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Complaint filed against Rob Ford's use of staff

Posted by Derek Flack / January 10, 2014

Rob Ford ComplaintJust when it seemed Rob Ford had dodged controversy for a few weeks and was clawing back some mayoral respectability, the scandal that he most hopes to bury is back in the news, this time in the form of a formal complaint lodged with Toronto's integrity commissioner regarding Ford's use of staff and abuse of influence at city hall. The complaint stems from police documents released last fall in which it's alleged that the Mayor's staff were tasked with such things as buying him alcohol and helping out with his responsibility as a football coach.

None of these statements have been proven in court, so the integrity commissioner will have difficult decisions to make regarding whether to pursue the case, but it's not altogether surprising that someone has taken Ford to task on these allegations. The complaint comes courtesy of Ray Fredette, a retiree who told the Globe & Mail that he identifies as left of centre and "has participated in anti-Ford rallies in the past." That won't win him any supporters in Ford Nation, of course, but it'll be interesting to see how the commissioner handles this potentially precedent setting case.

Should the integrity commissioner pursue investigations related to statements made in police documents?

Discussion

73 Comments

Al / January 10, 2014 at 10:26 am
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Why hasn't Ford filed the defamation suit that he promised?
steve / January 10, 2014 at 10:27 am
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So many nuisance suits. Just people wasting time and money for no benefit...
Adam / January 10, 2014 at 10:30 am
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Who cares! He is the BOSS. You do what the boss tells you to do. I have no sympathy for city staff, are they complaining that they are getting paid to go to the LCBO?

I'm concerned about my Taxes not city hall Lackey's.
Nick replying to a comment from Adam / January 10, 2014 at 10:32 am
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Uhh... Adam... your taxes pay those lackey's to go to the LCBO...
Adam replying to a comment from Nick / January 10, 2014 at 10:33 am
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I know, and they need to do what the BOSS tells them to do. The Boss is in charge of how our taxes are spent.
Chuck / January 10, 2014 at 10:38 am
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Wow, no wonder such an idiot can hold such power in this city. No one seems to care that he drinks on the job, gets tax funded workers to do personal work. Has civil responsibility fallen this low?
Giveme Abreak replying to a comment from Adam / January 10, 2014 at 10:41 am
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Um, are you serious?

You understand that your TAXES are paying the LACKEYS wages, while they grab liquor for their BOSS, when they should be doing WORK FOR YOU?????
Greg replying to a comment from Adam / January 10, 2014 at 10:43 am
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@ Adam

Did you even bother to read the article? It wasn't a staff member that filed the complaint, it's a regular citizen of Toronto.

And if you're so concerned about your precious taxes, consider the fact that you're paying that city staff employee's wage who, instead of helping to run the city, is doing personal favours for our alcoholic mayor. THAT is the problem.

I don't care if you're a "leftie" or a "rightie", I care that people who can't even comprehend simple, basic concepts, such as this article, are out there voting for this asshole. This city is in a sad state right now...
LOU / January 10, 2014 at 10:44 am
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Chuck, it's idiots like Adam who vote for idiots like Ford. They don't care if he drinks on the job and gets city workers to do his personal work because that's exactly what THEY would do if they were in office. And yes, civil responsibility has fallen this low.
Adam / January 10, 2014 at 10:51 am
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Whatever he needs to get the job done and be a highly effective person. Athletes, musicians, actors, etc. etc. all have people around them looking after their every need whether it be booze, pills, injections, massages, etc. There would be no Lance Armstrong without this type of activity.


FORD MORE YEARS!


Funny how the lackey's are complaining about it now, but didn't stand up for it at the time. They could've said no I don't feel this is right.
Francis / January 10, 2014 at 10:55 am
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It's idiots like Adam who are going to vote for this buffoon again.
eraz / January 10, 2014 at 10:58 am
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"Whatever he needs to get the job done and be a highly effective person."

