The Canadian Progressive: Intolerance-inspired effort to defund Pride Toronto thwarted

The City of Toronto just thwarted an attempt by some right-wing councillors to force the city to pull its $260,000 grant to Pride Toronto, the non-profit organizer of the annual Toronto Pride festivals. The post Intolerance-inspired effort to defund Pride Toronto thwarted appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Ranting Canadian: John Tory, the leading Conservative Party candidate for Toronto…

John Tory, the leading Conservative Party candidate for Toronto mayor, has gotten endorsements from the Conservative Toronto Sun (after they previously promoted the Ford brothers), the Conservative Globe and Mail, Conservative Toronto city councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, a bunch of other lesser-known Conservative city councillors, federal Conservative Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper ...

The Ranting Canadian: Doug Ford should drop out of the Toronto mayoral race – he is…

Doug Ford should drop out of the Toronto mayoral race – he is splitting the anti-John Tory vote. John Tory should drop out of the mayoral race because he is splitting the anti-Doug Ford vote. They should both drop out because they are both splitting the pro-Chow vote. If that sounds silly or presumptuous, then ...

Politics and its Discontents: Gay Pride: A Proviso

Yesterday I wrote about the considerable pride that we should all take in the progress we are making as a society, World Pride in Toronto being a sterling example. However, as Star letter-writer Blair Bigham of Toronto points out in today’s edition, there is still room for improvement: Political stripes aside, Ontario (population 13.5 million) ...

Politics and its Discontents: World Pride: Our Pride

While it is never good to feel smug or self-satisfied (we’ve seen where that takes the right wing), there are things about which we should feel very good. Although I do not live in Toronto, as I was watching the news last night covering the opening of the 10-day World Pride Festival being hosted in ...

Politics and its Discontents: Oops!

But at least young Tim manages to retain his boyish grin during yet another campaign gaffe. Recommend this Post

reeves report: Toronto offering on-bill financing for home energy retrofits

A homeowner installing fiberglass insulation as part of Penticton, B.C.’s energy retrofit loan program. It might be time to replace that aging water heater in the basement. Or that thinning insulation in the attic. The City of Toronto is here to help, announcing last week that it’s taking steps to make it easier for property ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Good luck to Dan Fox running for TO City Council (Ward 24) in Willowdale.

I don’t often do links to municipal candidates, particularly City of Toronto ones, despite the amusing circus that occasionally provides, but I’m making an exception for Dan Fox, who is an active Liberal in federal politics, but has decided to go a different route and will try to get elected to TO City Council in ...

A BCer in Toronto: Robyn Doolittle talks Rob Ford and Crazy Town

Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle discussed her new book Crazy Town — about the drama surrounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, the investigation that led to admission to having used crack cocaine and how the Ford phenomenon — with Twitter Canada CEO Kirsten Stewart at the Bloor Docs Cinema in Toronto on Monday evening. I attended, ...

A BCer in Toronto: Ontario’s NDP lines up behind Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Here’s an example of some pretty cynical political pandering from Ontario’s NDP, as it decides to sidle up to Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford in a misguided attempt to score political points. Back in November, when there was discussion about whether the province should intervene in the drama surrounding Ford and Toronto’s city council, Ontario ...

The Ranting Canadian: Some beautiful animation about a terrible person. Are the…

Some beautiful animation about a terrible person. Are the creators psychic or merely wishful? We’ll find out in 2014.

The Ranting Canadian: Just when you thought the lying scumbag Rob Ford couldn’t…

Just when you thought the lying scumbag Rob Ford couldn’t sink any lower, he belly flops into the filthy, shitty muck yet again. During a softball interview by Conrad Black on the show Zoomer TV — which aired on December 9, 2013 on the religious channel, Vision — the lying, corrupt mayor spouted disgusting, defamatory lies ...

