Thursday, April 19, 2012
Rob Ford and the Little Farm (Continued)
About six months ago I wrote a post about the little farm on the Toronto Islands that Rob Ford was threatening to close down.
Soon after that I thought it had been saved. But now it's on the chopping block again.
Even though just ONE weekend of ferry ticket sales would ensure its survival. And Ford threw away $60 million by canceling a registration fee for cars, in a city choking in its own fumes.
Now to add insult to injury it looks as if the little farm's survival may come at this price.
Noel Biderman, the CEO of Ashley Madison, the adultery-enabling dating website, said Tuesday he will pay the $220,000 needed to save the Far Enough Farm on Centre Island — and any additional funds required to keep High Park Zoo operational — if he has control of the naming rights.
Biderman said he likes the sound of Ashley Madison Farm, but would also be willing to stick Cougar Life in the title, another one of his brands.
And I'm sick to my stomach. Because Far Enough Farm is a magic place with a wonderful name for kids and animal lovers like me. And I couldn't imagine anything more vulgar.
But of course, the worst part is unless some other way can be found to save the farm, I'm going to have to hope that the Ashley Madison bid succeeds. Because so many of the animals are old, and have lived all their lives on the farm, if it closes they will probably have to be destroyed.
Including my friend Mr Donkey...
With whom I discuss Canadian politics all the time. Because unlike the braying blogosphere, for the small price of a carrot he ALWAYS agrees with me: This country is going to the Cons.
But seriously eh? What kind of country are we becoming? How small and how cheap.
You know, I love all the animals at the farm, including Charlotte the REALLY big pig...
But as for this crass, vulgar, small minded hog bigot...
Mayor Rob Ford once again plans to miss the Pride parade, saying he’ll be at his family cottage on Canada Day weekend and can’t commit to any event in the 10-day festival.
The day the people of Toronto put him out to farm, and make their city a decent place to live again.
Is way overdue.
And can't come soon enough...