Can't read this without laughing for so many reasons.
RKMK / January 10, 2014 at 10:59 am
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Adam, are you operating under the assumption that Rob Ford needs to assault his staff to get his job done?
Chad / January 10, 2014 at 11:02 am
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Adam is clearly just trolling. Don't give him the attention he seeks.
abby replying to a comment from Adam / January 10, 2014 at 11:07 am
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there's no apostrophe when you are writing "lackeys". FYI. Also, hilarious & confusing (and odd?) to compare Rob Ford to Lance Armstrong.
Kukko the Klown / January 10, 2014 at 11:07 am
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I am going to have Adam committed. Dave, we need your bed at CAMH! I'm actually Dr. Kukko.
Judy / January 10, 2014 at 11:08 am
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Oh Adam... Rob Ford is NOT a highly effective person, (unless you count on his ability to agree to tag lines that appeal to the lowest common denominator). Lance Armstrong wasn't voted in to public office and he wasn't responsible for leading one of North Americas largest cities so whatever the people he paid had to do for him is irrelevant. Personally, I don't appreciate my tax $$ paying some employee to pick up mickeys of vodka for the mayor or anyone else at city hall for that matter. I'm personally thrilled that Ray Fredette has the time and money to be one more thorn in ol' Robbie's side.
Dr. Kukko / January 10, 2014 at 11:12 am
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The Integrity Commissioner should not bother investigating this stuff. Instead, Ford should be investigated for public URINATION! There are witnesses.
Welshgrrl / January 10, 2014 at 11:12 am
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Stop feeding the troll
MrLJ replying to a comment from steve / January 10, 2014 at 11:18 am
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The benefit is, it is one step closer to having him either (A) removed from office, or (B) never able to get re-elected.
His track record of lying, inappropriate actions both in and out of office, and failing to do his job at even a minimal level are beginning to catch up to him.
MrLJ replying to a comment from Adam / January 10, 2014 at 11:21 am
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The difference is, Ford is NOT a highly effective person, or even a moderately effective person at that. Also, those other professions you mentioned have people who are paid specifically to preform those tasks (and it's not taxpayers). Ford uses taxpayer dollars to perform non-mayoral duties. In some cases, their duties are summarily contradictory to the job a mayor is elected to perform (ie buying booze).
J / January 10, 2014 at 11:23 am
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Just another attempt to derail his popularity. There is a small vocal minority that REALLY despise him, but the truth is he has far more support than any of you know. Not all Ford supporters are idiots as you'd like to believe. There are many highly educated, very wealthy and extremely intelligent people in his group of supporters.

It is going to be entertaining to watch the loudest talking heads have their heads blow up when he gets re-elected.

Getting my popcorn and getting comfortable.

#hatersgonnahate
Franco replying to a comment from Adam / January 10, 2014 at 11:30 am
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Adam, athletes, actors, musicians pay out of pocket for these expenses. They don't use tax dollars. Is there no integrity expected from our mayor? It's disheartening to hear Ford supporters ignore legitimate grievances against our mayor who has disgraced this city time and time again. If Ford Nation is so concerned about tax dollars like they say they are, then this would concern them too. I would imagine.
Adam / January 10, 2014 at 11:43 am
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YOUR ALL Renters anyway that's why you don't care about things like property taxes. Instead you'd rather fight for your right to drink in Bellwoods park which is illegal all the while telling Rob that he can't have a drink.
Sam / January 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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I find it ironic that these investigations and inquiries are costing us more money than a few staff running a few errands for Rob.

I also don't think the staff are idiotic enough to think they are getting in trouble if they don't pick up something for the mayor or help coach a football team.

Stop wasting our money and get back to work!!
linden / January 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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this does not surprise me, and not because Rob Ford is involved but because it happens in the work place all the time. It is a part of the unwritten job descriptions of most executive assistants.
Kate replying to a comment from Adam / January 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm
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here's a secret - no one really wants their taxes to go up, and under Ford taxes will go up more than he wanted to allow because of his own stupidity. SUBWAYS blah blah blah
Edumacation replying to a comment from Adam / January 10, 2014 at 12:17 pm
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*you're

