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Olivia Chow Would Defeat Rob Ford In Toronto Mayoral Election: Poll

Olivia Chow Would Defeat Rob Ford In Toronto Mayoral Election: Poll

Commented Nov 25, 2013 at 14:18:52 in Canada Politics

“The pollster concludes: "There are a couple of takeaways here -- in the first place, the more crowded the field the more it works to the mayor's advantage. Next, the more Ford Nation thinks about a Chow candidacy, the more firm is their opposition. Third, Rob Ford is closing the gap on all his competitors as the campaign draws closer, and he has a year of free time to work on closing the gap further,” he said, according to CP24."
Are you friggin kidding me? Ford just experienced a horrible several weeks. Yet he is just a few points behind Chow, who has not come under any scrutiny or any public criticism. And Chow has a ton of baggage and skeletons in the closet. If Chow can't be way ahead now, she is toast. I predict she will not run. The possibility of losing to Ford is very real. Why should she give up her safe Toronto federal seat to be humiliated by Ford and to be put under the microscope by and publicly ridiculed by Ford supporters and Ford Nation?”
Kathleen Wynne: Ontario May Intervene In Ford Saga If Toronto City Council Can't Function

Kathleen Wynne: Ontario May Intervene In Ford Saga If Toronto City Council Can't Function

Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 17:27:37 in Canada Politics

“Kathleen Wynne has already blundered on this Ford file when she contemplated intervening a few months ago. She then beat a hasty and humiliating retreat. As I discussed in my previous Huff Post article, "Wynne for the Lose". Wynne would meet a worse fate now.
Israeli Bird Centre To Be Built In Stephen Harper's Honour

Israeli Bird Centre To Be Built In Stephen Harper's Honour

Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 14:02:41 in Canada Politics

“Bronfman's superficial comment that Justin Trudeau is closer to Israel than Harper because Justin visited Israel once in the company of Stephen Bronfman, is really grasping at straws. Bronfman seems to suffer from selective memory or memory loss. He chooses to forget that Harper and the Conservatives, unlike the Liberals in power, did not cater to and sympathize with Hamas and Hezbollah. And unlike the Liberals, the Harper Conservatives did not equate Hamas and Palestinian terrorism with Israel's right to defend itself. Bronfman seems to forget that the Liberals turned a blind eye to UN one-sided resolutions against Israel. While Canada, under Harper has stood firmly on principle to support Israel against a blatantly anti-Israeli UN. Please note my own Huff Post article, wherein I argue that Trudeau and the Liberals, once in power, will reduce Canada's support for Israel.

Doogs62 on Sep 18, 2013 at 19:18:27


You mean the unbiased, judicious approach was unsuitable to special interest groups and didn't go far enough in protecting Israeli hegemony in Palestine and the occupied territories. Thank goodness most Israeli's aren't as blindly loyal to Bibi as our present PM is or the situation would be far worse than it already is. Then you go on to make assumptions about what Trudeau and the Liberals will do when they regain the reins in 2015 which is pure hyperbole.

Save the spin for your sycophants we're not buying it.”

Basel Tutunji on Sep 18, 2013 at 18:14:04

“As long as Israel is occupying Palestinian Land and building settlements illegally Canada should not be pampering Israel.”

ilford on Sep 18, 2013 at 17:57:12

“Harper has stood on his religious beliefs in his treatment of Israel. Nothing more or nothing less. To assume that Harper has some policy based approach to Israel is pure folly.”

LGC1953 on Sep 18, 2013 at 14:45:21

“Your CONservative support is so undying Mitch! Get the blinders off your eyes!”

