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Rob Ford removed as mayor of Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 26, 2012

toronto rob fordRob Ford is on his way out as mayor of Toronto. Justice Charles Hackland ruled this morning that Ford breached the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act with his actions at a council meeting earlier this year. He has 14 days to organize a transition to a new leader.

The case, brought by Toronto resident Paul Magder and handled in court by lawyer Clayton Ruby, stemmed from $3,150 in corporate and lobbyist donations to Rob Ford's private football charity that council's integrity commissioner Janet Leiper found were wrongly solicited using the mayor's official letterhead.

Council initially voted to make Ford return the money out of his own pocket but later had a change of heart in a later ballot on the matter. Instead of abstaining, the mayor voted to allow himself to keep the money the second time around, breaching the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. The cash was never returned despite several reminders.

Ford has a chance to appeal as Justice Hackland declined to block the mayor from seeking re-election. It's not clear at this stage whether Ford can run in a by-election - if the city decides to hold one - to fill his vacant seat.

Here's the full text of the decision:

Rob Ford conflict-of-interest decision

Update 11:25

Here are some of the key quotes from the ruling.

"In my opinion, [Ford's] actions were characterized by ignorance of the law and a lack of diligence in securing professional advice, amounting to wilful ignorance."

"[Ford] has failed to show his contraventions of the MCIA were the result of a good faith error in judgement."

"Accordingly, I declare the seat of the respondent, Robert Ford, on Toronto City Council, vacant."

Update 11:28

It's still not clear whether Ford can run in a by-election immediately upon his removal. The City of Toronto Act suggests anyone who did take over as mayor would have a two-year term and have to run again with other members of council in 2014.

Clayton Ruby, the lawyer who represented Paul Magder, is due to speak immanently.

Update 11:45

Clayton Ruby, speaking at a press conference, says "nobody is above the law, Rob Ford included," continues that "he should have played by the rules of council."

"While we are pleased to have won this case, we are also deeply saddened by it" .... "Rob Ford did this to Rob Ford." Paul Magder, who brought the case against Ford, says "this is a sad day for Torontonians."

No word from the mayor's camp yet.

Update 12:30

Rob Ford still hasn't released a statement or addressed the media about his removal from office but, we hear, he's still scheduled to launch his Christmas toy drive at 1 pm. This could get weird.

Meanwhile, an ad for a "used Ford" has appeared on Craigslist. A bargain at a $1.

Update 12:35

Rob Ford has just spoken to the media. "I'm a fighter," he says "I've done a lot of great work for the city. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose." He also says he will "fight tooth and nail" to keep his job as mayor.

There's going to be an appeal too. Ford calls the decision "left wing politics." The CBC's John Lancaster notes calling the judge's ruling "a political decision" is risky, advises there are rules in place about discussing decisions of the court.

Update 1:21

Launching his second annual toy drive in the rotunda at City Hall, the mayor appeared visibly stressed and his voice broke several times. He congratulated the Argonauts on their Grey Cup win and said the campaign that distributes presents to toy drive programs "means a great deal" to him.

No mention of the court case, though he did scrum with media shortly before going before the cameras. Ford still says he will appeal the decision and stand in a by-election, if he's able.

Update 1:48

Things starting to settle a little now. Doug Ford says supporters of the mayor should head to the Rogers Centre tomorrow and cheer the Don Bosco Eagles to victory in the Metro Bowl. Looks like the mayor, if he can still be called that, will be missing the council meeting scheduled for that day.

Meanwhile, legal experts continue to discuss the ruling. According to Global's Jackson Proskow on Twitter, those in the know say Ford has grounds for a stay while he appeals but that he's ultimately unlikely to get the judge's decision overturned. Elsewhere, the Ford story has reached the frigid shores of Iceland (via Daniel Dale - @ddale8)

Update 2:53

We've had first movement on city council as a result of this morning's decision. Giorgio Mammoliti, a recent staunch Ford ally, says he's resigning from the mayor's executive committee, saying "some are suggesting that we rethink the political approach, and I have to start thinking about that."

Update 4:41

Here's something a little more considered on what lies ahead for Rob Ford to wrap up.

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

Photo: "Good Friday parade, Little Italy, Toronto" by BruceK in the blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

116 Comments

SousedBergin / November 26, 2012 at 10:41 am
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YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Party time in the city, you know, the actual city.
iSkyscraper / November 26, 2012 at 10:42 am
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It's kind of an Al Capone sort of moment where, being unable to try Ford for the crime of being the dumbest, most retrograde and incompetent mayor in North America, he instead gets hit for the equivalent of not paying taxes. But, hey, in the end justice was served and the fool was booted.

