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What happens to Rob Ford now?

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 26, 2012

toronto rob fordRob Ford's first stint as mayor came to a screeching halt today barely halfway through his four-year term of office. Justice Charles Hackland, a Superior Court judge, ruled the mayor breached the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act by voting on an item at council in which he had a pecuniary interest earlier this year. As a result, he ordered Ford removed from office within 14 days.

So what happens now? Rob Ford has already vowed to fight "tooth and nail" against the decision by launching a formal appeal. Initiating that process will likely delay his removal beyond the two-week transition period prescribed by the judge for several months until his appeal can be heard and considered.

It's not clear whether Ford has good grounds for an appeal. Afterall, the judge left little room for ambiguity when he said the mayor's actions were "characterized by ignorance of the law and a lack of diligence in securing professional advice, amounting to wilful ignorance."

Hackland said Ford "failed to show his contraventions of the MCIA were the result of a good faith error in judgement." The rules don't allow for much leeway in terms of punishment.

There are some grey areas in the 24-page ruling, though. No-one is quite sure yet whether Ford would be allowed to participate in a by-election to fill his vacant seat if council decides not to appoint a replacement from within. Since Justice Hackland could find no reason to ban Ford from seeking re-election there's a reasonable chance the Etobicoke councillor's name will be on a ballot again between now and 2014.

In the words of councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, who resigned his position on the mayor's executive committee in the aftermath of today's decision, apparently on the advice of his constituents, it's going to be a "rocky road over next few months."

Council is due back in session at 9:30 tomorrow morning. Rob Ford has already said he won't be there: his Don Bosco Eagles are playing for the Metro Bowl at the Rogers Centre. Business as usual for the man at the top of the pile a little while longer.

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

Photo: "ROB FORD EX MAYOR" by AshtonPal in the blogTO Flickr pool.



evan / November 26, 2012 at 04:41 pm
"Rob Ford has already vowed to fight "tooth and nail" against the decision by launching a formal appeal."

Or he could admit his mistakes like people with strength and dignity. This is what happens when weaklings deceive their way to the top. Short term gains, while sacrificing the big picture.
wishbone / November 26, 2012 at 04:45 pm
Have we not more important things to talk about. We fire a mayor for breaking rules?.Is this allowed? Lets talk about something more important and newsworthy like the NHL strike or the price of condo`s on the lakeshore. get real Toronto
Ryan replying to a comment from evan / November 26, 2012 at 04:49 pm
Strength and dignity are things that leftwing pinkos believe in. Rob Ford believes in being wrong and blaming others for any possible mistakes.
sam replying to a comment from Ryan / November 26, 2012 at 05:00 pm
agree with ryan and evan. it's unfortunate that the mayor of an international city has never displayed strength nor dignity - not during the election nor in office.
GS / November 26, 2012 at 05:20 pm
"Or he could admit his mistakes like people with strength and dignity. "

And that's why he won't win another election for mayor. People might forgive someone who is contrite. They won't likely do so for someone who says "yeah sure, I broke the rules and i would do so next time and the time after. It's all a left-wing conspiracy". That might play with his base who would vote for him no matter what, but it's an insult to the thousands of people who voted for him in good faith. It's Rob Ford's way of telling his base that they're stupid. And that is stupid.
Benedict Harris replying to a comment from wishbone / November 26, 2012 at 05:42 pm
" Lets talk about something more important and newsworthy like the NHL strike"

Oh my god, I almost choked laughing at this! Talk about a breach of ethics!
Mark / November 26, 2012 at 05:48 pm
Drapery King Toronto

Thinks this is a travisty

sorry MR Ford for how you are treated

This is becoming the new way of life for toronto

Yfrog replying to a comment from evan / November 26, 2012 at 06:44 pm
He could do the right thing, admit he did wrong, and walk away so as not to waste resources fighting a deserved punishment - instead of hobbling the City and insisting on hanging to a job that is obviously not his first priority.

But then again, if Mr. Ford had a better knack at doing the right thing, he wouldn't be in this predicament today.
W. K. Lis / November 26, 2012 at 07:39 pm
Giorgio Mammoliti, who resigned from the mayor's executive committee, is the first rat to escape the sinking ship.
Dorothy / November 26, 2012 at 07:43 pm
Rob Ford represents and relates to the poorer class of people in our society. In my opinion he has a care-free out going personality; therefore I believe him when he said "he was not aware that he breached the Municipial conflict of Interest Act". I also appreciate the fact that he volunteers his time with these young men,teaching them to play football ,build their self confidence and self esteem. Most of these children does not have a role model; therefore I am very very greatful that Rob is there for them .I believes he has good intentions but made a mistake; and as the old saying goes . "To error is human".and to forgive is divine; and last but not least he has earned my respect. We would like him to return to his position as Mayor and we believe that he was doing a good job.
Nick replying to a comment from Dorothy / November 26, 2012 at 08:07 pm
Ya, Dorothy, except when he commandeers a TTC vehicle filled with a poorer class of people so that his football team doesn't have to wait in the cold, gives $60 back to car drivers only to have the TTC now have to raise Metropass fares by $60, etc.
TO Gal replying to a comment from Dorothy / November 26, 2012 at 08:17 pm
Yeah, Dorothy, that's a nice sentiment, but it's part of his job as both Mayor and as a former city councillor to understand the municipal conflict of interest act, and when he might be in violation of that act. And as nice as it is for him to coach youth football, his primary responsibility and priority should be his job as Mayor-- not football coach.

The man is not only willfully ignorant, but arrogant, a really bad combination. He did this to himself. Don't blame the downtowners or the lefties or the pinkos or anyone but ROB FORD.
stopitman replying to a comment from Dorothy / November 26, 2012 at 08:24 pm
Relates to the poorer class of society and he's care-free? Is there some sort of connection you're trying to make here? "Poorer classes of society" generally need to work harder than he does and would've lost their job much quicker for less than what he's done (not to mention they aren't born into a rich family that gives you anything). The biggest problem with your comment is that you somehow believe he erred by accident, when he willfully acknowledged he didn't read the rules of council after 12 years and that he is somehow above being wrong. He could've rectified his problems if he had simply apologized and repaid the petty sum (for him) of $3,100 - an amount he says is nothing, yet is 1-2 months of income for the lower class.

The worst parts about all of this are that: (1) they make it seem like some left wing conspiracy perpetrated with help by an Ontario Superior Court judge and (2) they somehow believe that the courts in our system of governance can't overrule an elected official. The 2nd point is especially disgusting, because it either means that they don't have any respect for our court system or they have no idea what the Judiciary's role is in our democratic society and system of governence.
visualhornet / November 26, 2012 at 08:26 pm
I luv all you guys that think Ford has done such a poor job, Privatizing Garbage Removal alone more than what Miller accomplished

look how many people were against the unions. Now all you wankers are happy the only person who did aything about Garbage removal is out of office. Oh and save the city 80million over 7yrs.

Wish he had more time to remove the Land Transfer Tax that Miller implemented
He Doesn't Know What A Mayor Does replying to a comment from Dorothy / November 26, 2012 at 08:27 pm
What he does for the kids is wonderful. That is what he should be focusing on.

He should NOT be Mayor again because he does not even know or respect his responsibilities as Mayor. This wasn't one mistake. It was a series of mistakes piling up. Do you not understand this?

He might have good intentions, but don't we all? If I don't perform my job duties and admit that I never read the employee manual, I should be fired. My boss won't rehire me because I have good intentions and give them any reason to think I'll make a better effort next time.

Rob Ford doesn't understand what he did wrong. Rob Ford is way over his head, and should go back to his sticker factory and coaching football.
This man is not qualified to be Mayor. High School football coach? Yes, he's qualified. Mayor of the largest city in Canada? No bloody way.
visualhornet / November 26, 2012 at 08:30 pm
Oh Trush me, I think Ford, is a joke. His lack of support for pride parade. His obsession with Grafitti removal. Moving marthaons to Parks. The guys is a bad representative of Toronto. But once in a while its good, years of waste that has been going on in the city of toronto
All Comes Back replying to a comment from Dorothy / November 26, 2012 at 08:32 pm
Dorothy are you saying Rob Ford is role model? Take a look at this video of our X-Mayor;v=nySs1cEq5rs
and tell me you still respect him? There are people who help kids every day 365 days a year not just a few football games and you haven't even heard of them.
He was suppose to be the Mayor of one of the biggest cities in Canada. I'm glad he is out.
All Comes Back replying to a comment from Dorothy / November 26, 2012 at 08:34 pm
Video below Dorthy:
Craig replying to a comment from visualhornet / November 26, 2012 at 08:45 pm
So how do you suggest we make up that lost revenue? The Ford review performed by KPBM indicated that 93% of what the city does is mandated by law. So not much left to cut.

