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Extra, Extra: Rob Ford, Rob Ford, and Rob Ford

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.

  • A website called is making the case for Rob Ford’s reinstatement as mayor, following his ouster earlier this week. Its owners have even put together some video propaganda, embedded above.
  • Meanwhile, international reaction to the Ford situation continues. Flip through a copy of The Economist and you might see this article, which characterizes Toronto as a city in tatters. Maybe we could parlay this into a new tourism slogan. Toronto: Come See Our Dirty Laundry. World class, people. World class.
  • Somewhat related: a new website tells you whether Rob Ford is currently mayor or not. Watch it closely in coming weeks.
  • Over at the Globe, Richard Florida argues that despite all the Ford stuff, what Toronto really needs is a stronger mayoralty, because it would help us to attract better leaders, who could then stand up to the province. Which makes a surprising amount of sense.
  • What a world.
  • The Old City Hall nativity scene spends more time in headlines than possibly any nativity scene anywhere else. It was vandalized earlier this week. But its last major scandal was self-inflicted.

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  • Anonymous

    “a city in tatters”

    Nononono. It’s spelled taters:

  • Anonymous

    “Comments for this video has been disabled”

    Chicken shits.

  • Skandhala

    ‘Respect Democracy’ Video claim Ford lost mayoralty ‘…because of a politically motivated technical objection over how he raised money for underprivileged kids …’ cannot be corrected because comments disabled. Just how much respect for democracy does this demonstrate?

    • Neville Ross

      To be fair, I’ve seen left-wing and feminist sites/blogs do the same thing (and worse) to anybody who makes a comment that the site can’t or won’t support (Judy Rebick’s all purpose political site being one of them-the discussion forum has a list of no-go areas that can’t be opposed under pain of being kicked off of it.) What Respect Democracy’s done isn’t any different.

  • Non-retarded Citizen

    Quite ironic that a website endorsing Ford is called “respect democracy”, exactly that which he consistently has not done.

    • Anonymous

      Actually Ford deserves considerable credit for having single-handedly boosted civic engagement in this town through the roof. Let’s hope it outlasts him.