Posts Tagged ‘Paul Ainslie

Robo-row in quotes

- October 16th, 2013

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Here’s a rundown of who said what on Tuesday when it came to Mayor Rob Ford’s robocall against Councillor Paul Ainslie:

“I’m here to start the fight back against a bully and a liar. I’m here to say enough is enough with this mayor who thinks he can get away with anything by twisting the truth, saying just some of the truth or not telling it straight at all.” 
- Councillor Paul Ainslie on Mayor Rob Ford in a press conference on Tuesday

“Well let me tell the Ford brothers this: I’m not scared of you. People in this city won’t be fooled and people in my constituency of Scarborough know who I am, what I’ve stood for, and what I’m about.”
- Councillor Paul Ainslie in his statement to the media on Tuesday

“I don’t know what he’s hiding from. I just told people how he voted, that’s it.” 
- Mayor Rob Ford on Councillor Paul Ainslie

“I don’t know what I did wrong here.” 
- Mayor Rob Ford on the robocall

“This is a form of intimidation, it is unacceptable and we can’t tolerate it anymore.”
- Councillor Jaye Robinson on Mayor Rob Ford’s robocall

“The city has tuned this guy out. He can call everybody five times to Saturday, no one is listening to him anymore – it is over.” 
- Councillor Adam Vaughan on Mayor Rob Ford

“We’ll see what the integrity commissioner says but I don’t see anything wrong with making a phone call, telling his constituents how he voted.” 
- Councillor Doug Ford on Councillor Paul Ainslie’s complaint to the integrity commissioner

“He has no integrity.”
- Councillor Doug Ford on Councillor Paul Ainslie

“What are we down here? Are we wusses for real? Is that what we are down here is just people who continually cry over everything? Or have we built up a little bit of thick skin down here to take some of the shots? I’ve been taking shots for 23 years and I’m still standing.”
- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti on Councillor Paul Ainslie objecting to Mayor Rob Ford’s robocall

“The mayor has crossed the line.”
- Councillor Paula Fletcher on Mayor Rob Ford’s robocall

“The mayor is entitled to communicate with his residents.”
- Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong on Mayor Rob Ford’s robocall

Quote of the day – Robo-Rob

- October 14th, 2013

“I guarantee it won’t be the last robocall.”
- Mayor Rob Ford on the radio Sunday defending the robocall he sent out to Councillor Paul Ainslie’s ward on Friday night

Garrison Ball committee statement on Mayor Rob Ford

- March 26th, 2013

In the wake of the story of Mayor Rob Ford allegedly being asked to leave the Garrison Ball, six members of the event committee released this signed statement Tuesday:

March 26, 2013

To whom it may concern:

Re: Toronto Star Article regarding Mayor Rob Ford dated March 26, 2013

As a civilian member of the volunteer organizing committee of the 2013 Toronto Garrison Ball, I
can confirm that I did not ask Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto, to leave the event on February 23,
2013 for any reason. To my knowledge, no member of the event’s organizing committee,
including Councillor Paul Ainslie, directed the Mayor to leave the event that night.

The evening of February 23rd was a tremendous opportunity to join so many of the men and
women who have served our Nation so honourably at home and abroad. In the past twelve
months alone, Toronto-area soldiers, sailors and airmen and women have been asked to step in
harm’s way in such places as Afghanistan, the Caribbean Sea, Libya, Mali, the Pacific, Sierra
Leone, and off the coast of Somalia.

The evening built bridges within the community, while raising needed funds for the Wounded
Warriors, a non-profit organization that helps Canadian Forces members who have been
wounded or injured in their service to Canada. As we approach the 200th anniversary of the
Battle of York in April 2013, none of us should ever forget that Canada remains free to this day
due to the service and sacrifice of so many, both present and past.

Yours sincerely,
Darrell Bricker, Committee Member

Lyndsey Fisk-Calhoun, Committee Member

Maureen Harquail, Committee Member

Caroline Mulroney Lapham, Committee Co-Chair

Mark McQueen, Committee Co-Chair

John Wright, Committee Member

Mayor Rob Ford’s “Last Supper”?

- January 16th, 2013

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Mayor Rob Ford and several city councillors have a post-council meeting lunch Wednesday at the Monarch Tavern (photo by Councillor Paul Ainslie)

The council that dines together.

After Wednesday’s budget vote, councillors from across the political spectrum went out for lunch together chowing down on San Francesco sandwiches at the Monarch Tavern.

And who ended up sitting together – Mayor Rob Ford and arch-Ford nemesis Councillor Adam Vaughan.

Councillor Doug Ford was quick to fill the press gallery in on the get-together (after it was over).

“We had such a great time, we were all having fun joking around,” Ford said.

“The look on the owner’s faces is like this is historic, Adam Vaughan and Rob Ford are sitting beside each other.”

And yes, given the mayor’s looming court decision, the Last Supper jokes were flying.

Vaughan did note he didn’t see the mayor eating his vegetables during lunch today but said the conversation was civil.

“I didn’t say anything quite as harsh to him as the Toronto Sun did,” he said.

