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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.

Squeezing out both sides of the Rob Ford juice story

- September 14th, 2013

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Like most Mayor Rob Ford controversies, the juice incident remains a he said, she said affair. Here’s a breakdown of what happened on that fateful day in June from both sides of the story:

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“There was something in that cup. I tried to take a quick whiff – I don’t know if it was rye or vodka or something. It’s not funny. That hurt, man.”

- Mayor Rob Ford on his weekly radio show on June 16

 

“Everyone makes mistakes and I’m sure we’ll take it from there. Rob just moved on.”

- Councillor Doug Ford on June 15 (the day of the alleged incident)

 

“This was crossing the line. I don’t care what party you’re with or what your politics are. We live in a democracy.”

- Doug Ford on June 16

 

“Obviously the juice had acid in it because it was burning his eyes. He was rubbing his eyes, saying something was burning. We live in Canada, OK? We don’t live in a Third World nation where you start attacking your politicians or attacking people.”

- Doug Ford on June 17

 

“She said she was sorry and she didn’t mean to do it … She didn’t seem like she was in her right mind at the time.”

- Doug Ford on June 18

 

SHANNON EVERETT

“I just want to be clear that I had not been drinking nor was my conduct a result of any sort of mental illness and the truth is I have never and would never throw a drink in anyone’s face – even Mayor Ford.”

- Shannon Everett on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013

 

“She did not throw a drink at him. Just so there is no misimpression, she was drinking organic – because she’s a health person – organic peach tea that she didn’t want to sweeten with sugar because it is too strong, she sweetened it with maple syrup. That was the weapon that we are dealing with in this case that was not thrown at him. It wasn’t thrown at him, it was thrown in an empty area where there were no people.”  

- Marie Henein, Shannan Everett’s lawyer, on Sept. 13, 2013

 

“We are surprised by Mayor Ford’s decision to comment on the case repeatedly outside the judicial forum. This is most unfortunate. The mayor should allow Ms. Everett to have her day in court, where we will vigorously defend the charge against her and a court of law will have the full opportunity to assess Mayor Ford’s credibility.” 

- Shannon Everett lawyer’s statement in June after the charges were laid

 

Photo of the day: Anyone for cricket?

- June 24th, 2013

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Councillor Doug Ford hamming it up with John Tory at the 2013 CIMA Mayor’s Cricket Trophy Tournament on Saturday (photo by Sun photographer Michael Peake) 

 

Photo of the Day: The mayor and the marmot

- May 13th, 2013

Mayor Rob Ford and a marmot from the Toronto Zoo

Toronto Sun photographer Craig Robertson got this shot of Mayor Rob Ford and his brother city councillor, Doug Ford, getting a visit from one of the Toronto Zoo’s marmots during the Mayor’s radio talk show on Sunday  May 12, 2013. Robertson reports the Ford brothers didn’t want to get too close to the agitated animal.

The casino vote is all or nothing: Doug Ford

- April 18th, 2013

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The Fords will know when to fold ‘em when it comes to a Toronto casino.

Councillor Doug Ford made it clear Thursday if city council rejects a downtown casino in the next few weeks, Mayor Rob Ford’s administration will walk away from the issue.

“We’re going to try (to win the vote),” Ford said, looking ahead at what appears to be an uphill battle for the pro-casino forces at council.

But Ford stressed if council rejects pushing ahead on a downtown casino the mayor won’t campaign in 2014 on reopening the issue.

“Once it is done, it is done,” Ford said. “We move on, continue running the city and just move on.

“If the councillors don’t want it, very simple, we aren’t going to do it.”

Regardless of what side you are on in the casino debate, Ford’s comments make the stakes of the looming council vote that much higher.

The island airport doesn’t fly with Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker

- April 18th, 2013

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Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker doesn’t want to look at expanding the Toronto island airport – he wants to close it.

De Baeremaeker was asked about Porter Airlines looming push to let jets land at the Billy Bishop Airport and expand the runway.

“In terms of the airport itself I think it should be ripped up and put back into parkland, that is parkland, it is supposed to be parkland,” De Baeremaeker said. “We created a temporary airport that looks like it may last forever and my response is no.”

The Scarborough councillor hasn’t gauged whether closing the airport would be a move a majority of his council colleagues would get behind but he thinks it would have traction with the public.

“I think if you ask people what do you want: Do you want a park or do you want an airport? I think most people would say park,” he said.

“I think (closing the airport) would be net benefit to the City of Toronto.”

“I think right now the issue is on expansion. I certainly don’t think the airport should be expanded, if anything the airport should be eliminated.”

Councillor Doug Ford said he’s all in favour of expanding the airport and expects the issue will come to council soon.

“I don’t think (the runway) expansion is a big deal,” he said.

“(Porter is) a great company, took a lot of risk in the city, invested a lot into the city and I think by ordering these new planes they are going to create new jobs up at Downsview, at Bombardier.”

“If (the jets) are quieter than the propellers than why not?”

But could De Baeremaeker and a majority of councillors close the island airport? Not according to the Toronto Port Authority.

The Tripartite Agreement requires the continued operation of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport unless the City of Toronto, the Federal Government and Toronto Port Authority agree otherwise,” a port authority spokesman said Thursday.

“None of the parties to the Tripartite Agreement may unilaterally terminate the agreement or close the airport.”

