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ArchiveSeptember 2012

Is this the scandal that will end Rob Ford's career?

By: Matt Elliott Metro, Metro Canada Published on Thu Sep 13 2012 A totally bungled and failed transit plan didn't end Mayor Rob Ford's political career. Neither did erratic driving habits or that time he almost punched a reporter because he was on land near his house. And when he called 911 because there was a comedian in his driveway and then allegedly swore at the operator...

Rob Ford skips work to coach football

By: Metro Canada Published on Tue Sep 11 2012 Mayor Rob Ford's Executive Committee met at City Hall yesterday. But the meeting was missing something: Mayor Rob Ford. This wasn't a minor meeting. Executive Committee is where some of the most crucial items come before they head to council for a vote. It's also usually the last opportunity councillors have to hear deputations from the...

Transit vision drowns on Toronto's waterfront

By: Metro Canada Published on Fri Sep 07 2012 It was a quiet milestone on the water's edge: earlier this week, with back-to-school season in full swing, students started attending class at a new George Brown College campus located near the foot of Sherbourne Street on the shores of Lake Ontario. Formerly, the lands were derelict and unwelcoming—post-industrial with contaminated soil and...

Rob Ford's conflict-of-interest defence: laziness and incompetence

By: Metro Canada Published on Wed Sep 05 2012 Mayor Rob Ford, a twelve-year veteran of municipal politics and leader of Canada's largest city, wants a judge to believe that he simply doesn't understand what a “conflict of interest” actually is and that he could never be bothered to learn the real definition. That seemed to be his strategy, anyway, as he took the stand today...

A back-to-school season wish-list for Rob Ford and Toronto City Council

By: Matt Elliott Metro, Metro Canada Published on Tue Sep 04 2012 It's hard to focus on the issues that actually matter to Toronto right now because Mayor Rob Ford has, once again, got himself into a pickle. And this time it's serious: he might actually lose his job. It's kind of distracting. But nonetheless, it's back-to-school season and so city councillors are set to return... Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


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