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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.


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:


Jimmy Kimmel has hardly been a Rob Ford fan

- March 2nd, 2014


A photo of Jimmy Kimmel and Mayor Rob Ford in Los Angeles on Saturday posted on Mayor Rob Ford’s Twitter account

Mayor Rob Ford is slated to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night.

The encounter is surprising given the fact Ford is only an international celebrity due to the fact he’s smoked crack cocaine so you’d think he’d try to steer clear of drawing more attention to that scandal in an election year.

But it is even more surprising because Kimmel has been cracking jokes about Ford for “probably a year” – to use the Ford vernacular.

Here’s a rundown of some of Kimmel’s Ford wisecracks:

April 2013

In April 2013, Kimmel was one of the first U.S. late-night hosts to joke about Ford. He mocked Ford for walking into a City-TV camera at City Hall and described the mayor as a “man of significant carriage.”

May 2013

Kimmel had an actor portray Ford to mock his crack cocaine scandal when it first broke. That led to a lot of late-night gags at Ford’s expense.

June 2013

Kimmel mocked Ford’s ongoing crack scandal saying he was “absolutely in love” with the mayor. He joked about Ford’s spin at the time that the scandal was helping get Toronto “on the map.” The comedian went on to roll out a map with the title, “Cities in which the mayor has been accused of smoking crack.”

“You’ve got Washington, D.C. with mayor Marion Barry, you’ve got Toronto with Mayor Rob ford and that’s it — a pretty exclusive club, very small club,” Kimmel said at the time.

“Despite all the controversy he refuses to resign. He said he’s hard at work for the people of Toronto — incredibly hard at work — in fact, he hasn’t stopped working for the last 79 hours in a row.”

November 2013

Mayor Rob Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine while in a “drunken stupor,” leading to a lot more Kimmel jokes.
Here’s a clip:

November 2013

After the crack admission, Kimmel used a clip from the city council meeting where Ford admitted to buying illegal drugs.

Kimmel played the Jeopardy! theme song during Ford’s long pause to Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong’s question asking the mayor, “Have you purchased illegal drugs in the last two years?” Ford eventually answered, “Yes, I have.”

“Really at this point the only shocking allegation you can make about Mayor Ford is he was caught eating a salad,” Kimmel joked. “It’s amazing, it’s as if Toronto has a 400-pound Andy Dick running the city.” 

November 2013

Kimmel had Chris Daughtry perform “The Ballad of Rob Ford” song. The song chronicled the exploits of “the drunk-driving, crack-smoking Mayor of Toronto.”

December 2013 

Jimmy Kimmel has been having festive fun with Ford all week on his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Kimmel used the audio from Ford’s crack-smoking confession with a scene from the Christmas special, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. He gave Ford’s voice to the evil mayor in the classic TV show, Burgermeister Meisterburger.

A day later, Kimmel presented the 12 Days of Rob Ford.

December 2013

After Mayor Rob Ford danced to Bob Marley’s “One Love” on the council floor with several other councillors and city bureaucrats, Kimmel questioned, ”Are they all on crack?”

Kimmel also mocked Ford for sarcastically telling councillors he was “super, super, super, super, super, super, super sorry” for calling them corrupt a day earlier.

“It is not just food, he super-sizes everything,” Kimmel joked.

The U.S. host went on to say that the Rob Ford experience “has been very educational” for Americans.

“Canadians are much, much weirder than any of us had any idea they were,” he joked. “They seem so normal but they’re not, they’re different … these people are coco-nutso and we could be in danger.”

January 2014

Kimmel delivered more jokes at Mayor Ford’s expense when he was caught on video ranting in Jamaican Patois in the Steak Queen in Etobicoke.

“While we’re on the subject of natural disasters have you seen the latest episode of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford?” Kimmel asked his audience.”Rob Ford has been quiet for a couple of months, he claims he has been exercising, he hasn’t been drinking, he even hasn’t done crack he says – and that’s big for him because he loves crack. Unfortunately the streak of good behaviour appears to have ended last night.”

Kimmel went on to run the YouTube clip of Ford’s rant.

