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Rob Ford elected mayor of Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / October 25, 2010

Rob Ford has been elected the mayor of Toronto. Almost immediately after the first results were revealed after 8 p.m., CP24 was the first to announce Ford as the winner. Following soon after, Global News, the CBC, and The Toronto Star also declared Ford the winner.

With 1709 of 1870 polls reporting, Ford has 48.381% of the vote, Smitherman follows at 34.633% and Joe Pantalone comes in at 11.362%.

Without dwelling on the obvious, if those numbers hold, it'll mean that even if all Pantalone supporters had voted for Smitherman, that still wouldn't be enough to bridge the gap to Ford.

In other good news for the Ford family, Doug Ford also won his councillor's seat in Ward 2.

Stay tuned for more live updates in our Toronto Election 2010 Results post.



Bob / October 25, 2010 at 08:57 pm
Don't be hatin
Z / October 25, 2010 at 08:57 pm
Ah, fine. Okay. Time to get on with it, then.
qwerty / October 25, 2010 at 09:00 pm
Smitherman did a horrible job campaigning. I hate politics and don't follow it at all but at least I knew what Fords motive is. With Smitherman all I knew was that he didn't like Ford.
chrisjemery / October 25, 2010 at 09:01 pm
I'm not happy that Ford won, but you got to hand it to him; he really did run the best campaign.

But I'm still proud to be a Torontonian, I still think Miller did a damn god job, I will not leave this city, and, if necessary, I will fight for this city.
cultureshot / October 25, 2010 at 09:05 pm
Without looking it up, can you name the mayors of London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo or any other "world-class" city? Nope? That's because they don't really matter in the long run. This man does not speak for us. Toronto will survive his lunacy.
TL / October 25, 2010 at 09:11 pm
As an immigrant living in the city of Toronto I'm highly disappointed that such an anti immigrant individual has become mayor of our city. It is easy to dwell on this defeat but I think the next step is finding a way for city council to work with Rob Ford. He has some good ideas and many bad ones but compromise can be reached. Only the next four years will tell how well Ford does as Mayor but if history show shown us anything it will be a time of awkward sound bites and multiple gaffes.
hooventood / October 25, 2010 at 09:12 pm
Finally this city can move forward. Good job everyone. We did it!
Jacob / October 25, 2010 at 09:22 pm
Now the gravy train will stop and he can finally eat the sweet, sweet gravy that he's been craving. Mmm.... gravy.

In any case, so much for progress. Hooray for 4 years of oncoming stagnation.
Elizabeth replying to a comment from TL / October 25, 2010 at 09:41 pm
Totally agree.
Sandy Alexander / October 25, 2010 at 09:52 pm
I've never been so disappointed in this city as I was tonight. I did my due diligence only to return home and be told that "Ford Won"...I thought my spouse was joking, no he wasn't and as I stood there i watched a message go along the tv screen, someone had said, that they were embarassed to be a Torontonian and they were glad to be in school out of town for the next 4 years... I would agree. What is dreadfully very scarey is that this man suggests that people will not get aids, if they do not indulge in gay sex and avoice the use of needles. The year is 2010 and we blew it back in the mid 80's when there was an opportunity to cap the aids issue from going we have come this far and we have the most ignorant statement by a person who has to deal fairly on all levels of our society and I dont think he can pull it off . Sorry but my hat goes off to the other guys, I think they had more class.
Pete / October 25, 2010 at 09:58 pm
Eye of the tiger? Hawaiin leis? I love it!
iSkyscraper / October 25, 2010 at 10:08 pm
I'm picturing a future North American Mayor's conference that goes something like this:

"Oh hello Mayors Newsom, Adams, Villaraigosa... the seminar on Streetcars, Bicycle Lanes and Urban Development is down the hall to your right. Yes Mayor Bloomberg, you will be speaking at the Reforming City Schools panel discussion afterwards. Mayor Robertson, your keynote address on Property Tax Incentives for Sustainability is at 4:30 pm. No, Mayor Emmanuel, the Green Roof Heat Island Reduction presentation is not until this evening after the black tie dinner.

Oh, Mayor Ford, hi. The children's playroom is on the left, and we have left you a pile of red crayons and budget reports that you can draw angry faces on. Would you like some juice?"


Look, I'm an ex-pat so this is all entertainment to me. But what have you people done to yourselves? Enjoy your Tea Party, Toronto.
LOUIS HORVATH / October 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm
G L O R Y and L A U R E L to our MAYOR ROB F O R D

WE WANT TO PURGE THE WASTEFUL SPENDING of the Damned Burocrats with our Credit Cards now!


DOWN with the Miller's Damned new TAXES!!!