Guess he's free to attend the Metro Bowl now. That should be awkward.
Riot Now / November 26, 2012 at 10:42 am
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This unelected judge has voided the will of the people. This isn't some third world country. We elect our leaders, we don't let unelected politcal appointees decide who our leaders are. We need a revolution now to protect our democratic rights.
Rich replying to a comment from Riot Now / November 26, 2012 at 10:44 am
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Hah, hardly dude
DS / November 26, 2012 at 10:44 am
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Sad day for democracy... Removing an elected official over pennies..

RS / November 26, 2012 at 10:45 am
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'Ignorance of the law isn't an excuse'. Ford willfully made himself ignorant. Right call by the judge.
Beer Baron replying to a comment from Riot Now / November 26, 2012 at 10:45 am
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Democracys only work when the rules are followed. When you break the rules & laws, even if democratically elected, you must face the consequences of your actions. Otherwise, what it the purpose of having laws that govern how our leaders act?
Bob / November 26, 2012 at 10:46 am
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This is BS...who's gonna run this city now? Bunch of morons waiting to get in and jack us all for more money, like that idiot Miller...
Todd Toronto / November 26, 2012 at 10:47 am
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Mixed feelings. Don't like Rob Ford and glad he won't be Mayor any more, but if it were up to me, his Mayoralty should have ended at the ballot box.

Also, Doug Holyday is a competent conservative, which means he has the same policies as Ford, but could get re-elected quite easily.
qqwe / November 26, 2012 at 10:48 am
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Guinness World Record for largest number of simultaneous orgasms: Downtown Toronto
Salt / November 26, 2012 at 10:48 am
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Riot Now: the fact is you supported a criminal buffoon. And criminals aren't allowed to be mayor, whilst buffoons just shouldn't be. If you want a neo conservative loudmouth as mayor, next time vote for a law abiding non-corrupt one at least. :)

Oh, and FYI: the judge has (in your view) only voided the will of those not actually living in Toronto proper. Amalgamation has made Toronto a mess, and has made people like you think they have the right to decide what should happen downtown when you have no idea what kinds of factors are involved in shaping life there. So... basically, neener neener neener.
steve / November 26, 2012 at 10:51 am
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Woo hoo!
Democracy has been defeated!
Bubba / November 26, 2012 at 10:52 am
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What a disgrace! Good riddance to Ford!

@Riot Now, elected officials don't have carte blanche if they break the law they no longer deserve to hold office. The judge was correct in his decision, it showed how arrogant and how much contempt Ford had for the city.
SF replying to a comment from DS / November 26, 2012 at 10:53 am
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DS, it's not just about "pennies," he was given numerous chances to correct his initial actions, yet his conduct violated further rules of governance.

And as far as him being an elected official, the people who live in the CITY of Toronto did not vote for him. Let him go back to the suburbs. He does not represent this city.
great replying to a comment from Riot Now / November 26, 2012 at 10:56 am
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If this isnt a third world country then why is an elected official using his office for personal benefits.
This is precisely what is going on in banana republics
I am stunned that you would still support Ford once he has lost the will of the people with his criminality
FlipDaddy / November 26, 2012 at 10:57 am
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I hate Rob Ford, okay? But can't help feeling that it would be better if voters spoke on his dreadful tenure, rather than a judge doing it. Guaranteed the RF apologists will use this as a way to martyr him and rally around someone even worse, e.g., Doug. They actually think their guy is good, brave, and courageous... Their worldview will not allow in the idea of just how bad he was.
Winner / November 26, 2012 at 10:58 am
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Hey, if I broke the rules at my job, I'd be fired too.
Xavier / November 26, 2012 at 10:58 am
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There will be an appeal, and if that fails he'll just get reelected. No biggie.
Cinz / November 26, 2012 at 11:00 am
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Best. Monday. Ever.
mike in parkdale / November 26, 2012 at 11:01 am
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Re: Democracy

Rob Ford broke the law while in office, and is losing his job because of it.

