Rob Ford: Scholar, Lover, Poet

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Post #151 by Craig » Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:59 pm

Big#D wrote:isn't smart track or whatever just an integrated go train service?

i still think the best way to go is for metrolinx to take over the ttc and integrate it with the go train service completely. and from there expand go train service beyond the gta as needed.

i like the concept in some european cities where you have zones. you pay one price to travel within your zone. each time you go into another zone, you pay for the trip in that zone.


Yeah, more or less. As I understand it it's basically just some enhanced regional rail. It's not a bad idea on it's own, but it's also something the province has already committed to building without us and it's not really designed to solve the same problem as a downtown relief line. Basically all you're doing is adding some more trains on the GO tracks and having them stop a few more times inside the city.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/06/01/why_john_torys_smarttrack_isnt_so_smart.html

My only problem with his plan is he's scrapping the DRL in favour of it. The DRL is designed to get people off the Bloor and Younge lines. It's not about getting people in from the burbs and other municipalities, like anything on the GO line would be, it's about getting some relief to the people in the city who are already using lines that are 30% over their designed capacity. We need both systems.

I'm leery of Tory's funding model too.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/john-torys-smarttrack-why-his-big-bet-on-transit-is-a-real-risk/article20177429/

I also wish he (or Chow) were open to the idea of tolls for commuters to pay for the work that needs doing on the DVP. It's too bad that Soknacki and Stintz were the only ones willing to even consider that.

Come to think of it, I also think Tory has the Scarborough extension wrong. I'd much rather go back to light rail there and use the billion bucks we save on something else. Especially if Scarborough is also getting the smarttrack thing.
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Post #152 by Transplanted Caper » Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:35 am

Rob Ford got a subpoena to appear at Sandro Lisi's trial.

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Post #153 by habfan4 » Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:47 am

I look forward to Ford trying to plead the fifth. No doubt the judge and/or the Crown will have to explain to him that there is no such provision for witnesses (only for those charged with an offence) under Canadian law.
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Post #154 by discostu » Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:00 pm

habfan4 wrote:I look forward to Ford trying to plead the fifth. No doubt the judge and/or the Crown will have to explain to him that there is no such provision for witnesses (only for those charged with an offence) under Canadian law.


I'm expecting him to say he can't speak to that because it's before the courts. When pressed, he'll say he's already addressed that, and the past is the past. Subways.
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Post #155 by PPJ » Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:02 pm

zamboner wrote:
John Tory is the poster boy for Nepotism. He has been handed things his whole like, and forgive me for not being in awe of him running the most hated company in Canada. And "Smart-track" sucks balls.
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He ran Bell Canada too?
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Post #156 by WTF » Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:57 pm

Transplanted Caper wrote:Rob Ford got a subpoena to appear at Sandro Lisi's trial.

:ford_stare: :ford_stare:


He'll claim he can't remember because any and all alleged events occurred during one of his numerous drunken stupors.
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Post #157 by Transplanted Caper » Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:21 am

Sarah Thomson and her 1% support (3% MOE) has thrown the Mayoral race on its head by dropping out.
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Post #158 by habfan4 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:57 pm

Mike Tyson endorses Rob Ford

Huh, I didn't think it could get any weirder.
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Post #159 by Craig » Tue Sep 09, 2014 5:06 pm

Did he for real endorse Ford, or is this like that time Ford said Ben Johnson and [s]Ricky[/s] Sam Tarasco from the Trailer Park Boys endorsed him when they really didn't?
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Post #160 by Dog » Tue Sep 09, 2014 5:08 pm

I will sorely miss the laughs when he is gone.

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Post #161 by Transplanted Caper » Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:47 pm

Soknacki drops out. Too bad, seemed like the sensible one talking policy. I think the less crowded the field gets, the more it benefits Tory. if he can stay in 1st or 2nd he's going to get a lot of third place voters shifting to him on Election Day to stop Ford or Chow.
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Post #162 by Transplanted Caper » Wed Sep 10, 2014 2:58 pm

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Post #163 by Transplanted Caper » Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:27 pm

Don Peat ‏@reporterdonpeat 1m

BREAKING Humber River Hospital says Mayor Rob Ford has a tumor http://ow.ly/Bmb0C #TOpoli


http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1409796/statement-by-humber-river-hospital-president-ceo-dr-rueben-devlin-regarding-toronto-mayor-rob-ford

Earlier today Mayor Rob Ford attended Humber River Hospital's Church Street Emergency Department, complaining of abdominal pains that have persisted for at least three months and have become worse in the last 24 hours. Examination and investigation has resulted in a working diagnosis of a tumor.

The Mayor has been admitted to allow for further investigation to obtain a definitive diagnosis.

A media availability with Councillor Doug Ford and Dr. Rueben Devlin will be held at the hospital's Church St. site at 7:00 PM this evening, Wednesday, September 10, 2014.
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Post #164 by WTF » Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:33 pm

Are they sure it's a tumor and not just a balloon full of cocaine he's smuggling?
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Post #165 by Transplanted Caper » Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:37 pm

As I am a decent human being, I did not laugh at that. Really. I didn't. I swear.
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Post #166 by IcE ColD » Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:46 pm

Transplanted Caper wrote:As I am a decent human being, I did not laugh at that. Really. I didn't. I swear.


