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The Rob and Doug Ford Radio Recap: The One Year Anniversary Edition

Every Sunday, Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Doug, host a two-hour talk show on Newstalk 1010. We listen so you don't have to.

Rob and Doug Ford in the studio; photo courtesy of Newstalk 1010.

Rob and Doug Ford in the studio; photo courtesy of Newstalk 1010.

Rob Ford has been very silent since Sarah Thomson’s allegations, but we’ll hear from him on his radio show today. What will he have to add? Will he offer a measured tone and wish Thomson the best while affirming that the alleged incident did not occur? Will he simply choose not to comment and let events take their course? Find out next.

1:07 p.m.: We get a horrifying rendition of “Happy Birthday” from Newstalk 1010 host Jim Richards to celebrate the first anniversary of this show (official name: The City). There will also be messages throughout the show from various Newstalk personalities, like John Tory, John Moore, and Jerry Agar. I really don’t like talk radio.

1:07 p.m.: Rob promises the show will be “more fun than a barrel of monkeys.” It’s one of his favourite sayings, and I hope it’s inspired by this excellent children’s game.

1:08 p.m.: Rob, the eternal optimist, thinks the Leafs are going to go all the way this year.

1:09 p.m.: Rob says he’s tired of this OCAP stuff from “professional protestors,” and Doug is fed up too. They’re getting paid tons of money and no one at the protests are actually homeless, they say. You can disagree with OCAP’s tactics and arguments, but be assured of this: people do not become activists because they see big dollar signs.

1:13 p.m.: Rob, the eternal optimist, thinks Toronto FC has a very good team this year. (They have never made the playoffs.)

1:14 p.m.: Rob Ford, on Sarah Thomson:

I don’t even want to waste my time anymore on this. This is not true. Every single person here…[trails off]

I want to thank the Richmond Hill councillors for coming forward and saying it wasn’t that, and I must have taken four hundred, five hundred pictures, and there was never an issue with anyone else. This lady, in my personal opinion, I’ve always thought, I don’t know if she’s playing with a full deck, from the first time I met her, and I told her that last night. She said, “You’re not supporting my one per cent?” and I said “No, you’re crazy, get out of here.” That’s pretty well how it went. I had a great time. It was a lot of fun. But when people want to make up stories, that’s their prerogative and we’ll leave it at that.

To summarize the story thus far: Rob Ford faces allegations that he was in an altered state at a political event, groped a former mayoral contender, and made sexually suggestive comments to her. In a statement, he then decries her allegations as “crying wolf” and says they undermine International Women’s Day. After Thomson persists in her claim, he goes on his weekly two-hour radio show and calls her crazy.

We do not know the truth of what happened at the CJPAC event, and quite possibly never will, but we can say that the response to this unfortunate situation has been awful. The approach to discussing Thomson’s allegations has effectively victimized her, even if no groping ever took place. It is a stereotypically demeaning, completely by-the-book response, and unfortunately it appears as though the mayor’s office has read this one.

1:17 p.m.: Moving on, Doug says Dallas is a beautiful city, but in contrast to Toronto he only saw one crane. Doug adds that Dallas’s downtown is dead, and you could “fire a cannon off in it” as the city is very spread out and has low density. Ladies and gentlemen: Doug Ford, the world’s most unlikely urbanist.

1:18 p.m.: Rob has Gloria Lindsay Luby (Ward 4, Etobicoke Centre), whom he once referred to as a “waste of skin,” on the show to discuss women in politics. “When I started [in politics] people asked why I wasn’t looking after my children,” she says. Rob is surprised, “People actually said that? Wow.”

1:26 p.m.: Now on the show is the MPP for Whitby-Oshawa, Christine Elliott; the Fords supported her in the last Progressive Conservative leadership race. She’s also the wife of Ford-family-friend Jim Flaherty, who sat next to Doug Ford Sr. in Queen’s Park.

1:27 p.m.: Doug jokes that at his home with his wife and four daughters, it’s women’s day every day. Sigh.

1:29 p.m.: Elliott is asked why women shy away from getting involved in politics. She replies: “What they don’t tend to like, is what they see as an adversarial approach.” Also a deterrent: seeing a female political figure being treated the way Sarah Thomson is right now.
(Worth adding: my notes from last year’s show closest to International Women’s Day do not have them mentioning the occasion. We report, you decide.)

1:39 p.m.: Rob says he wants women to get involved in politics and encourages them to contact him for information on how they can run. This is a good thing to say. It’s also worth pointing out only one of council’s 15 women are on the mayor’s Executive Committee, which has 12 members.