You've used the wrong homonym; you may want to consider taking grade five writing again.
Kate replying to a comment from linden / January 10, 2014 at 12:21 pm
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Jeeze people are you people forgetting that his staff witnessed Ford DOWNING A MICKEY OF VODKA WHILE DRIVING, and trashed in his office, where he assaulted a staff member?
ryengjoe replying to a comment from J / January 10, 2014 at 12:44 pm
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A go nowhere nuisance lawsuit from an admitted politically motivated person. The integrity commissioner should be investigated if she doesn't dismiss this right away.
Adam replying to a comment from Kate / January 10, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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AND they did nothing about it at the time, now they're grabbing at straws knowing that ROBs gonna win in 2014 and they'll be out of work.
Sam / January 10, 2014 at 12:46 pm
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Never leave the scene of an accident deal with it right there or your case is pretty much over.

Zoe replying to a comment from Chad / January 10, 2014 at 12:49 pm
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Thank you for saying what I was thinking.
Kate replying to a comment from Adam / January 10, 2014 at 01:04 pm
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staffers aren't going after him nor were they making those statements to get to him - they were made to police. It is a citizen who is filing this complaint.
Dan / January 10, 2014 at 01:16 pm
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You people are just so pathetic, another frivolous knock against Major Ford. "Ford More Years"
Terri replying to a comment from Adam / January 10, 2014 at 01:20 pm
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Hey Adam! Your taxes are going towards paying those City Hall Lackeys that are getting paid to go to the LCBO and buy booze for the BOSS!
Duh!
MrLJ replying to a comment from Adam / January 10, 2014 at 01:36 pm
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Did you mean, "You're all" renters?
I own property and pay taxes. I don't drink in TBP.

No one is saying Ford can't drink. We're saying he can't use city employees to buy his booze during office hours. We're saying he can't drink and drink or get belligerent at hockey games and expect votes. He can't smoke ANY crack cocaine while in office.

Your criticism of commenters on here is lacking in facts and intelligence.
Terri replying to a comment from J / January 10, 2014 at 01:44 pm
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Wow! That small vocal minority who REALLY despise Ford make up a large majority of the City of Toronto PROPER. We are the HOMEOWNERS (Adam) who did NOT vote for him and are wildly embarrassed by having such an imbecile as the Mayor of our World Class city just because some voters in the suburbs wanted to save a bit of money on their taxes.
As for the highly educated, wealthy and intelligent people who voted for him...it will be interesting to see how many of them will vote for him again.
Sam / January 10, 2014 at 02:44 pm
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Happy to read about this complaint; Ford's misuse of city resources is egregious.