We're not defeating democracy - we're upholding the law.
Alex / November 26, 2012 at 11:01 am
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Woooh! The last thing Toronto needs as its being heavily lobbied by corrupt casino companies is a corrupt, stupid, lazy mayor.
Simon / November 26, 2012 at 11:01 am
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Does this mean that Ford isn't allowed to participate in the celebratory football parade tomorrow? Oh sweet sweet irony, please come true!
Hendo / November 26, 2012 at 11:02 am
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Well this isn't going to do anything to heal the Burbs vs downtown mentality that Toronto has. If the Suburbs are annoyed enough by this decision, the downtown left-leaning core could lose everything in the next go-round.
sarah replying to a comment from Riot Now / November 26, 2012 at 11:04 am
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yes, yes we do. government officials are not above the law. if that bothers you, that's too bad.
Umm no replying to a comment from steve / November 26, 2012 at 11:05 am
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I think it's more like the law was upheld. Being an elected official does not afford one free reign to flout the rules of the office one holds. Democracy wins.
hahaha / November 26, 2012 at 11:06 am
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BEST NEWS EVER.
Jo / November 26, 2012 at 11:10 am
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In your face!

It was a very sad day when suburban conservatives hoping to save a few extra tax dollars (and afraid of the openly gay candidate) voted this ignoramus in.

He is an entitled, ignorant, hateful, homophobic, lazy embarrassment to this city.

And as Councillor Wong Tam pointed out this morning, from one perspective ousting him doesn't change much as Mayor Ford has been absent from his duties for some time.
FlipDaddy replying to a comment from Xavier / November 26, 2012 at 11:10 am
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...and should that come to pass, might I suggest your Fearless Leader pick up the rule book and learn what is expected of him? What a tool!
TO Gal / November 26, 2012 at 11:10 am
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I hate the guy and I've given him heavy criticism but I'm worried about the fallout of all this. Will Ford use it as evidence of a left wing plot to garner support? Are we in for another election? I'm assuming Doug Holyday takes over the reins for the moment and that might just end up being worse...I firmly believe he brought this on himself, but since I'm not sure we have a competent alternative available, it becomes a question of the devil you know vs. the devil you don't. I was hoping for Olivia Chow in 2014, but I guess now we'll see what happens and who steps up...in the meantime, there is a 14-day stay on the decision to "allow for a transition". Plus, I'm sure Ford will appeal in which case there might be a stay then too. He may not actually lose too much time in office if that's the case...
Rhinestone replying to a comment from Riot Now / November 26, 2012 at 11:10 am
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Elected officials still have to obey professional rules and guidelines. He breached his. And still has not made amends. It's really that simple. He's an arrogant man, and that arrogance cost him his job.
Genius / November 26, 2012 at 11:13 am
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Argos win!

Ford out!

Massive parade tomorrow.
Cultosaurus replying to a comment from Riot Now / November 26, 2012 at 11:16 am
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We also have checks and balances to control corrupt officials - unlike a lot of Third World "democracies". That is why our democracy, historically, has been strong. Sour grapes much?
Cultosaurus replying to a comment from DS / November 26, 2012 at 11:17 am
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Happy day for democracy, showing the system works. The same should happen to Harper.
FlipDaddy replying to a comment from TO Gal / November 26, 2012 at 11:17 am
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Sadly, I have to agree. He will spare no expense in mounting his defense. Who knows--he might even use public funds?
Tony / November 26, 2012 at 11:19 am
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BEST. MONDAY. EVER!!!!

Good Riddance Ford! ARRRRGGGGOOOOOSSSSS!!!!
Terex / November 26, 2012 at 11:21 am
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Better get a crane and dumptruck to remove him cuz this is one waaaaaaaay fat asshole.
Moneesha / November 26, 2012 at 11:21 am
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We should be billing Paul Magder (who started this thing) for the cost of another election.

Sad, sad day for democracy.
TO Gal / November 26, 2012 at 11:22 am
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Rules matter, this is a good read: http://solchrom.posterous.com/the-ford-verdict-and-the-obvious-lesson-topol
mike in parkdale replying to a comment from Moneesha / November 26, 2012 at 11:23 am
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"Sad, sad day for democracy."

but a happy, happy day for justice and the rule of law.

Strange, I figured democracy would be on their side.
Ford4ever / November 26, 2012 at 11:24 am
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I always knew this mayor was going to make interesting news, for better or for worse, but I honestly never expected this!

He should have known better.
FlipDaddy / November 26, 2012 at 11:24 am
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Now Rob can finally realize his TRUE destiny by becoming a football. One of those old-fashioned numbers, with the laces busting out everywhere. He'll truly be serving the kids he cares soooo much about.
funny / November 26, 2012 at 11:27 am
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Not cool!!! I feel bad for the dude, i am sure that the politicians in city hall spent that amount of money on lunch !! he gave it to kids and he is being penalized ... Toronto is a bunch of wack ass people that need the direction of ford , he is the realist mayor i have seen this far!!
Jay Cee / November 26, 2012 at 11:28 am
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About time the trash was taken out
Jer / November 26, 2012 at 11:30 am
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The original conflict of interest didn't "cost" the city any money.... Ford was stupid to have voted the 2nd time around. Why did he vote and why didn't his staff stop him?? Seriously, the dude has a lot of money, why not just say "hey, I made a mistake" and donate the $3000 himself and not do it again.

