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Rob Ford: We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us
Published by Toronto Mike on November 14, 2013 @ 12:58 in Rob Ford Watch, Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
I have a good friend who would consider himself a proud member of Ford Nation. At least he used to. Today, that same friend tells me Rob Ford has to resign. At some point over the past few weeks, a straw broke the proverbial camel's back.
Rob Ford was democratically elected by this city. There is nothing in the Municipal Act that can force Rob Ford out now, despite the fact he's a massive distraction, has lost council and the majority of Torontonians.
We got the mayor we deserve by voting for Rob Ford in 2010. His character, judgment and bully tactics were clearly on display for all to see during his time as city councillor.
I bored of posting Rob Ford's asinine comments way back in 2008. That's the same year I posted this video of Rob Ford and first used the term "Schadenford". When this neanderthal announced he was running for mayor of Toronto in 2010, I wrote "Rob Ford For Mayor? Not On My Watch...". But it did happen... on my watch.
Looking back at Rob Ford's first day in office, it's interesting to read what I wrote.
This was day one. It's going to be a very interesting time, and I'm just wondering how long it will be until this idiot implodes or our city explodes.
As I write this entry, Rob Ford is still mayor of Toronto, and it doesn't look like he's going anywhere. Meanwhile, council will strip his powers, Rob Ford will continue to live in a state of denial and all of Toronto will suffer.
It's sad, humiliating, embarrassing and unfortunate, but we have noone to blame but ourselves. We did this, and now we live with it until the next election. Shame on us all.
Runnymede Theatre: From Chapters to Shoppers Drug Mart
Published by Toronto Mike on November 7, 2013 @ 10:15 in Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
As a kid and teenager, the old Runnymede Theatre on Bloor Street was one of the two movie theatres I frequented. I wrote about my Runnymede Theatre memories seven years ago.
When the theatre was closing, there was concern whether the new tenants would be able to preserve the history and beauty of this old vaudeville theatre. I was very pleased with the job Chapters did, as you'll see from these photos I took.
Unfortunately, Chapters won't be renewing their lease and will be leaving this great historical space. A Shoppers Drug Mart is moving in, and I worry about how they'll treat the great interior.
I'll be keeping my good eye on this one...
Cops Have Crack Video: Our Mayor is a Liar (And possibly a Drug Mule)
Published by Toronto Mike on October 31, 2013 @ 11:05 in Rob Ford Watch, Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
The staff at TorontoMike.com are busy going through the newly released court documents that show the
alleged Ford crack video was the target of a police investigation that led to dozens of arrests.
There are lots of fascinating nuggets in this document, all painting the mayor as a guy with lots to hide, but commenter markosaar just asked the obvious question in the most recent Open Mike. Is Rob Ford, mayor of Toronto, a drug mule?
Jacobsen says Lisi was seen putting dry-cleaning from shop tied to drug arrest into Ford's car, white bags too #TOPoli
Police watched Ford and Lisi meet over 100 times: http://bit.ly/Hu9TS6
"On many occasions they followed him to meetings with Ford in parks. Detectives searched the area after and found empty vodka bottles."
"After Ford and Lisi met in person, detectives noticed a pattern. Later in the day, Ford, on his drive home, stopped in at the Esso at Edenbridge Rd. and Scarlett Rd., just a few doors east of the Ford home. While Ford was in the Esso station, which houses his favourite Tim Horton’s, Lisi would drive up in his Range Rover and place a package into Ford’s Escalade, then drive off."
It's okay, Ford's just a mule.
There's so much here I need a little time to digest it and I'd like to hear what Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair says at 11:30, but it's fascinating to see a video that Rob Ford says doesn't exist spark such an investigation and it's difficult to fathom why Ford would meet so often with a drug dealer in such discreet and skeezy ways.
I've known for some time that our mayor is a liar but I didn't realize he was also a drug mule.
Update: Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair says they have the video of Rob Ford smoking crack. Holy shit.
Conan Tours Toronto with Scott Thompson
Published by Toronto Mike on October 28, 2013 @ 15:23 in Conan O'Brien, Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
In February of 2004, Conan O'Brien brought Late Night to Toronto. I know because I was there.
While in Toronto, he had Scott Thompson from Kids in the Hall fame give him a tour.
The History of the City of Toronto
Published by Toronto Mike on September 30, 2013 @ 14:30 in Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
This was the conference opening video from TEDxToronto 2013.
TTC Cell Service Map
Published by Toronto Mike on September 20, 2013 @ 10:06 in TTC ~ Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
When I was a kid, the frustration when riding the subway was that I couldn't get the radio on my Sony Walkman. There was no signal.
Today that frustration has morphed into the sad fact we can't get a cell signal on the subway in Toronto. Most of my life has been spent on the Bloor line which, as you'll see in the handy TTC cell service map below, has very few mobile-friendly pockets.
Humber River Inukshuk Man Caught in the Act
Published by Toronto Mike on September 7, 2013 @ 22:15 in Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
Way back in 2007, I wrote about the inukshuks that appeared in the Humber River in Etienne Brule Park. I've seen them every summer since, but I've never caught the gentleman who builds them in the act, until now.
Here's the Humber River Inukshuk Man doing his thing. This is like seeing Snuffleupagus!
The Beginning of the End for Honest Ed's
Published by Toronto Mike on July 16, 2013 @ 14:41 in Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus
Honest Ed's discount store is up for sale. The Bloor and Bathurst property is likely worth a small fortune and with Walmarts and Targets popping up everywhere, this is the beginning of the end of Honest Ed's.
When Ed Mirvish passed away in 2007, I shared my memories of the place. Here's what I wrote about Honest Ed's.
Honest Ed Mirvish passed away earlier today, and that's got me thinking about the man and what he meant to this city. His annual Christmas turkey giveaway is legendary and Mirvish Productions has brought a great deal of theatre to Toronto, but I'm going to focus on more personal memories of Ed.
My mom often told me stories about going to Honest Eds with her mother. It was always a big event and these trips were highlights of my mom's childhood, as money was tight and bargains were to be had. My grandmother, who was born the same year as Ed, led these Honest Eds expeditions and she would glow when she spoke of Ed Mirvish.
If there was a big event to celebrate, my grandmother would invite the entire family to Old Ed's Warehouse at King Street West and Duncan Street. Old Ed's Warehouse, in her opinion, was the place to go. It's since closed, but I have memories of getting dressed up to go to Old Ed's Warehouse for an English cut of roast beef, rolls, kosher dill pickles, mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and canned peas, not exactly a kid's ideal meal.
For years I attended a school near Bathurst and Bloor for one day a week. We'd take the subway to Bathurst and I'd see those lights and signs which always brought a smile to my face. I didn't personally shop at Honest Eds, but I liked knowing I could go there and score a 99¢ tee shirt if I needed one.
Honest Ed was a Toronto institution who gave us Honest Ed's and Mirvish Productions, but I'll always remember him for the stories he gave my grandmother and mom. He will be missed.