tuesday when it came to Mayor Rob Ford’s robocall against Councillor Paul Ainslie:

“I’m here to start the fight back against a bully and a liar. I’m here to say enough is enough with this mayor who thinks he can get away with anything by twisting the truth, saying just some of the truth or not telling it straight at all.” 
- Councillor Paul Ainslie on Mayor Rob Ford in a press conference on Tuesday

“Well let me tell the Ford brothers this: I’m not scared of you. People in this city won’t be fooled and people in my constituency of Scarborough know who I am, what I’ve stood for, and what I’m about.”
- Councillor Paul Ainslie in his statement to the media on Tuesday

“I don’t know what he’s hiding from. I just told people how he voted, that’s it.” 
- Mayor Rob Ford on Councillor Paul Ainslie

“I don’t know what I did wrong here.” 
- Mayor Rob Ford on the robocall

“This is a form of intimidation, it is unacceptable and we can’t tolerate it anymore.”
- Councillor Jaye Robinson on Mayor Rob Ford’s robocall

“The city has tuned this guy out. He can call everybody five times to Saturday, no one is listening to him anymore – it is over.” 
- Councillor Adam Vaughan on Mayor Rob Ford

“We’ll see what the integrity commissioner says but I don’t see anything wrong with making a phone call, telling his constituents how he voted.” 
- Councillor Doug Ford on Councillor Paul Ainslie’s complaint to the integrity commissioner

“He has no integrity.”
- Councillor Doug Ford on Councillor Paul Ainslie

“What are we down here? Are we wusses for real? Is that what we are down here is just people who continually cry over everything? Or have we built up a little bit of thick skin down here to take some of the shots? I’ve been taking shots for 23 years and I’m still standing.”
- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti on Councillor Paul Ainslie objecting to Mayor Rob Ford’s robocall

“The mayor has crossed the line.”
- Councillor Paula Fletcher on Mayor Rob Ford’s robocall

“The mayor is entitled to communicate with his residents.”
- Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong on Mayor Rob Ford’s robocall

A prayer by Doug Ford

- September 25th, 2013

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“God help us if the lefties are ever in charge again at City Hall. We’d go backwards – back to high taxes, back to streetcars, back to the government telling us how to live our lives. It’d be disaster.”

- Councillor Doug Ford in an interview with the Toronto Sun on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2013.