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Newsstand: July 3, 2014

So, you want to know what’s in the news today? This is what’s in the news today: Rob Ford sits down for an awkward chat with CBC News before cancelling interviews with a bunch of other media outlets, Doug Ford redefines racism, and Jim Wilson is the interim leader of the Progressive Conservatives.

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Did anyone manage to watch the entire 17-minute “candid” interview between Dwight Drummond of CBC News and Mayor Rob Ford about his drug and alcohol abuse without thinking they were watching a spoof on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart? Although his performance was equal parts a stilted rehash of speaking points from the speech he made upon his return to City Hall and an awkward avoidance of answering pointed questions directly, the mayor did admit during the interview that his drug use began before he became mayor. As usual, Mayor Ford directed any questions pertaining to his co-operation with police investigations into some of his past affiliations to his lawyer, Dennis Morris. The mayor also attempted to defer questions about the May arrest of Lee Anne McRobb for impaired driving while behind the wheel of his SUV to operators of the GreeneStone rehab facility, citing confidentiality issues. Eventually though, when pressed, Mayor Ford did admit that he gave McRobb the keys and was not aware that she was impaired. When asked repeatedly by Drummond whether he would consider resigning if he were discovered to be drinking or using drugs again, Mayor Ford consistently repeated the mantra, “I know I didn’t drink yesterday, and I haven’t drank today.” The mayor has reportedly cancelled several other interviews that were scheduled to take place later this week. Both City News, and Global News have confirmed that planned interviews with the mayor had been nixed, and 680 News is also reporting that interviews with both CTV and Sun News Network may have been cancelled.

It took approximately zero seconds for Mayor Ford’s governance to become an internet meme again, thanks to a shirtless jogger named Joe Killoran, who was caught on camera confronting the mayor while Ford participated in the East York Canada Day parade on July 1. Now, Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) has hit back at 35-year-old high school teacher Killoran, who in his impromptu verbal lashing characterized the mayor as racist and homophobic. Councillor Ford originally criticized Killoran for using “racial slurs” against the mayor, although he later clarified that his definition of race includes also people with substance abuse issues, saying, “You can be racist against people who have a drinking problem.” Well then, that is clearly settled. Somebody should phone Merriam-Webster and provide them with a revised definition of “racism” to avoid any future confusion.

As usual, there is still other stuff happening around us. For example, the Ontario legislature got back to the grind at Queen’s Park yesterday, with the provincial Progressive Conservative caucus wasting no time to elect Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson as interim party leader. Meanwhile, Liberal MPP Dave Levac (Brant) was re-elected as Speaker, becoming the first person in nearly 30 years to be dragged up to the chair for two terms.


  • BN Toronto

    Thank you Mr. kiloran for speaking out what is in the minds of many to confront Rob Ford. Both Rob And Doug are trying to raise the bar that defines what a low life is. For both who have betrayed the good will of citizens to get themselves elected and have shown shamelessly that they have no courtesy to resign is a social disease in itself. Both continue to lie and attack concerned citizens who stoodfast to their value systemthat make us proud to be Canadians. Mr. Ford’s only purpose to give interview is to blame all his past wrong doing on a disease, in a futile hope to build case that his mental judgment was impaired and this would dismiss the upcoming impending arrest and prosecution that leads to a long jail term. His refusal to continue not to assist the police to rid Etobikoke of drug dealers even after rehab is already an act of obstruction if justice. There is no escape from the law for these two men. We should be tough on drugs and suppliers as we see how much harm and humiliation it causes our society.

  • Notcleverguy

    Simply put, do you want a mayor who has to have a criminal lawyer (I hear he’s the best in Canada), and refuses to cooperate with police in any fashion, and as a result, seems to be quite content in protecting violent criminals?

    How this jackwagon seems to think he is a good fit for any responsibility, let alone chief magistrate is absolutely mind blowing.

    • AboveTheCity

      Notice how both Fords regularly speak in extremes. It’s a sure sign you are, bluffing, making things up or lying. I am sure Mr. Morris is a good Lawyer, but, “Best in Canada”?

    • quidnunc

      Stoned or sober, afraid to incriminate himself. What other mayor brags about having The Best Criminal Lawyer? Don’t all mayors grow up in families with convicted addicts and criminals? Is that racist of me? Then I sincerely, sincerely apologize. Trust me.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      “How this jackwagon seems to think he is a good fit for any responsibility, let alone chief magistrate is absolutely mind blowing.”

      One part entitlement, two parts egotism. Stir vigorously and you get a guy who thinks he’s the best Mayor ever despite being under Police investigation, rarely prepared and rarely doing a full day’s work never mind the partying, bullying and drugs.

  • bjhtn

    You know things are going bad when he has to cancel an interview with the Sun.

    • dsmithhfx

      Their editorial yesterday demanded his resignation. May have had something to do with it.

      • torontothegreat

        And the Sun doesn’t seem to be letting up. I think they made the wrong media source butthurt by their decision to cancel. These 2 imbeciles can’t even realize who their friends are.

        • dsmithhfx

          When Joey Warmcheeks won’t bend over any more we’ll know they’re really up shit creek.

  • VictorianShuter

    I found a theme song for Mayor Ford’s election campaign: