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Rob Ford (almost) gets a heap of coal for Christmas

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 20, 2013

toronto santa clausRob Ford received the gift of 1.2 million lumps of coal from Santa and his elves this morning, or at least he would have done if security had let Santa bring his symbolic sack of shiny black rocks inside. It was left at the door along with his jingle bells.

Santa Claus and a band of elves led a "coal caravan," which consisted of 25 wheelbarrows, from Queen and Portland to City Hall this morning. Santa waited for a few minutes outside the mayor's office but was again rebuffed by security. A few hecklers made their feelings felt.

"Why don't you get a job, Santa? Get a job, you idiot," one person shouted. "I have a job, sir," Santa replied.

toronto santa clausEarlier this month, advertising agency Bob's Your Uncle encouraged people to pledge a lump of coal for the mayor's Christmas stocking via a special website. By this morning, more than 1.2 million had joined the protest against "the naughtiest boy on Santa's list." The agency will be donating $5,000 to a toy drive for kids in need.

Bob Froese from Bob's Your Uncle sourced the coal from a disused storage locker at his family cottage and bought the rest from Thack Ironworks, one of just a few suppliers of blacksmithing coal in Canada, located in Floradale Ont. The cargo sent to the company's downtown office by truck.

"I'm quite disappointed," Santa said after being told to leave. "I didn't know Santa wasn't allowed to have his sleigh bells nor his sack of presents in City Hall. I was instructed to leave and I'm doing so, because Santa doesn't want to cause any problems."

Rob Ford was preparing for a media event of his own, signing a second batch of new and improved "Robbie Bobbie" bobblehead dolls in the rotunda of City Hall.


toronto santa claustoronto santa claustoronto santa claustoronto santa clausChris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

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Jacob / December 20, 2013 at 01:55 pm
"Why don't you get a job?", cries the Fordite, lined-up during traditional work hours to buy a bobblehead doll.
Paul / December 20, 2013 at 02:01 pm
Really?! Yes the $5,000 to a toy drive is fantastic. But why are we wasting our time and effort on him?! The energy we spend on him/situation could be better used for more important endeavors. If we all put a fraction of our time and money on things like this we'd most likely help alot of people that need it in this city.
Tammy / December 20, 2013 at 02:04 pm
This is so unkind. His leadership is an abomination, but lowering ourselves to such pranks is disturbing. How much money was spent executing this? Wouldn't that money have been better spent on the children of the City who will go without dinner and/or presents for Christmas?

Responding to acts of badness, in kind, isn't helpful.
Ben Harris replying to a comment from Tammy / December 20, 2013 at 02:07 pm
Keep up.
Brian / December 20, 2013 at 02:08 pm
pretty convenient every wheelbarrow has a big tag with his company's name in it
douche is trying to profit from this
probley voted for Ford in the election
mike in parkdale / December 20, 2013 at 02:18 pm
Santa, Rob Ford burns small white rocks, not black sooty ones.
nb replying to a comment from Paul / December 20, 2013 at 02:32 pm
I agree. Why spend our time and effort on protesting the worst mayor in toronto's history. Why indeed. Not like we live in a free and democratic society or something.
The Truth replying to a comment from Brian / December 20, 2013 at 02:35 pm
Trying to make lemonade out from a woefully incapable lemons is a noble pursuit.
NotThatDave replying to a comment from Brian / December 20, 2013 at 02:36 pm
You clearly don't understand advertising.
whatsup / December 20, 2013 at 02:43 pm
Lynne / December 20, 2013 at 02:51 pm
shouldn't give him something he could possibly light up & smoke!
YoMomma / December 20, 2013 at 02:59 pm
They should have parked at Queens Park for the Liberals.
Paul replying to a comment from nb / December 20, 2013 at 03:10 pm
Perhaps I can't articulate myself that well, but there's a difference between protesting and just shit disturbing. He's not one to be embarrassed and nothing anyone says or does will sadly change his mind. Also the sad fact is that he may still have a chance next year to be elected again. Putting the time/money/energy into volunteering/donating may be more fruitful to the families and people in need in this city. Bring on the sarcasm.
Donald / December 20, 2013 at 03:26 pm
And what our Tax dollars were supposed to pay for the clean up? Bobs your uncle agency, couldve just donated the $5000 to the kids charity if they really cared. Instead for the sake of self promo they tied it to Rob Ford.

