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ArchiveNovember 2012

Rob Ford finally gets some good news, but what happens now?

By: Metro Canada Published on Fri Nov 30 2012 By the time I finish writing this, the landscape may have changed again, but here's what we know now about Mayor Rob Ford and his quest to remain in office: A judge has ruled that Ford contravened the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. The mayor had a responsibility to know about the laws applicable to him as an elected official. He didn't...

Mayor Rob Ford's apology comes far too late

By: Metro Canada Published on Wed Nov 28 2012 Well, he tried. After initially brushing off the verdict that would remove him from office, a more contrite-sounding Mayor Rob Ford stepped before the assembled media throng yesterday. “Looking back, maybe I could have expressed myself in a different way,” he said. “To everyone who believes I should have done this differently, I...

Ousted until 2014, Mayor Rob Ford must decide if he wants to keep his job

By: Metro Canada Published on Tue Nov 27 2012 At this morning's meeting of Toronto City Council, solicitor Anna Kinastowski confirmed that, under her interpretation of yesterday's ruling, Ford would be barred from running in a potential by-election for mayor. This means that Ford would have to step down until 2014. Ford could still challenge that interpretation in court. But if it...

Toronto Wrap: TTC fares go up, cyclists under fire and Mayor Rob Ford's big week

By: Metro Canada Published on Fri Nov 23 2012 I'm not one to rage against TTC fare increases. The cost of providing transit service invariably goes up every year. It makes sense that fares should increase to match that cost. So that five-cent increase the TTC board approved this week? Not really a big deal. At least it wouldn't be, if City Hall were actually willing to step in and...

Two observations about Mayor Rob Ford's libel trial

By: Matt Elliott Metro, Metro Canada Published on Wed Nov 21 2012 So Mayor Rob Ford went to court. Again. And now, arguments concluded, we wait for the judge to render his decision. Again. I hate reruns. Unlike Ford's last trip to the courthouse—over conflict-of-interest allegations that could eventually get him removed from office—this month's case has lower stakes. Ford stands accused...

City Council Scorecard: TCHC sale, Metrolinx agreement & Accountability Offices

By: Metro Canada Published on Fri Nov 16 2012 The Oct. 30, 2012 meeting of Toronto City Council spilled out across three days and included a truly bizarre portion in which several councillors dressed up in colourful Halloween costumes. TTC vice chair Glenn De Baeremaeker wore a full-on dog suit. It was also the meeting in which Mayor Rob Ford absented himself for a few hours to coach a football... Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


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