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After reading Ann Hui and Jill Mahoney’s article in The Globe and Mail, I want the Ford brothers’ bluffs to be called. In spades. Live.
Mayor Rob Ford slammed Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair Thursday, accusing the chief of playing politics and saying “if he’s gonna arrest me, arrest me.”
Mr. Ford’s remarks come after a war of words this week between the police chief and the Ford family. On Wednesday, Chief Blair accused the mayor’s friend, alleged drug dealer Alessandro Lisi, of levelling threats against him, and told reporters he was “deeply offended” by a video that shows the mayor using explicit language to describe him. Mayor Ford’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford, fought back by calling on the chief to step down, after submitting a formal complaint with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director.
“He’s embarrassed? How about embarrassing my family, my kids, my community, my friends, following me around for five months, spending millions of dollars using taxpayers’ money, coming into my office trying to politicize things and making announcements,” Mr. Ford said Thursday. “If anyone owes an apology, he owes an apology to the taxpayers for not telling people how much he spent.”
Mr. Ford’s comments are a reference to an ongoing Toronto Police investigation into the mayor, dubbed Project Brazen 2. That investigation has already netted the arrest of Mr. Lisi for drug trafficking and extortion related to a video that shows the mayor smoking crack cocaine. The Fords and Chief Blair have been at odds ever since the chief revealed in a news conference in October that Toronto Police have a copy of that video – telling reporters that he was “disappointed” – and said that police were investigating Mr. Ford.
“If he’s gonna arrest me, arrest me,” Mr. Ford said, before accusing Chief Blair of playing politics.
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Councillor Ford, who is Mayor Ford’s election campaign manager and often speaks for his brother, said Chief Blair violated the Police Act by saying Mayor Ford’s friend, alleged drug dealer Alessandro Lisi, warned officers that “your guy is going to get his” after his arrest on an extortion charge last fall. Police interpreted the remark as an apparent threat that foreshadowed a complaint the councillor later filed against the chief.
“He kept saying, ‘I don’t speak on ongoing investigations,’ but when it comes to Rob Ford there’s two rules: ‘I’ll speak all day long.’ And he just keeps breaking the law. And who holds this character accountable?” Councillor Ford said on AM640 radio on Thursday, later saying he has never spoken to Mr. Lisi and calling the chief’s comments “a lie.”
First, from CBC comes “Rob Ford continues protest against rainbow flag at city hall”. Apparently supporting gay Russians is incompatible with supporting the Olympics.
Mayor Rob Ford says he’s done everything he can to get a rainbow flag supporting gay rights taken down from Toronto’s City Hall.
“The bottom line is, again, this is about the Olympics, this is about supporting our athletes,” said Ford outside his office on Tuesday.
“I’ve done everything I can to get the Canadian flag back up,” he said.
The rainbow flag was raised to coincide with the Opening Ceremony at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. It is a protest of the anti-gay laws in that country, and a show of support LGBT Russians.
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There is currently a Canadian flag flying at Toronto City Hall, as is required by the city’s flag protocols. The rainbow flag is flying to the east of the clamshell-like building, where an auxiliary Canadian flag usually flies. Community groups can request to have flags raised on that pole from time-to-time.
Ford said he has written to the city manager to get the flag removed, but there is nothing he can do because it is a matter of protocol. The 519 Church Street Community Centre made a request to fly the flag outside city hall for the duration of the Olympics. The mayor has no authority to remove it.
Next comes NOW Toronto‘s Ben Spurr reporting on a small protest held by some Torontonians outside the mayor’s office this morning, wondering where he was.
A group of a half dozen women and middle school kids spent the morning at City Hall, holding signs proclaiming “We are more than just taxpayers” and “Respect Diversity.” They said they were there to send the message that Ford’s bad behaviour is setting a poor example for the young people of the city.
The mayor was not at his office but his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, popped by late in the morning and was confronted by the group.
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Doug told the media he didn’t know where his brother was Tuesday morning. When a reporter asked why the mayor still refuses to make his schedule public, the councillor told her, “I don’t think you have the moral authority to ask what the mayor’s doing.”
After he left, protester Jay MacGillivray said he had been “disrespectful” by refusing to speak directly to the children. She rejected the Fords’ plea – recently made on their new Youtube channel – to judge the mayor on his fiscal record instead of his well-documented substance abuse issues.
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The mayor arrived at his office around 12:30 p.m., but by that time the protesters had already left. His spokesperson said he had spent the morning touring a Toronto Community Housing building in the Victoria Park and St. Clair neighbourhood.
BlogTO and Torontoist were two local blogs that carried the high-profile story that Rob Ford wanted the rainbow flag taken down from City Hall. (Towleroad was one international blog that reported it.) The flag was raised as a gesture of support for Russia’s LGBT community, facing persecution at the time of the Olympics; Ford wanted none of that. Perhaps fortunately, as CBC noted the decision to raise the flag or lower it was not the mayor’s.
