Posts Tagged ‘Toronto

Bidding for Rob Ford’s crack confession tie up to $13,000

- February 28th, 2015

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The NFL tie Rob Ford was wearing when he admitted that he had smoked crack cocaine is now up to $13,000 on eBay after less than three days.

If you’ve got $13,100 or more to burn, you can bid on the tie here.

Ford has said he will be donating at least 10% to cancer research while the rest will go to other charitable causes (story here). He’s also warned that there will be more “controversial” items coming “down the pipe.”

It is amazing that this piece of Fordian memorabilia is worth thousands to someone.

Depending on the weight of the tie and your local drug prices, this thing could already be worth more on a per gram basis than actual crack.

So who is bidding on this stuff? Rich Ford Nation fans? Memorabilia collectors that think it will keep its value? Jimmy Kimmel?

It is hard to believe the tie will still be valuable to someone 10 years from now as the memory of that time Toronto had a crack-smoking mayor fades unless of course he’s prime minister by then (Ford claimed back in 2010 that becoming Canada’s PM is his long-term dream).

And yet, Ford himself has stayed in the headlines and in the City Hall spotlight much longer than anyone thought he would after Mayor John Tory swept into office.

The story of his eBay sales has once again made news around the world and if there really are more controversial items going up for sale soon expect more global coverage.

Ford’s tie sale has even inspired others to try to cash in on the NFL ties in their closets. There are now at least two “Rob Ford” ties for sale on the online auction website (here and here).

It’s another strange act in the Ford circus but what’s more surprising is that, despite moving out of the mayor’s office, this circus isn’t leaving town.

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 Rob Ford’s leave of absence statement

- April 30th, 2014
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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

 

A joke about Rob Ford from Newfoundland

- November 28th, 2013

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s ongoing scandal has them cracking jokes from coast to coast.

Want proof?

Here’s a photo of a sign in Channel-Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, that was sent to the Sun today:

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A zinger from 2,185 km away.

If only Ford had just smoked meat.

Mayor Rob Ford feels Calgary’s flood pain

- July 9th, 2013

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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.

How much does Mayor Rob Ford hate Toronto’s 5-cent bag fee?

- June 19th, 2013

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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)

Quote of the Day: Mayoralty candidate (?) Olivia Chow

- March 7th, 2013

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“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.

 

Photo of the Day: Rolls-Rob

- February 16th, 2013

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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.

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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.

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Mayor Rob Ford calling

- February 12th, 2013

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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.

Photo of the Day: Mayor Rob Ford takes a shot

- February 7th, 2013

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Mayor Rob Ford went to the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show Thursday and tried out the air gun range (Photo by Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun).