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Extra, Extra: Saving the TTC, Rob Ford Making History, and Free Visits to the ROM

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

  • In Tess Kalinowski’s free Star e-book Can this man save the TTC? the transportation reporter takes a long and thoughtful look at TTC CEO Andy Byford and the challenges he faces. It is a long and thoughtful piece because the situation is complicated, the challenges he faces are indeed considerable, and, of course, it would probably not be good journalistic practice to answer the title’s question with a simple “yes” or “no” and then leave it at that.
  • Tonight, Rob Ford will be officially launching his campaign for mayor. No big deal, or anything―it’ll probably just feature thousands of people, a fire truck, and, according to Doug Ford, be “history in the making.” Rob is apparently planning to speak for about 20 minutes, and Doug indicated that his brother’s address will involve “some humility, a lot of accomplishments.”
  • If you like lots of people and history-making events, but for some reason you aren’t able to or don’t want to attend the Rob Ford campaign launch, you’ll be happy to hear that on May 3 and 4, the ROM will be offering free general admission to all its public galleries. We are concerned, though, by the museum’s lack of a novelty promotional firetruck and hope it will acquire one soon.

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  • SonuvaScrimbro

    “History in the making” — they said that about the Hindenburg, too.

    I heard Ford was giving out swag bags to the first bunch of people who arrive. I really hope they’re made of brown paper and tossed in the windows of cars in the parking lot while the attendees are inside. Gotta keep the theme going, after all.

    • Sonny Yeung

      T Shirts and Flags! Of the Ford voters from the recent sample; 82% of them don’t have a 2nd choice so let them be disappointed when their man loses badly…

      • spicygarage

        As I posted elsewhere, that number is a testament to Ford Nation’s stubbornness, Messiah complex and isolation.

        • Sonny Yeung

          I read in the Star that there are 290 seats and they were half full.(at whatever time) Ran into someone who went, said the place was packed and not to believe the Star! Third person who went for the drink & freebies told me the tables hold 8 to 9 people and that they were selling the bobble heads.
          By deduction 1,500 to 2,600

  • adamd1

    A 20 minute speech from Rob Ford can usually mean he says fewer than 50 words. How is that “history in the making” (aside from it being the slowest-read speech by a grown man?) If he lists of the *exact same crap* he’s been saying for three years, that is not history in the making, it’s a history of lies being verbally repeated *again*.

    • Notcleverguy

      20 minutes about his accomplishments by my estimation means about 40 lies.

    • TheSotSays

      A 20 minute speech from Chow would be mostly incomprehensible if it wasn’t for the fact that at the end of the 20 minutes there’d be nothing left in your wallet.

      • dsmithhfx

        There’ll a billion dollars more in everybody’s wallet the day after she’s elected. What will you spend your share on?

  • Daniel Hamel

    Everyone get out your Rob Ford speech bingo cards. “Saved a billion dollars” “best mayor the city’s ever had” “proven track record” “built a subway” “just a regular joe” “we stopped the gravy train” man… it’s a foregone conclusion that you’ll have a full card by the end of the speech.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      “customer service’, “i answer every call that taxpayers make to me” “180 cranes in the air!!” “brought Toronto back from a fiscal cliff”…….I could go on.

      • Daniel Hamel

        Seriously! How does he fill 20 minutes with the talking points he has? Maybe he’ll go through them all twice. True history in the making would be bringing up something new and relevant that was actually true.

      • ChuckyGotcha

        Ford is pretty much forced to repeat campaign points over and over because if he doesn’t the Chow supporters would never figure out what the election is about.

    • Notcleverguy

      “I’m not perfect”

    • TheSotSays

      And it’s a “foregone conclusion” that if you vote for Chow you’ll have a tax plundered wallet and be living in something that resembles Detroit 5 years from now.

      • dsmithhfx

        Rob Ford’s billion$$$ tax grab is going to be history when you help elect Chow mayor.

    • tomwest

      I tried that as drinking game. Ended up in hospital – don’t do it!

  • spicygarage

    Looking forward to the inevitable “fact-checking Rob Ford’s stump speech” articles…