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Quote of the day: The Fords vs. The Globe and Mail

- July 29th, 2014

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“They’ll be held accountable, I can assure you, 100%. I’ve never been more passionate about anything in my entire life than this.” 

- Doug Ford on Monday when he vowed to “absolutely” take legal action against The Globe and Mail (fully story here)

Was Ford Fest a campaign event?

- July 27th, 2014

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Mayor Rob Ford leaving Ford Fest on Friday night (Craig Robertson, Toronto Sun)

Ford Fest came and went on Friday night (story here) but there is still an unanswered question around what it was exactly: Was it a campaign event, a councillor event or a family barbecue?

Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Doug Ford have maintained it was a family barbecue for the community – a long-held tradition started by their father, Doug Ford Sr.

The city granted the permit to hold Ford Fest in Thomson Memorial Park on the belief it was an event similar to the more than 100 other events hosted by other members of council.

Rob Ford’s mayoral rivals maintain it was an election event – part of the mayor’s re-election campaign – and should not have been allowed in the park (city rules prohibit candidates from holding campaign events on city property).

Making things more complicated still, Mayor Ford put out a robocall inviting people to Ford Fest earlier this week and asking those receiving the call to indicate whether he can count on their “support.” (story here)

And then Doug Ford claimed the event will be an election “turning point” while still denying it was a campaign function (story here).

The city had bylaw officers at the event on Friday night and found the conditions of the permit were met (story here).

That would seem to close the book on Ford Fest.

But wait, there’s more.

As the fog of Ford Fest lifted on Saturday, Mayor Ford used his official Twitter account to direct people to fordfest.ca to see photos of the event.

To view the photos on the website you need to give your name, phone number and e-mail.

(I’m not sure why you have to do that, who is collecting the information and where it goes but I offered up my contact information to get a look at the website)

And what’s at the bottom of the Ford Fest page? This contact phone number: 416-751-3673 or 416-751-FORD.

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That’s the same phone number for Mayor Ford’s re-election campaign office.

Ford Fest and the Ford re-election campaign – together at last.

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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Doug Ford … definitely not running in this provincial election

- May 2nd, 2014

Councillor Doug Ford confirmed Friday he definitely won’t be running in this provincial election.

“100% I’m not running provincially,” Ford told the Sun.

Back in February, Ford publicly stated he wasn’t going to be running provincially for the Progressive Conservatives this year because he was too busy managing Mayor Rob Ford’s re-election campaign.

Now with the mayor in rehab and the campaign on hold comes news that the province is going to the polls.

But Doug Ford said Friday he’s standing by his decision not to run this year for the Ontario PCs this time.

“I wish everyone all the best,” he said.

Doug Ford on Mayor Rob Ford going to rehab

- May 1st, 2014

Here’s Doug Ford’s full statement delivered Thursday on his brother, Mayor Rob Ford, entering rehab:

I can tell ya this is one of the toughest days of my life.

In saying that, I also have a sense of relief. As an older brother, I am relieved that Rob has faced his problems and has decided to seek professional help.

This is not an easy thing for anyone to do especially when you’re the mayor of this city.

I encourage my brother to take this time for himself and for the sake of his family. 

Many people believe they can handle any problem by themselves, however, sometimes you need the help of your family, your friends and professionals. 

Rob was very emotional when he told me the hardest thing about this is he knows he let people down – he let his family down, he let his friends down, he let his colleagues down, he let his supporters down and the people of Toronto.

I told Rob that everyone knows someone who has faced these challenges and I know they will wish him well (and) a speedy recovery.

I also believe this, that even people that may not have the same political stripes as Rob does.

I love my brother.  I’ll continue to stand by my brother and his family throughout this difficult journey.

Please join me and keep Rob and his family in your prayers.

In the interest to Rob’s family, I ask the media: Please respect his privacy.

Thank you. 

Giorgio Mammoliti running for re-election

- April 30th, 2014

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Giorgio Mammoliti is giving a thumb’s up to running for another term on city council.

Mammoliti told the Sun he plans to register to run for re-election representing York West (Ward 7) on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

“The cutting at City Hall isn’t finished and while nobody is really talking about it in the mayoral race – they all just seem to be talking about how to spend money – there is $100 million or so that we could probably save the first year in amalgamating our housing offices,” Mammoliti said Wednesday.

“I need to stop the LRT on Finch Avenue … and try to get Finch designated for a future subway line and bring on busing lanes in the meantime.”

