This morning, a judge booted Rob Ford out of office, finding that the mayor had breached conflict of interest law in February by voting on whether he had to repay donations that lobbyists had made to his youth football foundation. (The penalty won’t take effect for 14 days.) Ford’s allies are reeling, the press is hyperventilating, “Rob Ford” is trending and everyone is wondering where Toronto goes from here. Below, a roundup of the reactions from Toronto’s pundits, politicians and the main players in the drama.
The days are getting so, so hot, which means eating a popsicle can be a messy, messy event. Time to refer to a handy video by Torontoist’s Steve Kupferman and Chris Drost that shows the melt times of five popular frozen treats: a Melona Popsicle; a Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Dark Chocolate Bar; an ice cream sandwich; a Lifesavers Popsicle; and a Parlour Super Ice Bar. Read the entire story [Torontoist] »
The abrupt decision to ban plastic bags in Toronto was a surprise to everyone (even David Shiner, who introduced the motion at council last week). Now that enough time has passed to progress beyond the “what the heck just happened” phase, the city’s columnists are weighing in on the unpredictable vote and whether it amounts to a sucker punch to Rob Ford (the consensus: yes).
It feels like déjà vu: despite getting tons of flak for not attending any Pride Toronto events last year, Rob Ford has once again decided to spend July 1 at his Muskoka cottage rather than marching in the annual parade. Asked whether he’ll attend any other Pride events, like the raising of the rainbow flag at city hall, the mayor gave an unhelpful “We’ll see.” Ford’s decision not to march, though not a shocker, has unleashed plenty of passionate discussion around the city. Here’s a roundup of what councillors, columnists and Ford himself had to say about it all.
When you argue that a household income of $196,000 is “positively middle class,” as Jonathan Kay did in an essay from Toronto Life’s February edition, you expect a little backlash. After the story went live on the Interwebs on Wednesday, first Twitterusers and commenters offered their (often choice) thoughts on Kay’s piece, thenTorontoist and BlogTO both pounced, before Gawker’s Hamilton Nolanposted a characteristically witty screed that summed up Kay’s argument as “Money: once you spend it all, you don’t feel rich any more.” Kay responds in kind in the National Post, maintaining that his essay is more a look at a growing debt phenomenon among the upper classes than an apology for whiny rich people. That said, Kay admits he understands—and even kind of enjoys—the criticism: “If I didn’t know that the ‘Jonathan Kay’ [Nolan] savages is actually me, I’d have joined the ranks of the Tweeters and Gawker commenters echoing his bon mots.” Read the entire story [National Post] »
Former councillor and one-time mayoral aspirant Adam Giambrone recently married hislong-time partner Sarah McQuarrie,according to, uh, Facebook.The Toronto Starreportsthat Giambrone changed his marital status on Facebook,provoking an outpouring of likes and comments. Apparently the wedding took place at One King West, although Giambrone, true to form, couldn’t help but post a link to a Torontoist story about transit cuts in the minutes leading up the big moment. At the time of publication, the like count on his post is 135.
“Why does a power problem at Davisville shut down pretty much the entire Yonge line?” a Torontoist reader asked, and the TTC answered.Two unrelated problems at Bloor and Davisville stations this past Tuesday meantriders were delayed a full half hour.The problem, according to TTC spokesperson Brad Ross, has largely to do with the TTC’s limited ability to turn back trains,something it can only do at Eglinton and Union stations.(The TTC is currently working on a solution by installing the tracks to do just that at the College, St. Clair and King stations.) In Tuesday’s case, more crossover locations could have significantly shortened the delay.Of course, this doesn’t make holdups on public transit any less frustrating—and there’s plenty of spite in the article’s comments—butwhat other city agency would explain their shortcomings on a local blog? We’re looking to you on this one, Toronto police. Read the entire story [Torontoist] »
We’re not sure what this video is trying to say about Rob Ford. Man may never know. But we imagine this is what the mayor sees in his deepest, fevered night terrors. (Hat tip to the good folks at Torontoist for finding this gem.)
Bill Blair hasn’t exactly been Rob Ford’s staunchest supporter of late. But at the end of last week, the police chief came to the mayor’s defence, wading into the ongoing saga between Ford and the CBC. Blair issued a statement on Friday, offering that he had listened to the tape of the secret 911 call at the centre of the brouhaha and that the mayor didn’t use the word “bitches.” He also stated that Ford “did not describe himself as the original account claimed.” Here, we can only assume he’s referring to the whole “Rob Fucking Ford” bit. Which, really, is a shame—“Rob Fucking Ford” would look awesome on campaign materials (like these from our friends at Torontoist) in 2014. Read the entire statement [National Post] »