1:40 p.m.: Doug thinks Toronto needs a strong mayor system, and that the mayor should have veto power that could only be overridden by a two-thirds majority of council. Rob objects to this because it would take too much power away from councillors and would not work well in a system without political parties. Hearing Rob go all Michael Ignatieff on Doug and explain democratic principles almost makes listening to this show worth it. Almost.

2:08 p.m.: As a gift for his one-year radio anniversary, Rob receives a certified double Canadian platinum record from Triumph’s Gil Moore.

2:12 p.m.: Frances Nunziata (Ward 11, York South-Weston), who is co-hosting with Rob and Doug today, discusses her early music experience. “I never had the privilege of going to a concert,” she says. “I was very sheltered.”

2:14 p.m.: Rob invites Triumph to play at Ford Fest in his Mom’s backyard next year. This might mean councillor Gary Crawford’s (Ward 36. Scarborough Southwest) band Gently Bent will no longer be the headliner.

2:28 p.m.: Rob starts to read the week’s upcoming events and then somehow we end up at: “Mark my words, we are getting subways… We’re not going to have these streetcars and LRTs.”

2:29 p.m.: Playing off of Rob, Doug fights the good fight: I can’t wait for the next election, when the people of Etobicoke, North York, and Scarborough can speak up.

I believe there is a part of the city they neglected to mention.

2:38 p.m.: With digressions and distractions, we have not completed the community bulletin portion of the show 10 minutes after it started.

2:50 p.m.: Rob Ford, on tailgating outside Toronto FC games: “A couple beers has never hurt anybody.” This is probably not the thing to say after accusations of insobriety.

2:54 p.m.: A Moroccan man named Marhafi joins the show, and it turns out the Ford household gave him a place to stay when Rob and Doug were teenagers. Rob shows off how he can “speak Arabic,” which turns out to be a couple of words that he says loudly.

3:00 p.m.: Doug signs off by saying “God bless Ford Nation.”

Verdict: This show really had it all. Rob and Doug chanted their chorus of support for subways, launched an offensive attack on a former mayoral contender, and somehow fit Triumph into the middle of the show. In a way, it was a fitting tribute for their past year of broadcasts, filled as it was with delusion, confrontation, absurdity, and sports talk. But all of the sturm und drang has real-life consequences—for the reputation of the mayor’s office, for the likes of Sarah Thomson and for the city at large. Talk radio played a significant part in giving us our current mayor, and his own show is the best example of just how flawed and limited the man is.

Four out of five platinum records.

Thanks for reading, and God bless you, Raccoon Nation.

Comments

  • Roy Schulze

    Raccoon City, indeed!

  • AllanG

    Ford’s new definition of “crazy”: Thomson (and presumably anyone else) who supports a 1% tax to fund subways is “crazy”. Therefore, they cannot be believed on anything.

    Perhaps if we probed, we might find that this definition of “crazy” extends to anyone who disagrees with the millionaire mayor on anything. Or perhaps it’s only limited to taxes.

  • OgtheDIm

    Rob talked about TFC?

    As he was the only councillor who voted against the creation of BMO field, and it was a passion of the mayor who is blamed for everything evil in this city, I’m slightly surprised he even knows the team is good or bad.

    • randal

      he cares only about the drinking aspect.

  • Melissa

    “(Worth adding: my notes from last year’s show closest to International
    Women’s Day do not have them mentioning the occasion. We report, you
    decide.)”

    He also didn’t mention it at all at City Hall, which would’ve been the most important place to mention it. Well, unless you count that “statement” defending himself against “false allegations,” that seems to have made mention of IWD for sole the purpose of publicly shaming Sarah Thomson–the statement that was later removed from City Hall’s news releases and its link re-directed to his statement about the girl who was run over by a garbage truck.

    Compare that to what other Toronto mayors did:

    Mel Lastman:
    -http://www.toronto.ca/proclamations/2003/proclamation_internationalwomensday2003.htm

    David Miller:
    -http://www.toronto.ca/david_miller/speeches/womensday.htm
    -http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/it/newsrel.nsf/82f55f14f8d6b46285256ef500408475/2D4F703F64DF970D852574050066F6FE?opendocument
    -http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/it/newsrel.nsf/82f55f14f8d6b46285256ef500408475/CB0F9E42906CF11085257295005C296F?opendocument

    • David Hains

      Thanks for adding this, Melissa

  • jai

    Rob Ford is winning public opinion hands down but haters can’t help exploding their bitterness in public; pathetic.

    • dsmithhfx

      My hero!

      • jai

        Haha, I can only imagine. Leftards just can’t bear that their mayor is fat, doesn’t wear Birkenstock sandals and doesn’t like free-ranged tofu burger.