Basically, he used city letter head incorrectly. He should be punished but not booted out.
Idiot replying to a comment from funny / November 26, 2012 at 11:31 am
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Yeah!! Real bros support real Fords! That shit is whack, yo!

Bob / November 26, 2012 at 11:32 am
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99% of peoples comments here are why residents of this city scare me. Only decent mayors we've had are Ford and Mel. Miller was a disgrace to this city. Chow? Please...give me a break. This city going to start taxing everything again, and you're all going to whine about it
Frank / November 26, 2012 at 11:33 am
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No by-election ... Mayor will be elected by city councillors
CaligulaJones replying to a comment from hahaha / November 26, 2012 at 11:33 am
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Yeah...VE and VJ days, Berlin Wall down, Nelson Mandela walking free. All pale in comparison...
Drew / November 26, 2012 at 11:33 am
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The witch hunt has ended. So much for cleaning up toronto. He should of paid when he had the chance. The entitled snobs win again.
Mr Kanyo / November 26, 2012 at 11:35 am
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So where's the party tonight?
mezimeen replying to a comment from Riot Now / November 26, 2012 at 11:35 am
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Are you serious? I think you need a hug.
Bob replying to a comment from funny / November 26, 2012 at 11:39 am
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Couldn't agree more
Jer / November 26, 2012 at 11:43 am
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Twitter is full of Rob Ford "fat" jokes too... geez, get some class people.
fathead / November 26, 2012 at 11:43 am
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Great...what clown are we going to end up with next? Adam "the sidewalk tax" Vaughan?
$$$ replying to a comment from DS / November 26, 2012 at 11:45 am
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So.... How much money then is the cut off for fraud? Just let me know so i can break the law to a penny less than the limit. Looking forward to your response.
GRBY / November 26, 2012 at 11:48 am
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Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

He could've probably beaten these charges if he didn't consistently embarrass the city every two weeks or so ... ie: derailing a TTC bus for his football team, flipping the bird to drivers who call you out for talking on your cell phone while driving, refusing to receive a personal driver, etc.

I think his ideas weren't that bad. I'm not a left wing or right wing individual. I support him on privatizing garbage and making the ttc an essential service. He just wasn't the right personality for the job. He's too immature and rogue. Not everyone is cut out for politics. Rob is too childlike for the job.

That's why his punk a$$ got tossed out of office.



Tom replying to a comment from Riot Now / November 26, 2012 at 11:52 am
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Get real. The mayor broke the law. Allowing a law-breaking official to remain in office is what 3rd world countries do. The judge acted in the best interests of the people of toronto.
V replying to a comment from DS / November 26, 2012 at 11:55 am
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He won his seat by campaigning over saving pennies.
He lost his seat by frittering away pennies.
Go figure.
V replying to a comment from Riot Now / November 26, 2012 at 11:57 am
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Actually democracy was well represented.
Ford was elected through democracy.
And he was ousted because of the fraud he committed. That is what a robust judiciary does in a democracy. It protects the people when elected representatives break the law. Kapish?
Lee Zamparo replying to a comment from Todd Toronto / November 26, 2012 at 11:59 am
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Slow down, slow down, and consider three important things:

1) Nothing happens for the next 14 days.

2) Council could still vote to re-appoint Rob Ford. Or Doug Ford. Or Giorgio Mammoliti *shudder*.

3) He will almost assuredly appeal to the Divisional court, meaning the verdict will be stayed, and he will remain in office until they rule on the appeal.
Anthony / November 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm
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Once we vote that is where democracy ends. The judge should have recomended based on the law that Ford be removed but the ultimate vote should have been held by the people.