The controversial councillor – and one-time NDP MPP – was one of Mayor Rob Ford’s council allies at the start of this term although he later jumped off the mayor’s executive committee (and eventually came back after a few months).

But will Mammoliti support anyone for mayor? He says he may end up backing Ford.

“At this point the only one talking about keeping the agenda going … seems to be Mayor Ford,” Mammoliti said. “Unless he does something outrageous and crazy it looks like my community (and) myself may be supporting him.”

Before making a formal endorsement, Mammoliti said he plans to have a meeting with his “advisors” ahead of Election Day.

“It will be about 200 people that will tell us, me, where Ward 7 will be throwing their support in in the mayoral race,” Mammoliti said. “We’ll probably be inviting all the mayoral candidates to prove to them that it is them that should be elected in Ward 7.”

The veteran councillor is still facing problems from his 2010 election campaign.

He’s facing five charges of violating the Municipal Elections Act. Those charges were brought by a special prosecutor appointed by the city’s compliance audit committee.

Mammoliti maintained the allegations are “frivolous.”

“I’m going to take it as serious as I always have,” he said.

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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:

Mayoral candidates blame Rob Ford for TCHC mess

- April 26th, 2014

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As Mayor Rob Ford fumed about the loss of Gene Jones, his mayoral rivals attacked him over the mess at Toronto Community Housing.

Here’s a rundown of what the mayoral candidates running against Ford said in response to news that Jones was gone:

 

“Let us hope TCHC is not this year’s last change in leadership. The next needs to happen on October 27.”

“Because whether it’s the mayor or head of TCHC, rules aren’t annoyances and accountability counts. Under Rob Ford’s failed leadership, our city is failing to make the crucial investments we need. On files from housing to transit to showing up for work at noon, it’s clear Mr. Ford cannot lead a city of our scale. As such, the next leadership change needs to be at the top because it’s time for a new mayor.”
- Olivia Chow

 

“This is just another example of Ford chaos. Instead of getting things done we have a huge City organization with tons of work to do totally consumed instead with another Ford era sideshow. This is another example of why the City desperately needs new leadership.”

“Whatever else he may have done, Mr. Jones broke many rules, many times and suffered the same fate most other people would suffer if they did that where they work. The TCHC board appears to have concluded no one is above the law, a lesson Mr. Ford seems unable to grasp.”
- John Tory

 

“I welcome the decision of the TCHC Board to accept Mr. Jones’ resignation. As I stated earlier this week, I am concerned by what was happening at Toronto Community Housing. In her report, the Ombudsman identified a number of instances of waste and mismanagement at TCHC, which point to an alarming lack of leadership by the organization’s former CEO and his number one supporter, Mayor Rob Ford.”

“The Mayor came to office on a promise to clean up TCHC, but he has obviously failed. Today, the board of directors acted responsibly. This is clearly an organization that is not functioning as it should be, and the Mayor’s lack of leadership is to blame. We need responsible and accountable leadership at both TCHC and in the mayor’s office. Today, the TCHC board did their part. On October 27, the voters of Toronto will have the opportunity to do their part.”
- Karen Stintz

 

“The issue has been festering for some time. It is incumbent that the resources are available to address these issues and to act on them.”

He promised that if elected he will have a dedicated pool of investigators available for the city’s integrity commissioner and Ombudsman

“(Ford’s call for the Ombudsman to resign) shows complete disregard for the rules that we have. It shows disrespect for the public … In other words, it is just plain wrong.”
- David Soknacki

Just in time for Mother’s Day … Rob Ford inspired cards for mom

- April 25th, 2014

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Because nothing says Mother’s Day like Rob Ford?

From the guy that created the Rob Ford Valentine’s Day cards, you can now get Rob Ford inspired Mother’s Day cards.

Toronto designer  Scott Graham has three Mother’s Day cards based on Toronto’s embattled chief magistrate.

You can pick up the cards at scotty2naughty for $4.50 each (reminder: Mother’s Day this year is May 11).

“Let Mom know you’re no screw up, and neither is she!” reads the tagline in the online store for these cards.

If you or your mom are followers of the Ford saga, these cards are pretty funny.

Here’s a rundown:

Card 1

Front: “So I didn’t grow up to become the Mayor of Toronto.”

Inside: “You’re welcome. Happy Mother’s Day!”

Card 2

Front: “The bar has been lowered.”

Inside: “You can finally be proud of me! Happy Mother’s Day!”

Card 3

Front: “You did a good job mom!”

Inside: “Thanks a billion! Happy Mother’s Day!”