RememberingisGood on Sep 18, 2013 at 14:29:00

“I couldn't have said it better myself, Mitch. Bravo.”
Kaetlyn Osmond's Globe And Mail Front Page Photo Draws Outrage

Kaetlyn Osmond's Globe And Mail Front Page Photo Draws Outrage

Commented Mar 18, 2013 at 19:56:09 in Canada Style

“The Globe and Mail public editor over reacted. There was no wardrobe malfunction. The woman skater was wearing normal figure skating garb. The actual skater was thrilled to be on the front page of the Globe. This photo was taken with the intent not to appeal to someone's prurient interest. The public editor seems to have come down with a case of "political correctness". Those Globe readers who were offended should "chill" and realize there was nothing objectively offensive in the photo. Perhaps they are the ones who have certain internal issues to resolve. Don't impose your Puritan interests or values on others.”
State Department's Keystone XL Report Provides As Much Grounds For Rejecting Pipeline As Approving It

State Department's Keystone XL Report Provides As Much Grounds For Rejecting Pipeline As Approving It

Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 06:41:50 in Canada Business

“With due respect to the writer, I could not disagree with him more about the above State Department report. This report cuts the legs out from the main environmental argument that the Keystone pipeline will increase global warming. That is the environmentalists' strongest argument. When that plank has been removed, and when the anti-Keystone group is forced to argue on national security grounds, the movement is on much weaker ground. For the foreseeable future, the US will still have to rely on importing oil from Venezuela and other unstable and unreIiable Mideast nations. In fact the State Department has also stated in other reports that by importing Venezuela oil, that oil and its related transportation issues through the US, will produce greater greenhouse emissions than Alberta oil transported through the Keystone pipeline. The indirect support of the anti-Keystone group for greater carbon emitting Venezuela oil further undercuts the anti-Keystone group and even undermines the legitimacy of the environmental movement in general. The belief that the US will be energy independent in the very near future is a pipe dream. For the anti-Keystone movement to rely on the arguments of this piece, is a sign of desperation. And further indication the environmental movement is playing a losing hand. No less than the liberal Washington Post, in a recent editorial, has criticized the movement for wasting its time on opposing this Keystone pipeline, and undermining its credibility.”

ILoveFiction on Mar 7, 2013 at 02:28:30

“Thank you for Boehnering us!

By the way, do you know who wrote the environmental impact statement?”

Runey on Mar 6, 2013 at 10:35:32

“How is the pipeline 'increasing greenhouse emissions' the main argument of antagonists?

What about the disaster that strikes for any sort of leak, the hazardous waste that is inevitable (history shows us countless examples of this egregiousness) for any and all wildlife, ourselves included.”

Torontotoad on Mar 6, 2013 at 07:38:04

“ the report.. Its says nothing about the impact of the pipelinee o Clmate Change, (htough there is a misleading section calle 'Climate Change', which discounts major effects of golbal warming on the pipeline)..”

recumbentguy on Mar 6, 2013 at 07:18:17

“I agree. The content does not support his title and thus his argument.”

therainisgone on Mar 6, 2013 at 07:17:43

“environmentalists dont have to do a thing--

give us one reason why obama should do anything to benefit the kochs”
Where Does Olivia Chow Stand on Israel?

Where Does Olivia Chow Stand on Israel?

Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 20:33:16 in Canada

“Debrah M.: Twenty percent of Israel's population consist of Palestinians. Where is the concrete evidence that Israeli Palestinians lack ample water, food, medicines and medical care? You have none. Just anti-Semitic propaganda. I have advised you of the mistreatment of Palestinians in Gaza by Egypt, which has closed its borders to Gaza, both for ingress and egress. I also have advised you that Palestinians have been ruled by an authoritarian and ruthless Hamas. When was the last time they had democratic elections? Palestinian women in Gaza are forced to cover up under strict Shariah law. They are treated like second class citizens. But notwithstanding these facts, which you can easily verify, by Google, you continue to ignore and turn a blind eye to how other groups, other than Israel, are treating the Palestinians like hostages. This is the essence of anti-Semitism. Hatred of the Jews as a people and a race. The deliberate targeting of Israel as the sole cause of the plight of the Palestinians, when other facts indicate to the contrary. By ignoring these facts, you undermine your bona fides, that you are really concerned about the plight of the Palestinians. You clearly don't care about the causes of the problems of the Palestinians. You are really just using Palestinians as a way of vilifying Israel and Israelis.”
Where Does Olivia Chow Stand on Israel?

Where Does Olivia Chow Stand on Israel?

Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 18:40:05 in Canada

“Debrah M. There is no evidence that the minority Palestinians are being treated poorly in Israel by the majority Israeli government. Israel is a democratic state and the Palestinians have legal representation in Parliament. They are subject to the rule of law and an independent and professional judiciary. As Israeli citizens they are entitled to and actually receive together with fellow Israeli citizens: adequate food, water, housing and education. The double standard may apply to Israeli treatment of Palestinians in Gaza. Israel has a naval blockade, to block the importation of material used to build bombs and bomb launchers. So in some quarters Israel is heavily criticized for all the ills of the Palestinians in Gaza. These anti-Israeli critics fail to take into account, that Egypt has closed off the border with Gaza and prevents Palestinians from leaving or entering Gaza. Egypt has also blown up secret hidden tunnels, which were used to smuggle food and building material into Gaza.There is a substantial record of abuse by Hamas on the Palestinians in terms of lack of democracy. There has not been a free and impartial election in years and years. Furthermore, Hamas operates through fear, intimidation, torture and violence. There is no rule of law or independent judiciary. By failing to criticize the Hamas and its authoritarian form of government, and the Egyptian blockade, critics of Israel appear more interested in vilifying Israelis and targeting them, than in dealing with the actual problems of Palestinian men and women.”

DebbyM on Feb 3, 2014 at 19:23:06

As for Hamas, you're right, awful terrorist group and they've caused no end of suffering on both sides I'm sure, but Israel has done their share too and what I see is a failure of Israel's supporters to call them on their abuses and always pointing to Hamas as the sole cause of Palestinian problems. No discussion of homes bulldozed, monies withheld, innocents killed….? Just Hamas, Hamas, Hamas.

I've been reading a history of Jerusalem the past couple days (1/2 way through it) written by a man named Martin Gilbert who seems to be pretty neutral in his writings. It seems from what I've read so far, that there's pretty much equal blame to go around up until 1948 at least. What happens after that, I haven't read yet. After I finish this book, I'm going to read Jimmy Carter's book which I'm sure you're familiar with.

It's a very easy and somewhat typical political tactic to try to minimize the opposition by pasting a negative label on them, i.e. anyone who criticizes Israel in the slightest is herewith anti-semitic. Vic Toews tried that one when he wanted to be able to spy on Canadians (you're with us or you're with child pornographers!) Doesn't make it so.

Like I said, I see a failure to exercise critical thinking when it comes to Israel's abuses.”

DebbyM on Feb 3, 2014 at 19:21:02

“Then why when the occasional, and what seems to be a minor piece in the news comes out about Palestine, are we seeing photos of bombed out streets and buildings in total disrepair? Why do some websites talk about 27,000 Palestinian homes bulldozed, an inability to get building permits so that a house can be built, less water being available to Palestinian areas than to Jewish areas, etc. And as Israel collects all taxes for the area and then doles out funds to all municipalities (Arab and Jewish) did I read that in one area, civil servants, i.e. teachers, doctors, etc., didn't get paid for a full year.

And whether it is Gaza or the West Bank (isn't that where a lot of homes have gotten bulldozed?), the point is that Israel seems to not only control the 'bomb making stuff' but also everything else. Is that right? That takes me back to that aid ship that Israel boarded and killed 9 people!

And why shouldn't Egypt close off their border with Gaza? Isn't that what America does to Mexico? Don't blame Egypt for what goes on in Gaza, that's on the Israeli doorstep squarely.

What Rosie DiManno Gets Wrong About Mental Illness

What Rosie DiManno Gets Wrong About Mental Illness

Commented Jan 25, 2014 at 18:28:01 in Canada Living

“This is a very well reasoned and argued article, which points out that there are many untruths and myths that surround mental illness. Such ignorance appears to hinder rather than help the understanding of mental illness and the possibility of curing mental illness. Thank you for shedding some light on this very emotional but important topic.”
Harper's Flawed Approach to Foreign Policy

