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Four years ago my parents came to visit me in Toronto. The day before they arrived, I was in a staff meeting where someone noted that the pleasant weather we had been having was about to become unseasonably cold, with rain. “Ho ho!” I said, “That’ll be my parents coming from England and bringing the bad weather with them!” and I apologised on their behalf. There was much guffawing around the room and legs were slapped and my back was patted and everyone agreed I was a definite asset to the company with my uncanny knack of enhappinating the whole department on bases regular.
Last October my parents and brother came to visit. They arrived the day before Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to thousands of homes in Toronto and disrupted transit all over the city.
On Sunday my brother flew in from London. My parents are due to arrive this afternoon. So, uhm…
“This is likely the wettest moment in Toronto’s history,” David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada, said on Monday evening while rain was still falling. “By the end, we may have a new all-time one-day record.”
More than 90 millimetres of rainfall was recorded at Pearson International Airport in just two hours, starting at about 4:30 p.m.
July usually gets about 75 millimetres of rain in the entire month.
I’m sorry, Toronto.
I know this is old news, but I was at my in-laws’ cottage over the weekend and just got back. I’m catching up.
So, Rob Ford, the guy who found himself as mayor of Toronto due to an extremely odd rule allowing people who don’t live in Toronto to vote for Toronto’s mayor, has apparently been videotaped smoking crack, calling the newly-elected Liberal Party leader a “Fag” and referring to the football team he coaches (and skips sessions to do so) as “mostly fucking immigrants.”
Some have called for Ford’s removal from office, while others have stated that he must address the allegations. Even his supporters have complained that there is too much of a distracting sideshow around the portly, ruddy-faced nincompoop.
However, I disagree. I think he should keep quiet, and I think removing him from office would be a terrible mistake. Here’s why.
Not too long after his election, Ford was seen numerous times driving to his home in not-Toronto, reading official documents while on the highway. Some said he should be chastised, but his response was basically to say “Ha ha you all said I was so stupid I couldn’t read and now look at me reading and driving at the same time.”
During a conflict of interest case which Ford lost but later won on appeal, it was determined that Ford was unaware that his actions were a conflict of interest because he hadn’t read the ‘code of conduct for public servants’ book. Some wrong-headed people claimed that not knowing how to do one’s job should be a reason for removing that person from their job. But Ford stayed.
At a party a few months ago, Rob Ford is alleged to have made inappropriate comments to a former political opponent and apparently touched her bottom. Ford denied the allegations, saying something probably idiotic that nobody heard as it was washed out in a tidal wave of forehead sweat. He did not lose his job.
Then, a little while ago, it was revealed that the mayor of Toronto was asked to leave an official dinner for retired soldiers after appearing inebriated. Some “insiders” made off-the-record comments about a possible drinking problem and a refusal to go to rehab, which Rob denied. He remained mayor of the largest city in Canada.
Now, Rob Ford is apparently on tape smoking crack with drug dealers.
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure if we let him stay in office, it’s only a matter of months before he’s caught on camera murdering an aide while anally penetrating a midget dressed as Hitler, all the while singing “That Don’t Impress me Much” by Shania Twain and kicking a dog.
Please, let’s make this dream a reality. Let’s keep Rob Ford in office.
Hey, I know there’s a lot going on this weekend, but some nerds might be interested in the following free gigs in Yonge-Dundas Square:
Friday: Matthew Good - Plants and Animals
Saturday: Flaming Lips - Portugal. The Man - Of Montreal
Sunday: Raekwon & Ghostface Killah - Killer Mike
For more information go here: NXNE website
Here is a list of some of the lesser-known, but no lesser-fun (ha-ha) places to visit in Toronto.
So you’ll be on The National tonight?
Peter Mansbridge: “Good evening and welcome to The National. I’m Peter Mansbridge.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says public employees are paid too much and receive too many benefits. Today he pointed at the appearance of a deer in downtown Toronto, citing it as evidence of a lack of effectiveness by public employees to prevent deer attacks.”
[Cut to video of Jabba the Hutt laughing]
Jabba the Hutt: “Hogh hogh hogh.”
Peter Mansbridge: “I apologise, that was not a video of Mayor Rob Ford; that was a video of his brother, Doug.”