So the downtown vs the suburbs showdown begins again but could get very ugly from the looks of it. Depending on the candidates, the suburbs could very well vote in a mayor that will put a casino downtown and basically go against anything the downtown voters would support. Those that wanted Ford out have gotten their wish but at what price?
Alex / November 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm
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He could have apologized, said he misunderstood the act, paid the $3150, and kept his job. He could have objected, said he disagreed with the interpretation of the act, paid the $3150, filed some sort of appeal, and kept his job. Instead he decided to give up his job. Ford's a moron.
Al / November 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm
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It's not good for the reputation of this city for the mayor to be removed from office for corruption. It would be even worse if he were returned to office.
CH replying to a comment from Bob / November 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm
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Uh, no, we will not be complaining about it. If taxes are raised to pay for needed services and programs, then I will gladly pay my taxes. This is the cost of living is a social democracy.
John Homes / November 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm
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Today Toronto lost a fine Mayor he was a proud sponsor of the Gay Pride Gay Day. And did his best to help the city of Toronto.
Picard102 replying to a comment from SousedBergin / November 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm
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Attitudes like this only help people like Ford get elected.
Sound Garden / November 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm
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Ding Dong The Grinch is Gone
Joey replying to a comment from GRBY / November 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm
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Well said. Lately every time I herd anything about RF it was some sort stupid behavior. It was starting to make me wonder when he finds the time to actually do his job. Well done Rob Madger.
Steven / November 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm
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Cant have a mayor who cant even obey the laws
Never come back plz obese Ford

Sunny replying to a comment from Salt / November 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm
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I agree that Ford's arrogance is the root cause of his 'dethroning' and that amalgamation has not served Toronto well, however the comments about the 'non-downtowners' not knowing what the city needs is so obnoxious. We are one city, and everyone gets to have a voice. It doesn't matter if you live at Queen and Bathurst or in Scarborough. That said, I am glad Ford will not be mayor anymore, but he won the election fair and square. He is the one to blame for this fiasco. Democracy is not being threatened. It doesn't matter how much money it was, it is the act that is wrong.
Joey replying to a comment from GRBY / November 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm
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In response to GRBY. My thoughts exactly.
Michelle / November 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm
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He broke the law and violated the contract of his employment with the City of Toronto. This has nothing to do with voter's rights or democracy, so no, this should not have gone to a vote. Criminals cannot hold public office. May Mr. Ford use this time to understand how it was that he was a failure to this city. And may the public use this time to give their heads a shake, because we must never, ever, allow an unethical, unprofessional, uneducated, and uncivil person to ever hold the position of mayor of Toronto again.
Shane Cronin / November 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm
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This is fantastic news. In a democracy, in order for it to properly function, and be worthy of being called a "democracy" in its truest modern context, there must exist the rule of law. Without a judiciary that is accountable to the people, a democrcay cannot function as it should. The paltry sum involved is not the point, it is the principle of abiding by the rule of law, this, in the end, in the context of a democracy, is all that matters. So, to those of you who are saying that this is not an effective representation of a democratic outcome, I say you are entirely wrong and have little, if only a primative understading of what democracy actually is, and how it properly functions. You have just witnessed a seemless process of democray. Revel in it, for most of the world neither has the luxury of democracy or the rule of law. CANADA ROCKS!!!
Dunja / November 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm
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This article needs to be proofread and spellchecked ASAP.
Mace replying to a comment from John Homes / November 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm
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...I'm confused, is this sarcasm? Ignorance, law breaking bafoon who begrudgingly stated that he was ok with Pride, but did his best to avoid it. It's 2012 in Toronto, supporting Pride should be assumed should it?! That TTC incident a few weeks ago should have been enough to have him removed.
Lauren replying to a comment from Bob / November 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm
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Oh no, not taxes.. It's too bad other mayors aside from Ford and Mel don't have access to that sweet sweet money tree allowing them to afford all the city improvements and services we require!

That being said, being uprooted in the middle of a term never bodes well for the people, and this will certainly be messy. However, he should have just read his little "welcome to city council package", followed the rules. His own ignorance and disrespect for the position he carried got him here.

Why would you want a mayor running our city that uses his position wrongly? P.S. we're going to be a laughing stock in international media because of this bonehead's stupidity.
Todd replying to a comment from Sunny / November 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm
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The needs of Scarborough, Etobicoke, and North York are vastly different than the needs of the old city of Toronto. It makes no sense to have one mayor pandering to either the city or the suburbs. It stalls progress... as Lastman, then Miller, then Ford has shown.

