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Mayor Rob Ford’s leave of absence statement

- April 30th, 2014
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Rob Ford touring school kids around City Hall earlier today (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)
Here is the statement Mayor Rob Ford’s campaign issued tonight:
For Immediate Release
 
April 30th, 2014
 
Tonight I want to take some time to speak from my heart to the people of Toronto.  It’s not easy to be vulnerable and this is one of the most difficult times in my life. I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time.
 
Today, after taking some time to think about my own well-being, how to best serve the people of Toronto and what is in the best interests of my family, I have decided to take a leave from campaigning and from my duties as Mayor to seek immediate help.
 
I have tried to deal with these issues by myself over the past year.  I know that I need professional help and I am now 100% committed to getting myself right.
 
I love the people of Toronto, I love being your mayor and I hope you will continue to stand by me.  
 
With the support of my family, friends, professionals and the people of Toronto, I will conquer this.
 
Please keep me and my family in your prayers during these difficult days ahead.  
 
I just want to say to the people of Toronto that I thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement.  I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate it.
Mayor Rob Ford

 

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

 

Mayor Rob Ford … Denver Broncos fan

- January 27th, 2014

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Mayor Rob Ford came out Monday sporting a Denver Broncos jersey ahead of this weekend’s Super Bowl.

Ford showed up to City Hall wearing an Orlando Franklin jersey. Not surprisingly – if you know Ford – he kept it on for a press conference decrying the 2014 budget on Monday afternoon.

The mayor – a hardcore football fan – has made no secret about the fact he’s rooting for the Broncos this year (story here) and that he’s a fan of Franklin who grew up in Toronto.

The Broncos declined to comment Monday on Ford’s apparent support but Franklin did take to Twitter to thank the mayor for his support.

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Here’s how others on Twitter reacted to Ford’s Broncos jersey:

Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly hires Mayor Rob Ford’s old spokesman

- January 24th, 2014

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Isaac Ransom is back in the City Hall fish bowl but now he’s working for Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly.

Ransom worked in communications for Mayor Rob Ford until the crack scandal broke last year. He resigned on May 27 with press secretary George Christopoulos.

When police documents came out featuring details provided by Ransom, Ford publicly promised to sue him, Christopoulos and former chief of staff Mark Towhey. He has never followed through on that lawsuit.

Ransom will be working as Kelly’s Director of Communications and Media Relations. He starts on Jan. 29.

“I am pleased to welcome Isaac to my office and my team,” Kelly said in a statement sent out late Friday. “Isaac brings a wealth of knowledge in communication practices and media experience from his time at City Hall.”

It should be interesting to see how Ransom interacts with the Fords here at City Hall.

Here’s an e-mail he sent about Councillor Doug Ford during his tenure in the mayor’s office that came out this week due to a freedom of information request:

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Here’s Ransom’s letter to the City Hall press gallery today: 

 

January 24, 2014

Dear Members of the Toronto Press Gallery:

 

It is with reservation and some sadness that I have made the difficult decision to leave the Office of Councillor Peter Leon.  I have made this decision with a heavy heart and I will always cherish my time in his office.  However, there is comfort knowing that my support and advice will still be readily available to Councillor Leon through my new role as Director of Communications and Media Relations to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly.

 

Over the past three months, Councillor Leon has had great faith in my abilities to help set up a new office and lead his staff.  I would like to thank Councillor Leon for his confidence and the opportunity to serve his office.

 

Councillor Leon has and continues to thoroughly impress with his commitment to public service and the people of Ward 3.  Councillor Leon’s tireless work ethic and willingness to transcend party lines to make good decisions for all Torontonians is truly refreshing at City Hall.

 

As of January 29, 2014, I will begin my new role in a full time capacity.  I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Office of the Deputy Mayor.  Mr. Brian Johnson, will assume the role of Executive Assistant to Councillor Peter Leon upon my departure.

