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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

“The campaign for the next election has started today” Mayor Rob Ford to Ford Fest

- September 8th, 2012

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Mayor Rob Ford speaks to the crowd at Ford Fest on Friday, September 7, 2012 (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)

Mayor Rob Ford gave a barnburner of a speech at Friday night’s Ford Fest vowing it marked the start of the 2014 election.

In a speech that stretched to almost 10 minutes in length, Ford thanked his supporters and family, listed off the accomplishments of his mayoralty, took a thinly-veiled shot at the court case against him and encouraged those in attendance to help him fight to keep the mayor’s chair starting now.

Here’s a transcript of Mayor Rob Ford’s speech to the crowd at Ford Fest:

Thank you. Thank you so much.

(Crowd cheers, “Rob, Rob, Rob”)

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I can’t thank you enough.

It seems like we were doing this yesterday but it was only two years ago that I sat here probably at the same time when the election was about a month away saying, “When I get down to City Hall, the gravy train is over. “

Well folks, the gravy train is over!

I said I was going to go down there with your support and clean it up and get rid of the $60 car tax. We got rid of the $60 car tax. I said we weren’t’ going to have another strike. We have a four-year deal with the unions, there will not be a strike for four years. I said, “We are going to contract out garbage saving $12 million a year.” We have contracted out garbage saving $12 million a year.

Folks, that’s just the beginning.

And most importantly, I said, “You know what, we have to lead by example. We have to lead by the councillors and the mayor.” The first thing I had to do was reduce the size and cost of government and I said I don’t need a chauffeur and I don’t need a driver and I don’t need all the other stuff.

I said, “I will reduce my office budget and the councillors by a million dollars.” We did exactly that. I cut it, $700,000 of your hard-earned tax dollars.

I said, “We were not going to have anymore $12,000 farewell parties.” That is why there are no more $12,000 farewell parties, folks.

I couldn’t have done it without your support.

We have done more this year, in the last two years, than the previous administration and that has done in the last 10 years combined.

Most importantly, I couldn’t have done this without my lovely wife Renata beside my side day in and day out. I want to thank her for all her support.

I want to thank my mom for hosting the party here tonight. My brother Doug. As you know, um, he gives me the marching orders and I march so we work as a team. My brother Randy, he’s the brains behind the operation, we couldn’t do anything without his support, running a company that has given us 50 years of a very comfortable living. And my sister Kathy, helping out in every way that she has been there all the time when we need her. So I want to thank our family most importantly.

And there is one person that we could never, ever, ever forget is my dad up in heaven. I love you dad, I know you are with us.

So folks, I’m not going to list all our accomplishments but I have to tell you one thing – the campaign for the next election has started today. The next election is two years away. We have to get out there, bang on the doors. As you saw this week, they are coming after us every which way. They want to continue the high taxes, the big spending and the out-of-control waste at City Hall.

Folks, I want to thank you for your support. I want to thank the councillors that are here tonight. I’m sorry if I’ve missed some people, I’ve just got off the football field coaching. I know, I know some people think that is a terrible thing to help kids out but unfortunately I’m helping kids out and I invite you to our first game which is next Friday at Esther Shiner stadium at 5 o’clock against the Metro Bowl champs the Don Wilson Gators. And mark my words, we are going to be the Metro Bowl champs not Donald Wilson.

I saw a few councillors here, I saw Councillor Crawford and Councillor Grimes and Councillor Ainslie. Thank you so much. And the speaker Frances Nunziata.

(The councillors gather on the stage)

We call Grimes-y he’s the mayor after midnight so he’s the Midnight Mayor.

But folks, we are turning the city around, we have a lot of work to do, we need your support in the next two years because the tax-and-spend people want to take it back and they are not getting it back. We have the city turned around, we have to keep it turned around.

I want to thank you so much for your support. Enjoy yourselves. God bless you.

Quotable Quotes: City Council recap

- July 9th, 2012

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Toronto city council meets this week for the last meeting before the summer break (story on that here). Here’s some of the more memorable quotes from city council meetings during the first six months of 2012:

“That whole meeting was irrelevant.”
- Mayor Rob Ford after city council voted in February to revive most of the Transit City plan.