Then why are you crossing your fingers behind your back?
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Post #167 by mayoradamwest » Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:27 am

Arnold has gotten skeptical of all Rob Ford claims.

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Post #168 by Transplanted Caper » Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:50 pm

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ROB FORD WITHDRAWING FROM MAYOR'S RACE
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Post #169 by Transplanted Caper » Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:56 pm

Doug Ford now running for Mayor. Rob will run in his old Ward in Etobicoke.
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Post #170 by senate » Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:58 pm

Transplanted Caper wrote:Doug Ford now running for Mayor. Rob will run in his old Ward in Etobicoke.


That's good news for the city. Logically, a dealer should be a better administrator than a user.
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Post #171 by MP » Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:59 pm

senate wrote:That's good news for the city. Logically, a dealer should be a better administrator than a user.


Albeit, with less vision(s)....
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Post #172 by mayoradamwest » Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:24 pm

Didn't they already have a nephew who changed his name to Ford so he could win that seat?
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Post #173 by Walrus » Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:29 pm

mayoradamwest wrote:Didn't they already have a nephew who changed his name to Ford so he could win that seat?


Yeah, RoFo just booted his nephew Mikey out of the council race.

Never a dull moment with this family.
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Post #174 by mayoradamwest » Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:32 pm

Lol, Scarborough.
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Post #175 by Germz » Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:47 pm

Transplanted Caper wrote:Doug Ford now running for Mayor. Rob will run in his old Ward in Etobicoke.


I thought they would do this ages ago.

Pollsters must be going nuts right now to see how Doug will do.
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Post #176 by habfan4 » Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:35 pm

The Ford brothers act has always been a duet so I can't see this making a difference in the polls, Doug is just as or perhaps even more reviled than Rob.
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Post #177 by Craig » Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:42 pm

Things have changed since May, but polling back then had Ford Nation support dropping 6% when Rob was switched out for Doug, with the support largely going to Chow for some fucking reason.
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Post #178 by mayoradamwest » Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:39 pm

Walrus wrote:Yeah, RoFo just booted his nephew Mikey out of the council race.

Never a dull moment with this family.


The nephew has now filed for school board trustee.
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Post #179 by Ernie » Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:45 pm

Craig wrote:Things have changed since May, but polling back then had Ford Nation support dropping 6% when Rob was switched out for Doug, with the support largely going to Chow for some fucking reason.


It's more about style than policy, I'm guessing. Tory represents the establishment.
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Post #180 by habfan4 » Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:01 pm

Ernie wrote:It's more about style than policy, I'm guessing. Tory represents the establishment.


If its about style then Doug is done before he even gets started.

Rob at least had that "aww shucks, drunken stupor" vibe going for him. Whereas Doug is just a beligerent, loud "I hate autistic kids" type fuckwad.
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Post #181 by Transplanted Caper » Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:20 pm

Doug's a prick. Well, Rob is too, but he's been knocking on doors and returning phone calls for 14 years, so I'm not sure all of Rob's support shifts to his brother. Not sure what kind of impact this has, because I think the Ford base stays home if they can't vote for Rob and aren't as attached to Doug. The delusional troglodytes who vote for Rob view Tory and Chow as the same.
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Post #182 by habfan4 » Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:31 pm

Poor Michael Ford, so close to being elected. His deaf, mute routine was almost surely going to carry the mouthbreathers haven that is Ward 2. Now uncle Rob swoops (well waddles) in and snatches it away from him.
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Post #183 by zamboner » Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:09 pm

habfan4 wrote:Poor Michael Ford, so close to being elected. His deaf, mute routine was almost surely going to carry the mouthbreathers haven that is Ward 2. Now uncle Rob swoops (well waddles) in and snatches it away from him.


Mikey is now running as school trustee in ward 1!
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Post #184 by Walrus » Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:26 pm

mayoradamwest wrote:The nephew has now filed for school board trustee.


It's the greatest dynasty since the 1980s Oilers.
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Post #185 by Walrus » Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:47 pm

So how exactly is Rob too unhealthy to be mayor, but healthy enough to be a councillor?
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Post #186 by habfan4 » Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:26 pm

Walrus wrote:So how exactly is Rob too unhealthy to be mayor, but healthy enough to be a councillor?


He's only human.
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Post #187 by PPJ » Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:11 pm

Jeez, didn't think the clown show could get clownier, but the Fords managed it.
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Post #188 by Transplanted Caper » Sat Sep 27, 2014 5:19 pm

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A man in a Ford Fest shirt pretends to vomit up playing cards. I think it's a magic trick.
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Post #189 by Transplanted Caper » Sat Sep 27, 2014 7:45 pm

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Rob Ford says the only poll he listens to is Ford Nation #Topoli #FordFest


DOUG FORD WINS CRUSHING MAJORITY WITH 100% OF THE VOTE.
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Post #190 by Transplanted Caper » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:21 pm

http://www.torontosun.com/2014/10/08/leafs-fever-stretches-to-rob-fords-hospital-room

I know it's Warmington, but this is still something special.

