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Extra, Extra: Civic Destinies, Rob Ford Sports Similes, and Ryerson Pours Concrete on Sam’s

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  • Christopher Hume argues that thanks to the outdoor Raptors game viewing events it’s been hosting, Maple Leaf Square has finally gotten the opportunity to “fulfill its civic destiny.” If the Raptors are able to fulfil some kind of glorious sports destiny at the same time Maple Leaf Square is busy fulfilling its civic destiny, what a time this city will have!
  • Part of Rob Ford’s response to today’s firing of TCHC CEO Gene Jones involved an impressively complex sports comparison: “It’s like taking a world championship team and saying, ‘We’re getting rid of the whole team because one fan said you have a bad team.’ And unfortunately that one fan is Fiona Crean.” This is undeniably apt, as social housing administration is just like competitive sports; a dysfunctional and scandal-plagued organization is just like a championship-winning sports team; and a politically neutral accountability officer is just like a sports fan with grievances.
  • Like a world championship team that has been forced into retirement only to be replaced by collegiate ringers, the old Sam the Record Man site is now being filled with Ryerson concrete. We are beginning to wonder why we have not been using sports similes for years, as they are invariably both appropriate and evocative.

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  • dsmithhfx

    Fiona Crean is like the spoilsport ref who pronounces: ‘ You cheat, you forfeit.’

    • Jacob

      That’s a bad thing?

  • Alex2

    Fiona Crean stood up to be counted. Council must extend her mandate next month no matter how loudly Robbie’s hissy fit is. she has shown her strength and professionalism throughout. Good on her!

    • TheSotSays

      Professionalism ???

      As far as I can tell the only thing she’s shown is her flake, ideology ridden, NDP Millerism.

      And at $233,837 a year we’re being taken to the cleaners.

      • Alex2

        So sorry that you feel that way. For the life of me, I realy do not know how to reach you or what your concerns are. Is it that she criticized Rob’s hand picked man and that has you infuriated? Or is it that she is so professional and that makes you feel bad about yourself? What does “her flake ideology ridden NDP Millerism” mean…please give me an example because I really would like to know what you find objectionable.

        • Edwin

          Nicely said Alex. But I have a strong feeling this will go unanswered because I am sure TheSotSays will not be able to even muster up the tiniest bit of anything objectionable.
          Well, anything that is at all rational and worth discussion.

          • TheSotSays

            Unanswered?????
            I hope you didn’t bet on it you poor little thing.

            By the way have you noticed that “dsmithhfx the pathetic” is lost and lonesome.

            I’m voting Rob Ford for Mayor and against anything NDP/Liberal Party in any other elected office. We need a mayor who is not being dragged around with a ring through his nose by a left wing political party oligarchy.

          • CanuckleDragger

            If anyone tried to put a ring through Rob’s nose, it will have to be constructed of a cocaine resistant material.

          • TheSotSays

            The filthy addictive drug coursing through the veins of The Iron Chow is Other People’s Money (OPM) and everyone knows it! The wacko NDP picked a dud candidate.

          • nevilleross

            You`re voting for Rob Ford because you`re an idiot who dropped out of school, and before that, flunked civics and anything else that teaches you about government-no more, and no less.

          • TheSotSays

            No I’m voting for Rob Ford because I hear that The Iron Chow may be bowing out to enter the World Wrestling Rehab Centre.

            Poor old Chow of the NDP has become addicted to a filthy substance known by its initials OPM – (Other People’s Money). She’s suffering serious OPM substance abuse, has developed a pathetic dependence and needs help.

          • Alex2

            You talk like Robbie…not one coherent though in the above.

          • TheSotSays

            It’s looked after. This morning I put on a parade outfit and went down to Ryerson where I signed up for the free tuition course at the “Jack Layton School of Political Activism.”

            Two outcomes are possible:
            a) I’ll become a left butt socialist NDP fanatic like you.
            b) All the other registrants will become Ford Supporters.

          • Alex2

            Boy you are a hater. Life can be so much better if you directed your energy into something positive, rather than relishing in the shit Rob causes. Just what is it about Rob that you like?

          • TheSotSays

            I’m trying to direct my energy elsewhere but am being kept very busy dealing with the “rhetorical” incoherence, general illiteracy and non stop blabbering from the horde of baby trollers being sent out by The Cult of the Iron Chow.

