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Taking stock of Rob Ford’s Toronto, 2011

In The Maven, Toronto politics on December 31, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Rob Ford in a rare press scrum, at David Pecaut Square | Image: West Annex News

By The MavenAs we head into 2012 and are well into the second year of Fordism, we should pause and take note of what has occurred so far.

Thugs like Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti run wild.

Idiots like Josh Matlow feel self-important.

And Ford claims success so far for his mandate. He feels that whatever he wishes to do is ordained directly from ‘the people’. Having been elected, he has stated (following in the footsteps of that other democrat and man of the people, Steven Harper) that election victory means no more consultation for four years. Being Mayor means to Ford that whatever he wants to do is has already been sanctioned and he needs no further approval.

Interestingly, in spite of current and looming layoffs (he promised none would occur during his administration), service cutbacks (he guaranteed they were not going to happen during his mandate) and tax increases (hidden as ‘user fees’, which he insisted would never happen while he was mayor), Rob Ford says he has had a successful year.

As well, although he has found virtually NO gravy at City Hall to cut, he did manage to piss an awful lot of gravy away on his own team of consultants who confirmed that the only gravy around was the stuff Rob was feeding them.

Thank god for Adam Vaughan and Shelly Carroll. I know Gord Perks is a nice guy as well, but if the City is to be saved, it will be Vaughan and Carroll at the head of the battle.

But keep looking for the conservative and butt licking Toronto press to quiet down much of the righteous rage against Ford. They prefer access to the corridors of power (as the Fords only grant press access to those who toady up to them) to exposing the truth about this gang of mental giants.

We’ll survive but it won’t be a pretty sight along the way. But, at least the laughs are great. I mean we couldn’t dream up a better target for derision than the Brothers Ford.

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The Weekly Wrap for Friday, March 11, 2011

In This week in the neighbourhood on March 11, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Targeting Layton Liberals along the Bloor subway line. Instead of doing the hard work of taking on Harper, Jane Taber says the NDP are back to poaching voters from the Liberals. [Globe and Mail]

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The evolution of a street: from ghost town to hip destination to tarnished outdoor mall. Corey Mintz discusses why your great neighbourhood has terrible restaurants. [OpenFile]

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Power to the people. Edward Keenan reports on how Hart House is harnessing the energy from exercise equipment and using it to generate electricity. [YongeStreet]

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No more dreams of a backyard in suburbia. Cody Winchester looks at the fight for family-sized condos in downtown Toronto [National Post/Montreal Gazette]

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Does Ford rule by fiat, or is council still supreme? Cityslikr fills you in with a backgrounder about what the TCHC debate was really about [All Fired Up In The Big Smoke] Daniel Dale gives a pretty good blow-by-blow-of the special meeting of Council on March 9th [thestar.com] and CitySlikr calls out the cowardly councilors who chose to stay silent during a debate about whether Toronto is still a representative democracy. [All Fired Up in the Big Smoke]

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Speaking of our eroding democracy, Wyndham Bettencourt-McCarthy reviews a show about another side of the G20 featuring arrestees’ portraits and stories [Torontoist] while the Fifth Estate presents the gripping G20 documentary You should have stayed at home. [cbc.ca]

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What do you know about the stop at Wychwood Barns? Videographer Darren Alexander profiles the work of a decidedly different kind of food bank [YongeStreet] during Stop for Food, a fund-raising prix fixe dining event running in selected Toronto restaurants until March 31st. [thestop.org]

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A reminder that the Canadian Music Fest is in town to March 13th, with shows scheduled at local venues the Annex Wreck Room, Clinton’s, Free Times Cafe, Lee’s Palace, Rancho Relaxo, Sneaky Dee’s, Sonic Boom, and others.

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It’s in the Economist so it must be true: bike lanes make economic sense. R.A. analyzes the data. [The Economist, h/t Tim Kraan]

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