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Rob Ford Toronto's crack smoking Mayor

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Old 09-13-2012, 09:31 PM   #3901
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I wish this had come out during the court case; it's probably too late for it to be admitted into evidence
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:46 PM   #3902
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This is how he got voted in! People got distracted by his glib, shiny and noisy campaign.
I still wonder how the election would have turned out if the other 50% of Torontonians had bothered to go to the polls.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:48 PM   #3903
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probably the same.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:57 AM   #3904
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Ford may be ignorant, but there's little doubt he was aware that funding his little pet project with taxpayer's money could potentially get him into hot water...

Rob Ford's own staff raised red flags over football
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:03 AM   #3905
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he finally found the gravy!
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:12 PM   #3906
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he's losing it all over the place
Stop denying and show the proof, Mr. Mayor - The Globe and Mail
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:39 PM   #3907
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It found that a third assistant hired by the mayor is a former University of Toronto quarterback.
The real crime here is thinking a former UofT quarterback can teach anybody how to QB.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:43 PM   #3908
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How do you feel about endorsing him now bitch? (the globe not erika)
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:44 PM   #3909
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The real crime here is thinking a former UofT quarterback can teach anybody how to QB.
LOL this is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:54 PM   #3910
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I apologized to my family and friends who live in Chicago.
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:12 PM   #3911
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Love how Ford complains about the media mean while he uses a radio show as a vehicle to promote is morbid views.
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:25 PM   #3912
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Love how Ford complains about the media mean while he uses a radio show as a vehicle to promote is morbid views.
A core component of the conservative victim mentality is the conspiracy theory that a "liberal media" has colluded to smear conservatives and give BJs to lefties. Playing into this is motivated reasoning and confirmation bias (see: The Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy) - ANY article that looks bad for yourself or your favourite conservative superstar can be fed through the Liberal Media Conspiracy Filter and become something you can ignore. The irony is strong w/ Ford to complain about the liberal media on a radio show, I agree, but it is even stronger in the Mega Conserva Bubble they have going down south. There you can buy books from a conservative dominated bestseller list, or listen/watch to the top-rated news/politics shows (again conservative dominated) and hear how all these Conserva-Babes and Ditto-heads, making fortunes off the marketability of their conservative ideas, complain about how they are the poor, innocent victims of a malicious conspiracy to, umm, sell their books and popularize their shows - cause that's what "the media" is ACTUALLY doing to their conservative message, fucking SELLING that shit bwoy!!
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:37 AM   #3913
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hahaha he just needs to stop talking
http://www.citytv.com/toronto/cityne...ple-in-chicago

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Old 09-19-2012, 09:49 AM   #3914
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Apparently Ford and Sarah Palin had the same geography teacher.

Although, Russia is across the Bering Strait from Alaska...so Ford is even dumber than Palin...

new low.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:26 AM   #3915
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I have a severe case of mayor envy right now. Have you seen the other great mayors that other cities have?
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:53 PM   #3916
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Why is Ford even in Boston? Shouldn't he take care of his mess at home before he stirs it up in another place?
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:16 AM   #3918
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I have a severe case of mayor envy right now. Have you seen the other great mayors that other cities have?
Read this - and weep
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:47 PM   #3919
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The most boring boat cruise in the world.
lol @ the sun only hitting the fattest sweatiest guy
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lol @ the sun only hitting the fattest sweatiest guy
haha! i thought it was photoshopped at first. Must be pouring sweat like the champ that he is.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:04 PM   #3921
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The most boring boat cruise in the world.
This actually is an awesome boat cruise that goes and gives a history of Chicago and it's wonderful architecture.

But yeah, their company would be boring.

LOL at Ford sitting at the back of the class.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:05 PM   #3922
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they're going under a bridge - there are other photos online that show more light, seems like the photogs were stationed strategically to catch them as they went by. This is a good shot, though, to tell the story.
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The most boring boat cruise in the world.
wonder how many of those people looking on their phones are playing angry birds.....
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wonder how many of those people looking on their phones are playing angry birds.....
you spelled grindr wrong..
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:28 PM   #3925
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I don't even know what to make of this anymore.

Did he totally make enemy with the press I don't know. Seems like it's just non stop now.

Mayor Ford refuses to take questions about family business road repairs

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Mayor Rob Ford called senior staff to his office this summer to request unscheduled road improvements outside his family-owned business in time for its 50th anniversary bash.

The job, completed before the August celebration at the Etobicoke headquarters of the Ford family’s Deco Labels and Tags, cost the city between $7,000 and $10,000, staff estimate.

John Mende, the city’s acting general manager of transportation, said he and his boss, deputy city manager John Livey, attended a meeting with Mr. Ford on July 31 where he asked that the work be completed before Aug. 10 – the original date for Deco’s party.

“He said to staff, ‘Look I’ve got this anniversary. Is there an opportunity to do repairs before that event takes place?’ ” said Mr. Mende, recounting the meeting with Mr. Ford.

“Our response was, ‘We’ll take a look at it and see if there’s a chance.’ ”

The work in question was done on Greensboro Drive, a short industrial road in north Etobicoke, and included repairs to the culvert that runs adjacent to the Deco property, improvements to drainage and patching of potholes, Mr. Mende said.

George Christopoulos, the mayor’s press secretary, told The Globe and Mail that Deco made requests to the city for road repairs “for a number of years” and confirmed a request to complete those repairs before the anniversary celebration.