Time to seriously discuss de-amalgamation so both the old suburbs and old city can move forward instead of being stuck in the past and irritated.
MrPotato / November 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm
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In other related news...Mr Potato found dead, drowned in a pool of gravy. Foul play is not suspected.
Bob replying to a comment from CH / November 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm
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Or give out jobs for life? Or have un-needed staff at city hall? Or tax $60 on a $70 renewal for your car? Riigghhtt...
Bob replying to a comment from Lauren / November 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm
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Oh, I agree, what he did was wrong. It's the witch hunt on him that annoys me. They ALL do it, and if people think otherwise, they're naive.
And yes, other cities will laugh at us, but other mayors have done a lot worse (not in Toronto, in other cities)
Ding dong the witch is dead... replying to a comment from steve / November 26, 2012 at 01:03 pm
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Democracy doesn't involve one person doing whatever they want, whenever they want. In any democracy there are checks and balances, and our idiot EX-mayor just got himself checked and balanced. I think you might benefit from an intro Poli Sci course. That or a newspaper.
mar replying to a comment from Lee Zamparo / November 26, 2012 at 01:12 pm
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Doug Holyday is mayor for the next two years. Chow runs against Holyday. Ford is so out of the picture at that point that he is not a contender and is eventually asked out of the election for fear of splitting the holyday vote. chow still beats holyday
So... replying to a comment from Bob / November 26, 2012 at 01:14 pm
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If it were a left leaning mayor who'd done it, BlogTO and it's followers would have been praising said mayor on his/her originality.
Ding dong the witch is dead... replying to a comment from Mr Kanyo / November 26, 2012 at 01:15 pm
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Everywhere south of the 401, west of Woodbine, and east of Royal York.
Skye / November 26, 2012 at 02:05 pm
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First the Argos and now this? Christmas came early. We must've been on Santa's Nice List!
Mark / November 26, 2012 at 02:22 pm
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This will end in tears for the left. No left leaning future mayor will be able to do anything as they will face frivolous and vindictive lawsuits from the right. Congrats guys on the pyrhic victory.
RAB FERD!!!! / November 26, 2012 at 02:23 pm
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RAB FERD!!!
Kaz / November 26, 2012 at 02:37 pm
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I'm happy to see Ford gone. What I hope to see also is that ANY politician (regardless of party) who breaks the rules/laws will also face penalties.
Alex / November 26, 2012 at 02:45 pm
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"allegedly breaching the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act."

After the judge's ruling, it's no longer "allegedly", it's a fact established in law.
James / November 26, 2012 at 02:53 pm
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I'm not a Ford fan, but this could be potentially terrible for the city. He only had two years of being ineffective left before the next election. During that time he would have continued to embarrass himself to the point where he would alienate moderate voters. Now what we have is Rob Ford folk hero.

Also, if a left leaning candidate wins the next election, be prepared for the right to start launching law suits and legal challenges at every opportunity.
j-rock replying to a comment from Mark / November 26, 2012 at 02:55 pm
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Provided they don't engage in any unlawful behaviour, they shouldn't have anything to worry about then should they?
Snaggles / November 26, 2012 at 02:55 pm
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Where's the party at?
Shane Cronin replying to a comment from Mark / November 26, 2012 at 03:03 pm
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Have a look at my comment above, posted at 12:38pm. By the way, your notion (and that of many others) of classifyting things as "the left" or "the right" is ridiculous, and has more in common with US style politcs, not our own. Canadian politics is more complex than that, more subtle. Looking at something as fluid as political thinking and classifying it in an ON/OFF, Yes/NO, RIGHT/LEFT switch framework isnt useful nor does it represent reality in Canada. That is a simplistic way of thinking about things.

Further, if you think that this is a 'pyrhic victory', then you have ZERO respect for the rule of law manifested in the judicary nor do hold any respect for the democratic process. Also, 'frivolous and vindictive lawsuits' rarely result in any sort of conviction, they are generally thrown out of court or don't even make it that far as there is no basis for them. This case was neither frivolous nor was it vindictive, it had to do with the rule of law,a very serious matter, and that's why Rawb Fjord was tossed.
Alex replying to a comment from James / November 26, 2012 at 03:05 pm
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Frivolous lawsuits get thrown out by judges. If someone breaks the law then I very much hope a concerned citizen starts a lawsuit to expose them. It doesn't matter if the mayor if left or right leaning, if they don't break the law no one can sue them successfully, and if they do break the law they deserve to be sued and kicked out of office.

Didn't Detroit have a succession of popular, corrupt mayors? That worked out great for them, didn't it?
mobo / November 26, 2012 at 03:12 pm
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good riddance morron.
Winston / November 26, 2012 at 03:26 pm
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Ultimately, I think Mr. Justice Hackland put it best:

"In view of the respondent's leadership role in ensuring integrity in municipal government, it is difficult to accept an error in judgement defence based essentially on a stubborn sense of entitlement (concerning his football foundation) and a dismissive and confrontational attitude to the Integrity Commissioner and the Code of Conduct."