Privatizing everything, won't make up that difference. The only solution left is a massive property tax hike, but since Ford was anti-tax, that won't work. Oh, Ford could have gone to Queen's Park, cap in hand, but he ridiculed Miller for doing that.

It's great to say, it's a bad idea, but unless you have a good solution you are just pissing in the wind.
Michelle replying to a comment from wishbone / November 26, 2012 at 08:58 pm
Get real, pinko.
visualhornet replying to a comment from Craig / November 26, 2012 at 09:09 pm
Every little helps, cutting 50million from our budget is better than nothing. If people want to keep toronto a vibrant city try making it affordable the Land Tranfer Tax, doesn't help home ownership, higher property taxes increase rent prices. These all hurt the city. I think getting rid of the License Fee was dumb. The city was gettting 65million dollars. I think fees like this are a good way to raise revenue. But $4500 bucks extra tax for buying a 1/2 million dollar house is crazy.
Craig replying to a comment from visualhornet / November 26, 2012 at 09:17 pm
We're not talking $50 million, it's more like $300 milion. Explain how you're going to cut the city budget by 1/3. All without cutting mandated services, gutting the ttc or ignoring infrastructure repair/maintenance.

If you can provide a plan i'll agree that we can eliminate the transfer tax, oh, the plan needs to be sustainable over the long term.
bob smith / November 26, 2012 at 09:36 pm
there's a magical money tree in the basement of City Hall! we just need to go harvest it.
foo / November 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm
The CBC had some video footage in "the suburbs" speaking to "suburban people" with such empathetic quotes as: "They should just leave him alone." and "I think he's done a lot of good."

Seriously, are people f'ing blind, deaf, and dumb?

There's nothing wrong with a conservative politician being elected, but seriously people - you can do A LOT better.
Jay / November 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm
Now that the lefties have whipped themselves up into lather of glee they have failed to see the can of worms they've opened. You know what they say about people in glass houses. Forcing ideological agendas litigating politicians out of office. I can't wait for the first lefty council member to be taken out. I'll be sure to post links to all the smug elite lefties and their gleeful comments today. Even Adam Vaughan has said this is not good. Consider it open season on the politicos. The left are always trying to paint the right as American styles politics. Well, it's the left who have brought litigation politics American style to Toronto. So eager to win a short sighted battle and in the end this will divide the city even more. Clayton Ruby and his same group of special interest groups think they can overrule the voice of the people in the city. More proof the elite of downtown Toronto feel they are entitled to tell people in the suburbs their voice does not count.
Gabe / November 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm
FORD will be back in office. 1 in 4 Torontians voted for him. His platform and whaat he stands for is what people want. Sure he may come across wrong, and pisgish, but the next mayor in will be on the same platform, its proven to work.
Josh / November 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm
AND mayor Hazel Mccallion did no wrong by allowing her sons company to build condos all over Mississauga... she got a slap on the wrist...
Matthew Fabb replying to a comment from Jay / November 27, 2012 at 12:31 am
Conflict of interest laws are in place to stop corruption within municipal politics. I would be very happy for judges to throw out any politician, left or right who are breaking these laws.

As others have pointed out Rob Ford could have stopped it many times but did not as he felt he was above the rules. Rob Ford is his own worst enemy.

Meanwhile mayor Hazel McCallion was found not guilty of the same conflict of interest laws. From what I've read, she didn't vote on anything, but simply pushed for a deal that her son would benefit. The judge's ruling asked for the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act to be expanded in include what McCallion was doing. However, under the current law, she could not be found guilty.
Ling Gu / November 27, 2012 at 12:32 am
Rob Ford is, appallingly, a true representative of the petit bourgeoisie. The man is proudly ignorant; he is not simply coarse and shockingly unreflective, he genuinely appears to revel in his simplistic (he might call it "common sense") approach to governance and controversial issues. He is an embarrassment to the city. He is a buffoon and an ignoramus, except it isn't funny; it is detrimental to the governance of this country's largest city.