“The people of this city have spoken loud and clear. They want subways,  folks. They want subways, subways, subways.”
- Mayor Rob Ford during the Sheppard subway vs. Sheppard LRT debate at council in March.

“I think we’re going to get sued.”
- Mayor Rob Ford immediately after Toronto city council voted to ban plastic bags starting January 1, 2013.

“Just get rid of the damn bags!”
- Councillor David Shiner urging councillors to support a bag ban at the June city council meeting.

“This is a vote. We’ll get past it. We’re one city. We need to move forward together.”
- TTC chair Karen Stintz on whether she could work with Mayor Rob Ford after the Sheppard subway vote in March.

“My advice to the taxpayer would be don’t send us any more activists, don’t send us any more unionists, don’t send us any more cyclists … Send us some people down here with good common sense who just want to manage the city’s affairs, that’s what’s needed.”
- Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday in April following a debate on contracting out cleaning jobs.

“F— off.”
- Councillor Gord Perks to Councillor Josh Colle during a debate on gun control in May. He later apologized.

“You just don’t get anywhere with these monkeys.”
- Councillor Doug Ford during the debate over the Sheppard subway in March.

“I apologize for saying monkeys.”
- Councillor Doug Ford after councillors demanded an apology for him calling them monkeys during the Sheppard subway debate in March.

“There is no way that you can say that (Mayor Rob Ford) saved the day, that he won the day. He, frankly, lost the day quite miserably.”
- Councillor Joe Mihevc after the 2012 budget vote at city council in January.

“I have never seen councillors so confused as they are today.”
- Speaker Frances Nunziata to council during the March special council meeting on the Sheppard subway.

Careful what you vote for: Ball hockey edition

- May 27th, 2012

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Councillor Josh Matlow (Toronto Sun file photo)

A majority of councillors started Toronto on this not-so brilliant breakaway to the edge of ball hockey bureaucracy a year ago.

Back in May 2011, a majority of councillors were onside with Councillor Josh Matlow’s push to have city bureaucrats find a fix for Toronto’s ball hockey ban.

Mayor Rob Ford and 35 councillors voted in favour of Matlow’s motion to have staff look at ways to exempt streets from the city’s ball hockey ban.

Matlow revealed this week the staff would be coming forward with that plan at the June public works meeting (story here). As details of the proposed plan spread, it didn’t go over well with scathing reaction from Matlow’s fellow councillors (story here and here). A day later, Matlow iced the idea (story here).

Reading the motion from that May council meeting, it’s not surprising city staff came back to Matlow with this ridiculously bureaucratic process for parents to go through to get their street exempt from the city’s rarely enforced ball hockey ban.

The motion the majority of council supported ordered the city manager to report to the public works committee on “the type of streets on which street hockey or other ball sports are suitable” such as dead-end streets, cul-de-sacs and ones with low traffic volume. It also asked the city manager to do a feasibility study on “a procedure that allows any Toronto resident residing on a street with a speed limit at or lower than 40 km/hr to apply for an exemption from the current city by-laws that prohibit playing street hockey and other ball sports.”

Although Matlow is taking all the hits on this initiative, he sure got a helping hand from councillors.

So who cast their ballot to start the ball rolling on this?

Along with Matlow and the mayor were Councillors Paul Ainslie, Ana Bailão, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata, Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson and Adam Vaughan.

Seven councillors faced off against this idea right from the start. The seven councillors who voted no to starting staff down this inevitable path to a ridiculously bureaucratic process were Councillors Maria Augimeri, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Gloria Lindsay Luby and John Parker.

Parker made his thoughts on the initiative crystal clear last Wednesday when he told reporters the following:

“Look, I love my colleague Councillor Matlow to bits and I would never suggest that anything he brings forward is for the benefit of gaining public profile and the odd cheap headline. But I think the city has done just fine by way of accommodating road hockey on our streets without the benefit of a whole lot of study by city staff and committees.”