This was the kind of opening night blue-and-white fever that was not just confined to the Air Canada Centre.

It was a Toronto Maple Leafs fandemonium that spread.

Of course ground zero was inside the Hangar, but the hockey bug moved outside to Maple Leaf Square and the Ford Fan zone all the way up to Yonge Dundas Square to almost every sports bar in Toronto and even inside the cancer ward at Mount Sinai Hospital.

What a way to bring in the 2014 NHL season.

There is nothing better than the Montreal Canadiens and the Maple Leafs on opening night.

The fans were excited. The Tragically Hip, who played a special concert right there on Yonge St., were pumped and so was the packed crowd.

It was a very exciting night. You could sense it from wherever you were.

“Nothing compares to opening night,” said Rob Del Mundo, of TMLfans.ca “There’s an extra buzz in the building, and for once the corporate seats in the lower bowl are occupied throughout the game. Whenever the two storied rivals the Leafs and the Habs clash, it just adds to the excitement.”

Leafs Nation was pumped.

“What a night,” said Lincoln Jay, who came with pals on the GO train from Mississauga. “We get to see the Hip and then go down and watch the game in the square with all the fans. It doesn’t get any better.”

He and thousands jammed in to watch the game on the jumbotron — including mayoral candidate Doug Ford.

One guy who was envious was his brother Mayor Rob Ford.

“I just wish I could be there,” he said over the phone.

He was kind of busy.

“I love the Leafs, love the fans and am hoping for a great season.”

Right then I decided since he couldn’t be at the game, I’d bring the game to him. Game relations manager Doby got me one of the scarves they were handing out to every fan and I went into the shop and bought the mayor a Leafs cap.

Photographer Stan Behal and I went up to Mount Sinai to cheer up the mayor.

When we got there, he seemed in need of it.

“Rough night, guys,” he said.

There are two beds in his hospital room but he was in there alone. A security guard is on the outside and the whole scene was surreal.

He had all of these IV bags hanging next to him and he was sitting in a chair, looking at get-well cards, while he had the game on both bedside TV — which he pointed in his direction.

“There is still something very nice about receiving a card in the mail,” said the mayor. “It does make you feel good. There is something special about a handwritten note. It is very kind of people. And they are coming from everywhere, Scarborough, but places all over. I would write or call them all back and say thank you if I could. I really appreciate all of the nice messages I have received.”

It was day one of his second bout of chemotherapy and this time he’s scheduled to be in the hospital until Tuesday.

You could see he’s starting to lose his hair and his discomfort was obvious.

“When it goes inside you, it’s like there is fire going inside your body. That’s what it feels like. And then when it starts to wash out of you, it’s the worst,” said the mayor. “Others are going through it here on this same floor. It’s not fun.”

The fact that he has calls to return and cards to read and the Leafs season back on, he said, keeps his mind occupied.

“I am not throwing in the towel,” he said. “We all just keep fighting.”

At that point he looked at the Leafs cap and scarf I brought him and chuckled.

“I can’t take a gift,” he said. “I don’t do that. But man is that ever a nice hat. Do you have a receipt? I will buy it from you.”

Stan and I were laughing.

I did have the receipt.

The scarf was a handout but the hat was $27.10. The mayor moved all of his IVs over to a closet and got out $28.

I gave him back 90 cents.

“You sign the receipt and I sign it and we are square,” he said.

He put on his hat and scarf and went back and watched the game. The game was on in the family room and in other rooms too.

Even chemotherapy can’t stop Leaf fans from cheering on opening night.
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Post #191 by Transplanted Caper » Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:54 am

Mayor Rob Ford @TOMayorFord · 1m 1 minute ago

Happy #Diwali everyone, May your life shine like light, May your sorrows be bursted, Let your light shine
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Post #192 by habfan4 » Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:31 pm

Gentlemen, please take a few seconds out of your busy day to reflect on the mayorial tenure of Robert Bruce Ford which will come to an end this evening.
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Post #193 by Dog » Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:33 pm

habfan4 wrote:Gentlemen, please take a few seconds out of your busy day to reflect on the mayorial tenure of Robert Bruce Ford which will come to an end this evening.
:prickle:


The day the laughter died.

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Post #194 by habfan4 » Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:36 pm

Dog wrote:The day the laughter died.

:(


Not completely dead but seriously muted as he's still a shoe-in in Ward 2 as councillor.
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Post #195 by PPJ » Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:37 pm

habfan4 wrote:Gentlemen, please take a few seconds out of your busy day to reflect on the mayorial tenure of Robert Bruce Ford which will come to an end this evening.
:prickle:


With the Gravy train getting back on the tracks, he'll be back in 4 years. That's if he's still alive or not in jail.

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