            Chow is addicted to OPM (Other People’s Money) and everyone knows about it.

        • TheSotSays

          Reach me ????? Who are you, my government assigned social worker?

          Nevertheless, don’t bother giving me any NDP balderdash about Eugene Jones being Rob Ford’s “hand picked man” because it’s not true. Jones was hired by the housing board because he’s probably the most experienced public housing executive in North America and because of his well known no-nonsense approach to cleaning up messes in public housing elsewhere. Ford didn’t hire him but Ford quickly recognized a man who could get the job done and he’s apparently furious about Jones being run down by Miller’s “hand picked man,” Fiona Cream; another NDP patronage butterball.

          The average working wage in Ontario is approx $38,500 and Fiona Cream was paid $233,837 in 2013. We need to confiscate the total annual wages of 6 (six) Ontarians to pay her. Fiona Cream is nothing other than one of Miller’s hand picked cronies and it’s intolerable when her only function seems to consist of attacking people working very hard to clean up after NDP Miller.

          So instead of trying to “reach” me you should sit down and try to figure out how many cockroaches the community housing could kill for $233,837.

          • dsmithhfx

            How much were we paying Gene Jones to screw up TCHC? $290,000. How much got paid out in severance packages to him and all the people he fired? $1.8-million. How much got paid to Ford’s hand-picked TCHC sunshine listers on his watch? Jones’ EA was the highest-paid executive assistant in the province.

            That’s the stuff Crean rooted out in her report.

            She put a stop to Ford’s TCHC gravy train. Give her a big thanks.

          • Alex2

            Well you haven’t added much to the conversation except that you resent someone being paid over $200,000. Maybe your skills are just not worth that much in the economy and I am sorry but that is no excuse for peeing in everyone’s pool. That’s jealousy

          • TheSotSays

            Actually it’s the NDP patronage appointments of Miller cronies that annoys me. According to what I read, the Big Three of Cream Puff, Leiper and the Gherk are sopping up $3 million a year and the work, such as it is, can be done elsewhere and cheaper.

            So go look again if you’re still confused about who it is that’s squirting in the pool.

          • Alex2

            Finally you are able to come to the point. Professionals are able to do that in the first draft. So you are obviously not a Miller fan (for whatever reason) so anything that Miller has touched must be bad. Okay now I understand you completely. No arguing against your beliefs.

          • TheSotSays

            Well there you go, I “finally” came to a point that would satisfy you in your confused state but it brought no improvement to your sad life. You’re satisfied I guess, but there you are still sitting on the toilet.

            Nevertheless let me give you a tip. If it’s one of Miller’s $400,000 NDP pay toilets you’re sitting on make sure you get a free mint when you leave. I believe the attendant this week is Justin Trudeau and you’ll recognize him when you see him. He’s a girly looking little chap with a $700 hair cut, a white towel over his arm and a Gucci bag full of free mints with pictures of Adum Vaughan on the wrappers.

          • nevilleross

            Paranoia seems to run in your family, doesn`t it, Sot? What happened, did somebody on welfare earn too much? Or, are you just pissed off that you work at a crappy job, and (due to the right-wing propaganda spewed by Faux Noise and Scum Nooz Channel) you believe that people on ODSP get mire than you do? Sorry loser, go back to school and get a better job.

          • dsmithhfx

            “you resent someone being paid over $200,000″

            Unless they’re a Rob Ford supporter on the gravy train. Then it’s commendable or at least unmentionable.

          • Edwin

            Not your assigned social worker, but I really do think you need your head examined!
            ;)

          • nevilleross

            He needs his head examined AND his diaper changed.

  • Edwin

    Rob Ford is an idiot. And all of you that find ways to prop this guy up, well, if the shoe fits…!!

    • TheSotSays

      Olivia Chow is a tax plundering idiot . And if you want to blow into four years of double dipping the taxpayers you go for it.

      • Edwin

        Nice one TSot.
        Not voting for Olivia Chow. Someone with more smarts than Ford that thinks progressively and doesn’t lie day after day would be nice.
        But I am sure this is not important to you. ;)

  • CanuckleDragger

    Rob Ford in in no position to criticize anyone about anything. Thank God for low class cause he’d have no class.

    • TheSotSays

      Question – “Hi! Is your mother home?”
      Answer – “Nah, she ain’t here.”

      Question – “She AIN”T here? Where is your grammar?”
      Answer – “She ain’t here either.”