The city’s protocol officer is the only one who decides what flags fly from the city hall`s “courtesy” pole. That pole hosts all sorts of flags during the year — for autism week, fair trade, and to honour the national days of dozens of countries, from Azerbaijan to Israel. The Canadian flag is always flying on several other poles around city hall.
City Manager Joe Pennachetti sent a letter to the mayor and councillors reminding them of flag protocol on Friday afternoon.
Pennachetti noted the rainbow flag is flying at the request of the 519 Church Street Community Centre, the heart of Toronto’s LGBT community, and will remain flying for the duration of the Olympics.
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly said he supports keeping the rainbow flag up, saying it sends a message to the host country, which has been under fire for its anti-gay laws.
“There’s no antagonism between the two flags,” said Kelly. “Cities right across the country are doing this. This is an expression of Canadianism.”
In protest, Ford placed a Canadian flag in his office window. Upon leaving city hall Friday evening, he said he still wants the rainbow flag removed.
The incident drew criticism from Toronto’s only openly gay city councillor.
“I think he’s clearly demonstrating that he’s homophobic — that he is bigoted,” Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam told CBC News.
Earlier this month, Ford has stated that he wouldn’t be attending WorldPride in June because he wasn’t that sort of person. (This fits with a long history of homophobic statements and actions, as a simple Google search would reveal.) So, yes, homophobia is definitely one of our mayor’s many demonstrable faults.
There are no words.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is being sued for his alleged role in the jailhouse assault of his sister`s former partner.
Ford’s lawyer Dennis Morris confirmed to Global News Wednesday that a statement of claim had been filed against the mayor, alleging that he was behind the alleged jailhouse assault of Scott MacIntyre, the former partner of Ford’s sister.
The Ministry of Correctional Services, former Don Bosco football player Aedan Petros and former assistant coach of the Don Bosco football team Payman Aboodowleh have also been named in the statement.
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MacIntyre was attacked in March 2012 by some inmates while he was being held at the Metro West Detention Centre after uttering threats against the mayor.
MacIntyre’s statement of claim says he told the mayor to “be careful” how he treated him while leaving his home in January 2012 because he knew “things about Ford and his family which had not been made public.”
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“Ford and Aboodowleh conspired to have the plaintiff threatened, and subsequently brutally beaten, while he was incarcerated in [Metro West Detention Centre],” according to the statement of claim.
[. . . A] video showing the mayor in a violent, drunken rage was purchased and published by the Toronto Star in November.
In the video, the mayor is in a fit, slapping his legs and shouting about an unidentified person.
“When he’s dead, I’ll make sure that motherf—er… I need f—ing 10 minutes to make sure he’s dead,” Ford can be heard saying in the video.
Toronto city council has passed its 2014 budget, ending an often fractious, day-long debate that saw officials trading barbs over libraries, fire trucks, security guards and — once again — subways.
The budget passed by a vote of 35-9 shortly after 9 p.m. ET Thursday, after some 11 hours of debate by the 45-member council.
Mayor Rob Ford, his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, and budget chief Frank Di Giorgio were among those who voted against it. The mayor had earlier submitted a handful of cost-cutting motions, some of which set the stage for tense, even angry exchanges throughout the day.
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The budget debate is expected to continue into Thursday night, and possibly until Monday. Council will not sit on Friday because of the Lunar New Year.
Christopher Bird and Hamutal Dotan’s extended fisking of a speech given by Toronto mayor Rob Ford, highlighting his exaggerations and outright lies, is an achievement.
We have often pointed out that Rob Ford lies all the time; he lies habitually, ceaselessly, and carelessly. He does not even lie particularly well: his lies are blatant, easily disproved with a little research or basic knowledge.
But how mendacious, exactly, is our mayor? How often does he omit, mislead, prevaricate, or just make stuff up? Luckily, Rob Ford gave what was his first real campaign speech of 2014 (as opposed to the countless unofficial campaign speeches he has been giving for years now) at the Economic Club of Canada, and we have decided to record, for posterity, every single time Rob Ford was less than honest. We have divided these instances into two categories: straight-up This Ain’t Right moments in red, and statements that are distortions, but not quite as clear cut, in orange.
They count 54.
Go, read the whole thing. (The more than 200 comments at the bottom of the page are also worthy of reading, if only out of morbid curiosity.)
Last night, NDP MP Olivia Chow–as notable for her own accomplishments as for her marriage to the late Jack Layton had a book launch for her biography, My Journey. There, William Wolfe-Wylie noted for Canada.com, she didn’t say she was running for mayor, but she came close.
At a standing-room only event on Wednesday evening to promote her new book, My Journey, Olivia Chow defied expectations and made no announcements about her political ambitions.
