The buzz this morning is that Mayor Rob Ford came out on top (if for no other reason) than he showed up for a brawl that never really developed.
Imagine looking over your shoulder every minute of your waking life for the last eight months, in a high state of alert and anxiety against a possible threat to your or your family’s life.
Just got off the phone with Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion who is always up really early and always takes my calls as early as 6 a.m. Today, I wanted to talk to her about the meeting she called with all of the GTA mayors and regional representatives to figure out a coordinated strategy that can be used to request disaster relief for damage caused by the Dec. 21, 2013, ice storm.
After all these years at the helm, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion knows a bit about how senior levels of government work and what it needs on paper to make the kind of decisions, like the one it will be asked to make on financial aid to cover the cost of ice storm damage
I spent a pleasant few hours over at Lt.-Gov. David Onley’s suite this week to chat with him about the year past and a look ahead to 2014. His Honour’s term representing the Queen in Ontario has been extended indefinitely by the prime minister given the minority status of the legislature. He wouldn’t say when
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may be too reckless for his own good, but you can’t say that he and his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, aren’t smart when it comes to using the media.
At 11 years old, I was in Grade 6. I don’t remember a P.A. announcement that the president John F. Kennedy had been shot, but our teacher had re-entered the room to let us know that we were being dismissed early that Friday afternoon.
Newly-minted political leaders are coached (if they are not too stubborn to understand themselves) about the perils of picking a fight with the media in general and the print media in particular, especially if the fight is simply over unfavorable coverage. One of the reasons why (as Rob Ford has found out the hard way)
“Nahanni, where few men go, the far off river, with shores of death.” That’s the opening line of Donald Wilder’s 1962 NFB short film about legendary prospector Albert Faille’s seven attempts (beginning sometime in the 1930s) to navigate Canada’s most dangerous river in the Northwest Territories by a homemade boat in search of gold.
As one who has found himself prevented from leaving the Middle East by bureaucrats, I think I know what emotions Toronto filmmaker John Greyson and London, Ont., MD Tarek Loubani are coping with as they inch closer to the aircraft that will hopefully soon fly them to freedom.