  • whom ever

    Well. Seems anything Ford says
    Is wrong.
    But no real mention of chow
    Hanging out with the iron wrestler.

    Seems there was a few upset people there
    Besides Ford.

    Crane, mind the spelling.

    Is a head hunter.

    • NO MORE FORD

      Chow supports the Hot Docs/Iron Wrestler…. someone who has lived a dark past and has something to offer others… a Rob Ford supporter should take note: second chances are for those who actually change. I’m surprised that those who think Ford is great, slam others for similar failures….

  • TheSotSays

    “Would it kill the largest cockroach” ????

    What does it matter? The largest cockroach is off to run in a byelection for the Liberals so there’s no sense wasting $233,837 on that.

    The NDP are bot flies (dermatobia hominis) and a ravaging pestilence generally, but come October they’re all dead anyway

  • TheSotSays

    Well the Mayor likes to celebrate St. Patricks Day in a traditional way so I’ll not be criticising a man for sliding down the bannister of life on that fine day.

    However your chosen candidate The Tax Plundering Iron Chow is incurably and pitifully addicted to the filthiest drug known to mankind. Her hopeless addiction to OPM (Other People’s Money) has never once put a smile on her face or on mine either.

  • Alex2

    Where has Doug been this past week? Assauging their associates in the US who see the handwriting on the wall?

    • TheSotSays

      “Assauging” you say.
      Very good, you must be a Professor of Spelling at York University.

      • Alex2

        Thanks for the added insight. But there really wasn’t any need, this was a rhetorical statement. But in keeping with the style of your comment may I say “And you’re fat and you wear glasses’. So there!

        • TheSotSays

          Well I guess they won’t be dumping the Giller Prize on your work.

          Gord Perks of the NDP however, is soon to be honoured electorally for his outstanding piece of Canadian NDP literature titled “Get out, Get out, Get out of “MY” chamber. You’re a disgrace.”

          • NO MORE FORD

            Could you please define Rob Ford’s political alliance: he’s for the little guy & those struggling in public housing despite being a millionaire (usually an NDP perspective), he’s all for freedom to party, all about the high (Liberal?) and yet he says he’s conservative, he does wear a tie…(where are the morals & ethics, family values?) Oh yeah, he’s the conservative in his bank account, NDP when it comes to votes and liberal in everything he lives! Maybe he is the man for all… (as long as it’s the WORST of all….)

      • estta

        Just awful.

        • TheSotSays

          The most interesting thing about dealing with tax plundering NDP social engineers is that no one has to worry about the niceties of grammar, sentence structure, diction or spelling. Just look at the title that Gord Perks gave to his magnum opus.

  • CanuckleDragger

    I think you get that impression from reading forums. Half the people commenting are trolling for a response. Most Toronto citizens don’t comment at all. Don’t worry. He’s a goner.

    • NO MORE FORD

      Thank you. As you may be able to tell from my numerous comments… this is something that is truly upsetting me. It’s nice to have a sincere response.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    I’m not certain that the world sees him as a reflection of our city. Those outside the city that know Toronto are astonished that he got elected but this town is much bigger than Ford and will survive his misrule without much fuss. He was elected due to a combination of events in 2010: anger over the garbage strike, a feeling that City Hall wasn’t working and a weak field of candidates for Mayor(there were a lot of people who couldn’t vote for Smitherman). Now, Ford is politically isolated…all the movers and shakers on the right have abandoned him for Tory or Stintz. That includes all those who raised money for him in 2010. Ford doesn’t have the smart people running his campaign this time either. He’s got Doug who has never run a campaign that needs to reach out to a potential voting base of a million voters in large city. Ford retains his “nation” which is some 25% of the electorate and for that reason he shouldn’t be written off, but he has no room for growth– a recent poll had 50% of people saying they wouldn’t consider him as a second choice. I don’t see him winning re-election, too many people are fed up with the circus. I’m confident he’ll be gone after October 27th. I wouldn’t rule out his trying run again in 2018 though, likely as a councillor.

  • Edwin

    We can only hope!

  • TheSotSays

    Well that’s the way left wing fanatics operate. If you didn’t want to cough up 200 grand you should have let him be. He was doing the exact job he was hired to do.

    But what’s your problem, over at left wing rat’s nest, Ontario Hydro, the going rate to chop left wing dingalings is $3 million a pop.