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Mayor Ford gets his medallions

Posted by Tim / December 7, 2010

Ford and CherryMayor Rob Ford received his medallions this afternoon in front of a packed house at City Hall. As expected, Don Cherry hung the Chain of Office around Ford's neck and obliged the media, councilors and guests with a thumbs up prior to the ceremony. Ford then hugged or shook hands will all of the councilors who were also recognized in front of attendees.

The one surprise was that the pink clad Cherry actually delivered remarks to the room. It was earlier reported that Cherry would not be saying anything, but he couldn't resist blasting "leftwing pinkos" in the media for skewing him for agreeing to Ford's request.

For then delivered a relatively dull and uninspiring speech that touched on four key priorities: customer service, making government transparent and accountable, reducing the size and cost of government and creating a Transportation City plan.

Discussion

64 Comments

Simon Carr / December 7, 2010 at 02:52 pm
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Stay classy, Toronto.
Ross McKie / December 7, 2010 at 02:53 pm
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Ummm...so...let's see...hold on, lemme look at that photo again...nope, I got nothing.
neltron3030 / December 7, 2010 at 02:59 pm
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Haha you left wing pinkos. Mayor Ford is going to clean up the mess you made and your days of ripping off taxpayers is over.
Say goodbye to your gym memberships and free ttc rides you freeloaders.
culturseshot replying to a comment from neltron3030 / December 7, 2010 at 03:09 pm
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Yeah, we get it. We're all socialists. Move on.

On another note, can we just play the Yakety Sax theme during Ford's entire mayoralty?
Nathaelle / December 7, 2010 at 03:11 pm
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The meeting of two racist assholes! ... How much more stupid can this city get?
nick manning / December 7, 2010 at 03:11 pm
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Bet he was disappointed when he realized the medallion was actually not made of those gold foil covered chocolate coins.
derpity der replying to a comment from nick manning / December 7, 2010 at 03:15 pm
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Naw dude, they're pats of butter.
neltron3030 replying to a comment from Nathaelle / December 7, 2010 at 03:19 pm
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More libalist comments from the left wing pinko crowd. Do you even know how many minorities voted for the "racist"? Plenty. So watch your ignorant mouth.
Rob / December 7, 2010 at 03:22 pm
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LOL @ Nathaelle Roy. Reminds me of the old joke:

"How do you know you're winning an argument with a liberal?"
"They call you a racist"

tripper / December 7, 2010 at 03:25 pm
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By "left wing pinkos" is he also referring to that bastion of left-wingedness, the CBC? The company that employs him, made him famous, and gives him a platform from which to speak?
rob night in canada / December 7, 2010 at 03:26 pm
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Man, righties be so angry. +1 Simon: class on baby, class on fo' eva.
Raina replying to a comment from neltron3030 / December 7, 2010 at 03:31 pm
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WHO ARE YOU TALKING TO?
neltron3030 replying to a comment from rob night in canada / December 7, 2010 at 03:32 pm
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If you paid attention its actually the leftys thats pissed off. The right is loving this and laughing at you.
Serge / December 7, 2010 at 03:33 pm
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"It was earlier reported that Cherry would not be saying anything, but he couldn't resist blasting "leftwing pinkos" in the media for skewing him for agreeing to Ford's request.
For then delivered a relatively dull and uninspiring speech..." Is there a group of anti-Fordites living in Toronto subway tunnels and sewers that I'm not aware of?

Methinks wannabee journalist "Tim" who wrote this failed to recognize the irony is his OWN prose with "leftwing pinkos," then calling Ford's speech "dull and uninspiring."

By the way, Neophyte Timmy, you made a typo: It should read, "Ford then delivered a relatively dull and uninspiring speech," not "FOR then delivered."

You missed the "d.";

Which stands for "duhhhh?"
Suzi Q replying to a comment from Rob / December 7, 2010 at 03:36 pm
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@Rob,

"How do you know you're winning an argument with a liberal?"

"They call you a racist"

I love it! Got to remember this one. It reminds me of the old "How can you tell a Liberal is reading?" "His lips are moving" joke.
rob night in canada / December 7, 2010 at 03:38 pm
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You betta watch yo ignernt mouth. You got a pretty, ignorant mouth I like to see laughing at us all.
Rob Ford / December 7, 2010 at 03:39 pm
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It's nice to see my supporters coming to Blogto and supporting me. It has been a great day indeed.

FML / December 7, 2010 at 03:40 pm
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FML
Not Me / December 7, 2010 at 03:40 pm
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How can you tell when a Conservative is around? Everyone opposed to his/her views gets made fun of all the time. Try having a debate with one without being made fun of, I dare you.
asdf replying to a comment from Nathaelle / December 7, 2010 at 03:42 pm
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I don't know...are you expecting to have any kids soon?
Simon Carr / December 7, 2010 at 03:44 pm
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Now, I'm not really right or left per se, just a note for when I get slammed for being a "lib", "lefty", etc for asking the following questions.

Is professionalism dead? Like dead in the ground dead?? Is this how whatever has manifested as the present "right wing" sees itself? Like, really guys??

What happened to men of character like Brian Mulroney? Who are these new people??
Ron Maclean replying to a comment from Rob Ford / December 7, 2010 at 03:45 pm
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Hey Rob, don't try to steal Don away from me!!!
Ralph replying to a comment from Not Me / December 7, 2010 at 03:45 pm
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@Not Me,

"How can you tell when a Conservative is around? Everyone opposed to his/her views gets made fun of all the time. Try having a debate with one without being made fun of, I dare you."

How's this?

"How can you tell there are Lie-berals in the room when the topics of Fiberal misspending and waste come up about Shawinigate, AdScan, eHealth, and Samsung?"

"The Lie-berals are the ones keeping their mouths shut, and running for the exits."

:)
Rob Ford replying to a comment from Ron Maclean / December 7, 2010 at 03:48 pm
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do you think don can get me a pink jacket like that, i think it would look good on me.

Bubba / December 7, 2010 at 03:53 pm
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Tansit City is Dead, make way for Gravy Train Subway City!

GiddyUp!
Ron Maclean replying to a comment from Rob Ford / December 7, 2010 at 03:58 pm
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That is a nice jacket. He sure knows how to dress...he also know a lot about dogs...and of course, hockey. But he doesn't know mortgages.
Matt replying to a comment from Ralph / December 7, 2010 at 03:58 pm
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Federal misspending with record low deficits
neltron3030 / December 7, 2010 at 04:06 pm
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@rob night in canada "You betta watch yo ignernt mouth. You got a pretty, ignorant mouth I like to see laughing at us all."

HAHAHAHAHAHA. You just made my case.

@Raina "WHO ARE YOU TALKING TO?"

THE COMMENTS ARN'T INVISIBLE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT. IT.
tripper / December 7, 2010 at 04:11 pm
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Don Cherry doesn't live in Toronto and doesn't pay taxes in Toronto. He had no place ripping into Toronto City councillors. He shouldn't have even been there.

This was nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt. One of many we'll be seeing in the next four years, I'm sure.

What a circus.
JDD replying to a comment from neltron3030 / December 7, 2010 at 04:22 pm
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Not the entire right, son. I know several conservatives who think Ford is setting them back by decades because he approaches all the same issues with a bumper-sticker glib idiocy that will be easy to attack. No gravitas, all bluster is not how they roll.

Stop confusing the populist, boot-licker authoritarian neo-con "right" with actual real old guard conservatives who hold principles and believe in things.
JDD replying to a comment from neltron3030 / December 7, 2010 at 04:23 pm
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Not the entire right, son. I know several conservatives who think Ford is setting them back by decades because he approaches all the same issues with a bumper-sticker glib idiocy that will be easy to attack. No gravitas, all bluster is not how they roll.

