The Robby Ford Picture Show
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The Robby Ford Picture Show

Last week, Adam Vaughan held a party. Its full title, according to the now-deleted Facebook event, was “SORRY! A fundraiser to celebrate Adam’s apology from Rob.” Rob, you see, is Rob Ford, who on the morning of Thursday, September 25, of last year, used his weekly spot on AM640’s The John Oakley Show to accuse Vaughan of a rather serious conflict of interest.
Ford’s logic was thus: an individual (later revealed to be one Alexander Graham) donated $250 to Vaughan’s election campaign; Adam Vaughan sits on the Civic Appointments Committee; the Civic Appointments Committee, on September 8, named Graham to the Sinking Fund Committee; ergo, Graham’s appointment to the Sinking Fund Committee was a result of his contribution to Vaughan. “When Rob Ford tries to think,” John Barber once wrote, “you can almost hear the rusty cogs grinding.”
At Council later in the morning on the 25th, Vaughan rose on a point of personal privilege to call bullshit on the allegation of corruption, explaining—according to the Post—”that city staff had suggested and screened the applicants; that although the man had donated $250 to his campaign he didn’t actually know him; that his role as a member of the appointments committee was limited to ensuring proper procedures were followed; and that as a matter of fact he wasn’t even present when this particular nomination to the sinking committee was approved.”

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Photo of the buttons distributed at the event by Jonathan Goldsbie//Torontoist.

Vaughan wanted an apology. Ford still didn’t understand how it was that his statements were anything less than an accurate characterization of Vaughan’s “unethical” behaviour. Vaughan called his lawyer.
The next week, Ford apologized on the radio as part of an undisclosed settlement. According to the aforementioned Facebook event, the matter “is not entirely resolved,” as it’s “still under investigation by the City of Toronto’s Integrity Commissioner.”
Of course, there was also the matter of the legal bill. Hence the Track Meet-DJed fundraiser at the Revival, the highlight of which was the Rod Ford slideshow, looping throughout the evening on the venue’s many screens. Above, we do our best to recreate that slideshow (with Councillor Vaughan’s permission). To complete the experience, we recommend you activate your disco ball and put on your favourite “whorish pop and hip-hop.”

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