Ford Desecration Pt III

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Ford Desecration Pt III

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New TCHC director has criticized management and said the city can't afford social housing
 
http://www.thestar.com/news/torontocouncil/article/952130--new-tchc-director-has-criticized-management-and-said-the-city-can-t-afford-social-housing?bn=1
 

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Case Ootes, the newly named head of the Toronto Community Housing Corp., has in the past criticized management at the embattled agency and said the city must find a new way to pay for affordable housing.
A veteran councillor who retired last year, Ootes was handpicked by Mayor Rob Ford and approved by council this week to lead the agency.

Apparently, Ootes will draw a salary while still collecting severance from the city and Rob Ford thinks that's cool.
Gravy train alright.

edmundoconnor

Like how Ford can hire consultants for $3M and that's good, but when the TCHC spends a fraction of that on consultants, it's bad, bad, bad.

RevolutionPlease RevolutionPlease's picture

Because the media won't spin it edmundoconnor.  Keep at it.

 

Forgot protocol(I'm not good with that stuff)

 

Here's Part II

 

http://rabble.ca/babble/central-canada/rob-ford-going-rails-part-ii#new

 

 

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Apparently, Ootes will draw a salary while still collecting severance from the city and Rob Ford thinks that's cool.

What do you mean by "still collecting"?  Isn't severance generally a lump sum?  Do you mean a pension?

Also, are we talking about two different jobs?

Olly

Perhaps we can clawback his pension income for every dollar he earns from this job. Make it kind of like social assistance.

Snert Snert's picture

Is that how pensions generally work?  If a senior collecting their pension earns money on top of that, must they declare it, or deduct it?

Olly

I think you can earn a small amount of money ($3500 I believe) before income starts being deducted. With social assistance it's on the first dollar.

RevolutionPlease RevolutionPlease's picture

Here's what I was objecting to Snert.

 

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While city staffers who receive severance are not permitted to work for the city for a period of two years, there is no policy that bans former councillors from coming back to work, according to city officials.

Several councillors who opposed the clean sweep of the board called Ootes appointment double-dipping.

"This is gravy on top of gravy for folks who like gravy," Councillor Adam Vaughan said.

The mayor said he didn't have a problem with Ootes being compensated.

"We're not going to have someone come in here and do it for free," Ford said.

Ken Burch

Yeah, you have to pay top dollar to get somebody who's GOOD at leaving the poor to die.

Doug
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Budget has pathetic 1% welfare increase.

 

Vote NDP folks.

 

Please get out the vote.

Doug
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Lachine Scot

Integrity is alive and well in the Ford Nation, it would appear..

Doug

The City of Toronto is beginning its consultation process for the 2012 budget. It's really important that people participate in this as the attempt is going to be made to cut everything that moves (except the police). You'll need to move fast though since you must reserve a spot at one of the consultation meetings.

 

http://torontoist.com/2011/05/city_launches_public_consultations_on_core_services.php

Bacchus

Lachine Scot wrote:

Integrity is alive and well in the Ford Nation, it would appear..

 

Well except this guy was appointed by the previous mayor since he was there in that position since 2003.  I dont think that was a Ford move

NDPP

Legal Expert Questions Rob Ford's Election Finances

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/989942--legal-expert-questions-rob-f...

"...it appears Ford broke the rules on three fronts.."

NDPP

'Ford Nation' Called To Action When City Holds Public Meetings On Service Cuts

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/990830--ford-nation-called-to-action...

"In addition to attending the meetings, member of the public can voice their views by completing a questionaire on a NEW CITY WEBSITE devoted to the service review..."

here's where Ford will make the case for the hacking and chopping - so say NO loudly and spread the word to others too

NDPP

Full Audit Of Ford's Campaign Expenses Ordered

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/full-audit-of-fords...

"Toronto Council's complaint and audit committee today unanimously voted to order a full audit.."

Uncle John

I guess the "Complaint and Audit Committee" is something Hizzoner should consider shutting down as an unnecessary expense.

Doug
Ken Burch

Ford will probably make up for that by going to Harper and getting him to bring back the death penalty-for everything-including really large library fines.

Uncle John

10% fewer cops is 10% less police brutality. I am all for it.

Ken Burch

Problem is, the remaining cops would be spread even thinner...having to work longer hours...thus becoming more fatigued and crankier...and thus becoming more likely to beat down on somebody rather than just cuff them.

Stargazer

Not true Ken. We have far too many cops on the streets as it is, and the numbers have been increasing. Getting rid of some of them will certainly not make the others work longer hours.We need less cops. They do nothing but intimidate, harass and sit about in their cars all day looking for people to harass. No thanks. I'm fine with 10 percent less. If garbage workers are being laid off, I'd rather see the cops go then them.

BTW, Ford has a nice fancy lawyer working for him and they're trying to ensure the city doesn't audit him. They will find gravy, and it will be all over Ford.

 

 

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Artist says city erased mural it paid him to paint

A city spokeswoman says the railway underpass wall was returned to drab grey because Richardson’s artwork was unauthorized, uncommissioned, political and may have “referred to (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper.”

Richardson says in 2008 then-Davenport councillor Adam Giambrone’s office asked him to paint a mural on the north wall of the underpass west of Lansdowne Ave., on the funky Junction Triangle neighbourhood’s eastern edge.

Ken Burch

Stargazer wrote:

Not true Ken. We have far too many cops on the streets as it is, and the numbers have been increasing. Getting rid of some of them will certainly not make the others work longer hours.We need less cops. They do nothing but intimidate, harass and sit about in their cars all day looking for people to harass. No thanks. I'm fine with 10 percent less. If garbage workers are being laid off, I'd rather see the cops go then them.

BTW, Ford has a nice fancy lawyer working for him and they're trying to ensure the city doesn't audit him. They will find gravy, and it will be all over Ford.

 

 

I stand corrected.  Well, we do need alternative ways to deal with crime...too many places have turned their police force into the town army...and the whole original point of that instution was simply to stop(or if possible prevent)crime, not create fear for the sake of creating fear.

Aristotleded24

Ken Burch wrote:
Well, we do need alternative ways to deal with crime...too many places have turned their police force into the town army...and the whole original point of that instution was simply to stop(or if possible prevent)crime, not create fear for the sake of creating fear.

One of Robert Peele's [url=http://www.nwpolice.org/peel.html]principles of policing[/url] was that the effectiveness of a police agency was ultimately measured by the absence of crime and public disorder, not showing off how they were dealing with it.

Ken Burch

(post deleted by author since the reason for posting it has been corrected.  Thanks, aristotle.)

 

 

Uncle John

Ken Burch is a post revisionist! :D

Doug

City departments that struggled to meet directives to slash 5 per cent of their annual budgets are now being ordered to double that, for a total cut equivalent to Toronto’s entire parks and recreation budget.

In addition to the seriousness of this level of cut it also seems like a rather boneheaded move to try to apply the same cut everywhere since it's likely that some departments are more efficient than others.


Doug

How idiotic.

 

At a time when city staff is asking council to adopt a concrete policy regarding corporate partnerships, sponsorships and naming rights, the always outspoken brother of Mayor Rob Ford took a few minutes to promote the idea to reporters.

“As long as it’s called the right name,” he said, before tossing out the Spadina-McDonalds idea. Getting it through council “won’t be a problem,” he added, if it means getting the TTC the TLC it needs.

Speaking outside council, the mayor said, “sure,” he supported the idea.

Aristotleded24

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/06/23/jarvis-bike-lane.... wishing to ride their bikes on Jarvis Street better hurry up:[/url]

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Recently installed bike lanes on Jarvis Street are on the chopping block after the city’s public works committee voted to remove them late Thursday.

The committee is also calling for a separated bike lane be added to Sherbourne Street.

Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong is on the committee and voted to remove the Jarvis Street lanes. He feels a Sherbourne Street bike lane will be safer for cyclists and help clear congestion for drivers.

“Not only do you have safety and connectivity, you also have a separate bike lane on a route that is not a primary north-south route for motorists getting in and out of the city,” he said.

Removing the Jarvis Street bike lanes ties into a plan announced last week from that recommends construction of a series of separated bike lanes in the downtown core.

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Doug Ford says he’d close a library, and tells Atwood to get elected

Mr. Ford, a rookie councillor and the brother of the mayor who has quickly gained a reputation at city hall for his headline-grabbing outbursts, said he hasn’t been influenced by the involvement of the world-renown author in the save-the-library movement.

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“Margaret Atwood, I don’t even know her. She could walk right by me – I wouldn’t have a clue who she is,” he told reporters. “She’s not down here. She’s not dealing with the problem...Tell her to go run in the next election and get democratically elected. I’m happy to sit down and listen to Margaret Atwood.”

Mr. Ford estimates there are five or six library branches within a two-mile area near his ward, which includes what he described as a little-used location in an industrial area.

Asked if he would vote to close that branch he said, “Absolutely I would. In a heartbeat.