“We also understand that there was an agreement to bill the company if any unusual costs were incurred,” he said in an e-mailed response to questions. “It is also my understanding that the company was not afforded any extra service that city staff would not have provided to another company in similar circumstances.”

Mr. Ford was met at the island airport by reporters when he returned from his Chicago trade mission. While other councillors and members of the group left by the usual route and answer reporters' questions, the mayor waited in the baggage area for the ferry to arrive, then slipped out a side door to a waiting car.

Asked about the paving work, a spokesman for the mayor said there would be no comment beyond a statement sent to The Globe and Mail Wednesday.

Mr. Ford has recently faced questions about his use of city resources and staff to support the football teams he coaches. Mr. Ford also is awaiting a verdict on conflict-of-interest charges over his participation in a council debate and vote involving his use of city resources to raise money for his football foundation.

The Toronto Star reported Thursday that a senior transportation official twice told the newspaper that a “private individual,” not the mayor or his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, asked for the improvements outside Deco.

The official, Peter Noehammer, told The Globe in an interview Thursday that he did not know the mayor had made the request himself.

Mr. Noehammer is the director of transportation responsible for the Scarborough district and he was filling in for Mr. Mende when The Star made its first call in August, he said. He repeated the same information in response to a second call in September.

“At that time, to my knowledge, we had been approached by the business to, as you know, facilitate some work on the road there,” Mr. Noehammer said. “To my knowledge we had been approached by someone from the business.”

Mr. Noehammer could not say when or how he found out about the mayor’s involvement.

“Just, I guess, more recently. I don’t know exactly what date [I found out,]” he said.

Mr. Mende reportedly told The Star Thursday that the mayor himself attended a site visit with special assistant Chris Fickel at the beginning of July.

Mr. Mende told The Globe on Wednesday that he did not know who attended the site visit on Deco’s behalf, but that he believed it was a company official. He did say the visit followed a request from the mayor’s office.

Mr. Mende did not respond immediately to follow-up calls Thursday.

In his 16 years in the city’s transportation department, Mr. Noehammer said he had never had an elected official ask him or his colleagues to expedite road work on personal or business property.

“No, I don’t recall where they were personally involved, no,” he said, adding that requests from councillors to fix up streets are usually made on behalf of constituents or Business Improvement Areas.

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, the chair of the public works committee and an ally of Mr. Ford, said that any Toronto business that made the same request for road repairs would have been treated the same way.

“I have been told by staff that they didn’t offer any special consideration [to Deco],” he said.

However, Mr. Minnan-Wong said he does not think it was right for the mayor to make the request directly to the most senior officials in the city’s transportation department.

“If I was the mayor, I would keep my interest in any private companies separate from my duties and responsibilities as an elected official,” he said.

Mr. Ford needs to be more vigilant about separating the personal from the political, the councillor added.

“The mayor has to clearly separate his roles and responsibilities as mayor and his other interests, especially given the number of incidents of late because he’s going to be under increasing scrutiny,” he said.

Mr. Livey, one of the highest-ranking civil servants with the city, referred all questions about the meeting and the work to Mr. Mende.

A banner marking the five-decade history of the Ford family business still hangs from Deco’s headquarters this week. Two short driveways onto the property are freshly paved, as is a separate entrance to the parking lot. A culvert on the edge of the Deco property has been recently patched and repaired, as has a pothole about 20 feet long in the centre of the road. Other cracks in the pavement also appear to have been filled recently.

As part of the job, work was done by the city contractor on Deco property, and the company will be invoiced by the city for that work, Mr. Mende said.

City records show that Gazzola Paving Ltd. was the successful bidder for the contract to do paving work in the former cities of Etobicoke and York this year. That contract, worth $2.88-million, includes a list of roads for major reconstruction, but Greensboro is not among them.

Mr. Mende confirmed the Greensboro job was not planned, but said it is not unusual for the city to ask its contractor to do additional repair work as part of its contract, and the work on Deco’s street falls into that category. The city also tries to do work in co-ordination with major events such as Taste of the Danforth or the coming Scotiabank Marathon, he said.

The timeline was short, but Mr. Mende said the city was able to accommodate the mayor’s request because Deco was using the same company – Gazzola Paving – to resurface its parking lot before the anniversary event.

“It was only because the contractor was on site,” he said. “It would not have been doable otherwise.”

The work was completed less than two weeks after the meeting in the mayor’s office for the Aug. 10 deadline, but the Deco party was postponed to Aug. 24 after Mr. Ford was admitted to hospital, Mr. Mende said.

Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday, a former mayor of Etobicoke, said the city gets plenty of special requests from businesses and residents. “It is not out of the ordinary for someone to call and ask for special treatment. If we could accommodate them, we would,” he said.

Councillor Gord Perks was critical of the road-repair request. “Everyone who is waiting for a pothole to be repaired in their neighbourhood should be very angry that the mayor thinks he can jump the queue.”

In the first six months of this year, the city’s transportation department received 6,300 “service requests” for the York and Etobicoke region of the city, which included a range of issues such as cleaning catch basins, cutting grass or filling potholes. Some work, such as pothole repairs, are targeted to be done within days, Mr. Mende said. Other jobs, such as culvert repairs, usually take weeks, he said.
Mayor Ford refuses to take questions about family business road repairs - The Globe and Mail
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