Harper's Flawed Approach to Foreign Policy

Commented Jan 24, 2014 at 14:18:34 in Canada Politics

Harper's Flawed Approach to Foreign Policy

Harper's Flawed Approach to Foreign Policy

Commented Jan 24, 2014 at 14:16:51 in Canada Politics

“As I suspected, the Liberals under Justin Trudeau, want to reduce Canada's current support for Israel. Some Liberals, referred to in Paikin's article, want Canada to return to its "honest broker" role where Canada treats the terrorist, anti-democratic, anti-women, anti-gay, anti- rule of law, Hamas in the same way it treats Israel, a country whose ideals include such Canadian ideals as democracy, freedom, and the rule of law. On the other hand, Paikin would have a new Trudeau Liberal government pivot away from Israel, because the defence of Israel does nothing for Canada's geopolitical interests. In any case, the same result would occur. Under Trudeau, the Libs may or may not throw Israel under the bus, but instead may move Israel to the middle or back of the bus. See my Huff Post article on this issue.”
Israel: The Defining Speech of Harper's Career

Israel: The Defining Speech of Harper's Career

Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 17:20:35 in Canada

“To use Jeffrey Simpson's words, I believe Canada's position is more nuanced than merely that the settlements constitute a serious obstacle to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace. Recall the Israeli military and residential settlements occupied Gaza. For the sake of peace, Sharon removed such settlements and military from Gaza, and Hamas and the Palestinians in Gaza responded by launching missiles on innocent residents in Israel. Settlements on the West Bank can be removed as they were removed from Gaza, providing the Palestinians truly want peace, recognize Israel as a Jewish state and affirm the right of the state of Israel to exist. The facts that Hamas are a terrorist organization seeking the destruction of Israel, and at war with Abbas and the Palestinian Authority, together with being anti-democratic, anti-freedom, anti-rule of law, anti-gay, anti-women and anti-non Islamic peoples, are the real obstacles to a just and lasing peace with Israel. And frankly, the jury is still out on Abbas and the PA, which have been accused of being also corrupt, anti-democratic and anti-rule of law. As Harper as suggested, it is time that critics of Israel also level the same criticism against the Palestinians, and stop just blaming Israel. Otherwise, we will question your true bona fides. Are you truly for a just peace, or are you closet and subtle anti-Semites?”

DebbyM on Jan 24, 2014 at 10:26:59

“I don't agree. Sharon removed the settlements from Gaza because it was financially feasible. Too expensive to keep trying to protect them in that area and so he simply upped the theft of land in the West Bank to make up for it. Sharon wasn't interested in peace, negotiations or compromise with the Palestinian people.

I can imagine that any one of us would get a little riled if some stranger walked into our front rooms and told us we had fifteen minutes to gather our possessions before the bulldozers came in so that another stranger could build their house where ours stood. Interesting how you forget all about that as you justify this ongoing land grab. But as long as it's somebody else right?”

Michael Dudley on Jan 22, 2014 at 10:18:32

“Sorry Mitch, but "recognizing Israel as a Jewish state" is not at all as simple as it sounds, even if you support the idea in principle, as Juan Cole recently explained on Rabble:

"[E]ither way Netanyahu defines Jewishness, it disenfranchises substantial numbers of self-identifying Israeli Jews. If it is a matter of maternal descent, it leaves 300,000 or so out in the cold. If it is a matter of belief and observance, it leaves nearly two million Israeli Jews out of the club.In addition, of course, 1.7 million Israelis, about a fifth of the population, are Palestinian-Israelis, mostly Muslim but some Christians."

YankeeCanuck on Jan 21, 2014 at 22:20:39

“SHaron's removal of the settlements in Gaza was a strategic move. Once the Israeli Defense force was no longer needed to protect the settlers, the fence with automated weapons could do the job. AND here is the bonus: it would no longer be an occupation which according to international law is meant to be a temporary situation and the people under occupation are to be protected.So a blockade and siege makes sense, militarily.
Sharon, don't forget is the godfather of the settlements in the West Bank. You can read that history in Lords of the Land by Edit Zertal and Akiva Eldar.
A blanket accusation of antisemitism of anyone who disagrees with the Likud line is not convincing.”
Harper in Israel? Time for Pundits to Whine