Concerning Ford Nation, even Jerry Sandusky and Charles Manson have supporters.
Voltron replying to a comment from Adam / January 10, 2014 at 02:49 pm
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Hi Adam -- rental properties are taxed at a higher rate than private residences. Do you think that landlords pay that tax out of their own pocket? Of course they don't. Instead, they roll that cost into the rental price. If you care to think about it, you could draw two conclusions from this: 1) renters pay more in property tax than private homeowners, and 2) renters therefore care about things like property tax rates.
Adam / January 10, 2014 at 02:53 pm
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Oh, okay. Thanks everyone for the explanations. I was confused but now I get it. Why is Rob Ford still in office! Who voted for this guy? This is a disgrace.
BAADFOARD replying to a comment from Adam / January 10, 2014 at 03:09 pm
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Tax-payer money for vodka run is big gravy. FORD said no to gravy, but then he orders extra gravy pls. staff gravy. He hippo-crite (that large hypocrite). FOARD BAAD!
wilk / January 10, 2014 at 03:45 pm
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Good, keep punching that fat punching bag
Dan Popela / January 10, 2014 at 04:52 pm
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Oh boy! OMG, send a staffer out to get whatever. And how do you feel about the Fiberal party giving away 1.1 Billion dollars of you hard earned taxes for nothing. Please don't tell me that previous mayors or councillors haven't sent staffers out to run errands. You are a bunch of Hypocrites and you probably subscribe to the G and M or The Star and watch the CBC. Shame
Dr. Kukko / January 10, 2014 at 04:54 pm
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If Ford - either one - will change his name to 'Fatfuck', I will vote for him.
Moneesha replying to a comment from Dr. Kukko / January 10, 2014 at 05:22 pm
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Unless there was a queer running you mean.
Adam / January 10, 2014 at 05:43 pm
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Hi Voltron. Most renters dont care about property taxes as it does not directly affect them. Its not a bill that they see, even if rents are increased its not associated to property taxes by the renter. When u rent a place for $1200 do you ask the landlord how much is for the property taxes?? NO!
steven / January 10, 2014 at 05:46 pm
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Ford More Years
Matt replying to a comment from steven / January 10, 2014 at 06:18 pm
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Thank the Left for keeping him in the news.
bill / January 10, 2014 at 06:32 pm
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To all the people concerned about the staff buying liquour where were your comments when kyle ray blue 12,000 on blowing his own horn for his retirement party
mynameisearl / January 10, 2014 at 07:01 pm
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besides being a sh*tshow of a mayor, what has Ford ACTUALLY done to help Toronto?
Darren / January 10, 2014 at 07:18 pm
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The left will do anything they can to waste time and money. Indeed, this complaint is frivolity at its best. Ray Fredette probably came up with it while sitting around waiting for his welfare check. Deal with it, Smitherman ass-munchers -- democracy prevailed and Ford won. No amount of your whining and childishness is going to remove the man from office. And, you'd better get used to it because he's going to be the mayor again. If you're on the left you're probably too ignorant to comprehend that. Sorry he's not a man who will spend 80% of the city's budget on the Pride Parade and bike lanes. Ford has saved us honest, hard-working taxpayers over $600 million to $1 billion, which is more than I can say for that living cancer named David Miller.
Me replying to a comment from mynameisearl / January 10, 2014 at 08:52 pm
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I KNOW!!! He's given the Lefties a reason to wake up every day to find something to whine about. The worse part is all the attention they're giving him will probably get the idiot re-elected.
Dr. Kukko / January 10, 2014 at 10:00 pm
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Fat Fuck Ford! Moooo-neeeesha!! Fatfuckford Urination!
I have a complaint about Ford too. / January 10, 2014 at 10:45 pm
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He sucks!
Sam / January 10, 2014 at 11:19 pm
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SHUT TOUR F'N PIE HOLE!!! YOU DON'T HAVE A CLUE wake the fuck up!!
Michael Greason replying to a comment from Adam / January 10, 2014 at 11:43 pm
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Adam - read the excellent article about Property Taxes on Torontoist. It will help you understand basic concepts. I don't know how you know who is a renter and who is a property owner, unless like Romy and Michelle you have ESPN. However, renters pay property tax in exc ess of 3 times the rate that homeowners pay.
Adam / January 10, 2014 at 11:54 pm
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AYeah and most poroperty owners pay that tax for life, and don't move aroundvevery year to who knows where like a gypsy. Listen I - don't got to read no article on torontoist.com that's actually the last thing I want to be doing right now.
Vicki / January 11, 2014 at 05:04 am
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All of you trying to solve your mommy and daddy issues by directing your anger towards Rob can save it for the polls.
Lou nailed it! replying to a comment from LOU / January 11, 2014 at 07:43 am
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Ford nation should be called Homer Nation...they really just want to do whatever the hell they want, and be damned if it's on other people's dime. But the day they find out someone ELSE is doing that, THEN the shit hits the fan...you never HEARD such an outcry.

