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Doug Ford revives his war on Waterfront Toronto in new “Ford Nation” YouTube videos


Remember when Doug Ford tried to scrap Waterfront Toronto’s carefully drafted plan for Toronto’s port lands so he could fill the area with shopping malls and ferris wheels instead? The move was an unmitigated disaster for the Fords. The proposal caused widespread uproar and led to one of the mayor’s first major failures at city council.

Once someone touches a political third rail he generally doesn’t go back for more, but in the newly released third batch of “Ford Nation” YouTube videos (yes, the Ford brothers are now releasing weekly salvos of campaign-style YouTube videos), Doug is practically hugging the thing, begging for another jolt.

After insinuating that Waterfront Toronto’s management has improperly spent millions of taxpayer dollars on kickbacks for personal friends (“They spend tens or hundreds of millions of dollars on their consultant buddies!”), Doug reminds viewers about his own plan for the port lands, which he presents as the only viable idea ever proposed for the district. “The most valuable property in Canada on the waterfront, and they want to leave it as a garbage site?” he asks, rhetorically. (Doug’s rant starts at the 1:20 mark in the video below.)

In fact, Waterfront Toronto has spent more than a decade developing a detailed plan for the port lands through consultations with planners, land owners and the public. The site is a former industrial area in need of hundreds of millions of dollars of remediation and flood protection. It can’t be developed in its present state. The notion that officials are stalling just so they can line the pockets of consultants has no basis in fact.

There are two more Ford Nation videos in this week’s batch. In one of them, the Fords refer to their council colleagues as “poverty pimps,” and in the other Rob Ford suggests that he might be going on a U.S. late-night talk show in the near future, though he doesn’t specify which one. (Come on, Daily Show.)

  • milanista1

    So someone wrote in that hates the land transfer tax and spends a lot of time in Chicago and loves it there? Hmm… I guess I’m just surprised that the Fords have enough mental capacity to write a letter to themselves parroting back their own pre-conceived notions and narrow points of view. Very impressive.
    Also Sugar Beach is not a concrete beach. It’s quite obviously sand like a normal beach, and has been a huge success.

  • Steve

    There are a lot of things they did right with the waterfront in Chicago.. but that ferris wheel and navy pier are not the highlights. Things may be moving slowly in Toronto, but by and large the work Waterfront Toronto has come up with has looked great. The investment will pay off. We don’t need tourist traps.. we need proposals that improve the quality of life of people who live here first..