Toronto Politics

Ford Nation Has Good Reason To Celebrate After Wednesday's Debate

Quito Maggi | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

I was not prepared for what actually happened last night. Olivia Chow started off with vigour but then seemed to fade, John Tory was aggressive, and both attacked Doug Ford as if he were the frontrunner. There were no kid gloves for the debate newcomer. I think many observers may see this as the beginning of the end for John Tory, the much anticipated point where he begins to lose as he has done so often before.

What to Watch For in Doug Ford's First Mayoral Debate

Quito Maggi | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

Tomorrow is the first appearance at a debate of mayoral candidate Doug Ford, not to be confused with councillor Doug Ford, or Rob Ford's campaign manager Doug Ford. This is a whole new ballgame. After just a day as the candidate, Ford propelled the fortunes of Ford Nation from a distant third to within striking distance of the leader. Polls showed him at levels no Ford has been at in over a year outside of Etobicoke. For the few people still following this race, here are my thoughts on the five things to watch for in this first Doug Ford debate.

Time for Toronto to Step Up and Be Real About Its Flaw

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada
Marcello Cabezas

It's late. Really late. Like 3:49am late. July 28, 2014. I am listening to Kevin Drew. He is from Toronto for those who don't know. I can't sleep. I...

Meet B.C.'s Ford Nation

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

That's what makes Ford Nation so extraordinary -- the incredible dichotomy that exists when it comes to criticism of most politicians and criticism of Rob Ford. Ford effectively gets what amounts to a jaw-dropping free pass from his base (in Toronto or in B.C.) nine times out of 10.

Stop Rob Ford, Don't Share This Article

Mark Friedman | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Friedman

The mayor is only relevant if people make him relevant. For every time we make a sensation about Rob Ford and his latest scandal, we give him attention that he does not deserve. His election chances were ill-served when social media went quiet, and we are now ill-served by perpetuating stories about how he is a tactless, corrupt, and bigoted embarrassment to the city.

Biblical's Nick Sewell On Rob Ford And His Ex-Toronto Mayor Dad, John Sewell

The Huffington Post Canada | Colton Eddy | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Music

Biblical are not a religious band. They are not a political band. They are a furious band, though. Sitting on a street corner where the Mod Club Th...

Doug Ford Defends Comments About Youth Home

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The city councillor brother of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford did not back down Sunday from comments about a home for developmentally disabled youth...

It's Becoming Clear That Rob Ford Will Win Again

Quito Maggi | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

If the campaigns, including the media attempting to manipulate it, continue as they have started 2014, we will wake up on October 28 and ask ourselves again how Rob Ford won.

Body Worn Cameras Could Stop Toronto Police From Being Racist

Abdi Hersi | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Abdi Hersi

This past fall I was carded by a Toronto police officer near my own neighbourhood. It wasn't my first time. After returning home that day I did some research on the topic of police surveillance and came across Body Worn Cameras (BWC). They would prove that Toronto police disproportionately target minorities and community outrage in the city is justified. The truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all measure that restores public trust in police. But in Toronto, where there is a clear crisis of distrust between minority communities and police, it becomes clear that police officers might have to wear these Body Worn Cameras to regain some of that trust.

WATCH: Rob Ford, The Iron Sheik Has a Message For You

Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics

The Iron Sheik has a stern message for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, a semi-retited Iranian wrestler-turned WWE heel in the ...

Ford Is Rapidly Taking Over Chow Country

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

I thought former Trinity NDP MP Olivia Chow, would be a formidable challenger to Mayor Rob Ford. But I am starting to have my doubts, as the glow of the brief honeymoon with Chow has dissipated. And Olivia Chow is faltering and fading. Chow's agenda recalls an earlier more left-wing extremist period in Toronto politics. Since the first debate, the indications are even stronger that Ford is cutting into Chow Country. The reasons are obvious.

Focus More On Electing Your Councillor and Less On Your Mayor

Saeed Selvam | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Saeed Selvam

This is why council is so important. As a unified body it has immense power to shift the agenda of our city. A mayor should technically be able to unite and determine solid goals for Toronto along with a strong policy agenda designed to solve our toughest of challenges. Unfortunately there hasn't been much unity on council and partisan-politics has stifled much progress. The never ending subway vs. LRT debate creating a rift between the downtown core and the suburbs and a lack of true 'big-picture, visionary thinking' has seriously stalled Toronto's ability to capitalize on its unique potential.

