Don Peat - November 28th, 2013
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s ongoing scandal has them cracking jokes from coast to coast.
Here’s a photo of a sign in Channel-Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, that was sent to the Sun today:
A zinger from 2,185 km away.
If only Ford had just smoked meat.
Don Peat - November 14th, 2013
“Oh and the last thing was, Olivia Gondek it says that I wanted to eat her p—–, I’ve never said that in my life to her – I would never do that. I’m happily married, I’ve got more than enough to eat at home.”
- Mayor Rob Ford on Thursday as he arrived at Toronto City Hall
Don Peat - November 13th, 2013
Wednesday’s city council meeting began with Councillor Jaye Robinson introducing a petition signed by councillors urging Mayor Rob Ford to get help for substance abuse issues.
As Robinson read out the names of the councillors who signed the petition, she asked each of them to stand to send a strong message to the mayor. Ford and Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti were the two lone votes against receiving the petition at council.
Here is the full text of the petition that Robinson read out in the council chamber:
November 12, 2013
Mayor Rob Ford,
We write to you as colleagues representing wards from across the city and the political spectrum.
Over the past six months, and especially the past few weeks, we have grown increasingly concerned by the seemingly endless cycle of allegations, denials and belated admissions about your behaviour.
Toronto is distracted and for good reason. Our city’s reputation has been damaged and continues to suffer, and it has become difficult to focus on the pressing and substantive issues facing City Council.
Today we stand together to ask that you step aside and take a leave of absence to address your challenges privately, outside of the public eye. We believe that the majority of Torontonians share our view, and that City Council will excuse any absences you require to address the situation with finality.
The city and the Office of the Mayor demands nothing less than honesty, accountability and transparency.
Glenn De Baeremaeker
Mike Del Grande
Gloria Lindsay Luby
Don Peat - November 5th, 2013
“Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine but no, do I? Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago.”
- Mayor Rob Ford on Tuesday
Don Peat - November 1st, 2013
What the Ford!
Oct. 31, 2013 is a day most Toronto residents won’t forget.
Here’s a rundown of how one of the city’s most shocking days unfolded:
9:45 a.m. - Mayor Rob Ford left his Etobicoke home, pushed cameras off his property and shouted at reporters
Around 10 a.m. - Court officials released the censored 500-page police document chronicling surveillance of Ford with Sandro Lisi.
10:40 a.m. - Councillor Shelley Carroll calls on Ford to “step aside” as mayor. Says police document confirms “it would appear that the mayor has a substance abuse problem.”
11:30 a.m. - Police Chief Bill Blair holds a press conference at Toronto Police headquarters revealing investigators have recovered the video that shows Ford smoking what appears to be crack cocaine. Blair also reveals police have arrested Sandro Lisi – Ford’s friend and occasional driver – and charged him with extortion.
12:22 p.m. - Ford arrived at City Hall and was spotted walking in the back door of his office to avoid reporters.
2:31 p.m. - Ford gave a brief statement to reporters in front of his office and said: “I have no reason to resign.”
2:35 p.m. - Ford leaves City Hall, going out the back door of his office and the wrong way up the parking garage entrance ramp.
6:45 p.m. - Wearing his Toronto Maple Leafs jersey, Ford took his children trick-or-treating for roughly an hour around his Etobicoke neighbourhood. Ford did slip and fall during the walk but was helped up by the mayor’s office staffer accompanying him.
- With files from Terry Davidson and Dave Abel
Don Peat - September 20th, 2013
“It’s actually no one’s business what happens in my office. I take care of the people that work for me and they do a great job, as you see.”
- Mayor Rob Ford on Thursday refusing to address reports GO Transit is investigating Dave Price, his director of logistics and operations, after several alleged incidents including one that led to a broken door and swearing at staff.
Don Peat - September 13th, 2013
Shannon Everett leaves Old City Hall Friday with her lawyer, Marie Henein (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)
The woman accused of assaulting Mayor Rob Ford with a cup of juice had her charge thrown out.
The crown withdrew an assault charge against Shannon Everett on Friday (story here). Following the brief court appearance, reporters who were at the courthouse finally got a chance to hear Everett speak about the incident – the first time she’s spoken publicly since the story broke in June.
Here’s the statement Everett read out Friday morning:
“I would just like to say that I’m happy to be finished with this whole ordeal.
I’d like to thank all of the people who reached out to me and offered their support through this difficult time and it really meant a lot to me. Most of all, I’m especially grateful to Marie Henein and her associate Matthew Gourlay for kindly taking on my case.
As I’m sure many people can imagine, being accused of a crime by the mayor of this city has been an awful experience. What was even worse was to hear Mr. Ford publicly insinuating that I was intoxicated or mentally unstable.
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.
I’m relieved that this is all over and that the Crown saw to it that the charges were dropped.”
Don Peat - June 12th, 2013
“I haven’t ruled it out.”
- Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong – a member of Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee – when asked if he’s planning his own run for mayor.
Don Peat - March 7th, 2013
“I am considering it.”
- Olivia Chow on running for mayor of Toronto in 2014. Chow made the comment on CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on Wednesday (clip here).
It’s like a slow march to a campaign announcement but it is a step towards the epic political showdown between Chow and Mayor Rob Ford. The NDP MP has moved from saying she’s “listening” to residents telling her to run for mayor of Toronto (story here) to she’s “considering” running for the city’s highest office – that’s a little closer to the buzz we’re hearing at City Hall.
Don Peat - February 19th, 2013
Jose Canseco speaks with This Hour Has 22 Minutes star Mark Critch (Handout photo)
Former Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Canseco is still talking about running for Mayor of Toronto – at least to This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
I’m told Canseco is on the CBC comedy show tonight (Feb. 19, 2013) at 8:30 p.m. talking about why his mayoralty run would be a “grand slam”.
Canseco made headlines in January when he openly talked about running to replace current Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Although Canseco can’t run for mayor unless he moves to Toronto, he still takes swings at Ford – he calls him Rod rather than Rob – on his Twitter account from time to time.
In a promo clip of tonight’s 22 Minutes episode it looks like Canseco will take a couple more whacks at Ford. No really, he’s going to hit a baseball with Ford’s picture on it (see photo below). Be curious to hear what Ford thinks of that.
Should be worth watching just to see whether this sketch is a comedic home run or it strikes out.
Jose Canseco holds a baseball with Mayor Rob Ford’s face on it (handout photo)