The same can be said of his brother.
Gabe replying to a comment from Ling Gu / November 27, 2012 at 12:40 am
Get your head out of the downtown core... There's not enough votes downtown...Rob Ford appeals to the masses, the majority! THAT'S how you win elections...the majority!!
Terex replying to a comment from Josh / November 27, 2012 at 12:54 am
Hazel has done a helluva lot more for Miss than RoFo has done for TO. Plus she knows more people in high places who can help her out. Plus she's a smart woman, whereas RoFo is a grossly obese ignorant redneck who should be shipped out to the Ozarks in the next Cheetos delivery truck.
jay replying to a comment from Gabe / November 27, 2012 at 02:54 am
But even with a majority, he was too stupid to stay elected.
McRib replying to a comment from Gabe / November 27, 2012 at 03:22 am
1 in 4 votes is not a majority.
milo / November 27, 2012 at 07:05 am
maybe he should make a pitstop at Jenny Craig during his time off.
George replying to a comment from McRib / November 27, 2012 at 07:10 am
lol. Speaking of ignoramus.
Strav replying to a comment from visualhornet / November 27, 2012 at 08:11 am
great move regarding the garbage collection, bad move with the car license tax - doing away with that tax is expected to cost the city about $64 million annually, or $448 million over 7 years.
Simon Tarses replying to a comment from He Doesn't Know What A Mayor Does / November 27, 2012 at 08:27 am
Sorry, but he should't be coaching kids, either. Especially with a body like his.

Also, why couldn't the school that the football game was held at make sure that the players had a place to change and get clean in, rather than rick pneumonia AND urinary track infections by going home on a bus in wet clothes?

At any rate, I'm glad that Ford might be on his way out.
j-rock replying to a comment from Dorothy / November 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm
Regardless of your politics, how anyone could think that Ford was doing a good job is completely beyond me. If I were a conservative, I would be upset at the damage he's done to the brand. Doug Holyday or John Tory would never have behaved the way that Ford has. And this "man of the people" schtick is such a farce. He's a spoiled rich kid who was born into the type of privilege that his low-to-mid five-figure suburban base can only dream of. The great irony is that he's actually one of the "elites", at least economically speaking, that he and his brother, and their supporters are always railing against.

Nobody is saying that the work he does with kids isn't good or important, but if that's where his heart truly lies, then he should commit himself to it 100%, and leave the job of running the nation's largest city to someone who will actually make it their #1 priority.

Furthermore, this is not about whether the money was "for the kids" or not. Yesterday during a particularly self-serving interview, I heard big brother Doug repeat that over and over, without once acknowledging that Rob broke the law. Even when pressed by Arlene Bynon, who is VERY sympathetic to the Fords, he just kept dodging the issue. REGARDLESS of what the money was for, the manner in which it was raised, and his subsequent actions placed him in a conflict-of-interest. That, and only that, is what this case, and the verdict, are about.

Ironically, David Miller who is always painted as a "latte sipping, downtown socialist" was primarily raised by a single mother and earned his way into the best schools through hard work and ability. Yet the Fords, quite falsely, continue to cultivate their "man-of-the-people" persona. Rob Ford doesn't understand the poor, because he's never been one of them. But I wouldn't expect anything as inconvenient as facts to hold any sway over the members of "Ford Nation". "Well, he says he's one of us, so it must be true." It's not.
j-rock replying to a comment from Gabe / November 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm
Not under our current system. If that were the case we would have run-off elections. At every level of government, a candidate and/or party can win with a relatively small PLURALITY, depending on how many ways the vote is split. As mentioned previously, Ford's actual share of the vote represents just under a quarter of eligible voters in Toronto. While that may constitute a "majority" in Ford Nation, here in the real world, it doesn't.
Dorothy replying to a comment from Nick / November 27, 2012 at 12:52 pm
In response to 1 of "Simon Traser" comment. There are women who are very attracted to men that are of the same size and proportion as our mayor Mr.Ford. There is an old saying "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder".
Dorothy / November 27, 2012 at 11:48 pm
Mr. Rob Ford. I know you are going through a hard time but like every thing else it will pass .I am also in agreement that the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act should be updated or ammended so that a person will not have to loose their job due to a simple confict of interest.I really appreciate the fact that you took the time out from your busy work schedule to teach those kids to play foot ball. I will never forget the day you received the news from the media that you won the position as Mayor; you were playing football with the team .You did not get excited you remained calm and humble and stayed until the game was over.That is what I call being loyal and dedicated.Therefore if you are loyal and dedicated to your team ,it would make sense that you will be loyal and dedicated on the job as Mayor. I would like to dedicate this Christmas song to you, and hope it will lift your spirit.
Youtube: Song: "Please come home for Christmas" by Charles Brown. Enjoy.
YouNutjob replying to a comment from Dorothy / November 28, 2012 at 11:52 am
You are clearly delusional!