STOP the Bloody Union's TERROR and Exploitation, we can't afford it and we TAXPAYERS can't have THE ENDLESS PERKS and CREDIT CARDS!!!

iSkyscraper / October 25, 2010 at 10:41 pm
You fools who are anti-streetcar are about as educated as a brick wall. Been to any other city in North America lately? If car-loving Atlanta, spread-out Tempe, subway-rich DC and Brooklyn, and development-challenged Detroit and Cincinnati are all building STREETCAR LINES, don't you think they might be on to something? What about the Transit-City like LRTs that Charlotte, Phoenix, Houston and Minneapolis just installed so they could be more like their idol Toronto? How stupid do you have to be to run around wanting to not build or even rip out streetcars in the one city that already has them? Better hope Ford finds religion and starts talking about improving streetcars rather than removing them.

The rest of you can go live in the Yukon.
Minnesotan replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / October 25, 2010 at 10:55 pm
It's important to differentiate between streetcar and LRT. Very different things.

But that aside, it's true that the Twin Cities looked to Toronto for inspiration when building their light rail line (and now the second one). And you know what? The Minneapolis LRT is much nicer than any Toronto subway, let alone streetcar. Odd that Toronto doesn't want one.
Michael replying to a comment from Sandy Alexander / October 25, 2010 at 11:28 pm
What do students know about paying taxes?
iSkyscraper / October 26, 2010 at 12:06 am
Minnesotan, I grant your point, but in crude terms downtown streetcars (with the new vehicles) are similar to new "streetcars" underway in the cities I mentioned, while Transit City is, roughly, LRT-ish when it runs in its own right of way (Eglinton tunnel, for example) and not unlike the LRT cities I listed.

The reason Torontonians don't want what US cities have been busy building over the last decade is that people don't travel all that much and they mistakenly think American cities died long ago. They can't tear their eyes away from the Leaf game long enough to realize that cities that used to be very anti-bike like NYC are now super bike-awesome, and cities that used to be very pro-car, like Phoenix and Atlanta, are now building LRT and Streetcar. It will be a long uphill fight under Ford to keep the city from sliding backward into the uneducated deep...
raindogs / October 26, 2010 at 07:04 am
I'm an immigrant and totally support Ford. It's time to end this liberal crap. I'm pleased to see how liberals above are already shaking :)
dave / October 26, 2010 at 07:55 am
Was this so much of a pro small c Conservative vote or a resounding defeat for the big blue Liberal machine.
Are you listening Dalton?I suppose now the Ontario Dalton Liberals will block Ford at every corner and try to tax fund buy our votes before next Provincial election in 2011.
chris / October 26, 2010 at 08:54 am
I believe that Ford has a good head on his shoulders and that he can do some good work to bring this city back to good health. I just hope he does't overlook the students of Toronto and gives us a hand with tuition rates. Any how I do hope he cuts the land transfer tax to help new and upcoming buyers and to at least attract more people in buying into the city instead of outside.
Brian / October 26, 2010 at 09:42 am
Angry podcast of Rob Ford's win:
Niklas / October 26, 2010 at 10:28 am
Dissapointed as hell in this city.
Steve replying to a comment from chris / October 26, 2010 at 11:22 am
"I just hope he does't overlook the students of Toronto and gives us a hand with tuition rates."

AHHHHHH-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I'm not laughing at you because I'd like to see this happen, but AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH-HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

"I do hope he cuts the land transfer tax to help new and upcoming buyers and to at least attract more people in buying into the city instead of outside."

Why would I buy a house (condo, really) in Toronto for 500K and work like a dog for someone else when I can get a house twice its size in Guelph for less than 200K and use the rest of my mortgage to set up my own business? For the parks, arts, big city perks, and festivals that are going to be slashed and eliminated? For the awesome public transit? Puh-lease. People would be better served leaving this city.
handfed / October 26, 2010 at 11:23 am
Can't we all just.. get along?
mark / October 26, 2010 at 11:24 am
Get over yourself fool. I bet the Toronto population feels so bad for not having your approval.
mark replying to a comment from Sandy Alexander / October 26, 2010 at 11:26 am
Move to Brampton then buddy.
Travis / October 26, 2010 at 12:12 pm
@Steve ... if you bought a big house in Guelph then you'd have to live in Guelph. Let the punishment fit the crime I suppose.
Steve replying to a comment from Travis / October 26, 2010 at 12:23 pm
When the alternative is to work twice as hard only to have someone like ROB FORD become mayor, Guelph is a blessing.
Regina / October 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm
The people who voted for Rob Ford aren't real Torontonians. We need to go back to pre-amalgamation Toronto.
Mike W replying to a comment from Regina / October 26, 2010 at 01:16 pm
lol "real Torontonians", says someone in the minority. The Toronto that is isn't the Toronto you want.

