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Extra, Extra: Beaver Hat Ceremonies, Rob Ford’s 10,000 Eggs, and an Unpleasant Prank

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  • Did you know that there is something called the “Toronto Beaver Hat Ceremony” and that it is held each year to mark the beginning of the shipping season? Well, there is, and it is, and the 153rd Beaver Hat Ceremony occurred today—which explains this photo of a suited man putting a top hat on the head of a sea captain (the man is Port of Toronto harbour master Angus Armstrong; the sea captain is M/V Lubie ship captain Jacek Kurpiel; and the top hat is a nearly 200-year-old silk and beaver top hat).
  • What is Mayor Rob Ford going to do with 10,000 chocolate eggs? This is a serious question, prompted by a serious logistical challenge. Rob Ford acquired 10,000 Cadbury Creme Eggs, intending to distribute them at the Beaches Easter parade—but then parade organizers announced that politicians would not be allowed to participate in the event. So now he has 10,000 chocolate eggs. Ford says he respects the organizers’ decision, but did add: “When you’ve got 10,000 eggs, though, I wish they would have told me a little earlier.”
  • It seems that the contest offering guests at an upcoming Rob Ford fundraiser in Vaughan the chance to win a date with Doug Ford‘s daughter Krista is actually an unpleasant and unfunny prank. Doug told reporters this afternoon that he will “hunt down” the cyber-bullies targeting his family—and also charged that the computers at Deco Labels have been hacked.

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  • torontothegreat

    The best part of the Doug Ford prank is that it was started by their supporters on Facebook (or it appears that way at the moment)

    • OgtheDim

      I take it you support sexist bullying then?

      There is no “best part” to that prank.

      If it was your daughter, would you find it funny? And, no, the lingerie football thing, which she quickly left, does not excuse this.

      Sexist crud like that should happen to nobody.

      Period.

      • torontothegreat

        Yes, exactly what I was saying! All 9 paragraphs of missed words, but you’ve hit it… Nay, NAILED IT!

        I can’t hide my obvious self-loathing any longer, thank GOD a man could point it out to me! Where would women be without the prowess of penile instinct? Do you project here often?

        Thanks for the completely insane rant, it really was “the best part” of my answer thus far.

        On a more serious note: Are you completely unable to parse words without injecting your own insane feelings into them?

        • OgtheDim

          I got no truck for sexist exploitation.

          Ur definition of “the best part” and its use within this context is obviously not what I think it is.

          Fair enough.

          • Angie Mac

            He probably shouldn’t have said “best”. Maybe ironic or bizarre. But I got his point.

      • Notcleverguy

        I agree Og, that isn’t cool at all, however I think Torontothegreat was pointing out how inane Ford Supporters are if indeed they started it. That is what it seems like to me, and I wouldn’t put that sort of lowlife move past some of the degenerates who still support the brothers dim.

        • torontothegreat

          Thanks logical guy!

          • Notcleverguy

            No worries, that’s what I took from your post.

          • OgtheDim

            Fair enough.

      • vampchick21

        Did Doug Ford hack your account? I didn’t see the initial posting of the win a date as cyber bullying, hell, win a date and bachelor/bachelorette auctions for charity are a common thing to raise money, and the individuals who are the ‘prize’ are fully aware and in agreement with the situation.

        Not sure this thing was actually a prank either, most likely a case of serious miscommunication given the state of the campaign. I mean, hell, Doug and Rob themselves are rarely aware of what the other is doing!

        For all we know, there was no rouge admin, no actual hacking, just supporters being told “we might want to do this, this is a fun idea, etc, etc” and someone running with it, thinking it was approved. Or it was set up to run like it has in the first place in order to play the victim card.

        What I’m saying is, I don’t believe a word that comes out of the mouth of Rob Ford, Doug Ford or any person who identifies themselves as a Ford supporter.

        • dannyR

          It’s a hoax and a parody. It isn’t ‘sexist’. Og is seeing stuff up that isn’t there.

          • vampchick21

            Honey, Doug Ford called it a hoax. Therefore there is a 99.999% chance that it was nothing more than a stupid miscommunicaiton between his very disorganized, bumbling campaign management. Rule of thumb, if Doug says it, it’s not truth.

          • dannyR

            I think your theory that it’s a self-inflicted sympathy-reversal tactic has a lot of merit. Rub and Dog Frauds’ campaign isn’t going to miss a trick.

          • vampchick21

            Unfortunantly for them, those who will fall for it is becoming a smaller and smaller pool of people.

          • torontothegreat

            well if it’s a hoax, we’ll soon see Doug suing the “rogue admin” from the facebook page, right?

  • HotDang

    10000 creme eggs would be fairly pricey. Even in boxes of 48 it looks like they cost close to a dollar each. Such largesse!

    • wklis

      Who pays? Deco?

      • ACMEsalesrep

        And wouldn’t that be a campaign contribution?

        • Mojo

          Exactly.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      I’m sure Ford got a deal…bought them in bulk from Cosco perhaps. I’ll bet he didn’t pay a buck each. He can always hand then out at his campaign kickoff on April 17, a fridge magnet and a wee chocolate bunny, who could resist?

      • wklis

        From last year. Then kept in the basement at 15 Windsor Road till this month.

      • poniesinjudah

        Please see my earlier post for an exegesis on the true horror and non-bunny nature! of the creme egg. If you are a recent arrival, possibly from the United States, I can only apologize for the existence of one of the most mucus-like of all candies. ;^)

        • vampchick21

          That are highly addictive in the weirdest way possible.

