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Extra, Extra: Rob Ford Encounters an Elevator, Conservative MP Makes a Joke, and You Might Be Better Off in a City

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  • In a scene with certain undertones of Spinal Tap, people who’d gathered at the Hilton Hotel today to hear a speech from Mayor Rob Ford waited more than an hour for him to appear—apparently because he spent a good 45 minutes stuck in an elevator. Not all audience members stuck around long enough to hear Ford’s address to the Economic Club of Canada: after an extended period of time had passed with no explanation for the delay, some people just turned their backs on their $89 seats and left.
  • Conservative MP Mark Adler (York Centre) was just trying to be funny. He was just being “tongue-in-cheek,” he says, when he stood behind barricades at the Western Wall in Jerusalem earlier this week and asked a Harper aide to let him pass by yelling: “It’s the re-election! This is the million-dollar shot!” All in all, a helpful reminder that anything tongue-in-cheek is always hilarious and in good taste. (That last sentence being a case in point.)
  • Are you a city-dweller who dreams of moving out into the country, perhaps because life in the country is healthier, as well as less traffic-jammed? You might want to revisit that idyllic vision of healthy rural living, because it seems that urbanites “are often in better shape and live longer than their rural counterparts.” That’s what the available data appear to show, at least. Of course, they also suggest that while you’re busy living longer in a city, you’ll probably also be suffering from asthma, allergies, and dry eye.

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  • wklis

    Isn’t there a maximum weight for the elevators?

  • James D Paterson

    To top everything off with Rob Ford, he can’t even respect the elevator weight limit.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    “…some people just turned their backs on their $89 seats and left.”

    A fool and his money are soon parted.

    Can someone explain the Adler story? I can’t figure out what the issue is.

    • torontothegreat

      Because it’s an extremely holy spot for Jews and people pray there. It’s disrespectful, no different than handing out magnets at a funeral.

      • dsmithhfx

        What? Funeral attendees don’t need magnets? Now you are disrespectful!

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    “In a scene with certain undertones of Spinal Tap…..”

    Today’s Lunch Guests: Mayor Rob Ford & A Puppet Show

  • Whaaa… ?

    ” because it seems that urbanites “are often in better shape and live longer than their rural counterparts.””

    And that’s because suburbanites are usually slaves to their cars.

    • Steveinto

      they also vote for the likes of Rob ford. Soon Tim Hudak. In the past Mike Harris.

      • OgtheDim

        The NDP caucus vice chair is a guy from Scarborough Rouge River.

        You might want to look beyond the easy stereotypes.

    • vampchick21

      Because the suburbs when they started up back in the 1950′s were designed for cars, not walkability. And nobody bothered to change that dynamic.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        Rural ≠ Suburbs

        • vampchick21

          Yes, I’m very much aware of that, which is why I was talking about suburban areas as opposed to small towns and farming communities. Suburbs were designed as residential areas outside of urban areas, and boomed in North America after WWII. They are more car dependant because that’s how the area was developed.

          Totally different from driving past multiple acre farms on a rural road to get from one small town to the next. And small rural towns are still far more walkable than suburbs. I know. I grew up in small rural towns and the only times we got into the car was to buy groceries or leave.

  • dsmithhfx

    Stuck in a gas station washroom with Sandro Lisi for 45-minutes, more like.

  • Whaaa… ?

    I’m familiar with that too. But someone in a tough blue collar job is usually getting a decent amount of exercise.

    But there is also a segment of rural dwellers who have very much the suburban attitude. They have a rural property purely for recreation and just want a big house with a big property… sometimes referred to as their “cottage”. I know people like this. In some cases, they have jobs in the city and have insane commutes.

  • Alex

    Rob Ford is not a very good mayor.