Harper in Israel? Time for Pundits to Whine

Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 09:09:49 in Canada Politics

“This article is an excellent summary of Harper's pro Israeli policies. It also provides an excellent summary of the so-called pundits' views of Harper's pro Israeli position. The pundits, the Laurentian Consensus, Tony Burman of the Star and Simpson of the Globe, all fail to deal with Hamas, " the camel in the room". This is a terrorist organization that rules by violence and intimidation. There is no democracy, freedom or rule of law in Gaza. Hamas tortures and discriminates against those who do not adhere to strict Sharia/Islamic principles, which include non Muslims, women and gays of course. Hamas has become a mortal enemy of Abbas and the PLO on the west bank. Hamas still vows to destroy Israel as a Jewish state. But these ridiculous pundits want Harper to treat this disgusting group in a more even-handed and nuanced manner. No wonder these newspapers have sunk so low in public esteem and are bleeding red ink from dropping circulation.”
Media Bites:The Political Popularity Contest Is Won in the Polls

Media Bites:The Political Popularity Contest Is Won in the Polls

Commented Jan 16, 2014 at 14:23:08 in Canada Politics

“J.J. I am not happy about the success of Marois and her Charter of Anti- Values. But as to Ford, I totally agree with you. Ford's numbers are amazing because he has a solid base of support that definitely supports his policies and programs. And the fact that he stubbornly fights for them against the TO elitist left who have abandoned the majority of TO residents, who are lower income, middle income, hard-working, nonwhite and non affluent. Essentially the core of Ford Nation. I have predicted that Ford is unstoppable. And the 2014 campaign is essentially over. J.J., keep up the great and insightful writing.
Perhaps I Was Too Harsh on Québec

Perhaps I Was Too Harsh on Québec

Commented Jan 9, 2014 at 09:22:54 in Canada

“Diane, this is a very articulate and very well reasoned article. I understand your concern about Islamic women and men bringing their discriminatory views of women to Canada. But I believe that the proposed Charter of Values which apparently prohibits all religious garb ( ie kippahs, turbans and Islamic head coverings) in public institutions is the wrong way to go and is much too draconian. This Charter will grease the slippery slope to racism and anti-Semitism, which unfortunately, is still in the DNA of Quebec society.”

hp blogger Diane Weber Bederman on Jan 9, 2014 at 09:45:39

“Mitch Wolfe, Thank you. I agree that it is a slippery slope when we make laws about religious clothing. But I think of this as a conflict between two rights-freedom of religion versus freedom for all. Veiling a woman signifies that she is unequal. That goes against the very foundation of our culture. If a woman wears a Hijab she is still participating in society. No different than a Nun's habit-which is rare these days.”
This Hospital Thinks Quebec's Charter of Values Is Sick

This Hospital Thinks Quebec's Charter of Values Is Sick

Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 10:06:22 in Canada Politics

“Paul-Rogers: That is a very interesting position. I appreciate your honesty and candor. Many of the founding Jewish families of the Jewish General Hospital immigrated from Europe in the 1860s and 1880s and in the early 20th century from Europe. We always viewed ourselves as Quebecers and Canadians. Though our community does not date back centuries in Quebec and we are not pure laine, we never viewed ourselves as jackal-like opportunistic, colonial predators. That is a very interesting observation. I wonder if the majority of French Quebecers view the Jewish community in Montreal and in fact the larger Anglo community in Montreal in the same light. If this view is shared by Premier Marois and her colleagues, I think it would be incumbent upon her and her party to express this view of the Anglo minority publicly in the upcoming election.”
This Hospital Thinks Quebec's Charter of Values Is Sick

This Hospital Thinks Quebec's Charter of Values Is Sick

Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 22:07:33 in Canada Politics

“Dostros, thank you for your thoughtful comments. My understanding and experience are that this hospital functions in both official languages, together with multiple languages to reflect the diversity of its patients. The hospital is more community-based than religious based. The Charter is discriminatory because inevitably the exemption will terminate and in order for the hospital to be Charter compliant, the hospital will be forced to require those medical practitioners who wear religious symbols to remove them or be terminated from the hospital, notwithstanding the wearing of such symbols does not affect medical performance or service. This is not business as usual. The hospital has wisely chosen not to be a party to what it believes to be a very bad law.”
Masculinity Is Not a Dirty Word

