Archive for November 2012
The traditionally pro-Ford Toronto Sun, in the person of its columnist Mike Strobel, responded to Ford’s expulsion from office by arguing that city council as a whole should also be kicked out of office, removing democratic representation entirely.
(Strobel last appeared here as the author of a column in his paper criticizing Slutwalk, comparing women to prey animals. “There are no such marches on Manitoulin Island, where my cabin nestles. But there are lots of deer. And lots of hunters.”)
The gist of Hackland’s ruling is that Ford should not have voted last February when council considered making him pay $3,150 he’d solicited for his football charity using city letterhead.
Council voted overwhelmingly in Ford’s favour, so his own vote was meaningless, except it’s a technical breach of the province’s harsh municipal ethics rules.
So what of the other councillors? I say give ’em two years for being accessories to the mayor’s “crime,” for aiding and abetting, or even for not reporting it.
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Other offences: Being unusually childish, obtuse, partisan, self-serving and dysfunctional.
Rarely outside of Korea has local politics seen such yapping, mewling, growling, pouting, posturing, sneering and jeering. It has even nearly come to blows, Korean-style, between councillors.
And it’s confusing. I forget, are we getting subways, LRT or horse-drawn wagons?
The very strongly anti-Ford weekly NOW Toronto has a column up, by Enzo Di Matteo, that is not at all sympathetic to Rob Ford.
Justice Hackland has done Toronto, turned laughingstock by a buffoon, a big favour.
Of course, in Ford’s mind it was everybody else’s fault when the news broke and he found himself unceremoniously dumped.
After the verdict, the mayor showed up at a meeting of his closest advisers in his muddy sweats (he’d been putting his football team through practice in preparation for the next day’s Metro Bowl at the Rogers Centre) – and in deep denial.
When he met the crush of reporters waiting outside his City Hall office, he blamed “left-wing politics” for his defeat and promised to fight the decision “tooth and nail.”
It seems the vast left-wing conspiracy against the mayor includes Justice Hackland, who was appointed by Ford’s fishing buddy in Ottawa, Stephen Harper. One Sun TV commentator said “homosexual extremists” were responsible for the judge’s decision. Yup. Those fucking downtown elites were picking on their boy again.
Ford’s was a pathetic performance. By the time his brother Doug took to the airwaves late Monday afternoon to do damage control on AM 640, Newstalk 1010 and the Stephen LeDrew show, the talking points had changed to how Ford’s football foundation was helping kids in priority neighbourhoods.
Doug Ford also pointed the inevitable finger at other politicians who’ve burned money on assorted wasteful projects. Ford friendlies in the media quickly seized on the Liberals’ gas plant fiasco as a subject of comparison. I hear a march on the office of Clayton Ruby, the lawyer who made the winning case against Ford, may be in the works. And so went the chest-beating by the Ford camp.