Stop confusing the populist, boot-licker authoritarian neo-con "right" with actual real old guard conservatives who hold principles and believe in things.
Alex / December 7, 2010 at 04:34 pm
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To every idiot Rob Ford supporter who insists on calling all opposition "lefties", "liberals" and "socialists": municipal government should not be about partisan politics, especially when the only issues at stake are integrity and honesty. To call yourselves conservatives is an insult to all legitimate conservatives. Grow up.
Martin replying to a comment from Alex / December 7, 2010 at 04:44 pm
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Alex, stop being so reasonable. This is clearly not the place for that. Next thing you'll be telling people to focus on issues and policy instead of throwing around tired clichés about cities and suburbs. And what kind of city would we have then?
lemonshark / December 7, 2010 at 05:11 pm
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HEY. I live downtown. Where's MY tax exemption and free TTC, because uh, I haven't seen it in the entire time I've been here. Please tell me where one obtains such wonders.

We work and pay taxes, us downtown dwellers.




Marion Cobretti / December 7, 2010 at 05:17 pm
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Can't say that Ford is a racist, more of a boor or possibly a buffoon, maybe even a bozo - one of the "b" words anyway.

Also, hate to point out the obvious, but isn't Don Cherry a long time resident of Mississauga? Guy drives in, goes to the studio, records his stupid show (that we all perversely enjoy) and bolts back to Mississauga Road. Who cares what he thinks. Not offended, but kind of sad.
Shannon replying to a comment from Marion Cobretti / December 7, 2010 at 05:22 pm
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Doesn't Mr. Cherry gets his very large pay cheques from CBC that is a liberal establishment? hhhmmmmm.........
Marion Cobretti replying to a comment from Shannon / December 7, 2010 at 05:32 pm
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Yea, nothing more anti-pinko than working for public television. Way to sick it to 'em!
GI Poo / December 7, 2010 at 05:47 pm
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christ what an asshole.
Ralph replying to a comment from tripper / December 7, 2010 at 06:00 pm
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@Tripper,

"Don Cherry doesn't live in Toronto and doesn't pay taxes in Toronto. He had no place ripping into Toronto City councillors. He shouldn't have even been there."

By that same "logic," approximately 75 per cent of City of Toronto workers -- from garbagemen to cops -- DON'T live here either, or pay property taxes here.

Let Cherry rip away. It's Ford's party now.
Juliemac / December 7, 2010 at 06:08 pm
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I must say that as a City employee I'm quite thankful that the "leftie pinkos" like Pierre Trudeau, enacted laws that allow folks who have been discriminated against to take action. The City of Toronto Human Rights Policy was formed based on these great laws, and includes political affiliation as a prohibited ground. I am also thankful that Don Cherry made his remarks after Mayor Ford had officially been sworn in.

Congratulations Mayor Ford, you successfully earned a human rights complaint in the first few minutes, of your very first council meeting. Well done.
Greg replying to a comment from Ralph / December 7, 2010 at 06:11 pm
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Same with police.
Greg replying to a comment from Ralph / December 7, 2010 at 06:11 pm
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Didn't read your entire comment. Sorry, bro.
shannon replying to a comment from Juliemac / December 7, 2010 at 06:23 pm
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I am not a Ford Supporter but how can Ford be held accountable for what Cherry has said?
michael / December 7, 2010 at 06:25 pm
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Pinko's?? what year is this?? did i just imagine the last 50 years since that term meant something
Mark replying to a comment from tripper / December 7, 2010 at 07:10 pm
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So judging by your stance then, I can assume you never said a disparaging word or made any snarky comments about George W. Bush? Or is it just we can't make fun or comment on left-wing politicians?
Mark replying to a comment from Juliemac / December 7, 2010 at 07:12 pm
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As a city employee I know you have too much time on your hands but seriously, how is anything Don Cherry said the business of a 'Human Rights' tribunal? The left truly are the new fascists.
andrewS / December 7, 2010 at 08:00 pm
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I was kind of hoping that Ford would mistake the pink-clad Cherry for cotton candy and try to eat him.
KS / December 7, 2010 at 08:07 pm
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His real name is Clay Henry IV, this is his predecessor: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=22108515161
jd3545 / December 7, 2010 at 08:19 pm
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"pinkos"

WTF. Who even uses that term anymore? Cherry still thinks this is the 50s... I feel bad for the guy.

