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.
I’m extremely excited to be off on what I’m sure will be one of the most jaw-dropping adventures of my life tomorrow, one that I fully expect will re-define the true meaning of “awesome.”
In a nutshell, the byelection results were good news for NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, okay news for the premier, but bad news for Tory Leader Tim Hudak’s Conservatives.
Given the size of the Liberal minority at Queen’s Park, the results of today’s byelections can’t change the balance of power.
It’s usually pretty easy to characterize city council meetings as circus-like sessions punctuated by childish behavior and appalling, transparent political gamesmanship that makes a mockery of the process. But in my opinion, this one has merit.
As Bob Rae bows out for second time, he says he will let history judge his political contribution.