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Extra, Extra: Rob Ford Thank-You Notes, Pop-Up Shops, and Small Animated Mayors

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Rob Ford appreciates Toronto Life this holiday season

Rob Ford appreciates Toronto Life this holiday season.

  • Who says Rob Ford holds a grudge? He very thoughtfully and graciously sent a note to Toronto Life, thanking the magazine for its “50 Most Influential People in the City” issue. Which is pretty decent of him, really, seeing as how Police Chief Bill Blair is number one on that list—because of his role in the Rob Ford crack scandal.
  • Would your mother enjoy receiving a Schadenford magnet set in her stocking this Christmas? Perhaps your friend would appreciate a book about civic engagement? Satisfy all your Toronto-related holiday shopping needs at a pop-up shop created by Spacing and Coach House Books.
  • The same people who brought us the Oscar-nominated animated short about John Lennon have now created a short animated work in support of the Toronto Public Library. Narrated by author Vincent Lam, this video is recommended for all those who appreciate our library system and/or the sight of small, line-drawn city councillors genuflecting before a small, Rob Ford-filled throne.
  • If you stole a “bronze-coloured statue known as Whatsoever You Do from a plinth outside the Church of Stephen-in-the-Fields on November 30, the police would like to talk to you. And also, they’d like the statue back, please.

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  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    That statue is super creepy, so it’s for the best.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      I walked by that church about a week or so ago at about 10 pm. I thought it was someone sitting there begging for change. Kinda freaked me out.

      • OgtheDim

        That’s kinda the point of the thing people…..

        or do you prefer your public art obscure or kid friendly?

        • tyrannosaurus_rek

          Are the only options “super creepy” and “ignorable and banal” now?

          • OgtheDim

            I prefer “makes me think”. If its creepy that it takes to get there, so be it.

          • dsmithhfx

            Can’t wait for Francis Bacon and the Screaming Popes!

  • VictorianShuter

    If only the act of panhandling disappeared that easily.

    • rich1299

      If the need for people to panhandle disappeared it would pretty much disappear too. Welfare is only $606 per month, even if you can find a place to live for that little bit which is next to impossible you’d have nothing left for anything else.

      Its impossible for people to survive on welfare without a little extra on the side, that’s a well accepted fact by our society by the acceptance of food banks. No one should ever have to rely on private charity like food banks just to survive.

      Our economic system is designed so that some people must always be unemployed and EI falls far short of supporting them. It would be an economic disaster for our current system if we ever had full employment. Corporate earnings would plummet and inflation would be through the roof. It would be good for workers, except for the inflation of course, but it would prevent the growth of businesses and innovation since there would be no new employees available.

      Since some people must be unemployed for our economic system to work its basic justice that we provide the basics of life, food, clothing, and shelter, for them while they’re unemployed but at the present we’re not even close to doing that. Some people are incapable of working at all for various reasons but they too deserve to have the basics of life. People will do whatever they have to to survive, at least when they’re panhandling they’re not committing crimes to survive.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        Not to detract from your point, but full employment is impossible, not just for economic reasons: there will always be segments of the population too young, old, ill/injured/handicapped, otherwise occupied (school, for example), unwilling to work, or in a lifestyle that doesn’t require them to work but still able to consume goods and pay taxes (lottery winner, super rich, etc).

  • David Toronto

    And Ford isn’t one of the 50!

    It’s probably the first time the mayor of
    Toronto has been of the list since before
    Lastman’s term.

    • rich1299

      and Doug Holyday is on the list, how did that happen?