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Rob & Doug

How were these two so prescient?

Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story by Robyn Doolittle

Sigh.

I kinda feel sorry for Robyn Doolittle. She’s an excellent reporter for the Toronto Star, but sadly her name is most associated with Rob Ford.

Crazy Town is a book about our mayor, his family, and his problems. Crazy Town at times is extremely hard to read. We’ve lived through this drama for the past three years (longer, if you include his time as councillor). We’ve seen the insanity.

Reliving it is not something you really want to do. However, Doolittle does add some interesting new revelations into her book that make it quite interesting.

For non-Torontonians, I think it is a must-read. Anyone outside this city who has seen a few tidbits of who Rob Ford is, should really see the disaster he has put upon Toronto.

Dear Mayor Ford,

I felt I had to email my mayor…

Dear Mayor Ford,

I was pleased to hear you finally admitted to the allegations against you. Finally you answered the questions put forward to you. This is an amazing step towards Toronto forgiving you. You’re lucky to live in a city with 2.7 million wonderful people who want the best for you, even if you are unable to admit you need help.

There are still some questions that the people of Toronto feel you have inadequately addressed:

  • Other than your conviction for a DUI in Florida, have you ever operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics?
  • Have you ever brought a toddler to a drug deal?
  • What were those packages that Mr. Lisi was delivering to you?
  • Will you apologize to Mr. Trudeau and to the LGBT community of Toronto for the alleged comments you made?
  • Will you apologize to all Torontonians of all ethnicities for the alleged comments you made?
  • Will you apologize to the media for the disparaging comments you made about them?
  • Will you assist the Toronto Police Services (or Ontario Provincial Police) in any and all investigations that may require your help?

It seems pretty obvious to everyone that you have an addiction. An addiction to alcohol and an addiction to narcotics. I hope that I’m wrong and you’re right, that you don’t have an addiction, but from where I stand it seems doubtful.

You said on the radio that you will continue to drink, but you will do so at home. This scares me, Your Worship. Your wife and children live there, and there have already been police calls in regards to domestic violence. I fear for your family’s safety. If you can get so drunk that you are comfortable trying crack, then what does that say to your ability to control your rage.

For the sake of your family and the City of Toronto, please get help. We hope to see you fresh-faced and healthy in time for the 2014 election.

Kindly,
Adam M. Anklewicz

Most viewed posts of 2010

Here’s NH2F’s top 10 posts of 2010…

10) “Mayor Staypuft,” or Adam gets bitter about Toronto’s mayor, throws insults, but still puts forward good questions, to which no one cares to discuss.
9) “Fear Of Fighting,” or Adam yammering1 about the author.
8) “Vistek,” or Adam yammering about shitty customer service.
7) “How Did JFK Get My Spaghetti Video,” or Adam photographs a hottie.
6) “The End of Stillepost.ca,” or Adam has an idea to make the world a better place, but no one gives a shit.
5) “Poutine,” or I’m drunk.
4) “Apple & Canadian English,” or Adam doesn’t like that his iPhone neglects his nation.
3) “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” or Adam writes about a film.
2) “The Doctor Is Out,” or Adam bids adieu to the 10th Doctor.
1) “Ward 29 Debate,” or Adam visits his all-candidates debate.

  1. “Stop your yammering, and start your plannering, promposal-wise.” []

A Message from W.L. Mackenzie

Politics is the science which teaches the people of a country to care for each other. If a mischievous individual were to attempt to cut off his neighbour’s hand, would that neighbour’s other hand and feet do well quietly to permit the amputation of the limb if they could hinder it? All will say, No. This then is politics. That part of our duty which teaches us to study the welfare of our whole country, and not to rest satisfied altho’ our own household is well off when our neighbours are in difficulty and danger. The honest politician is he who gives all he can of his time and means to promote the public good, whose charity begins at home but does not end there. The man who says he is no politician, is either ignorant of what he is saying, or a contemptible selfish creature, unworthy of the country or community of which is a part.

William Lyon Mackenzie
March 12, 1795 – August 28, 1861
Mayor of Toronto, 1834
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada, 1829-1833, 1834-1836
Member of the Legislative Assembly of the United Province of Canada, 1851-1858

Sourced from: Mackenzie: A Political Biography of William Lyon Mackenzie by John Sewell; James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers; 2002

Mayor Staypuft

Okay, so Toronto chose the worst possible option for its mayor. I propose two things.

1) We, the people, the ones who own this city, the ones who invest our lives in it, we band together and make it the best possible city it can fuckin’ be! Whether that be creating amazing art spaces for the community, working towards a greener Toronto, escalating guerilla urban planning1, anything! Let’s make this the best possible city, despite Ford.

2) 2014 is coming soon. Who do we want to run our city. We have three million possible contenders. We need to figure out who that person is, and convince them they want the job. Then we work to run a campaign of hope, a campaign of the future, and that kind of optimism cannot be defeated. This is what the 2010 election lacked.

Who’s with me?

  1. Paint bike lanes, guerilla gardening, whatever! []

Why Joey Trousers is getting my vote…

This is a pretty bad election for Toronto. We’re faced with three name candidates. A city councillor from Etobicoke who has been making Council a living hell for those who try to make legislation; the former Deputy Premier of Ontario, who as Minister of Health fucked up beyond belief; and the Deputy Mayor.

During this campaign, all three candidates are looking backwards, rather than forwards. Not a single one of them is providing a vision for Toronto, their campaigns are focused on Mayor David Miller, not Toronto.

While Ford and Smitherman’s campaigns are about how Miller did everything wrong, Pantalone’s campaign has been to say that David Miller did no wrong, and we must blindly carry on his legacy. Unfortunately, none of these reflect reality.

So we can evaluate Ford’s campaign, and we see grand gestures criticizing Miller, and using “facts” which can’t stand up to criticism. His plan is to dismantle any good work done by Miller, such as Transit City, and has ideas which will turn Toronto’s horrible gridlock to a nightmare. He plans to cut a few million here and there, while cutting taxes that bring in much larger sums, while claiming to not cut services.

Then we have Smitherman, who’s track record in running large organizations leaves something to be desired. He has a lot of political clout, which he can wave, to help gain support in council. He’s also pandering to the right, to win the support that Ford has won effortlessly.

I can’t vote for either of these candidates. They’re proposing to dismantle this city, and ruin what an incredible city this has become. It will help continue the urban sprawl that has been going on for decades, and now sees people commuting into Toronto from Barrie, or worse.

Pantalone is the only other option. While he’s not campaigning on any grand ideas, and he just seems to want to continue Miller’s work, I feel he’s the closest option to a sane and working government.

Sigh.