Masculinity Is Not a Dirty Word

Commented Nov 25, 2013 at 13:28:11 in Canada Living

“Ms. Chapin, this is a terrific article. It goes against the grain. And it implicitly asks the question, are there any TO men who are multi-dimentional? That is, why can't men be dudes?. Be a guy. Do guy stuff like play industrial league hockey, throw back some beers with the guys. Go nuts at a hockey or football game. But at the same time, enjoy rom/coms, chick flicks. A Euro flick at TIFF Lightbox. Dinner at a new French bistro in town in Lesleyville or a hot new Mexican place on Dupont. Experimental theatre on Ossington. Brunch in Koreatown. Toronto and Canada are full of these multi-faceted guys. They may even live in Ford Nation north of the Annex. The question is, are you TO women willing to come over to the dark side and take a leap of faith?”
Rob Ford: Victim of the Media or of Himself?

Rob Ford: Victim of the Media or of Himself?

Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 18:22:43 in Canada Politics

“Excellent article. You make some very good points. The Old Toronto does not get Rob Ford. It does not understand why he was elected. It does not understand why his Ford Nation is still sticking with him. In some ways, the Old Toronto has been in denial ever since 2010. Old Toronto, which I have deemed SWAG (smug, white, affluent, gentry) has been exposed in this Ford Affair as being elitist, self-satisfied, slightly racist ( those who are pushing de-amalgamation to separate Old Toronto from those "others", those nonwhite suburbanites) selfish, condescending to the outer suburban residents of Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough. Old Toronto's claim of embarrassment make them look ridiculous. Ford Nation has been energized. They are sticking with Ford and they could make him the next Mayor in 2014. Wouldn't that be interesting? I am looking forward to seeing the heads explode of Old Toronto Old Media types, when Ford is re-elected.”
Why Council's Motions Could Be a Win for Rob Ford

Why Council's Motions Could Be a Win for Rob Ford

Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 10:59:08 in Canada Politics

“Lebest, thank you for your comments. I really don't think Toronto voters should be worried about SNL skits or Jon Stewart. Stewart also makes fun of tons of US politicians, including NY Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama, for his numerous apologies about the abortive Obamacare and the millions of Americans who have had their insurance policies cancelled, notwithstanding Obama's explicit promises to the contrary. Now that is a real scandal that affects people in their pocketbooks. If Torontonians are worried about SNL and Stewart, they should just get over themselves. These Ford scandals will become yesterday's news. As to Toronto, it is still a great place, to live, work, raise a family and invest, subject to the huge deficits and high utility costs produced by the Ontario provincial Liberal government.”
Why Rob Ford Will Always Have the Support of Young Toronto Elites

Why Rob Ford Will Always Have the Support of Young Toronto Elites

Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 15:33:36 in Canada Politics

“Joey Jeremiah, thanks for your comments. I was a big fan of yours in "Degrassi". I am looking forward to "Degrassi- the Next Political Generation". Perhaps you, Wheels and Snake, could all run for Toronto City Council as "The Zit Remedy" Party. I also thought you and Caitlin were great for each other.”
Why Ford Is Still the Man to Beat

Why Ford Is Still the Man to Beat

Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 11:54:26 in Canada Politics

“Axe34 and BCQCMTL: Thank you for your comments. Axe34, thank you for the Swiftian reference. But I view myself more as the Norman Mailer of my generation, of course, absent, his many divorces, brushes with the law, and his writing talent. BCQCMTL, I also write extensively about how the Ontario Liberals under McGuinty and Wynne, blew $1.1 billion dollars of Ontario taxpayer money in order to save 4 seats. But apparently, the Toronto media and the Toronto urban elites are more obsessed with Ford lying about smoking an illegal substance.”

Scrappysmith on Nov 13, 2013 at 04:50:05

“Woa there Mitch your overlooking the Criminal Association issues involved!

