When we named councillor Rob Ford as one of 2007’s Villains for his consistent insensitivity, political grandstanding, and outright idiocy (witness statements like, “I can’t support bike lanes. Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks. My heart bleeds when someone gets killed, but it’s their own fault at the end of the day,” and, “If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you won’t get AIDS probably”), we couldn’t have possibly imagined that he would up the ante in 2008. But in February, he proposed that every new street in Toronto be named after dead Canadian soldiers, a symbolic but entirely empty gesture that completely missed the point; and then, earlier this month, said that “Oriental people” are “slowly taking over” because they “work like dogs,” comments he later refused to apologize for. All this, while rumours had been swirling that Ford was planning to run for mayor.
And now, according to the Star, the Sun, City, and the Post, Ford has been arrested and charged with assault and threatening death. Though Ford, arrested this morning at his home and since released, has been refusing to comment about what happened, the Post cites a source familiar with the case who told the paper that “the charges arose from a domestic dispute,” and CityNews reports that the incident “allegedly involved Ford’s wife, who is reported to have brought the complaint that led to the charges.”
Ford will appear in court on April 28, which will give flabbergasted Torontonians a good month to build up healthy amounts of schadenfreude. In the interim, we hope that the victim of the assault is doing okay.
Illustration by Marc Lostracco.