I'm really starting to feel sorry for Centre-of-the-Universers. These thugs are serious.

 

asthma_hound

I was under the assumption that Doug Ford was the *smarter* of the two brothers (not that that's saying much!)

Doug

I've said this before but it keeps continuing to get stronger - the Ford brothers make you feel a new appreciation for the intelligence and responsiveness of Mel Lastman.

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No kidding, Doug. I was looking at a previous Ford thread in which called him "a Harold Ballard for the City of Toronto." Indeed.

adma

asthma_hound wrote:

I was under the assumption that Doug Ford was the *smarter* of the two brothers (not that that's saying much!)

 

He *is*.  Like, if he went to the AbEx exhibition at AGO, he'd speak his mind about paint-rollers and chimpanzees with paintbrushes.  Whereas Rob Ford would be, like, duh.

Aristotleded24

[url=http://www.albertadiary.ca/2011/07/lighten-up-doug-ford-thanks-to-margar... do some in Alberta think of the Atwood flap?[/url]

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For Western Canadian readers who may have missed it, Mr. Ford is a Toronto city councillor of a particularly odious neo-Con stripe and also the brother of that unfortunate city’s mayor, Rob Ford.

The Ford Brothers are the sort of people who make the folks who surround Prime Minister Stephen Harper seem like nature’s gentlemen. Alas, somehow they managed to get elected, and now they are busy wreaking havoc in one of Canada’s nicest cities – up to now, anyway.

As the sort of person whose supporters find their lips getting tired when they read, Doug Ford has lately been on a campaign to close public libraries. Ms. Atwood, who can be quite prickly herself, got up an effort to stop him, which by all accounts has been rather successful, with more than a quarter million people sending Tweets to support her.

This in turn got Mr. Ford’s back up, and he responded with this stunning Tweeted riposte: “Well, good luck to Margaret Atwood. I don’t even know her. If she walked by me, I wouldn’t have a clue who she is.” Well, duh! Of course you wouldn’t!

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Catchfire wrote:

I'm really starting to feel sorry for Centre-of-the-Universers. These thugs are serious.

Don't bother. We brought it on ourselves.

And wait till you see whom we elect as Premier in October.

 

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Boy am I glad I live in the socialist republic of Burnaby.  We have the NPA here and they go nowhere since our BCA centre left civic government has out performed every other municipality over the last 30 years.  More parks, better services (all of them union jobs) and a mill rate in the middle of the pack for BC municipalities.  In Burnaby we make developers build public infrastructure or they don't get building permits.  Some of them have screamed at this practise and the counsel says if you don't like our rules then go somewhere else.  The good people living in the centre of the universe might learn some lessons from the periphery.

 

Aristotleded24

Northern Shoveler wrote:
Boy am I glad I live in the socialist republic of Burnaby.  We have the NPA here and they go nowhere since our BCA centre left civic government has out performed every other municipality over the last 30 years.  More parks, better services (all of them union jobs) and a mill rate in the middle of the pack for BC municipalities.  In Burnaby we make developers build public infrastructure or they don't get building permits.  Some of them have screamed at this practise and the counsel says if you don't like our rules then go somewhere else.  The good people living in the centre of the universe might learn some lessons from the periphery.

Could you please ask your emisaries to stop in Winnipeg on their way to Toronto? We have quite a bit to learn from that process as well.

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Councillor questions Atwood's motives

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“If I made all the money she made from our library system I would want to defend it as well,” [Giorgio] Mammoliti [who spied on the Toronto Dyke march to "catch" anti-Israeli apartheid activists] told reporters.

Lachine Scot

Ha! Although I find this whole Atwood story to be a bit blown out of proportion (and this as someone who worked in a public library for about 7 years), this has to be even more ridiculous than Ford who simply said that he didn't know or care who she was.

The idea that an author makes money from the existence of public libraries... no, they lose money because people can read their books over and over for free!  </obvious>

janfromthebruce

Well obviously the Fords don't think much of libraries and probably never spent much time in any growing up if one brother's response to Atwood is any indication of overall "literacy". And Mammoliti just made himself sound like an idiot - good because they are all idiots and more they say stupid stuff, the more the good folk of Toronto who were fooled by "there will be no service cuts" will wake up.

 

Geez, why oh why can't people figure out that cutting taxes, promising no tax increases, will not result in drastic service cuts that they depend on and want?

dacckon dacckon's picture

LOL

"Congratulations on your new mayor, Toronto," WilliamMillar wrote. "He sure is smart n' stuff."

That comment made me laugh.

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