The judge even admits that the Mayor's actions were "far from the most serious breach of the MCIA". But the law is the law, as they say. And if anything, a person in a position of such responsibility MUST be held to the same standard as any average joe schmoe.

The fact is, it appears Ford knowingly breached the Conflict of Interest Act primarily because he was pissed off at the Integrity Commissioner. Our great city shouldn't have to tolerate a civic leader with an attitude like that.
AK / November 26, 2012 at 03:45 pm
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What an embarrassment. To himself, to his family, to the city and to the people who voted for him. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Ford4ever / November 26, 2012 at 03:58 pm
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To everyone who is crowing and celebrating that Ford has been removed: have you never seen the ending of "Fatal Attraction"?

He's going to rise up out of that bathtub and getcha.
yyz / November 26, 2012 at 04:15 pm
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...assuming there are any opportunities...I'd imagine most candidates would be very, very careful in everything they do given an evident desire for retribution
yyz replying to a comment from steve / November 26, 2012 at 04:22 pm
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...and now we can hire the Muslim Botherhood as consultants to show us how real democracy is run in Egypt
j-rock replying to a comment from yyz / November 26, 2012 at 04:31 pm
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That's one of the things I never understood about Ford. He seems to want to make it as easy as possible for his opponents. Why not just play by the rules and thumb your nose at the socialists/leftists/elitists (or whatever the slur-du-jour is) all the way to the next election? I wouldn't even jaywalk.
Ford4ever replying to a comment from DS / November 26, 2012 at 04:46 pm
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"Sad day for democracy... Removing an elected official over pennies.."

I kind of agree, but then again, the law's gotta have teeth or nobody pays attention.

Ford had plenty of opportunities to put this straight, and never took the matter seriously enough.



Yfrog replying to a comment from Mark / November 26, 2012 at 06:36 pm
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A frivolous and vindictive lawsuit would not have made it this far. A politician running on a platform of integrity and accountability should be welcoming actions that promote these goals. I mean, if you're going around denouncing corruption, then you obviously have an issue with conflicts of interests, so it should be something you'd avoid, no?

This is not a pyrrhic victory (2 r's, Mark!), but a Magna Carta moment, one that demonstrated that no one is above the law - not even our rulers.

Don't worry Mark, maybe you can find a job in the private sector after this. Just don't do like your current boss and admit that you never read the Employee Manual. Most businesses frown on people admitting they didn't bother to learn the fundamentals of their jobs.
Nalliah Thayabharan / November 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm
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Mayor Rob Ford was convicted of "driving under the influence" in 1999, lied to the public and reporters about yelling drunken obscenities at a Maple Leafs game in 2006, has twice been charged with assault, and has history of name-calling at Toronto City Council.Though Mayor Rob Ford was ejected by a judge instead of the voters, Rob Ford's mayoralty was a streetcar wreck. Mayor Rob Ford fumbled the future of public transit. Rob Ford failed abysmally to exercise the powers of persuasion and compromise that every mayor needs to lead Toronto city council. Rob Ford's mayoral utterances were a string of simplistic slogans like his campaign statements. Mayor Rob Ford took aim at City of Toronto employees who dared to get in his way. Mayor Rob Ford failed utterly to understand the line between his personal interests and his role as the city’s chief elected official. Mayor Rob Ford called senior civil servants to his office to demand paving and other repairs outside his family business - DECO Labels. Mayor Rob Ford used publicly paid workers in his office to help coach his football team. Mayor Rob Ford called the head of the TTC about a TTC bus that was being dispatched to pick up his high school football team after an aborted game.
Mayor Rob Ford called 911 when a CBC comedian showed up on his driveway; who accosted a CBC reporter who was simply doing his job by checking out a property the mayor Rob Ford wanted to buy near his house; who wanted the city’s accountability officers reformed out of existence when some of them questioned his conduct or decisions.
AC replying to a comment from Nalliah Thayabharan / November 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm
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Hallelujah!
AE replying to a comment from Riot Now / November 27, 2012 at 12:33 am
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"We need a revolution now to protect our democratic rights." That's right! Give us a byelection and let the people of TORONTO speak! (Emphasis on the people who actually live IN Toronto...not around it)
AE replying to a comment from Salt / November 27, 2012 at 12:36 am
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AAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!! That was so eloquent. Really, there is no other way to say what you just said within the last three words of your reply. *Applause*
Simon Tarses replying to a comment from Mark / November 27, 2012 at 08:43 am
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And you know this to be certain, how? Just because you're in love with Ford? Please.

