Toronto Politics

It's Becoming Clear That Rob Ford Will Win Again

Quito Maggi | Posted 04.21.2014 | 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 04.11.2014 | 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 04.04.2014 | 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 03.31.2014 | 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 03.24.2014 | 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.

You Have to Be on Crack to Donate to the Rob Ford Video Fund

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 07.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

This is how the entire situation boils down: You are giving your money to a website so they can give your money to a member of a gang which wreaks violence on your city so that they, the website, can make money for themselves. Does this make any sense to you whatsoever? If you don't like Rob Ford, fine, don't vote for him. Smear him all you want. Insult him at every party. Call him a fascist Michelin Man. Frankly, I don't give a damn. But for the love of God, please don't give money to drug dealers.

The Ass-Backwards Response to Ass-Gate

Nikki Thomas | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Nikki Thomas

Every time it feels like things can't possibly get any worse, Toronto politics finds a way to stoop to a new low. Rob Ford is engaged in yet another race to the bottom. Nonetheless, it's interesting to examine the attacks on Sarah Thomson, and the painfully-flawed logic behind them. But it's really worth examining the true meaning of the statements, and what it says about how sexual assault claims are treated. Exactly what burden of proof do we require before we believe a woman who claims assault? It seems that the court of public opinion requires a higher burden of proof than any other court in the land.

Will Rob Ford Learn the Art of Adult Conversation?

Sol Chrom | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Sol Chrom

Thrilling as the #Fordcourt ride was, we're back to where we started. Ford Nation -- such as it is -- can enjoy its little victory lap. All I ask is that the Ford brothers set aside the slogans, the catchphrases, the childish vindictiveness, and the belligerent, tribal ignorance that's characterized public discourse in Toronto for the last two years.

Ford's Leadership is Lacking and Toronto's Weak-Mayor Model Covers Up His Faults

George Smitherman | Posted 03.26.2013 | Canada Politics
George Smitherman

Toronto's weak-mayor model works as cover for the incoherent and distracted leadership style of Rob Ford because expectations have been suppressed for so long.

Screw Jose Canseco: Why I Should Be Toronto's Next Mayor

Danko Jones | Posted 03.13.2013 | Canada Music
Danko Jones

Recently former Blue Jays baseball player Jose Canseco ventured a tweet announcing his interest in the almost-vacant Toronto mayoral seat. Never mind that Canseco is American and ineligible, and never mind that his steroid past makes him a laughable prospect. What became an easy press field-day revealed a scarier state of affairs -- Rob Ford is just bad enough to make ANYONE seem better as mayor.

What the CFL Has to do With Canadian Politics

Zach Paikin | Posted 01.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Zach Paikin

What I find particularly interesting about the Canadian Football League -- our league -- is that it often reflects Canada's political, economic and ideational condition. As Canada completes its celebration of the 100th Grey Cup, it is a particularly timely moment to examine "Canada-Toronto relations."

Why the Media Is Winning Against Rob Ford

Kaitlyn Kochany | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Kaitlyn Kochany

You've given the media so much to comment on: missteps, mixed messages, leaderless moments in city hall, all topped off with the cherry of antagonism. Of course they don't like you. Your job is to be the face and the leader of the city in which we all live, and sometimes, you're not so good at it. They are very good at their job, which is reporting on you.