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Rob Ford is “hard at work”: Press release

- November 27th, 2013

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Mayor Rob Ford, or at least the mayor’s office, is now speaking via press release.

Ford – who has been dodging most reporters throughout the ongoing crack cocaine scandal – is “hard at work for the taxpayers of Toronto” according to the statement issued by his office around noon on Wednesday.

Ford had yet to arrive at his City Hall office when the statement came out.

Here is the full statement from the mayor’s office:

 

November 27, 2013

Over the past number of days, Mayor Ford has been hard at work for the taxpayers of Toronto.

Following Monday’s budget presentation, Mayor Ford has continued to meet with the Budget Chief and staff to look for additional efficiencies, to reach a 1.75% property tax increase in 2014.

The Mayor and his staff have been in constant communication with a number of City divisions and are reviewing Monday’s budget presentations with City staff, as they continue to advocate for Toronto taxpayers and keeping taxes as low as possible. 

The Mayor is continuing to explore avenues to reduce the proposed 2014 tax increase. 

As always, one of the Mayor’s key priorities is customer service excellence for his constituents. As Mayor, his constituent base includes the entire City of Toronto. Over the last few days, he has been meeting with a number of citizens both in the Mayor’s Office and on site around the City, to make sure their concerns are addressed in a timely fashion.

The Mayor encourages the residents of Toronto to call his office at 416-397-FORD (3673) or email him at mayor_ford@toronto.ca with questions or concerns.

The rules for covering Mayor Rob Ford’s Casa Loma speech

- November 21st, 2013

Mayor Rob Ford is taking a break from his ongoing crack cocaine scandal tonight to give a speech at Casa Loma to around 500 business people.

The event is an economic development party planned before Ford’s drug controversy exploded into worldwide headlines.

Media have been invited to cover the event and Ford’s speech but won’t be permitted to ask the mayor questions.

Here’s the rules for media covering the event sent out by city officials today:

Media Instructions for the Signature Sites series event November 21 at Casa Loma

When you enter the Casa Loma parking lot there will be media parking for trucks and cars on the East side of the parking lot.
Media will not be able to access the building until 5:45 p.m. Cabling into the building will not be permitted. You will be asked to remain in the parking lot area until the entry time.
Media will be escorted by City Communications staff into an assigned stanchioned area inside the room where the speeches will occur.
Media will be expected to remain in the stanchioned area for the duration of the event. Remarks are expected to begin at 6 p.m. and will be done by 6:30 p.m.
After the speeches are completed Mayor Ford’s staff have indicated that Mayor Ford will not be taking media questions.
Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee, will be available for media questions after the speeches occur in the stanchioned area.
After the media has spoken with Councillor Thompson, they will be asked to vacate the venue but may remain in the parking lot area if they wish to do so to finalize their coverage.

Mayor Rob Ford basically says “Screw you guys, I’m going home”

- October 24th, 2013

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“Because, I’ve answered it, that’s it. Anything else? Thanks. It’s over. Forget it, forget it, done. See ya, done. Forget it … I gave you an opportunity and you just want to cause problems, it is all you want to do.”

- Mayor Rob Ford during his own press conference Wednesday at City Hall. Ford got mad at the first question and left the building (story here). It was his first press conference so far this week.

 

 

 

 

 

Quote of the Day: Mayor Rob Ford back in the media spotlight

- December 20th, 2012

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Mayor Rob Ford was back in the media spotlight Thursday after more than a week out of sight and on vacation in Florida.

Ford turned up at the Ellesmere Community Centre in Scarborough to help stuff Christmas boxes (story here).

One member of the press asked Ford if he missed the media circus during his time away. Here’s the exchange:

Reporter: “You missed us right?”

Mayor Rob Ford: “No comment. Some things you miss, some things you don’t and you can figure out the other half.”

Ford also surprised a Toronto Star reporter by stopping and politely insisting he walk through the door first ahead of him.

“I’m turning over a new leaf,” Ford said before chuckling.

Quote of the Day – Ford to media: Drop weight

- June 18th, 2012

Councillor Doug Ford

“I’m looking around here, three quarters of the people taking pictures right now have a weight issue” 

Councillor Doug Ford during the final weigh in for Mayor Rob Ford’s Cut the Waist challenge pointed out the Ford brothers aren’t the only ones with weight issues.

Ford weighed in 35 pounds lighter than when he started the challenge back in January while Mayor Ford managed to shed 17 pounds (story here).

It’s not the first time the media and politicians have discussed weight issues at City Hall but at least no one threw around the words “fat f**k” this time around (video of that legendary incident here).