These are the Adams and steves and Vickis and Darrens and Dans of the world. (which, by the way they all sound remarkably similar/exceedingly base, I assume are the same person. Things are bad at blogTO when you long for the original Dave because at least he had a brain to fall back on).
Daddy & Mommy / January 11, 2014 at 08:38 am
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We are trying to solve our Vicki issues by worshipping fatfuckford.
Dewi / January 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm
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Perhaps instead of tilting at windmills on the internet, we could channel some of our frustrations into helping candidates campaign against Ford? It can be as simple as driving people to polling stations, or making sure neighbours know when the advance polls are. These things really help bring up the numbers.
Dr. Kukko / January 11, 2014 at 01:05 pm
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I nominate Mooooneesha for Sophisticated Humanitarian of the Year! Moooo! Neeesha! Moooooooooooooooooo!
Dr. Kukko / January 11, 2014 at 01:08 pm
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I volunteer to drive non-Urination(ford) voters. I will display a sign on may car, "Say No to Mayors Who Urinate In Public, But Pretend to Eat at Home".
Matt replying to a comment from Daddy & Mommy / January 11, 2014 at 01:38 pm
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Who the Hell is Vicki? And hopefully for the sake of the Left and their fataphobia, no one runs against Ford who is fat, they won't stand a chance.
Daddy & Mommy / January 11, 2014 at 03:44 pm
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Hey Matt - Read much?
Hey Matt! / January 11, 2014 at 04:20 pm
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Read Much? Duhhhhh!
Patricia / January 12, 2014 at 08:19 am
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I hear people talking that they like Ford because he is like most people!!!
I guess I must live under a rock because most people I know are not severe alcoholic, crack smoking assholes. They are serious THINKING people who want to get our great city running properly again and not the INTERNATIONAL laughing stock Toronto is known for now because of this idiot and his brother. The more antics Ford does the more these Rednecks cheer him on. Half don't even understand that you cannot build a first class city without taxes going up a bit once in awhile. They seem to think Ford can give them ALL for practically nothing. Great Pan Am games, subways, etc., etc..
The cut back on the tree trimming over the last Three & half years and then the ice storm has cost us more than if the tree cutting services had been maintained. Who do you think will pay for this my fellow tax payers? What if we have another storm like this before this clean up is through. As long as the Ford's can keep their asses warm in their houses or hotels at our expense they aren't complaining and they aren't talking. As long as Robbie visits a Toronto Housing Building to see if they have heat and visits a warming shelter and shakes hands everyone thinks he is wonderful. He is doing his job!!! Just like every other mayors would or should have done. Reporting each day also is his job. He and Ford Nashun (sic) think he was exceptional for doing this. IT IS HIS BLEEDING JOB!!!!!!!! WHO DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THIS???? People like Adam!! I find it frightening to find how many near sighted people like Adam are out there.

Incidentally I live in a TCHC Building in downtown Toronto and the big man has NEVER bothered coming here. He has never answered an email or phone call I have sent to his office. He would have you believe he does all this each and every day. We also know from his history as mayor he is a liar that gets caught up time and time again in his lies and his many, many apologies are laughable.

I know of one clerk at the Liquor store he deals with where he took a half empty bottle of vodka back stating it was half water. This folks (as he likes to say) was on our time, our dollar. What happened to the other half of the bottle?

We always have to remember people before the amalgamation of the city (big mistake) Robbie did not win in our great city. He won in the 905 area. George Smitherman won in the city of Toronto. If only we could go back to pre-amalgamation days and get a mayor who isn't a drunken, drug riddled clown.
When you learn that drugs and alcohol have always been a big part of his life it gets even more frightening that people will still vote for him. When I read that even in high school he and his brother were the people to go to in Etobicoke for all their drugs I thought things sure haven't changed much for this family. Seems they don't know right from wrong, truth from lies and when to keep your hands to yourself and your filthy mouth shut. If he talks like this using these crude remarks to reporters how does he talk at home to his wife & children whom I feel desperately sorry for.

If anything give his wife and kids a break from this man and don't put him in a position of power again.

In 2014 PLEASE think of the past years with "FORD NASHUN". Think of the lies, the betrayals, the antics, the drinking and drugs. Do you want a great city again or to be made to look like a bunch of Canadian Rednecks by this one and family again?

Use your vote wisely and do vote. Do your homework, research your candidates. PLEASE

A Torontonian who loves this city very much.
Moneesha / January 12, 2014 at 10:01 am
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Most people here smoke dope and do it in public at Dundas Square on 420 and boast about it.
Renata / January 12, 2014 at 01:37 pm
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Rob leaves his staff in too long!
Max / January 12, 2014 at 01:45 pm
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Didn't Sarah Thompson lodge the same complain against him after the Garrison Ball last year?
Moneesha replying to a comment from Max / January 12, 2014 at 02:28 pm
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Then she sobered up.
Alanna / January 12, 2014 at 07:31 pm
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I ain't complaining, I mean Rob is SO small...

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