    • dsmithhfx

      Knowing the Ford’s penchant for wild exaggeration, I’m guessing it’s more like 200 chocolate eggs, of ‘unknown provenance’. You know, like they ‘saved a billion dollars’ except, oh gosh, they didn’t.

      • poniesinjudah

        LOL! Parsing Ford lies could be a whole new field of humour. I would add to your 200 ‘unknown provenance” eggs ie the ones from the bad dollar store, that 50 of them are just marshmallow spiders.

  • VictorianShuter

    Well, there’s one more thing to hand out with the magnets.

  • Notcleverguy

    Well, if he stays true to form from the Etobicoke Santa parade, he’ll just go out parade or not and chuck them at high speed at very young children.

  • torontothegreat

    I feel like this was a Rob & Doug stunt gone wrong, just putting that out there.

    • dsmithhfx

      Or it’s playing the victim, something these two excel at. ISTR another ‘incident’ or two involving alleged, anonymous threats that had Doug in front of the cameras ranting and raving.

      • torontothegreat

        He didn’t even appear upset either. I’ve seen enough of Mad Doug in front of cameras, this wasn’t him.

    • Angie Mac

      I remember about six months or so ago, Doug Ford did a sit down with CP24 about threats that he and his family had received. He discussed the threats for less than a minute, then went on to bad mouth opposition, promote his brother and go through the usual Rob Ford talking points.

      At that time, I thought to myself, “This interview doesn’t seem to remotely be about the threats.” Back then, I knew Doug Ford was capable of anything.

      So, if Doug had set this up himself, it would absolutely not be shocking.

  • dannyR

    Sorry, but how is a date that is a hoax ‘disgusting’? A date is a date. If it’s a hoax, it’s a non-date. I don’t understand what Ford Nation is seeing in this.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      Offering another person, without their consent or knowledge, as a prize is sort of disgusting. Even if she orchestrated the whole thing, doing it for a political campaign is kind of gross too.

      • dannyR

        Even if the thing weren’t transparent parody (Check the huge ‘rebate’ on the cost. That’s ‘slapping the Fords in the face’ level of parody), it is not offering anyone. It is a date offer.

        It is obviously very annoying to the family. It is also very politically annoying. It is a hoax. It is a transparent hoax. It is transparent parody.

        • vampchick21

          http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=a39dff5f97cac310VgnVCM10000068d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=72c5715242ccd310VgnVCM1000006cd60f89RCRD

          It’s legit in terms of the rebate. See the link to the Contribution Rebate program at the city of Toronto website. Scroll down to the chart at the bottom.

          • torontothegreat

            and that’s the part of the note that IMHO exposes this for what it is, a bad idea from the Ford’s. Why would anyone lookup and mention the tax rebate if it was simply a parody

          • vampchick21

            Hell, I didn’t even know I could get a tax rebate if I were to donate to any municipal election campaign!

            My thought is that the post was legit, this is a legit Ford Supportor group, they likely got the info from the campaign and the instant anyone raised a question about the date with Krista, that’s when it all turned to “hoax” and “hacking” and “cyberbullying”.

            The real question we need to ask? Why are what are likely out of town supporters (the fundraiser is in Vaughn) getting a rebate from the City of Toronto? The link I gave doesn’t state that the person giving the individual contribution must be a resident of the city of Toronto, so I don’t know if that’s an actual rule, but should we actually be giving a rebate to a supporter of any municipal candidate if they do not live in or own property in Toronto?

          • Notcleverguy

            I don’t think it is a rule, The City is allowed to give out a tax rebates to people out of the city who support charities and things like that. I just think it’s pathetic that the Fords feel the need to go out of town to get campaign money, again, it’s just self serving and borderline dirty pool.

          • vampchick21

            Thanks for the clarification! I wasn’t sure. And yes, that they are having a fundraiser for their campaign to get Rob re-elected Mayor of Toronto, why are they not holding it within City of Toronto borders?

          • Talbot

            Analysis of the donations in Ford’s previous mayoral campaign showed that one third of his donations came from outside Toronto, mostly in federal Conservative Party strongholds.

            http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/follow-money-mapping-donations-harperland-ford-nation

          • Notcleverguy

            Because they are self serving idiots, that would be my first guest.

          • dannyR

            That’s also a reasonable alternative explanation.

  • poniesinjudah

    Re Rob Ford’s 10,000 creme eggs. 1st off that is not even a good candy. They are hardly chocolate at all! Beaches easter people are saving children from both disappointment and disgust. And that isn’t even the Rob Ford himself thing they are saving them from.
    Creme eggs are chiefly the hideous internal goo. I propose NATO buy Ford’s eggs and use them to non-lethally bomb Moscow to discourage its designs on Ukraine. The egg is also a pleasantly Ukrainian motif! And the gelatinous horror, especially when melty and stretched of the creme egg will surely disgust the Moscovites into submission. It is well known horrible candy is the only thing Putin truly fears.

    • vampchick21

      And yet, I love Easter Cream Eggs. Even if I want to throw up after eating half of one. I just….can’t….resist….

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      If I weren’t allergic to dairy, I’d eat one of those eggs every day.

  • Angie Mac

    10,000 eggs. Wow. That’s a lot of egg on your face.

    Anyways, after seeing the way he handed out candy canes, it might have been better off this way. I can see the headlines now, “Kids bombarded by Easter Eggs. Ford shrugs;’Nobody’s perfect.’”

    • Steveinto

      He has kids, but has not raised any. Too busy on the party circuit. Heck he is still a child.