He took a personal grudge with a newspaper and let go at a city event. Talk about someone who can't get over himself.

If I was Ford, I'd be a little pissed right now. Cherry just probably pissed off a portion of city councillors. Not the best way to start off getting anything done in the city. No matter what anyone says you still need a portion of Council to get anything done.

Not that Ford did any of that while on the Council looking at his history.
Septembre replying to a comment from shannon / December 7, 2010 at 08:24 pm
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Wasn't it Rob Ford who asked an ignorant Boor like Don Cherry (who doesn't even live or pay taxes in the city he'll be running for the next four years) to present him with the chain of office?

Correct me if I'm wrong.
andrewS / December 7, 2010 at 08:35 pm
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re: pinkos

Cherry grew up in the ultraconservative-paranoid postwar-cold war era.

Methinks he's gone a bit soft upstairs. The world has moved on and he's still trying to play with the hand he was dealt 55 years ago.

Natch, this is not terribly effective.
smoke and mirros / December 7, 2010 at 09:06 pm
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There is not right or left! Stop with this nonsense.

Toronto politics is just a big farce of municipal chairs, every time the music stops somebody gets f-ed over.
steadyjed / December 7, 2010 at 09:22 pm
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a polarizing Mayor will not a good Mayor make. Rob Ford needs to mend some bridges.
Juliemac replying to a comment from Mark / December 7, 2010 at 09:30 pm
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Political affiliation is a prohibited ground under the City's Human Rights policy. By allowing Don Cherry to speak, Mayor Ford reasonably ought to have know that some of his comments would be unwelcome. Therefore since Mr. Cherry was an invited guest of our new Mayor, he can be held accountable under the city policy, the ontario human rights code and the canadian charter of rights and freedoms.
Parker / December 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm
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Thanks for shitting on Toronto, Rob Ford's special guest star.
David Toronto replying to a comment from steadyjed / December 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm
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I believe you're mixing metaphors.

You mend fences and build bridges.

But, you are right--in your own way.
Wally replying to a comment from Ralph / December 7, 2010 at 11:07 pm
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That was very clever how you turned the word "liberal" into "lie-beral!" Are you in grade five by any chance?
electric / December 7, 2010 at 11:28 pm
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Hahahaha, oh goodness!! I hope the Rob Ford voters are sated!

Another TV personality to lead us! Just like Noooooooobody!

No, not Adam Nobody.

panem et circenses, lots of clowns.
dcreed / December 8, 2010 at 12:04 am
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I think what little of Don Cherry's discretion and tact has disappeared with his age.

On the other hand, I don't know whether Toronto will be beteer or worse off in four years, but it's bound to be interesting.
Sir Crapsalot / December 8, 2010 at 07:16 am
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Don Cherry for Mayor!

gadfly / December 8, 2010 at 07:40 am
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The above remarks (on both sides) only proves the point that the internet caters to the lowest common denominator. Don Cherry is a baffoon: one would expect him to be controversial. I am not sure what Ford's motives were in inviting him. Why would you want to be upstaged at your own inauguration? Or did his handlers want someone who would guarantee the focus would stay on Cherry, just in case Ford made a gaffe?
In any event, take heart Toronto: we've tried 8 years of socialist doctrine and the city has continued its unerring slide into oblivion. It's time to try something - anything, else.
The Liquor / December 8, 2010 at 08:10 am
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yep, that long slide right into being consistently named one of the most livable cities in the world. my god, the horror.
Shannon replying to a comment from gadfly / December 8, 2010 at 08:30 am
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" unerring slide into oblivion. "

still trying to find someone who can show me this unerring slide into oblivion. No luck so far, maybe one day i will.
Matt replying to a comment from gadfly / December 8, 2010 at 10:10 am
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Oblivion? Where do you live, man? How can a person's perception of a place be so at odds with reality? Etc.

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