“It would appear that Mayor Ford speaks Jamaican too,” he joked. “Just when you thought he couldn’t possibly pull another nugget out of his bag of crazy he gets drunk and speaks Jamaican in a Steak Queen. When you’re the best, that’s what you do.”

Pointing to the fact Ford admitted he was drinking that night, Kimmel  questioned what the mayor meant when he said he was drinking a “little bit.”

“What’s a little bit to Rob Ford, a pony keg?” he asked. “He’s back folks, he’s back for an all new season of Super Mayor.”

He ended his Ford jokes with a shot at another Canadian celebrity.

“Thank you Canada, this almost makes up for Justin Bieber,” Kimmel said.

The legend of Mayor Rob Ford goes to Mardi Gras

- March 1st, 2014

Mayor Rob Ford – who denies he’s an international celebrity – appears to have been the theme of at least one Mardi Gras float in New Orleans on Friday night.

The float, not surprisingly, focused on Ford’s crack-smoking behaviour which first made headlines last year.

This has to be the first time a Toronto mayor has been featured on a Mardi Gras float (although it is hardly something to celebrate). 

You’ll note that the crack scandal led to Ford being asked not to take part in Toronto’s Santa Claus parade but it is the only reason he managed to make it into a Mardi Gras parade – at least in spirit – in New Orleans.


Flashback: Mayor Rob Ford on Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly

- January 14th, 2014


Mayor Rob Ford and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly at the Mayor’s New Year’s Levee on Jan. 1, 2014 (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun).

Relations between Mayor Rob Ford and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, Toronto’s “two mayors,” appear to be at an all-time low after Monday’s council meeting (story here).

Kelly holds most of Ford’s powers after council stripped them in the wake of the mayor’s crack cocaine scandal so it isn’t surprising the two don’t get along.

But as Kelly and Ford continue to butt heads at City Hall, it is worth remembering who appointed Kelly to be deputy mayor in the first place – Ford.

The mayor tapped Kelly to be his deputy mayor after his first deputy mayor, Doug Holyday, got elected to Queen’s Park.

Less than six months ago Ford was lauding Kelly.

Here’s what Ford said about Kelly on Sept. 5, 2013 when he showed up to his community barbecue:

You should be very proud to have a deputy mayor from Scarborough, folks.

As you know Doug Holyday got elected so the choice was mine, I looked at all 44 councillors at who would best represent the views of not just their area but all of Toronto.

It was a no-brainer, folks, it was a no-brainer. 

Norm Kelly was head and shoulders above the rest. 

I appointed Norm Kelly as deputy mayor, second in command to running this city so congratulations Mr. Deputy Mayor. 

It is an honour to have you serving as deputy mayor and he’s no nonsense, he’s on to me constantly, non-stop of which I need and I appreciate that.


Mayor Rob Ford with Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly in Scarborough in September 2013 (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)


A joke about Rob Ford from Newfoundland

- November 28th, 2013

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s ongoing scandal has them cracking jokes from coast to coast.

Want proof?

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.

Quote of the day – Mayor Rob Ford lets the cat out of the bag

- 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

Councillors petition Mayor Rob Ford to take a leave

- 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.


Paul Ainslie
Ana Bailão
Michelle Berardinetti
Shelley Carroll
Raymond Cho
Josh Colle
Gary Crawford
Glenn De Baeremaeker
Mike Del Grande
Sarah Doucette
John Filion
Paula Fletcher
Mary Fragedakis
Mark Grimes
Mike Layton
Chin Lee
Gloria Lindsay Luby
Josh Matlow
Pam McConnell
Mary-Margaret McMahon
Joe Mihevc
Peter Milczyn
Ron Moeser
Denzil Minnan-Wong
James Pasternak
Cesar Palacio
John Parker
Jaye Robinson
Michael Thompson
Kristyn Wong-Tam


Quote of the day: Mayor Rob Ford has smoked crack cocaine

- 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

Rob Ford’s worst night-mayor

- 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

Quote of the day: Mayor Rob Ford on what’s not your business

- 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.