(I think he meant today’s editorial entitled, “Sideshow Rob Does it Again“)

Next stop: Chicago

- September 14th, 2012

Who is heading to Chicago next week with Mayor Rob Ford?

A list of delegates is expected to be released Monday but here are some of the people going, according to city officials, as part of the Team Toronto Business Mission:

  • Co-chair Robert Deluce
  • Co-chair George Cohon
  • Councillor Michael Thompson
  • Councillor Doug Ford
  • Councillor Paul Ainslie
  • Hon. Michael Wilson, Chairman, Barclays Capital Canada
  • Former Premier Mike Harris, Cassels Brock & Blackwell
  • Former Premier Ernie Eves, Natel Strategies International Inc.
  • Janet Ecker, President, Toronto Financial Services Alliance
  • Carol Wilding, President & CEO, Toronto Board of Trade
  • Paul Brown, Chairman, Enwave
  • Betty DeVita, President, Mastercard
  • Thomas Kloet, CEO, TMX Group
  • Graham Henderson, President, Music Canada

Careful what you vote for: Ball hockey edition

- May 27th, 2012

Councillor Josh Matlow

Councillor Josh Matlow (Toronto Sun file photo)

A majority of councillors started Toronto on this not-so brilliant breakaway to the edge of ball hockey bureaucracy a year ago.

Back in May 2011, a majority of councillors were onside with Councillor Josh Matlow’s push to have city bureaucrats find a fix for Toronto’s ball hockey ban.

Mayor Rob Ford and 35 councillors voted in favour of Matlow’s motion to have staff look at ways to exempt streets from the city’s ball hockey ban.

Matlow revealed this week the staff would be coming forward with that plan at the June public works meeting (story here). As details of the proposed plan spread, it didn’t go over well with scathing reaction from Matlow’s fellow councillors (story here and here). A day later, Matlow iced the idea (story here).

Reading the motion from that May council meeting, it’s not surprising city staff came back to Matlow with this ridiculously bureaucratic process for parents to go through to get their street exempt from the city’s rarely enforced ball hockey ban.

The motion the majority of council supported ordered the city manager to report to the public works committee on “the type of streets on which street hockey or other ball sports are suitable” such as dead-end streets, cul-de-sacs and ones with low traffic volume. It also asked the city manager to do a feasibility study on “a procedure that allows any Toronto resident residing on a street with a speed limit at or lower than 40 km/hr to apply for an exemption from the current city by-laws that prohibit playing street hockey and other ball sports.”

Although Matlow is taking all the hits on this initiative, he sure got a helping hand from councillors.

So who cast their ballot to start the ball rolling on this?

Along with Matlow and the mayor were Councillors Paul Ainslie, Ana Bailão, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata, Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson and Adam Vaughan.

Seven councillors faced off against this idea right from the start. The seven councillors who voted no to starting staff down this inevitable path to a ridiculously bureaucratic process were Councillors Maria Augimeri, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Gloria Lindsay Luby and John Parker.

Parker made his thoughts on the initiative crystal clear last Wednesday when he told reporters the following:

“Look, I love my colleague Councillor Matlow to bits and I would never suggest that anything he brings forward is for the benefit of gaining public profile and the odd cheap headline. But I think the city has done just fine by way of accommodating road hockey on our streets without the benefit of a whole lot of study by city staff and committees.”

So there you go, Matlow may be in the penalty box for this one but he had some help from a lot of council teammates to get here.

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Here’s how councillors voted back in May 2011 on the motion entitled “Exemption to By-Laws Prohibiting Street Hockey and Other Ball Sports to Promote Active and Healthy Youth and Community Engagement”:

Yes: 36
Paul Ainslie, Ana Bailão, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata, Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan

No: 7
Maria Augimeri, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Gloria Lindsay Luby, John Parker

Absent: 2
James Pasternak, Kristyn Wong-Tam

City council to Gary Webster: We’re listening … sometimes

- February 20th, 2012

TTC chief general manager Gary Webster

TTC Chief General Manager Gary Webster (Toronto Sun file photo)

Toronto city councillors bemoaning the possible firing of TTC Chief General Manager Gary Webster may want to check their voting record.

While many are outraged at the possible dismissal of a professional civil servant for the presumed reason of challenging Mayor Rob Ford’s transit plan, around 28 councillors weren’t concerned about Webster’s coveted advice back in 2010.

Fresh from the 2010 municipal election, a majority of councillors voted to ask the province to declare the TTC an essential service. Those votes were cast against Webster’s warning that the TTC shouldn’t be deemed an essential service. Webster even appeared at the council meeting to voice his objection to the designation.

After Webster’s sage advice was delivered, a majority of councillors promptly voted against his advice.

This isn’t to argue City Hall is better off, as some have described it, valuing “toadyism” over professionalism.

But when it comes to the civil service it does show city councillors, even when handed “professional advice” from a veteran transit expert, don’t always listen.

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Here’s how city councillors voted on December 16, 2010 on a motion to ask the province to designate the TTC an essential service:

Yes (28 councillors)

Paul Ainslie, Michelle Berardinetti, Raymond Cho, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson

No (17 councillors)

Maria Augimeri, Ana Bailão, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam