Don Peat - May 21st, 2014
“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.
Don Peat - April 30th, 2014
Rob Ford touring school kids around City Hall earlier today (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)
Here is the statement Mayor Rob Ford’s campaign issued tonight:
For Immediate Release
April 30th, 2014
Tonight I want to take some time to speak from my heart to the people of Toronto. It’s not easy to be vulnerable and this is one of the most difficult times in my life. I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time.
Today, after taking some time to think about my own well-being, how to best serve the people of Toronto and what is in the best interests of my family, I have decided to take a leave from campaigning and from my duties as Mayor to seek immediate help.
I have tried to deal with these issues by myself over the past year. I know that I need professional help and I am now 100% committed to getting myself right.
I love the people of Toronto, I love being your mayor and I hope you will continue to stand by me.
With the support of my family, friends, professionals and the people of Toronto, I will conquer this.
Please keep me and my family in your prayers during these difficult days ahead.
I just want to say to the people of Toronto that I thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement. I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate it.
Mayor Rob Ford
Don Peat - November 28th, 2013
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s ongoing scandal has them cracking jokes from coast to coast.
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.
Don Peat - July 9th, 2013
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said he has a greater appreciation for Calgary’s flood woes after Monday’s storm and flash flooding.
“You see it on the news but until you live it, it is a completely different story,” Ford said Tuesday at City Hall. “At some points it was really scary out there.
“I saw a few people panicking underneath the Martin Grove bridge in Rexdale.”
Toronto was slammed with slow-moving thunderstorms Monday night that dumped around 126 mm on the city and leading to flooding on city streets and in the city’s subway system. Around 300,000 were without power at the height of the storm.
As the storm raged, many Toronto residents took to Twitter and called for Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi – fresh from dealing with flooding in Cowtown – to come and help.
Ford said he’s glad Hogtown got through the storm and the flooding.
“Hopefully we learn from it,” he said. “We have to learn from it.
“I think we did a satisfactory job but I’m still not happy.
Don Peat - June 19th, 2013
How much does Mayor Rob Ford hate Toronto’s 5-cent bag fee? This much:
“It bothers me. When I go into a store and they charge me 5-cents, I will not support that. I do not shop at stores that charge me 5-cents for a bag.”
- Mayor Rob Ford after voting to put the “final nail in the coffin” of Toronto’s 5-cent bag fee (story here)
Don Peat - March 7th, 2013
“I am considering it.”
- Olivia Chow on running for mayor of Toronto in 2014. Chow made the comment on CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on Wednesday (clip here).
It’s like a slow march to a campaign announcement but it is a step towards the epic political showdown between Chow and Mayor Rob Ford. The NDP MP has moved from saying she’s “listening” to residents telling her to run for mayor of Toronto (story here) to she’s “considering” running for the city’s highest office – that’s a little closer to the buzz we’re hearing at City Hall.
Don Peat - February 16th, 2013
Mayor Rob Ford sits in a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe at the 2013 Canadian International AutoShow on Friday, February 15, 2013 (Photo by DON PEAT/TORONTO SUN)
Objects in mirror are closer than they appear?
Mayor Rob Ford jumped in the driver’s seat of a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe during a tour of the 2013 Canadian International AutoShow on Friday.
Ford called the Rolls – worth $571,226 - his “favourite” car of the show.
“That was beautiful but I’ve got to come up with $575-grand — that’s the problem,” he said.
Given the mayor’s penny-pinching ways it’s doubtful he’ll be trading in the Cadillac Escalade anytime soon but he was also impressed by the trunk space in the Rolls.
“I’d like to take that to a tailgate party,” he said.
Don Peat - February 12th, 2013
Mayor Rob Ford isn’t kidding when he says he calls everyone back.
I left a message on Ford’s phone before Christmas trying to get an interview with him for a year-end story I was working on.
Over a January weekend (a Saturday night around 7 p.m. just before city council’s budget vote) he returned the call.
The message gave me some insight into how the mayor of Canada’s largest city handles his callbacks.
“It’s Rob Ford mayor of Toronto just returning your call, 7:15 on Saturday night,” he said.
He went on to leave his office phone number and encouraged me to give him a call back.
I don’t think the mayor realized he was returning a media call. I got the feeling he was just running down a list of phone numbers to call back.
Checking with his office staff, I’m told that’s exactly what he does – just keeps dialing down a long list of phone numbers, no names, no specified issues.
I remember during the election campaign when Ford promised he’d still return every call he gets. People laughed and few believed he’d be able to do it but here he is more than two years later still returning calls.
You can argue whether or not this is a good use of time for the mayor of Canada’s largest city and it isn’t clear whether the calls actually lead to problems being solved and residents being satisfied. But it still remains one of the more interesting quirks in a quirky mayoralty.
Don Peat - February 7th, 2013
Mayor Rob Ford went to the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show Thursday and tried out the air gun range (Photo by Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun).
Don Peat - September 19th, 2012
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)
Mayor Rob Ford didn’t make any gaffes during the second day of his Chicago trip – but he did joke about almost making one.
After a speech to the Team Toronto luncheon hosted by BMO Financial Group Wednesday by U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson, Ford presented him with a CFL football and invited him to come to Toronto for the 100th Grey Cup game in November.
“Next to politics, my next love (pause) besides my kids and my wife. I caught that don’t worry. That was almost a fumble but we recovered,” Ford told the crowd as they laughed and applauded. “(My qualified next love) is this great game called football. Folks, it is phenomenal, I love coaching the kids and you’re doing a phenomenal job. And I want thank everybody for being here and hope to see you back in Toronto very, very soon.”
The mayor’s trip to Chicago hasn’t been without gaffes.
On Tuesday, Ford toured Chicago’s Millennium Park to kickoff the start of his two-day Team Toronto Business Mission but ended up shouting down questions about taxpayer-funds being used to help the high school football team he coaches.
And during a friendly chat with Chicago residents, he ended up mistakenly saying Manitoba was across from Detroit — rather than Windsor.