"I am also in agreement that the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act should be updated or ammended so that a person will not have to loose their job due to a simple confict of interest"

Oh, so amend the act so one can vote on something pertaining to themselves? Really? Get real! You Ford supporters are so bat shit crazy it isn't even funny. It's ethics, and it's learned at a very young age. One shouldn't even have to read the MCIA to figure out that it's wrong and unethical to participate in a vote that is about you.... smh
Me / November 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm
Are people that write loose in place of lose loosers?
Richard replying to a comment from Dorothy / November 29, 2012 at 08:25 pm
to Dorothy, you are not representing yourself well here. Its not about some women fulfilling a fetish, it's about the fact that it shows lack of self control (the very fact of his poor performance and ultimate dropping out of the "weight challenge" is a testament to this). He conducts himself in a manner that is not dignified nor mature, but instead offensive and pushy. Some would even say "a bully". He is a slovenly, rude, unsympathetic and unqualified person. He is an anchor on the advancement of our wonderful city. I personally hope this ruling sticks!
Dorothy replying to a comment from YouNutjob / November 30, 2012 at 05:57 pm
When Mr Ford was in attendance at the meeting it would appears as if there were no major concerns. If there were concerns I am sure he would have been asked to leave or the meeting could have been discontinued and that did not happen. Hello!!!!!! If you had a case going on against you, would you want to be present? I would. Therefore the "ACT" should be ammended to read as follows: "If there is a case against any individuals whether the hearing is in a court room or board room the victim and or defendant should have a right to be present at the hearing.However if the situation is minor the person should not lose their Job."
Dorothy replying to a comment from YouNutjob / November 30, 2012 at 06:16 pm
I am of the opinion that you do have a problem with comprehension skills and you and others have a tendency to assume.In your case you said quote " Oh so amend the act so one can vote on something pertaining to themselves " You nut job" I made no such statement and your assumption about my comments is incorrect. Which implies that you do lack comprehension skills. Now I know what Mayor Ford have put up with.
Dorothy replying to a comment from YouNutjob / November 30, 2012 at 06:24 pm
My comments on November 30th 2012 at 06:16pm . Is in response to NutJob comments. I would also like to correct the last sentence . "now I know what Mayor Ford have to put up with.

Dorothy replying to a comment from Richard / November 30, 2012 at 06:47 pm
Responding to Richard comments "I did not say anything about Fetish" but you are making an assumption . How he carries him self and his personal life is none of my darn business.Now I know what Mr.Ford have to put up with.I just admire the fact that he fights for the rights for the average person at City Hall,and yes he is not perfect. However there is a verse in the bible that states :"He that is without sins cast the first stone".
Andrew / December 2, 2012 at 05:18 am
Rob Ford admits no wrong doing and immediently blamed so called lefties right out the court room door.
This was nothing to do with lefties or anything else but something that Rob did himself by admitting he didn't understand what a conflict of interest was and even when warned repeatedly , continued on course to his own destruction.

What is more surprizing is that so many people believe as he does and blame others for what obviously Ford did to himself.
Right wing media however also choose to ignor facts and back him 100%, with the exception of Joe Wormington a conservative who does understand what has happened here and places blame were it belongs, on Rob Ford.

I don't know what a byelection will produce, I guess it depends who is running but I can be reasonably sure that many former Ford supporters will not vote for him next time.

Ron / December 2, 2012 at 05:30 am
People supporting Ford even after this mess have to be dumb!
There is no other explanation.
Anyway , Rod is booted from office and has only himself to blame !

To continue to support this jerk shows you are IGNORANT !
Scary too !
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