Posts Tagged ‘mayor

John Tory takes the stage

- December 13th, 2014

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Mayor John Tory will be joining the ballet briefly on Saturday.

Tory will be on stage Saturday making a cameo in The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker. The new mayor will be continuing what’s become a bit of a tradition of mayor’s appearing as one of the cannon dolls in the annual performance. Rob Ford did it back in 2011 when he was mayor and David Miller did it in 2007.

The mayor’s office announced Friday that Tory’s wife, Barbara Hackett, will be joining him as the other cannon doll.

What’s a cannon doll? According to the National Ballet, “the Cannon Doll guest roles are colourfully costumed as Russian Petrouchka dolls in Act I who shoot a cannon into the audience to begin the battle scene.”

Asked on Friday if he was ready for his ballet debut, Tory laughed.

“How are you ever ready to go into show business like that?” Tory told the Sun. ”Remember I said I wasn’t in show business? Well, I’m making a four-minute exception.

“I’m a little nervous about it but anything for the ballet.”

What’s John Tory thinking when it comes to his executive?

- November 30th, 2014

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What’s John Tory’s general philosophy behind his executive committee appointments?

Late last week Tory wouldn’t reveal who he would be picking to take up key roles on city council but he did speak generally about what is guiding his decisions.

“I’ve been trying to make a genuine effort to make sure it is more representative taken as a whole of the city and of the council than might have been the case in the past,” Tory told the Toronto Sun last week. “I know from my past experience at even helping premiers and prime ministers and mayors with these appointments, it is very difficult because you want to put the right person in the right place in terms of producing good government, but at the same time you have all these other things you’re trying to achieve about the representative nature of the bodies you’re putting place.

“We’ve done our best to achieve something that I hope people will see as being a little more kind of reaching out to say, ‘OK, we understand this body is meant to serve the interests of the whole city.’”

Tory went on to say people should “take the leadership team as a whole when it is presented.

“I think when you send people to the police services board or the TTC, that’s an important signal too,” he said. “It isn’t just about the executive committee, those other places are very important – look at the size of the budget, look at what they oversee, it is very important.”

Are the Fords about to prank John Tory? 100% guaranteed

- November 3rd, 2014

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Rob Ford holds up gravy packets left in the mayor’s office by outgoing mayor David Miller’s administration when he moved into the office in December 2010.

Mayor-elect John Tory might have some surprises waiting for him in the mayor’s office when he takes over on Dec. 1.

Doug Ford – Mayor Rob Ford’s brother – said they are still working on some “fun” pranks for Tory’s team.

“I told John, David Miller left us a whole bunch of gravy packs so we were thinking a few other things just as a friendly joke,” Ford said on Monday.

“Just as fun. I don’t know, I haven’t talked to Rob. We might do something fun.

“I was thinking of leaving LRTs all over the place.”

Back in 2010, Mayor Ford wasn’t impressed by the gravy packets left behind after he waged his winning election campaign on stopping the “gravy train” at City Hall.

“I should mail them back to him,” Rob Ford told the Sun at the time. “He may be in (gravy) withdrawal and need some.” 

Packages of gravy weren’t the only thing left behind for Ford’s then incoming administration.

Along with what was described as a “cordial note,” Miller also left behind a copy of the MFP Inquiry final report.

At the time, Mayor Miller’s spokesman said the mayor found it as a useful how-to guide for running a clean and transparent government.

John Tory & Olivia Chow won’t rule out working together after Election Day

- October 14th, 2014

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Would John Tory work for Mayor Olivia Chow or would Chow work for Mayor Tory?

During Tuesday’s Canadian Club debate, Tory and Chow wouldn’t rule out the idea.

Both candidates were asked if they’d accept a position in the winner’s City Hall if they were not elected.

“I would be delighted if I’m the winner and Olivia Chow is not to find a way to involve her in the continuing administration of this city,” Tory said. “I believe she cares deeply about the city as I do and so the answer to both ends of that question is yes.”

Chow said she felt “likewise.

“But I plan to win,” she said.

“So do I,” Tory added.

Doug Ford didn’t take part in the noon-hour debate so it wasn’t clear if either candidate would be willing to keep Mayor Rob Ford’s brother around City Hall after Oct. 27 if he doesn’t win the election.

“A pint should be a pint” John Tory on beer

- September 19th, 2014

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“A pint is a pint and a pint should be a pint. So that’s my statement for this morning.”

- Mayoral candidate John Tory starts off his Friday press conference on a less serious note in the wake of news that Toronto’s pints of beer aren’t always a full pint. The Tory truism comes a day after he attacked Olivia Chow’s transit plan arguing “money is money.”

Quote of the Day: The hardly humble Rob Ford

- August 8th, 2014

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“People like the way I’m running the city. I’m not going to speak for the other candidates. I know what Rob Ford’s doing and I know what is going to happen on Oct. 27. Let the people talk about that.” 

- Mayor Rob Ford on the “very positive response” he’s getting on the campaign trail

Quote of the Day: Rob Ford sort of endorses Karen Stintz

- August 6th, 2014

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“Karen and I disagree on transit, obviously. But to be quite frank, I trust Karen more than I would ever trust Olivia Chow or John Tory. At least she comes out, you know where she stands.  The other two, I wouldn’t trust them as far as I can throw ‘em. That’s the bottom line. (Stintz) is right on a lot of stuff, we’ve agreed on a lot of stuff.” 

- Rob Ford talking about mayoral rival Karen Stintz today in Scarborough

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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Even Rob Ford can’t get Raptors tickets

- April 30th, 2014

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Rob Ford in a Raptors jacket last week (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)

Mayor Rob Ford is on the hunt for Toronto Raptors tickets.

Ford revealed Wednesday he’s having a tough time getting tickets to the hottest game in Hogtown.

The Raptors play Game 5 of their series against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre.

But while Ford had tickets to Game 2, he said he’s still looking for tickets to Game 5.

“I’m very tempted,” Ford said at City Hall when asked if he’s going to tonight’s game. “I need some tickets.”

“I need tickets. It is pretty rough getting tickets.”

When a TV reporter pointed out that he’s known to “curse the team” when he wears their jersey (see examples of Ford wearing Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Blue Jays, Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos jerseys and those teams going on to lose), the embattled mayor acted like he’d just been kicked.

“Ooooooh! Did they win last time? OK,” Ford asked.

Another reporter pointed out Ford didn’t actually wear a Raptors jersey last time, only a Raptors jacket.

“Aaaah, now you’re taking shots,” Ford said.

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Rob Ford at City Hall on Wednesday (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)

Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly is getting into the Raptors spirit – and even gave a shout out to Drake and his lint brush.

Here’s what Kelly tweeted Wednesday afternoon: