The reason I can’t laugh about Rob Ford anymore is that he has become a threat to the basic assumptions that allow politics to function. If this guy isn’t in jail, why bother having police at all? Why not just round up poor people whenever powerful people get the urge? The least we can do, it seem to me, is let everyone currently serving a sentence for drug use out of prison. Otherwise, the whole system is pure hypocrisy.
Experience has more or less proven that aviation on the island is unsustainable under current regulations, as set out on the municipally fabled Tripartite Agreement of 1983 [PDF]. The latest evidence is Porter’s abrupt about-face on jets, which went from unnecessary yesterday to do-or-die today. But the airport will remain alive as long as the chance remains for some future buccaneer to catch the city in one of its regular Lastman/Ford-type stupors and blow the rules wide open.
Rob Ford’s arguments, and his math, do not add up. They do not add up when he falsely claims he has saved a billion dollars, and they certainly don’t add up on a back-of-the-napkin budget proposal that promises the impossible. Perhaps this is because of his liberal relationship with truth-telling, or maybe it is because he fundamentally does not understand how the institution he leads actually works.
Stripped of his powers, the mayor is reduced to his ability to shout—which is, to be fair, considerable. But his message does not merit real consideration. If anything, treating it seriously worsens our understanding of Toronto’s finances. The sooner we recognize that the mayor’s dishonesty and misdirection is not limited to his personal life but extends to his policies, the sooner we can move on to a meaningful discussion of what we’d like to see in the budget—and the sooner the budget can be about Toronto and not Rob Ford.
Once again, David Hains shows why he’s a municipal treasure.
The arrival of a Walmart in any community has been shown to produce a blast radius of lower wages and higher poverty.
Enough. No more bullshit, no more debate, no more meaningless “public consultation.” Just fuck off already.
On Thursday, workers enter the fishbowl to take away the industrial-sized scale that Mr. Ford used for his failed weight-loss campaign, the Cut the Waist Challenge. It felt like the ceremonial felling of some ousted despot’s statue – only sillier.
Last night, to try and test how my various physical therapies and rehabilitative activities were going, I went to do something I haven’t been able to do for a while - sit in a movie theatre.
Results were mixed, and ultimately not relevant to this blather. What is relevant is that what I chose was…
Interesting comparison from the divine Rosalind Robertson. Only one quibble; while I don’t have Rosalind’s insight into the text, I’d submit that for all his faults as a monarch, Richard is at least saved from being totally repugnant by having a modicum of lyrical ability — and self-awareness.
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You know how I wank on about generosity of spirit? Madeline Ashby, ladies and gentlemen.
Says it better than I ever have, or ever will.
Torontonians have a right to expect a higher standard of conduct from their mayor than that he is not charged with any crimes.
They have a right to expect him to be honest with them.
And unless Ford has some convincing and credible explanation for what Blair told reporters, he has not been honest with us.
Yes, that’s right. The Sun.
Just so we’re clear.
The Sun says he has to go. The Sun.
Come back to Jesus, brothers and sisters! Repent and ye shall be saved!
Ford, Stintz, Murray, Hunter and Wynne have just demonstrated that changing a fully funded LRT plan for a subway is entirely acceptable. I’m not sure what logic one would use to say it’s okay to tear up one plan on one route but not okay to do the very same thing for all other routes. This is a problem created entirely by the Liberals’ willingness to abandon good planning for votes earlier this year. Now we can’t pretend to be surprised that Toronto now wants to kill the LRT plans in favour of Subways after being told for months, by all levels of government, that subways are better.
Kevin Richardson, on a Facebook comment thread. See how easy it is for misgovernment to take root? You don’t even need an ignorant idiot for a mayor. All that’s required is spineless unprincipled pandering from people who should know better …
The whole broken debate over transit technology is emblematic of how the council under Mayor Ford has come to treat the city as a set of warring factions—neighbourhoods and classes and narrowly sliced interest groups pitted against each other in a zero-sum game for a pool of increasingly limited resources. The idea of Toronto as a home we all share, and the reality that individual parts of the city cannot succeed at the expense of the whole, is shouted down, tossed under the subway in favour of electoral jockeying. This is no way to run a transit system. Or a city.