Best part is Bobs Your Uncle Agency gets the charitable tax credit for this!
Andy / December 20, 2013 at 03:36 pm
The agency is stuggling since its BrainStorm group days. The top heads left the new leader Bob renames the agency after himself altough alot of the work and clients shown on its website are from the Brainstorm days.

geoff / December 20, 2013 at 03:37 pm
Ford more years!!!
Tammy replying to a comment from Ben Harris / December 20, 2013 at 03:40 pm
$ was spent, actions were taken, didn't get through security. I generally, try to read beyond the headlines, but appreciate your suggestion nonetheless.
Jon / December 20, 2013 at 03:51 pm
Having been there at City Hall today, I was amazed at the malicious undertone from 'Ford nation' supporters (or are they employees?). I've been pretty ambivalent to Ford and his antics but realize now that he HAS to go before he and his chronies rot this city from the inside out. It's a bad scene, and Toronto as an emerging N American powerhouse is not benefiting from the mayoral position - talk about a waste of tax payers money!
Suzi / December 20, 2013 at 04:03 pm
REMEMBER THIS STORY - The site showed the gift tag being from Santa NOT from BOBS YOUR IDIOT

Now you can give Rob Ford coal for Christmas
Sean replying to a comment from Jacob / December 20, 2013 at 04:13 pm
I was there on my lunch hour you skeptic!
Steph / December 20, 2013 at 04:18 pm
What a waste of natural resources. Now what is all the coal going in the garbage?
Tony / December 20, 2013 at 04:19 pm
These clowns didn't actually think they were going to get into City Hall or near the mayor dressed in a costume/disguise.
Jamies Cryin / December 20, 2013 at 06:00 pm
Yo Jon boy what antics are you refering to?

So anyone else can show up at city hall and protest anything they'd like but Ford can't?
James Powell / December 20, 2013 at 07:12 pm
How about delivering the coal to the Roundhouse, if it is any good, it would be used for pulling children, therefore earning a 2nd use raising funds for a useful cause ?

We've burned a few lb donated that sort of way (ex Kingston, CNR) in various engines over time...

julian / December 20, 2013 at 09:52 pm
Hey James, I think i know how I cam crank your engine.... with some kiddos
Tammy / December 21, 2013 at 02:32 am
What an aptly named chamber for Rob Ford to be sitting in for his own publicity stunt.
Was he doing any work?
We're paying him, right?

This could be seen as an election ploy.

One of the first things that Rob Ford did was stop funding the Santa Claus Fund for the kids neediest kids. At the time the only "kid" he was supportive of were the big, strong, healthy, football-playing boy-type kids.
John N. / December 21, 2013 at 08:25 am
I Miss David Miller so so much. the days of real leadership. and vision. a leader who actually wanted what was best for the city as a whole. who saw city building as a necessity, that is not so much a cost to tax payers as it is an investment into the growth and success of a move livable and enjoyable home. So sad his legacy was tarnished by Ford and his ill conceived and illegal cancellation of Transit City. ('cuz just look at all the new transit Ford has funded and under construction..... oh wait there is none.) And Sheppard, as well as Finch and most of Eglinton would now have been either nearing completion or well under way had Ford left things alone.
humid inside / December 21, 2013 at 04:46 pm
You are Miss David Miller?...So what?
gucco the clown / December 23, 2013 at 12:07 am
Rob Ford is Toronto's lump of coal.

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