Another person who can't accept reality.
Alogon replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / October 26, 2010 at 01:35 pm
Wow! What a persuasive argument - other cities are doing it so it MUST be the best move.

I love when someone calls out everyone against them as being uneducated and then displays their own lack of knowledge.

LRT is very, very expensive and the cities you list don't have the same winter conditions as Toronto which necessitate more frequent (and expensive) remediation which also leads to congestion in road traffic that increases the cost even more.

LRT is less efficient than a bus, doesn't get stuck because it can't maneuver around an obstacle on the line, blocks traffic in 2 lanes when not in a dedicated line, is slower than buses and there are more reasons why LRT is a dumb move for a city.
iSkyscraper replying to a comment from Alogon / October 26, 2010 at 01:57 pm
Alogon, um... yes, actually there is some logic to "other cities are doing it so it must be the best move." It's called "Collective Intelligence." (Look it up on Wikipedia.) Are you actually arguing that Rob Ford is smarter on this topic than the combined administration of dozens of cities and state governments over a decade? He must be some kind of super-genius innovator. Glad he is now mayor.

And hello, I was talking about --streetcars-- in DC, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Detroit, Cinncinnati and Tempe. Not LRT. (Ok, so Detroit is calling themselves an LRT but it runs down Woodward and is pretty close to a streetcar.) These are as pure a streetcar as the tracks on Spadina or Queen and very much copies of the Portland Streetcar (which is different than Portland's TriMet LRT).

I did mention actual LRT in Charlotte, Phoenix, Houston and Minneapolis since those systems are closer to what Transit City had in mind. (And do note that Minneapolis has far harsher winters than Toronto, as do many northern European cities. Heck, Boston and Pittsburgh and Buffalo and Brooklyn get more snow. Weather is a total red herring here.)

I see you are a fan of the Cato Institute, which unfortunately now means we can ignore everything you say, since anyone who swallows their swill is beyond help. (Are you even Canadian?) But my entire point was that while you can get lost in the numbers on LRT/streetcar vs bus in terms of operations (most of which can be handled via better ROW, fares and other tools not currently used much in Toronto), the evidence is in the construction shovels seen all over North America that obviously there is some merit out there to vehicles with steel wheels. Whether you are talking tourism, spurring development, reliability or whatever it is that gets people to clamber into those big metal boxes to work each day, there is something nonlinear and difficult to capture that only comes out in the results.

Great cities use rail. Crappy cities do not. Crappy cities become great cities therefore by building more rail. Are you really going to refuse that big-picture logic? Cause you're running out of case studies to support you. I mean, once Phoenix builds and LRT and Atlanta builds a streetcar who are looking to as your role model? Oklahoma City? Oops, they're planning to build a streetcar now too... (

Ford is way, way, way out of line to argue for ripping out streetcars and canceling Transit City. Improve, revise, reform - but do not remove.
Michael replying to a comment from Regina / October 26, 2010 at 03:31 pm
Can anyone find ward by ward results for mayor?

I'd be curious to know if Regina is right. Or if it just sounds like it might be right.
Michael replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / October 26, 2010 at 03:45 pm
What about the other cities in the world with repressive governments? Like the ones who ban chewing gum? Also collective intelligence?

Anyone can find a collective to support any kind of sense/nonsense. What your really saying is, I agree with these particular cities and not with mine. And that's fine but don't dress it up as collective intelligence.
Dave / October 26, 2010 at 04:41 pm
Rob Ford is clueless on transit (and on so much else). He and his supporters just want an expressway directly from their house to the Eaton Centre.
iSkyscraper / October 26, 2010 at 05:11 pm
Dude, maybe it's because I work in architecture and engineering and the built urban environment but I am a strong believer in case studies. If you identify a group of successful places (and successful should be fairly easy to reasonably define -- income, tourism, "best places" rankings, real estate value, Fortune500 headquarters, whatever) and those places share a certain pattern of behavior, whether it is banning chewing gum or installing streetcars, I'm willing to bet there is something to learn from there.

It's not like I'm cherrypicking "particular cities" to identify with -- I'm trying to identify a trend in places that are either successful or want to be successful. Streetcar-haters have to realize that whatever they think of the plodding metal can in front of them, there is something going on in terms of how to do streetcars and how to make cities better. No one is ripping out streetcars for buses (Philly did it last in 1992, and just reinstalled streetcars in 2005). All the cool kids are adding rail lines instead. Ergo anyone who runs for mayor and says "I'll rip out those damn streetcars and cancel any new ones" is a fool.

TTC streetcars are far from optimal but they need reform, not removal.
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