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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!”

Rob Ford says goodbye to Jim Flaherty

- April 10th, 2014

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Mayor Rob Ford paid tribute to Jim Flaherty at City Hall Thursday shortly after news of the former finance minister’s death broke.

Here is Ford’s complete speech:

“It is with profound regret that I’m speaking to the people today. In this time of great sadness, I wish to offer my deepest condolences to Jim’s wife Christine and to his sons Galen, John and Quinn. 

Jim will be remembered as a relentless fighter and a champion for the people.

He will deeply be missed by everyone who had the good fortune of knowing him. 

Jim served in the provincial legislature with my late father, Doug Ford Sr., and was a close friend of the family for many, many years. 

I can never thank him enough for his friendship and his loyalty through the years.

He was an honourable man, husband, father and politician who dedicated his life to his family and to the Canadian public service. 

As the finance minister Jim had a stabilizing influence on the Canadian position in the international financial community.

He kept the country on track in the most difficult of financial times. Canada would not be where it is today without the efforts of Jim Flaherty. 

It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that I say goodbye to a very special friend. 

We love you, Jim. We’ll miss you.

Rob Ford really hates streetcars

- April 10th, 2014

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Mayor Rob Ford at Soccerworld on Wednesday (Ernest Doroszuk, Toronto Sun) 

Mayor Rob Ford came out Wednesday saying Toronto has “a terrible transit system compared to other major cities in the world” and promising, again, to try to phase out streetcars (story here). 

Ford’s anti-streetcar rant provided a lot of insight into how he sees transit in Toronto and if you’re a transit fan, you’re probably going to disagree with everything he said.

The mayor argued congestion is “only going to get worse.”

“As Toronto grows there is going to be more cars, there is going to be more congestion,” he said. “There is no magic solution.”

But Ford argued subways were the only form of transit that would get people out of their cars.

“I know one thing, I won’t get on a streetcar,” he said. “If I have an option of driving or streetcar, I want to get in my car.”

Although mayoral candidates John Tory and Karen Stintz have promised to focus on building a downtown relief line as the city’s next major subway project, Ford repeated Wednesday that a downtown relief line is the third most-important line on his subway wish list.

He wants the city to complete the Sheppard subway from the end of the existing stub to the Scarborough Town Centre and then build a Finch subway before focusing on a Downtown Relief Line.

“People are getting ignored up in North York, people are getting ignored in Scarborough,” Ford said.

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.

UPDATE: 

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

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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.

 

David Soknacki brags about his lack of notoriety

- February 28th, 2014

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Mayoral candidate David Soknacki is proudly touting his lack of name recognition as a reason to vote for him.

Soknacki – who is a former budget chief and city councillor – is running to replace Mayor Rob Ford this year but, unlike the mayor, he hasn’t smoked crack cocaine so he’s not an international celebrity (NOTE: Mayor Ford denies he’s an international celebrity).

On Thursday, the Soknacki campaign released an ad on Twitter to mock his lack of global fame and draw attention at the same time to how the mayor’s antics have made him a frequent topic of late-night comics:

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Hours later after the mayor lashed out at Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair (story here), the Soknacki campaign released this ad:

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Pretty slick moves for a candidate at the back of the frontrunner pack.