So there you go, Matlow may be in the penalty box for this one but he had some help from a lot of council teammates to get here.

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Here’s how councillors voted back in May 2011 on the motion entitled “Exemption to By-Laws Prohibiting Street Hockey and Other Ball Sports to Promote Active and Healthy Youth and Community Engagement”:

Yes: 36
Paul Ainslie, Ana Bailão, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata, Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan

No: 7
Maria Augimeri, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Gloria Lindsay Luby, John Parker

Absent: 2
James Pasternak, Kristyn Wong-Tam

Quotable Quotes: City Council March 5 edition

- March 5th, 2012

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Mayor Rob Ford talks to Speaker Frances Nunziata during Monday’s city council meeting (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

Monday’s city council meeting had some quotable moments.
Here’s what councillors had to say during the debate to restart the TTC commission and after the vote:

“Our commission isn’t functioning well.”
TTC chair Karen Stintz to city council about the current TTC commission

“You can stab me as many times as you want, I’ll still be standing.”
Councillor Frances Nunziata responding to Councillor Adam Vaughan’s heckling

“You have been taking that taxpayer to the cleaners.”
Councillor Anthony Perruzza blasts Mayor Rob Ford’s administration for cancelling Transit City

“You know, you are an idiot.”
Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti to Councillor Anthony Perruzza

“The theme of this administration is change.”
Councillor Norm Kelly to his council colleagues

“One proposes some sort of blended board with everything but U.S. peacekeepers and Smurfs on it.”
Councillor Adam Vaughan describing how erratic councillors who support Ford were during Monday’s meeting.

“This is worse than the Roman senate.”
An anonymous councillor describing Monday’s meeting

An empty mayor’s chair and lots of possibilities

- February 10th, 2012

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Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti sits beside Mayor Rob Ford’s empty chair on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 (Photos by Jack Boland/Toronto Sun)

Mayor Rob Ford lost a big transit vote this week.

He actually lost twice.

First, Ford tried to get council to put off the transit decision for 30 days.

He lost that vote 24 to 19.

After that deferral vote failed council was pretty much a runaway train that day.

The rest as they say is history.

But what you wouldn’t know unless you watched the day-long meeting was Ford split after that deferral vote.

We didn’t see him again at the meeting until the final vote.

I have no idea whether he had work to do elsewhere or if he was fuming somewhere behind the scenes but Ford was out of sight for a few hours.

But here’s what I do know.

While Ford was gone lots of councillors got a chance to try out his empty chair.

Some were no doubt using the empty chair to talk to Ford’s seat neighbour Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti but I have a funny feeling, particularly after I started tweeting about it that day, some were enjoying drawing attention to the empty seat.

Either way, it’s an interesting glimpse at what the future could look like if any of those taking the big guy’s big chair for a test drive ever become Toronto’s mayor.

City Hall history tells us mayors usually cut their teeth as city councillors first.

Given all the talk this week about possible 2014 mayoral candidates (cough) Karen Stintz (cough), why not think about it.

Sun photographer Jack Boland started snapping pictures of the interesting possibilities of these could-be mayors.

I’ve posted them here for your Friday morning enjoyment.

Let’s start on the left-side of council’s political spectrum:

Shelley Carroll

Mayor Shelley Carroll?

Sarah Doucette

Mayor Sarah Doucette?

Paula Fletcher

Mayor Paula Fletcher? Her campaign slogan could be: Come on Down Baby!

But left-leaning councillors weren’t the only ones sitting in Ford’s chair.

Right-leaning councillors need to sit in the mayor’s chair too:

Vince Crisanti

Mayor Vince Crisanti?

Frances Nunziata

She was mayor of the City of York at one time … Mayor Frances Nunziata?

And from the right-wing to one of the best bets among City Hall reporters as a 2014 mayoral candidate:

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Mayor Adam Vaughan?

Missing pictures – Councillor Josh Matlow and Councillor Gord Perks were also in the mayor’s chair at different points Wednesday but we didn’t get a picture of it.

So what do you think?

See any future mayors sitting in Mayor Rob Ford’s chair this week?