The fool knew that this (or something similar) was coming for a while, and didn't want to deal with it until it was too late. Now, he's going to get ousted, and all you can come up with is some weak nonsense about 'how the left will suffer'? If anything, I think that it's the neocon fools who vote for people like Ford that are suffering (as well as the politicians that they voted for), and something in the universe is causing a long moral arch towards justice that's seeing people like Ford (and Romney) get their asses kicked by a populace being tired of greed and stupidity dominating everything. If you are one of these fools, then yeah, I've guessed that you've lost today, and oh well, tough shit-better luck next time.
automn / November 27, 2012 at 10:12 am
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yeessssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!
he was not a real face of Toronto,
he was taking the city backward!
under his administration there was no hope of development in the city!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GRAARG / November 27, 2012 at 03:40 pm
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Gonna be interesting to see if there are any copycat suits. Remember that this was an action brought by an anti-Ford agitator who took it to Magder and Ruby (Ruby doing it pro-bono and also working behind the scenes on the Foulidis v Ford libel suit – Ruby is an ardent anti-Fordist).

There are a myriad of rules/laws governing councilors and some are quite arcane. And there are a lot of areas which are grey. I can absolutely guarantee that EVERY councillor has solicited funds for some activity in his/her ward and some will be over the line and some will be near the line – remember, Ford’s sin was doing this on official letterhead (compounded by ignoring the ethics report and then voting on the motion in council).

Take for instance the dearly departed Sandra Bussin’s expensing of a $200 bunny suit for use in a parade in her ward. One of the reasons you are likely not hearing much from the Mayor’s worst enemies (ie., Vaughan) is that ALL of them have skeletons in their closets.

So before everyone dances on Ford’s grave, remember that this may be the first salvo in tit for tat actions against councilors. It would not be good for the City.
GRAARG / November 27, 2012 at 04:27 pm
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Gonna be interesting to see if there are any copycat suits. Remember that this was an action brought by an anti-Ford agitator who took it to Magder and Ruby (Ruby doing it pro-bono and also working behind the scenes on the Foulidis v Ford libel suit – Ruby is an ardent anti-Fordist).

There are a myriad of rules/laws governing councilors and some are quite arcane. And there are a lot of areas which are grey. I can absolutely guarantee that EVERY councillor has solicited funds for some activity in his/her ward and some may be over the line and some may be near the line – remember, Ford’s sin was doing this on official letterhead (compounded by ignoring the ethics report and then voting on the motion in council).

Take for instance the dearly departed Sandra Bussin’s expensing of a $200 bunny suit for use in a parade in her ward - how would the Judge view that? One of the reasons you are likely not hearing much from the Mayor’s worst enemies (ie., Vaughan) is that ALL of them are likely nervous about something they have done which is similar.

So before everyone dances on Ford’s grave, remember that this may be the first salvo in tit for tat actions against councilors. It would not be good for the City.
Jill replying to a comment from Riot Now / November 27, 2012 at 08:08 pm
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This is Canada, not the US. Our judges are never elected, so why is this being held up as meaningful? They must apply for a judicial appointment once they have the requisite education and experience. This whole "unelected judge" business is a red herring, not an issue here in Canada.
Parker / November 29, 2012 at 06:07 pm
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Justice served. You cannot solicit money from lobbyists on city letterhead. You cannot not return the money when requested 5x by the Integrity Commissioner. You cannot vote on the matter that concerns your not returning the funds.

Basically Ford's supporters are okay with corruption. #shocking
Shane / December 1, 2012 at 11:58 am
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best mayor ever!
northstation / December 2, 2012 at 07:45 pm
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thank god. time to take out the trash. good riddance to bad rubbish.
Butch Cummings / May 31, 2013 at 01:08 am
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Where the hell are the police in this matter, Why is Rob Ford even bothering with this dumb bunch of media dummy's and all this going on and no police involvement.
But someone breaks a window and the shit hits the fan, what in hell is Police Chief really thinking here if anything, where is his head , does he think his head is where it is to keep his ears apart, if I was Rob and/or Doug Ford I would give the closest media slug a punch in the face , u can bet you biffy the cops would get involved over this BS then, no one is even owning up to having in their possession, this said video, there has to be some type of criminal charges layed against, whoever started this story, and these bloggers, it sounds like the majority of them are on a pass from the puzzle factory really.
What a bunch of Jerks and the majority of these jerks are probably on the Welfare rolls. Go Figure

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