You should at least consider Nikki Thomas's Headline Blog; It's Not About Crack, It's About Crime ; ).

P.S. From a less than elite Suburbanite, Ford's not doing well in this neighborhood.”

Brendan MacDonald on Nov 12, 2013 at 19:46:40

“Obfuscate Mitchie, always remember to obfuscate.”
Will Rob Ford Give

Will Rob Ford Give "Crack Heads" a Better Name?

Commented Nov 8, 2013 at 15:01:32 in Canada Politics

“This article deals with a very delicate topic with insight and humor.
I love the line, "Sorry, but you'll also have to throw the crack baby out with the bathwater."
Funny and sad. Great writing. I also think that a point will be reached in this sad Ford story where continuous piling on this fellow will create its own backlash.”

quax on Nov 9, 2013 at 19:15:32

“My other more poignant comment didn't get through, so let's put it more delicately:

It is transparently obvious that the last Rob Ford supporters only hang on to him, because they expect him to keep their taxes down. It's all about the money, if the man destroys himself in the process they could not care less. Keeping him in the job is keeping him in the spotlight. He will only regain a modicum of privacy and a chance to get his live in order if he steps down.”

Skepticat on Nov 9, 2013 at 09:59:00

“Unfortunately Mr Ford enabled all the piling on himself by continuing to behave inappropriately while continuing to deny a serious problem. The best thing real friends of Rob Ford can do is pressure him into getting help instead of the constant attempts at deflection and excuse making.”

hollace on Nov 9, 2013 at 06:16:01

“all he had to do in the Spring was step aside... tell me what you think is a a better remedy for a guy who has the City of toronto on a techmnicality
I keep hearing he is just not a quitter and he needs room..
I think he mustook the amount of people who have the same feeling..
Canada needs it#s spece from Ford and many other Canadians are just as determined he leave.regarless how he describes his health to his familyé
It#s ignoratnt to think we need a lesson from the Fords on Substance abuse or anything else.”
huffingtonpost entry

I'm Dating for Free Dinners - Got a Problem With That?

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 13:13:43 in Canada Living

“Erin, you have some inspired choices and some rather boring choices on your hit list. I think you should also consider Rose and Sons, their Big Crow in the back, The White Brick Kitchen, Tofu Village and Museum Tavern. A word to the wise. The nerdy but nice guy you blow off now in your serial dating, may be the guy you should have dated and married ten years from now. When you are single and 46 and still serial dating old white-haired and balding twice-divorced 60 plus old dudes, for free dinners. Somehow, that aint as hip. Also, Erin, there is no such thing as a free lunch.”
This Is Why People STILL Support Rob Ford

This Is Why People STILL Support Rob Ford

Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 14:27:07 in Canada Politics

“Marni, once again you nailed the mystery surrounding Ford's support. He does not appear to be screwing the taxpayers for his own gain and benefit using taxpayer money. Thank you for reminding us that Rene Levesque while drunk, killed a man with his car, but this matter was covered up. Kathleen Wynne has refused to take direct personal responsibility for being the Liberal Campaign Co-chair and personally agreeing to the cancellation of the Oakville and Mississauga gas plants at a cost of $1.1 billion of taxpayer money so that her Liberals could save 4 seats. She merely takes indirect responsibility as one of many unknown Cabinet Ministers who signed off on this matter. Now that is a real scandal, that the majority of the press is ignoring. So as to focus on Ford's follies. I know members of the Ford Nation and Ford's support is growing.”
Rob Ford Is Not Obligated to Resign -- Nor Should He

Rob Ford Is Not Obligated to Resign -- Nor Should He

Commented Nov 5, 2013 at 10:50:59 in Canada Politics

“oldsob: As you know I welcome all comments to my articles. The good, the bad and the ugly. For some strange reason, most commentators do not take kindly to my rather unconventional and contrarian views. That is cool. You, on the other hand, clearly demonstrate rare insight. The media has a job to do, but it runs the serious risk of losing its credibility if it appears to be unduly targeting Mayor Rob Ford and failing to investigate other more serious provincial scandals, which have a greater financial impact on the Ontario population, as a whole.”
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