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Morning Brew: Fallout from the Ford verdict continues, a history of MCIA breaches, "canx" meme goes viral, discussing Casa Loma's future, and charges in toy theft

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 27, 2012

Toronto City HallSay what you like about municipal politics in Toronto, but it's never boring (well, at least not for long.) In case you somehow managed to miss it yesterday, a judge has found Rob Ford did breach the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (MCIA) and ordered he be removed from office in just under two weeks. In the immediate aftermath Ford ally councillor Georgio Mammoliti quit the mayor's executive committee and Josh Matlow called the decision a cue to "read the rulebook."

Today, council convenes for its regularly scheduled meeting. Rob Ford, however, could be a partial no show. It's the Grey Cup parade and Don Bosco Eagles' big championship game tonight at the Rogers Centre. Doug Ford told the mayor's supporters to turn out in support at the game, which starts at 8 pm.

Our leader might be the most high-profile mayor to get the hook under the conflict-of-interest legislation but there are plenty of others. In the tension before the court released the judge's decision The Star's David Rider accidentally let a preprepared Tweet escape, resulting in a new meme for all. Oh, and here's the obligatory GIF.

Some people just can't wait until Ford is out of office. Here's a website counting down the days until Justice Hackland's ruling comes into force.

Councillors, board members, and local residents gathered to discuss the future of Casa Loma last night. Josh Matlow said it was "shameful" that Toronto doesn't have a home for its valuables and trinkets. Would you like to see a civic museum at Casa Loma?

Surely a contender for the year's biggest grinch, former Salvation Army exec David Rennie has been charged with theft, possession of property obtained by crime and criminal breach of trust by Toronto police after the theft of nearly $2 million in toys destined for needy children over the course of two years. Rennie is the former manager of a Salvation Army toy warehouse.


Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Photo by Mars Observer in the blogTO Flickr pool.



steve / November 27, 2012 at 08:32 am
A right wing politician taken down by charitable fundraising?
Awesome, he should have just wrote a check out of his office budget.
paul / November 27, 2012 at 08:37 am

Just goes to show, even as mayor, you can't fight City Hall.

vampchick21 replying to a comment from steve / November 27, 2012 at 09:12 am
Not for raising funds for his charity, but HOW he did it and then his repeated refusal to remedy the situaiton and then voting in his own favour on the matter in council, which is a clear conflict of interest. How people can't grasp this chain of events I'll never know.
joel / November 27, 2012 at 09:40 am
I had neighbours that were tired of the Ford circus, now what happened yesterday has changed their mind and they will now vote for him again. Because he is getting kicked out over a stupid law, if he ran again he would win easily. Got to thank the left wingers for making ford a victim, his polls ratings will rise even more now. thank you, go ford go.
Aaron replying to a comment from steve / November 27, 2012 at 09:44 am
Yeah, he did that too, steve. The investigation is ongoing.
Rich replying to a comment from joel / November 27, 2012 at 09:56 am
And this just goes to prove how stupid the voters of his riding, and a large part of this city, are. Without informing themselves as to WHY he was removed from his office they just arbitrarily side with him, devoid of facts. As I always say; "you can't cure stupid".
Sandra replying to a comment from joel / November 27, 2012 at 10:07 am
Rob Ford broke the law. Whether the law was a stupid one or not, a good mayor would have known better.

I guess we can't expect the same for his supporters.
Alex / November 27, 2012 at 10:45 am
The filter or whatever it is on the main picture makes it look like it was taken of a scale model. It's a really weird effect but kinda cool.

Oh man, this Ford thing is crazy. He broke the law! How hard is that to grasp? And not some technical rule, he voted on whether or not he should personally repay $3000 dollars! All the idiots siding with Ford over this would be the first to scream for blood if any left-wing councilors took campaign donations from the casino lobbyists. It's just so depressing how stupid or hypocritical some people are.
CaligulaJones replying to a comment from steve / November 27, 2012 at 10:48 am
It does make one wonder where all these junior private dicks were when Kyle Rae was spending $12,000 of his office budget for a goodbye party.
Bloory replying to a comment from joel / November 27, 2012 at 10:50 am
Your standard for mayors is obviously very low. And your understanding of this issue is shit at best. Why do you even want him as mayor and why does he even want to be mayor? He's done fuck all and he's clearly more interested in coaching football and bitching and moaning about left-wing conspiracies than he is about doing his job. Your simple neighbours are just going to get 4 more years of the Ford circus if he acutally endss up winning again so I don't think they're too bright.
Ryan replying to a comment from Alex / November 27, 2012 at 10:56 am
Alex, it's a tilt-shift lens, or it could have also been applied in post-processing.
Todd replying to a comment from CaligulaJones / November 27, 2012 at 11:05 am
Yeah, the same crowd that was silent when it was proven that Ford blew millions cancelling transit projects under the guise of GRAVY GRAVY GRAVY.

Look. No one is denying that some, if not the majority, of politicians have filthy hands. The key is not to be so brazen and obvious and shockingly arrogant about it, otherwise people WILL try to hang you. That's what happened to Ford. If David Miller was as brazen, arrogant, and obvious about his conflicts of interest and had a history of calling the city to get a new sidewalk paved in front of his house, he'd have people on both sides of the political spectrum calling for his head too.