Chow has long been regarded as a key challenger to Rob Ford in this fall’s municipal election. Ford has been wrapped in scandal for nearly a year after allegations of drug and alcohol abuse turned out to be true and he was stripped of many of his mayoral powers. Following a fresh round of videos this week, three Toronto-based newspapers again called for the mayor to resign.
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But while Chow didn’t make any explicit announcements, she did allude to the challenges Toronto faces and her ideas to help solve them. She spoke about the divisive nature of politics and the need for people to unite in the face of adversity. At several points during her interview with musician, photographer and broadcaster Sook-Yin Lee, she seemed to be building toward an announcement of some kind but then distanced herself from the topic.
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Chow also spent some of her interview talking about her previous political victories on the municipal stage in Toronto, including her push to include multilingual support services on 9-1-1 operators and her support of social programs to help recent immigrants.
Chow came off funny, candid and as a woman who had learned much from a long and complicated life. She focused on her belief in the power of grassroots movements and the importance of speaking for people with little voice of their own. At several points in the evening she reiterated the importance of helping others at any opportunity and of avoiding divisive politics that harm those goals.
Radio host John Tory says he still has not made up his mind about whether to run for Toronto mayor as speculation continues about whether he and NDP MP Olivia Chow will challenge scandal-plagued Rob Ford.
Mr. Tory took to the airwaves on Wednesday evening to deny a Toronto Star story suggesting that he would launch his campaign in late February.
“There has been no decision taken to run or not to run,” Mr. Tory told Newstalk 1010, where he hosts an afternoon radio show.
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Mr. Tory, who lost the 2003 mayoral race to David Miller and served as leader of the provincial Progressive Conservatives, said he would decide whether to run in February. A group of supporters is organizing a possible campaign to “preserve an option for me to run if I choose to do so,” he told the radio station.
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Mr. Tory’s still-unofficial campaign team includes senior organizer Bob Richardson, a connected Liberal, and John Capobianco, a Conservative former Ford supporter.
(Torontoist’s John Barber wonders if Tory is still relevant, given the decline of the old Red Tory tradition and its replacement in the Canadian conservative tradition by the populism represented by Ford.)
Karen Stintz, meanwhile, is preparing for her campaign as the Toronto Star‘s Betsy Powell noted some days ago.
Would-be Toronto mayoralty candidate Karen Stintz is calling out her rival, Mayor Rob Ford, for his offensive “conduct towards women” and suggesting sexism on the campaign trail will be unavoidable.
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Stintz plans to file her nomination papers at city hall after she steps down as chair of the Toronto Transit Commission next month. Her weekend speech is a preview of a candidate positioning herself as someone with the tenacity and grit to withstand the downside of public life: “rising” cynicism and declining voter participation.
“I argue that now, more than ever, we must get involved,” the speaking notes say. “If Rob Ford has demonstrated anything, it is that it does matter whether or not we vote and it does matter who we vote for.”
During his term in office, the mayor has exhibited “disturbing” and “appalling” behavior, the speaking notes say. “Both his own conduct and his conduct towards women in his public statements have been reprehensible.”
Two months ago, Mayor Rob Ford publicly pledged he was done drinking.
On Monday night, he was caught on video appearing to be in a drunken state, mimicking what is colloquially called a Jamaican accent and insulting Police Chief Bill Blair.
Ford has admitted drinking but insists the incident was no big deal and that he was out with friends on his personal time.
But that’s not the issue. The issue is Ford made a public pledge not to drink and then did.
The issue is that Ford has become Ford’s biggest enemy, because he is incapable of doing what he himself said just two months ago was in his own best interest — to stop drinking.
This in the wake of his previous admission that he had smoked crack cocaine — which he lied about for months — while in a “drunken stupor.” And other incidents, where he appeared to be intoxicated in public.
And his own admission, when questioned at city council, that while serving as the chief magistrate of Toronto, he had bought illegal drugs.
Ford has denied he is addicted to alcohol or drugs.
We’re not doctors. We don’t know if he’s an addict.
But we do know he clearly has a serious problem with alcohol, if not drugs, and he’s not going to be able to address it as long as he continues in the high pressure job of mayor.
A second video from Rob Ford’s bizarre visit to Etobicoke’s Steak Queen restaurant has surfaced on YouTube. This one, apparently taken surreptitiously by another diner at the Rexdale Blvd. hamburger and souvlaki joint, shows Ford seated calmly with a man who appears to be Sandro Lisi, the mayor’s former driver.
Lisi, a “close friend” of the mayor, is facing a charge of extortion related to the video of Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine and is currently on bail.
toronto rob fordThough Ford appears to be wearing the same red tie as in the video released earlier today, it’s not clear when it was filmed. One of the TV screens shows the logos of the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers. The two teams are due to meet Friday. The specials board at the counter also seem to be a match to the first video.
Perhaps more conclusively, the newspaper in front of the person making the video is open to Mike Strobel’s column in this Sunday’s edition of the Toronto Sun, meaning it could only have been taken late on Sunday or Monday.