Changing TTC Names To Numbers is a Waste of Time and Money

Shireen Jeejeebhoy | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Shireen Jeejeebhoy

Could you envision Toronto City Council changing the name of Yonge Street to 1 Street? Well, this is what the TTC is doing to our subway lines. Subway lines are underground routes for trains carrying people just like streets are routes for cars or bikes or buses carrying people. Main route names are rarely if ever changed because of their history and because it would cause major confusion.

Toronto Is Suffering From Some Growing Pains

Hassan Arif | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Hassan Arif

Toronto is a dynamic city and an emerging global hub. However, for all its success, Toronto is facing pressures from its rapid growth, as the city aspires to realize its full potential.

Why I'm Running for City Council

Saeed Selvam | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada
Saeed Selvam

You grow even fonder of your city when you've travelled abroad, I remember returning from a trip overseas and almost kissing the ground when I landed ...

Rob Ford's the Best Thing to Happen to Canadian Politics in Years

Noemi LoPinto | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Noemi LoPinto

One of the corollaries of our governing WASP culture is a loathing of animal appetites, an emphasis on self-control at the expense of, well, everything. Which is why it's great to see Rob Ford pour beer, crack cocaine and oral sex all over this carefully built myth of false gentility that means "Canada" to the outside world.

Rob Ford Has Given Us Therapy, En Masse

Matthew Remski | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Matthew Remski

Former alcoholics and drug addicts -- hats off to them -- are phoning in to CBC radio, remembering the same rage and powerlessness that Ford is denying. They slowly describe their impossible recoveries that came only after incalculable losses. And they help us understand what might be going on.

Ford's Opponents Need to Change the Channel

Aaron Binder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Aaron Binder

As Ford continues to bumble forward, few people in Toronto actually want it to stop -- gleefully salivating over the impending destruction of Canada's most famous man. That's the real embarrassment; Ford opponents can't stop watching and gloating even though it might be the only way to avoid "Ford more years."

Wrestling Legend Iron Sheik Challenges Rob Ford

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Politics

Because things CAN always get weirder at Toronto City Hall. Famous WWE wrestler, the Iron Sheik showed up to City Hall challenging Mayor Rob Ford to a...

Rob Ford Should Be Sorry About His Apology

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Ford apologized for his alleged actions in the crack video scandal on Saturday, but his apology left a lot of people angry and confused. Where others want him to apologize for his shenanigans regarding drugs and drinking, I want him to explain and apologize for his consistent, uncaring attitude towards his office, his city, and the people who live here.

As an Addiction Therapist, I Think Rob Ford Needs Help

Chris Curry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Chris Curry

When the news finally broke about the alleged crack video being in the hands of the Toronto Police, the addiction therapist in me saw it as a blessing in disguise for Mr. Ford. I recall thinking "maybe now he will stop this charade, get the help he needs and get his life back on track." I don't know Mr. Ford personally. But what I do know is that his behaviour of late is very indicative of an alcoholic or a drug addict. If he's serious about wanting to remain in office, I think it is irresponsible of him to pretend as though everything is fine. It's not fine, and I base that only on what has come out publicly. I can't even imagine what we don't know about.

Hey Ford, Your PR Strategy Is a Bigger Disaster Than That Video

Gerry Som | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Gerry Som

Yes, October 31 began with unfavourable news for Rob Ford. But what made it worse was his poorly-planned response, rather than the news itself. The pictures and videos of him chasing reporters were not classy. These are his fellow citizens -- the residents of the city of which he is Mayor. And that was very rude behaviour.

Man Charged In Anthony Smith's Death Pleads Guilty

CBC | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada

The killer of a man seen in a widely publicized photo tied to the Toronto Mayor Rob Ford crack cocaine video scandal has pleaded guilty to a lesser ch...

Mayor Rob Ford Is Actually Doing a Good Job

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

I agree with the Toronto Star, that Mayor Rob Ford's birthday was not "business as usual." In fact, it was better than business as usual. While the rest of the members of Toronto City Council seem consumed with the alleged crack cocaine video, Mayor Ford is apparently performing their duties for which he was elected.

In Any Other Industry, Rob Ford Would Have Been Fired By Now

Richard Leblanc | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Richard Leblanc

Mayor Rob Ford's stubborn refusal to address substantively the allegations of drug use, and the reputational contagion and distraction it has caused, needs to be addressed in short order. In a corporate setting, a Chief Executive engaging in similar patterns of behavior would not be tolerated by any board of directors. The CEO would have been fired long ago.