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ArchiveJune 2012

Rob Ford sets a new direction – and it's not completely terrible

The mayor's got a new groove. After spending the last couple of months half-heartedly trying to convince Torontonians that—really—he had accomplished everything he ever wanted to accomplish as mayor, Rob Ford finally laid out something resembling a new political agenda in remarks to the Economic Club of Canada on Tuesday. It was yet another speech from the mayor that decidedly didn't...

In absence of leadership, council ignores the mayor and bans plastic bags

By: Metro Canada Published on Thu Jun 07 2012 Well, no one expected that. Rob Ford said he wanted to remove the five cent fee retailers in Toronto have to charge for plastic bags. He called the “bag tax” irritating. But council wasn't having it. Instead, they opted for a different strategy at yesterday's meeting, voting to ban all point-of-sale plastic bags from city...

In wake of tragedy, Toronto stands strong – and Rob Ford acts like a mayor

On Saturday evening, a man entered a crowded food court at the Eaton Centre, pulled a gun and killed someone. Several more shots were fired – seemingly at random – wounding six others. A 13-year-old boy, who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, took a bullet to the head. The mall was evacuated, investigations were conducted, and, late Sunday, someone ended up in...

Friday Wrap: Weight Loss sideshow continues, Jack Layton honoured & transit squabbles

Friday Wrap is your brief look at some of the other stories making news in and around Toronto City Hall. I have to apologize to Mayor Rob Ford. On Monday, I wrote that the mayor had “abruptly called an end” to his weight-loss challenge, closing the book on a brief, absurd spectacle that saw the mayor of Canada's largest city stand on an industrial scale at City Hall every Monday... Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


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