Posts Tagged ‘ Toronto politics ’

Doug Ford as some major league democrat is more than a bit of a stretch

Nov 19th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

It is now about 3 AM on the morning of November 19, 2013. And what may or may not prove to be Toronto City Council’s successful attempt yesterday to deal with the Jones brothers’ strange new concept of democracy in northern North America lingers on. (Oh and you should know, if you don’t already, that […]

Mayor Ford tells it like it is : “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine” (and maybe the Mounties will exonerate Mike Duffy?)

Nov 5th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

“I wonder what’s going to happen with Rob Ford today,” my wife said as we woke up this morning. Quite mistakenly, for the umpteenth time, I said I thought the whole thing would cool down for a bit. Then, watching cp24 TV while brushing my teeth, I saw Doug Ford (Rob’s big brother) ranting away […]

How much longer can the streetcar named Rob Ford go on?

Nov 4th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

We decided a while ago that paying too much attention to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford just encourages him. And we retired our ”Streetcar Named Rob Ford” page this past spring. Yet it does seem to be one of Mayor Ford’s talents that just when you sensibly decide to forget his antics until the next election […]

Another Rob Ford surprise .. will he beat this one too?

Oct 31st, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

Until today it almost seemed that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford had managed to put most of his troubles behind him. Like it or not, there is a real Ford nation. The mayor of Canada’s current biggest city speaks in a voice that more than a few of we-the-people who usually feel left out of public […]

Streetcar Named Rob Ford rides again .. “I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist” ????

May 24th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED MAY 25]. As this strange week in Canada’s most populous metropolis (also most domestically hated and now “internationally” laughed-at) draws to a close, Mayor Rob Ford has at last broken his silence about the “Allegedly Seen Smoking Crack” video of which he is said to be the Toronto star. Following our earlier report in […]

Laying low for March break : update on Fordist revolution in the T dot .. and the latest global Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

Mar 10th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

Even The Tyee in BC is talking about how “Harper backs Toronto’s mayor’s yen for subways, cars over light rail.” Here on the waterfront where we are headquartered, only half an hour from the downtown depths of the city with the heart of a loan shark itself (by public transit), we have just completed our […]

Beware the 5th/21st of March in the T dot .. Fordist Revolution on trial

Mar 3rd, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

Things have finally come to a head in the great question of the fate of the Ford Brothers Revolution in Toronto municipal politics. The Rob and Doug Show has at last galvanized a perhaps reasonably well organized City Council Opposition. The chosen field of bloody combat is public transit (policy and programs) in the megacity […]

Will Toronto Mayor Ford be watching NDP leadership debate (or is he still too busy with new photos of Veena Malik)?

Dec 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATE DECEMBER 4 : Initial impressions of first NDP/NPD leadership debate – SEE BELOW]. Tomorrow, Sunday 4 December 2011, at 2PM ET / 11AM PT, the nine (count em) contenders for the leadership of the New Democratic Party of Canada / Nouveau Parti démocratique du Canada will be holding their first debate in Ottawa – […]

Rob Ford’s revolution in Toronto may fade .. but in Ottawa Stephen Harper will still be going strong!

Sep 19th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011. The Canadian House of Commons returns to work today, after its usual long summer vacation (once an essential break for family farmers, for whom summer was the crucial busy season). According to the lovely Jennifer Ditchburn at The Canadian Press, after “tributes to late NDP leader Jack Layton” are paid in […]

US midterms, selling your birthright for a mess of potash, and a streetcar named Rob Ford …

Oct 31st, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

The big North American political news this coming week is of course the US mid-term elections on Tuesday, November 2 – which may or may not put Barack Obama and his beleaguered Democrats in some kind of dog house (and almost certainly will: the only real question is just how dirty it  will be?). Meanwhile, […]