Todd replying to a comment from CaligulaJones / November 27, 2012 at 11:05 am
This isn't a left/right issue. It's a goddamn democracy and justice issue, FFS.
Helen / November 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm
Ford will win his stay and will be able to keep his position through the appeal process which could take over a year. By then it will be election time and we will elect him for another 4 years. Another 4 years of lefties whining is music to my years.
CaligulaJones replying to a comment from Todd / November 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm
"It's a goddamn democracy and justice issue, FFS. "

Oh, it is NOW, for sure. Just keep sweeping those acts by lefty politicians under the rug, eh? Last time I checked, $12,000 was MORE than $3,000, and if you want arrogance, just google Rae's reaction. He DESERVED it. It was OK for him to do it. Etc. Ad naseum.

Ford was wrong. Wrong to solicit the money. Wrong to not pay it back. Wrong to vote on it. Wrong wrong wrong. And he's out. I get it.

I only asked, and will ask again, where were all these Hardy Boys when their side was soaking the system?

BTW, Chretien blew BILLIONS cancelling helicopters. People got over it. Will, Liberals did...

Todd replying to a comment from CaligulaJones / November 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm
And if any of that could be proven, they'd be removed from office. If you can prove gross negligence and dereliction of duty under those evil pinko lefties, feel free to lead the lynch wagon.

Councillors have a budget that's assigned to them. Rae had every right to throw a party using the funds from his budget. It was stupid, but not illegal. What Ford did was illegal. Period. Exclamation point.

Alex replying to a comment from CaligulaJones / November 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm
What Rae did wasn't illegal. It sure was dirty though, and if enough people think something like that shouldn't be allowed then it can be made into a law, which people then have to follow. You can't just expect things to get better on their own. If you feel very strongly about it then you should take action and contact your local MPP about bringing in a bill to ban that sort of spending in a municipal context.

We can't jail politicians for wasting money on policy though, since that's a judgement call. Otherwise they would never do anything because they'd be too afraid. I don't like that Harper is spending billions on American jets instead of buying ones that have already been developed. That doesn't mean I think he should be held legally accountable for it, since he's just doing what he was elected to do.
mar replying to a comment from CaligulaJones / November 27, 2012 at 03:03 pm
hey dickweed, don't act like if a lefty made a misstep your guys would be all over it. Firstly its not left its rules are rules. Are you pretending that the left politicians are criminals and the right is just too classy to bust them on it or is that the right can't figure out how to bust them on it? Or maybe its just that the left is smarter at maneuvering? The thing is its not left or right. harper maneuvers, harris maneuvered. competent people maneuver. the fact of the matter is ford had a million outs and was too boneheaded to take any of them. this is the result.
mark / November 27, 2012 at 03:27 pm
Raise money for kids = booted from office.

Use tax money to pay for son's wedding = keep your mayor job.

All depends on who your supporters are.

Ford should rent a fucking bunny suit and wear it to the next council meeting. Show what a farce this all is.
Enough with the Fox News North replying to a comment from Helen / November 27, 2012 at 03:31 pm
When the fu*k did this American style name-calling become standard practice up here? Why is it that anyone who disagrees with our embarrassing boor of an ex-mayor is automatically a "lefty", "leftard", "socialist", "pinko" "fascist" or "elitist" among others? Why can't we just be ordinary citizens who have had enough with one elected official's pathetic behaviour?

The funniest part is that most of the people throwing the terms around couldn't even explain what the political spectrum is, or plot where communism or fascism fall along it. And I happen to know several people that regularly vote Conservative who are plenty fed up with Ford and the damage that he's done to the Conservative brand.
Bobroom replying to a comment from mark / November 27, 2012 at 03:50 pm
That would be hilarious, but it would only work if he didn't have football practice that day. Darn private schedules!
Only has himself to blame replying to a comment from mark / November 27, 2012 at 04:12 pm
Mark, you're such a simpleton. Its apologists like you who lead Ford to believe that the rules don't apply to him. Whatever you think about the law in question, what isn't in doubt is that he willfully flouted it. There was no "left-wing conspiracy" - if Ford had bothered to listen to or follow the rules, this court case is dead in its tracks. He has only himself to blame - no one else.

Also, the judge in question is a Harper appointee, an inconvenient fact that you Ford apologists like to ignore because it destroys your ridiculous persecution narrative.

BTW - nice touch with the comparison to Fontana, but really, its apples to oranges. If someone were wiling to bring a court case against Fontana, the outcome could very well be the same. Besides, in Ford's case, when his conflict was pointed out to him, and he was ordered to repay the money, he refused and instead attacked the messenger, in his typical manner. So really you could say his approach to this was no different than Fontana's.

Nice try though.

Simon Tarses replying to a comment from Alex / November 27, 2012 at 04:54 pm
What Rae did wasn't as wasteful as what Ford's done, or what Harper's doing in buying those jets when we could get a Canadian company to do the same for less money, or to get them from anywhere else (Russia is one of the countries we can get these.) To excuse what Ford's done is nonsense, but then, I'd expect that from members of Ford Nation (not saying that you are one of them.)
Craig replying to a comment from mark / November 27, 2012 at 07:12 pm
Mark, it's nice that you still white knighting Ford. Are you worried that the new mayor won't keep you on as Chief of Staff?
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