A BCer in Toronto: Reaction to Rob Ford at Argos game more carnival freak show than show of support

There I was, minding my own business just after halftime in a section 129 aisle seat at the Rogers Centre as the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tigercats clashed on Sunday in the CFL’s Eastern Division final, when I ended up with a ringside seat for the circus that has enveloped the City of Toronto. Yes, ...

the reeves report: Ontario cycling strategy needs more than ‘vision’

Critical Mass in Toronto (Flickr photo by CG Cunningham) Two decades was a long time for cycling advocates in the province to wait for an overhaul of the Ontario Cycling Strategy, and the draft report released Aug. 30 has left many underwhelmed. The report from transportation minister – and avid cyclist – Glen Murray (who ...

A BCer in Toronto: Talking Rob Ford and Toronto Politics at Word on the Street

Continuing my run of political Sundays, I spent the afternoon yesterday in the shadow of Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto, where a number of panels and discussions at the Word on the Street took on a political theme. Up first was the Toronto Star tent, where the city’s paper of record gathered some of its ...

The Ranting Canadian: This clip from the movie Tommy Boy is almost a re-enactment of…

This clip from the movie Tommy Boy is almost a re-enactment of a typical scene from Rob Ford’s life. Here are a couple more Ford-like clips from Tommy Boy: clip1 and clip 2, and here are six ways the fictional character Tommy Callahan (played by Chris Farley) differs from the real-life disgraced mayor of Toronto. ...

The Ranting Canadian: "Ah yeah, sure I know. It’s a free country. You know you…

“Ah yeah, sure I know. It’s a free country. You know you got the right. But I got a badge, what do you got?” That line from West Side Story sums up the attitude of many – if not most – cops, especially in Toronto. They are confident that their police badge is essentially a ...

Musings on Canadian Politics: Rob Ford you are responsible for the province cutting funding

Ontario’s Liberal government is cutting close to $150 million in transfer payments to the City of Toronto. The payments, which are used to fund social programs, will be cut off in 2016. City bureaucrats and politicians are trying to push back against the provincial Liberals. They argue the province made an agreement in 2008 to ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Will Rob Ford’s troubles help the RaBIT vote?

There will be a vote coming up soon a City Hall on whether to formally recommend to Queen’s Park that Toronto would like a 2-phase timeline for bringing in Ranked Ballot, replacing the traditional first-past-the post : mayor for 2018, Council in 2022. (Of course, Council could amend to bring everything in at the same ...

The Ranting Canadian: Rob Ford, Toronto’s part-time mayor, is an addict. Among…

Rob Ford, Toronto’s part-time mayor, is an addict. Among other things, he is addicted to lying. Those who are always quick to believe his side of the story are enablers. Ford doesn’t need defending; he needs an intervention. He’s not just hurting himself; he’s hurting the whole city. Ford has a long, well-documented history of ...

A BCer in Toronto: Rob Ford needs to seek help himself

For those whose families have been touched by alcoholism, as mine has, the story in this morning’s Toronto Star “Rob Ford: ‘Intoxicated’Toronto mayor asked to leave military ball” will ring familiar. Looking back at a long pattern of behavior it would seem obvious to all that Mayor Ford may have a problem. Obvious to everyone, ...

The Ranting Canadian: There’s been so much bullshit and insanity in the Canadian…

There’s been so much bullshit and insanity in the Canadian political scene lately, it’s hard to keep on top of it all. Here are just a few recent examples: fraud and theft being officially endorsed in the Canadian senate prime minister Stephen Harper and his stooges lying through their teeth every day in parliament Service ...

Wise Law Blog: Toronto’s Ford Follies

Of course the mayor will now appeal his removal from office and attempt to run the clock until the next municipal elections in 2014. (The guy spends more time in court than I do…) It almost makes one yearn for the relative calm of the sedate and dignified Lastman years. – Garry J. Wise, Toronto Visit ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Small-Mindedness of Rob Ford

It has been said that to be a great leader, a person has to have a great vision. I’ll let you decide where Toronto May Rob Ford fits into this equation by reading this story about what he thinks people should be marching and demonstrating for. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The Absurdity Continues

I feel just a tad guilty writing this post today, given that world events are of their usual dire nature, the slaughter of protesting Syrian students by a brutal and repressive regime not the least of them. Nonetheless, I will deal briefly with a more parochial issue, the brutal and repressive regime operating out of ...