 

In the coming weeks and months I look forward to working with each of you.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Isaac Ransom

Mayor Rob Ford’s new slogan?

- January 23rd, 2014

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A new poster showed up in Mayor Rob Ford’s reception area on Thursday.

It isn’t clear whether the poster is Ford’s new mantra, a message to his staff or inspiration for the fish in the aquarium.

Now if there is anyone that knows about carrying on, it would be Ford – although he’d probably find it easier to “carry on” if he practiced the “keep calm” part a bit more often.

Quote of the day – Mayor Rob Ford on his Redemption Day

- January 16th, 2014

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“I love the job, I love the people and the people are the ones that keep me going. I just can’t wait until Oct. 27, that’s the day of redemption as they would say.”

- Mayor Rob Ford to The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan when asked if he ever feels like saying “screw all you guys” when people give him a hard time.

Twitter verifies Toronto’s 2 mayors

- January 10th, 2014

Back in December I noticed that Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly not only got most of Mayor Rob Ford’s powers, he also got a verified Twitter account.

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The blue checkmark showed up shortly after council stripped Ford of most of his powers due to his crack scandal and transferred them to Kelly. At that time, the mayor’s Twitter account (which his staff run not him) wasn’t a verified account.

According to Twitter, “verification is currently used to establish authenticity of identities of key individuals and brands on Twitter.”

Nothing says you’re the boss of City Hall like verified Twitter status so it wasn’t surprising to see what happened next.

Flash forward to January 2014 and lo and behold, the mayor’s Twitter account now also carries the blue checkmark.

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So there you have it, two mayors and two Twitter checkmarks.

Not even Twitter will take sides in the ongoing mayoral soap opera.

Quote of the day: Ford more years?

- January 2nd, 2014

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“Ford more years.” 

- Mayor Rob Ford on his 2014 slogan after registering to run for re-election on Thursday (story here).

Mayor Rob Ford’s road not taken

- December 5th, 2013

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Mayor Rob Ford in his City Hall office on Wednesday night watching coverage of the latest police documents about him (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

Talk about the road not taken.

Mayor Rob Ford has repeatedly refused to get help or resign in the wake of his crack cocaine scandal.

But it is worth remembering Ford’s staff laid out a way for him to exit – temporarily or even permanently back in May.

In his interview with Toronto Police released as part of the now infamous ITO, Ford’s former press secretary George Christopoulos confirmed staff laid out three possible statements for Ford to make in response to the initial public reports of him being caught on video smoking crack cocaine.

Christopoulos told police that the mayor’s chief of staff Mark Towhey was fired in May after writing three statements for the mayor.

“One stated something along the lines of: effective immediately I will be taking a leave of absence to take care of my personal issues. At this time I ask the media to please respect my family and so forth. I will be returning August or September and looking forward to taking care of city business,” the document states.

The second statement stated Ford was going to resign as mayor.

“And the last was going to state that ‘I do not do this, I do not do this, I do not do this,” the document states.

“The mayor decided to say something completely off the mark. He said ‘I do not do crack cocaine, I do not do this and the (Toronto Star) sucks.”

Christopoulos’ interview went on to reveal that mayor’s office staff “figured” Ford had an “issue with something, both alcohol or prescription pills, and that he needed to straighten himself out for his family.”

“They wanted to give him an option to do that,” the document stated. “The mayor was in deep denial.”

Ford continues to maintain he is not addicted to alcohol or drugs and does not need to take a leave or resign.

Quote of the Day – Mayor Rob Ford cheers for the Redskins

- December 4th, 2013

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“That’s ridiculous. What are we going to call the Cleveland Indians? The Cleveland Aboriginals next? Where do we start? The Skins are the Skins and I stick with the Washington Redskins.”

- Mayor Rob Ford today on whether the Washington Redskins should change their name. Ford starts being a weekly guest on a Washington sports radio station on Thursday (story here).