Sunday, February 03, 2013
The Real Crimes of Rob Ford
If you don't live in Toronto you probably know Rob Ford as the callous, vulgar, Con buffoon, who doesn't know what he is doing, and is always getting into trouble.
But because he has no effect on your life, you can laugh, or shake your head, or shrug your shoulders at this latest democratic outrage.
Among auditors Bruce Armstrong and Glen Davison’s findings: the mayor’s campaign overspent by $40,168, or 3% of the $1.3-million limit; it received $6,000 in donations made by 11 corporations, but listed them as coming from individuals..
It found the campaign attributed $19,500 to a “Bromell” fundraiser that never took place and that the money was actually raised at a Building Industry and Land Development Association event.
But the sad part is that a lot of people who live in Toronto feel the same way.
Normally, such dysfunction and distraction from a chief magistrate would elicit outrage or, after a second or third mistake, some force for censure or disapproval. Not here.
Toronto is suffering from Ford Fatigue. Strippers strip. Alcoholics drink. Bad boys can’t behave. Rob Ford is going to get into trouble. La de daaaa!
Even though the Con buffoon is KILLING their city.
Take the traffic situation for example. On the first day he came to power Ford declared that "the war on the car is over." He scrapped a vehicle registration fee that cost the city $60 million, and declared war on the bicycle.
Even though the city is choking in its own fumes...
In the summer the air is sometimes yellow. Gridlock is the new normal. Commuting times are among the highest in North America. Buses and taxis and delivery trucks just crawl along, and ambulances can't get to where they need to go in time. So people are literally DYING.
As are the homeless. But Ford and his right-wing gang just cut 100 shelter beds. Even though the city has a surplus.
Even though during a recent cold spell some of the country's poorest and most vulnerable people had to sleep in the lobbies of city buildings...
And 2012 was a deadly year.
Toronto’s homeless deaths last year were the highest since 2007 and activists warn the number is likely to climb even higher in 2013. Some 34 deaths of people without homes were recorded in 2012, eight more than the previous year.
But Ford doesn't care about the homeless, because most of them live in the downtown area, and he's a millionaire who only cares about the suburbs. And that's just one of his real crimes.
And then there is the case of Far Enough Farm, the beautiful little hobby farm on the Toronto Islands that the city has been running well, for a pittance, for more than fifty years...
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I've written about this gentle little oasis before, that I and others worked so hard to save.
But is now being handed over to the owners of a nearby amusement park. Who I'm told don't really want it.
Leaving me to wonder what will happen to the animals who live there, like my friend Jake the donkey...
Seen here the other day waiting patiently, like only a donkey can, for the barn door to open so he can retire for the evening.
And who like many of the other animals here is old, and has known no other home.
Oh well. I'll make sure that Jake and the other humble animals are treated properly...
Because I care about him and them, just like I care about this city. Even though I'm a Montrealer. Because like all other cities it is a reflection of who we are, and what we are becoming.
And if I'm still here in 2014 you can be sure that I will offer my services to some progressive candidate for Mayor. One who can win.
And plaster posters like this one all over the city...
But I have to admit that sometimes when I see the damage Ford and his Cons are doing to Toronto. Just like the damage Stephen Harper and his Cons are doing to Canada. How they are wrecking everything gentle and beautiful with their foul right-wing ideology.
And I see how Ford has worn down so many Torontonians with his callous and brutish behaviour. And how so many Canadians have come to accept the unacceptable. Or have surrendered to despair.
Instead of wanting to fight the Cons even harder like I do eh?
I can't help thinking of that other Jake, the one some call the Dylan of Nottingham.
And this song...
If there's a beating in the streets
If there's a feeling of defeat
You're the one it happens to
Stuck in speed bump city
Where the only thing that's pretty
Is the thought of getting out
Damn. What happened to my country?
Get me out of this Trouble Town....
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