Extra, Extra: Nothing But Rob Ford
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Extra, Extra: Nothing But Rob Ford

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

  • It’s all about Mayor Rob Ford today (and every day, really). First of all, we’ve got the obligatory Taiwanese animation of Tuesday’s crack confession. It is—if this is even possible—even more gleefully mean than any of the previous ones.
  • Another great story to come out of yesterday’s debacle is this one from Deadspin: How Old Is the NFL Tie Toronto’s Mayor Wore to Admit He Smokes Crack? (Answer: really old.)
  • Also from the Gawkerverse: this Ken Layne piece about Rob Ford’s essential un-Canadianness, which wrongly asserts that “when he sits around his American-style suburban McMansion, he literally sits around his American-style suburban McMansion.” Rob Ford’s house is suburban, but it’s actually a pretty modest place.
  • An absolute must-read is this account, from the Star‘s Robyn Doolittle, of how she came to be one of the three journalists known to have seen the Rob Ford crack video to date. Her book will be out in March.
  • Another good read: this surprisingly thoughtful note from Councillor John Parker (Ward 26, Don Valley West) about Ford’s substance abuse problems, and why they may make him unfit for office.
  • But if thoughtful isn’t your thing, check out what councillors Mike Del Grande (Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt) and Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) wrote.
  • Even Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak thinks Ford needs a break.
  • Ex-WWF wrestler The Iron Sheik also thinks Ford needs a break. Here’s a video of him threatening to snap the mayor in two. (The Sheik made a brief appearance at City Hall today ahead of an appearance at the Dark Comedy Festival tomorrow.)
  • And finally, today’s dose of hard economic reality: the Toronto Star, which was arguably the driving force behind this week’s remarkable turn of events at City Hall, saw its ad revenue fall by 16 per cent over the summer.
  • And on top of that, the people there still have to take shit from Gawker editors who seem convinced that one moment of brilliance (publishing the first story about the existence of Ford’s crack video) entitles them to undying gratitude.

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