|A surprise visit from RoFo at the IDAHO flag-raising|
But the benefit of the doubt is no longer an option, in my opinion. Ford clearly is not in the process of a paradigm shift - or, indeed, of any other sort of shift. Mayor Ford is completely "shiftless".
|The only "appearance" by Ford on Monday|
credit: David Rider, Toronto Star
|RoFo's only "appearance" at 2010 Pride flag-raising|
credit: TorStar Newsservice/File
But that's not good enough, either. As Matt Elliott so eloquently declares in an excellent piece in yesterday's Metro, "Rob Ford owes Toronto an explanation." Quoting from that article:
"The City of Toronto Act lays it out pretty clearly: the mayor is supposed to 'act as the representative of the City both within and outside the City, and promote the City locally, nationally and internationally.' Further, he’s charged to 'participate in and foster activities that enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of the City and its residents.'"Are there a lot of "activities" that fit that bill more than Pride Week? No, not really. The Pride Parade alone is the largest of its kind in North America. Not just Canada: all of North America. I'm not sure that Pride does a lot to enhance the "environmental" well-being of the City, but it sure kicks butt on the first two types of enhancement.
|Ford campaigning at the East York Canada Day parade, 2010|
credit: Stan French
So the question is still valid: is Ford really that stupid? Or is it just that he simply doesn't care at all about what people think about him, so he just makes up whatever he feels like at any given moment? Does he figure that enough people in Toronto are too stupid to see past his ridiculous soundbites and alternate realities? "Subways, subways, subways, folks!" "Yeah, I like subways! I'm gonna vote for that guy! Again!" If so, is he right?
|Good thing Ford wasn't driving this car|
Ha ha ha! Good one, eh? No, Ford did just exactly what you'd expect him to do: he called the TTC to complain about the driver. Not the usual channels, either. Oh, no: Ford called his good buddy Andy Byford, his hand-picked choice to replace Gary Webster when Ford fired him for not toeing the party line this past winter. Byford dutifully got the ball rolling and, eventually, the driver had to come in to receive his "counseling". For attribution in Don Peat's news story, Bob Kinnear, Transit Union head, said all the right things including how he couldn't be sure what time this confrontation happened; however, on Don Peat's twitter feed I came across a rather more telling, offhanded remark: "(It) probably (happened) somewhere around 1:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. in the afternoon, I think that's what time Ford goes home." Yeah, that's pretty much how I see it, too.
|If you see Ford a'comin', ya'd better start a'runnin'|
credit: Tannis Toohey/Toronto Star
And that issue is: should Rob Ford even have a licence to drive at this point? How many times will he "get off" of any charges while breaking traffic laws that would have forced everyday citizens - you know, "taxpayers" - to take the TTC for a few weeks, at least? Are we going to have to wait until he mows down a cyclist with his minivan after a couple of "pops" at work? Or will, even then, Ford avoid any disciplinary action because he's said all along cyclists are "swimming with the sharks" when they choose to ride along the roadways of this city; ergo, though Ford's "heart bleeds" for them, it was really the cyclist's fault? (These are actual Ford quotes about cyclists, not something I have imagined him saying.)
Well, if there's any good news to be taken from all of this, it's that we should be safe on our bikes or as pedestrians this weekend because Rob Ford will be far from the city, at his family cottage like he always is, every single Canada Day, no matter wha-- Oh. Right. Well, at least he's not campaigning right now in the middle of... Oh. Right.
Well, good luck out there, folks. Maybe you should take the subways, subways, subways this weekend.