        • Dave

          Leftards. Blurf blarf.

          • vampchick21

            He’s so unique and imaginative!

          • Dave

            It’s the old, “You just don’t like him cause he’s fat and you’re bitter” line. And I think something about sandals, too. What does this guy have against sandals?

          • vampchick21

            I’m guessing his athletes foot or toenail fungus issue prevents him from wearing sandals in the summer, and being what he is, he therefore hates all sandals because he must wear sweaty running shoes all summer long.

          • jai

            Leftards are funny. Sideshow Bob has now become your mascot. You’re the laughing stock of Canada.

          • vampchick21

            WTF are you even talking about anymore? No one cares, we’re just poking you until a real conversation begins with someone with an actual brain.

          • jai

            Lefty brain you mean? I’ll give you Heather Mallick’s number.

          • Dave

            Does Mr. Kouvalis pay you a bonus for each time you say “leftards”?

          • jai

            Rob Ford is huggable at least. Sideshow Bob? Hysterically delusional and the new face of the left, congrats.

          • dsmithhfx

            Who is “Sideshow Bob” in your alternate universe?

          • randal

            i believe he is making a derogatory remark about Sarah Thomsons looks.

        • randal

          HAHAHA A HIPPY JOKE.

          get this guy to an open mic night.

    • Dave

      Me so bitter!

      • jai

        If you’re a lefty, yes, and I feel your pain.

        • Dave

          Perhaps, but really I was just reacting to your idiotic troll-post. I suppose you could call it counter-trolling, although admittedly I probably should have refrained from “feeding” you in the first place. Oh well, I guess that train’s left the station…

    • vampchick21

      I’d love to live in your world, but I’m afraid I’m rather addicted to intelligence, common sense and logic, so I’ll stay in mine, thanks.

      • jai

        … or too much Toronto Star kool aid?

        • vampchick21

          Don’t you have a Sunshine Girl to ogle?

          • jai

            Lots, sorry you’re not qualified.

          • vampchick21

            Awwww… your adorable! You think I might take offence to that! Are you new to the internet that you think that a viable attack on a faceless mode of communication?

          • jai

            A lefty that spells “you’re” your.

          • vampchick21

            And now you shift to Grammar Nazi mode! How predictable. You bore me now.

          • jai

            Strange, usually the tofu people are the grammar nazis; just turning the table.

          • vampchick21

            boring = you.

          • jai

            Perhaps this will titillate you.

      • http://twitter.com/Welshgrrl Vashty Hawkins

        Don’t feed the troll

        • vampchick21

          It amuses me briefly. :)

        • jai

          Smells dead RATS in here anyway.

          • vampchick21

            Maybe you should clean out your basement hovel?

          • jai

            Agree, too much Toronto Star rags.

          • vampchick21

            You started strong then faded out quicker than the average troll. Go back to Reddit.

          • jai

            Sorry, never thought of landing on in Sideshow Bob’s camp.

  • Steveinto

    Rob Ford was elected to be the Mayor of Toronto Yet he only includes Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke as the Toronto he leads. No Mayor has ever been that divisive and dismiss 2/3 of Toronto giving them no voice in the city they live and pay taxes to. For the supporters of this man this is why he is so disliked.

  • milanista1

    Are you kidding me? We’re not having LRTs we’re having subways? This again? It has literally been about ONE FULL YEAR since he lost that fight, for the second time! And that stupid temper tantrum of his cost the city millions! Has anyone over the age of 5 ever sulked for nearly this long in the history of politics? Sour grapes doesn’t even begin to describe it. GET OVER IT!
    GIVE IT UP AND DO YOUR JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • vampchick21

      He’s actually incapable of doing his job as mayor. He, and the city, are better off letting him just be a football coach. That he’s good at doing.

      • Dave

        …although even as a football coach, he can stand to be a little less…er…boastful.

        • vampchick21

          This is true….lol… Just coach. Brag about wins. Go home. :)

  • jai

    This is leftards at their ugliest — a delusional, hysterical, scorned woman championing women’s rights, going after a duly elected official thru media.

    • ezekiel cornington III

      i agree, in my opinion this woman has one of those wandering uteruses that like floats around in a woman making her crazy, it’s not really her fault, but my grandpa does bloodletting and we offered to help her but she wouldn’t take the witch test (which is like really easy just takes 5min in lake ontario so wtf!!) & she threw out the leeches we sent her WHICH WE SPENT OVER 50$$ on, such bullshit, we’re just tryin to help ya know.

  • jai

    Leftards must be proud of Side Show Bob disguised as Sarah Thomson.