Porter Airlines spokesman Brad Cicero pointed out the airport has been an “important part of Toronto for the last 75 years.”
“This is more the case today than ever with $2 billion in annual economic impact generated in the city by the airport. Now there is an opportunity to create another 1,000 jobs at Porter alone, more business and local tourism, and airline competition by offering more destinations at lower prices for travellers,” Cicero said.
“Any suggestion that dismisses $2 billion of economic impact for Toronto, including at least 5,700 jobs supported by the airport today, shouldn’t be taken seriously.
“These benefits can’t simply be recreated or transferred elsewhere. What’s needed is a reasoned, open discussion, not unnecessary distractions that would only hurt Toronto’s economy, residents and visitors.”

5 things we learned at City Hall this week

- January 18th, 2013

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Toronto councillors approved the 2013 budget this week and continued to buzz about what to do if Mayor Rob Ford gets tossed out of office.

Here’s a rundown of five things we learned at City Hall this week:

 

1) Mayor Rob Ford will vote for a tax freeze no matter what

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Ford shocked many of his allies by voting for Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti’s long-shot tax freeze motion Tuesday.

It was practically a no-win situation for Ford. His vote for the freeze goes against the proposed budget he’s been haranguing councillors to support without any changes but he’s a tax fighter so likely didn’t want to be on the record voting against a possible tax freeze.

The tax-averse Ford told his allies he voted for the tax freeze because he was confident if it passed, they could go back into the budget and find the savings to make it work.

Ex-Budget Chief Mike Del Grande was baffled by Ford’s tax freeze vote.

“I don’t think he understood what that vote meant,” Del Grande told the Sun Thursday. “I can’t explain it. It is one of those unsolved mysteries of the universe.”

Del Grande said that vote signaled a wavering on the budget just as the debate was getting underway.

“You don’t leave an opening for the barbarians,” he said.

 

2) Councillor Doug Ford blames Mike Del Grande for bringing him to City Hall

“I hold Mike Del Grande accountable for one thing – for getting me down here,” Ford said Thursday. “He was responsible for getting me here.”

Ford met Del Grande for the first time back in 2010. The elder Ford was back in town from Chicago and went out for dinner at Swiss Chalet with Del Grande and Mayor Rob Ford.

“(He) sat me down, looked at me, lied through his teeth and said (being a councillor) was a part-time job,” Ford said. “And the mayor lied too.

“That’s exactly what they said, it is a part-time job, a couple days a week. He lied through his teeth. But I love the guy.”

 

3) Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday sticks to his principles (even if it could possibly cost him the mayor’s chair)

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Holyday could be a frontrunner to be appointed mayor if Mayor Rob Ford gets kicked out of office and council decides to appoint someone.

While that prospect would lead some councillors to address councillors fairly carefully in case he’ll need 22 of their votes at some point in the near future, it doesn’t seem to be factoring into Holyday’s council floor speeches.

Holyday blasted councillors for pushing for around $51 million in spending increases to various parts of the proposed document.

“We’re setting it up for next year for an absolute disaster,” Holyday told council. “We’re going to put this into the budget this year, next year we’re probably to have to fund it through taxes and (an election year) is not the year to be going to the residents with large tax increase. Some of you won’t survive it.”

The Etobicoke councillor went on to say there were so many requests for councillors “pet projects” being made they might as well call it “the Ikea monkey budget.”

He also slammed councillors for folding on cuts to Toronto Fire in the 2013 budget.

“If the councillors in this chamber haven’t got the backbone to stand up on their own two feet and make their own decisions un-pressured by unions and un-pressured by special interests groups then they shouldn’t be here,” Holyday yelled. “Find another line of work.”

Councillor Paula Fletcher was quick to make a quip as Holyday wrapped up.

“Was that your speech for appointment?” Fletcher asked.

 

4) Mayor Rob Ford was right in the middle of behind-the-scenes negotiations to compromise on proposed cuts to Toronto Fire

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Councillor Paula Fletcher says Ford was in the midst of discussions with councillors as they hammered out a motion to avert the proposed cuts to Toronto Fire – which he had been urging councillors to support.

Fletcher moved a motion, worth around $5 million, to stop the cuts for a year and hire around 63 firefighters. Councillors eager to avoid the fire cuts warned Ford they’d have to support Fletcher’s motion if an alternative wasn’t crafted. That lit a fire under Ford to broker a deal.

The $3.1 million compromise supported by Ford stops the cuts and hires firefighters until more information is available in July.

“It was hot and heated for a number of hours,” Fletcher said after the vote.

“He was happy that we weren’t going for the whole year and we had the $3 million compromise for the six months.”

 

5) Mayor Rob Ford and former Budget Chief Mike Del Grande agree on one thing – councillors are “piranhas” when money is involved

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In the wake of the 2013 budget, both Ford and Del Grande described councillors as piranhas when it comes to spending.
Ford told reporters Wednesday the $12 million council added into the budget could have been worse given the spend-hungry councillors at City Hall.

“It could have been $50 (million) more. We fended them off. They’re like piranha. So you’re going to get bitten a few times but you know what you’re in there,” he said. “They could have been a lot worse but you know what we got away unscathed … no one touched our surplus.”

A day after he handed his resignation to Ford, Del Grande said it was funny the mayor used the word “piranha” because that’s exactly how he felt as he steered the budget through the process.

“They’re like piranhas to the bone. They’ll even also try to eat the bone as well,” Del Grande said.