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Shirtless Jogger becomes a viral sensation in Toronto

Things were already going badly for Rob Ford when the shirtless jogger arrived at the East York Canada Day parade. Booed and heckled as he and a small group of sign-carrying supporters brought up the rear of the walk, the scene was turning more embarrassing by the second.

"You disgusting man," shouted one person. "Shame on you!" "He's scaring kids!" "Get out of my neighbourhood!"

And then a topless Joe Killoran, a local teacher who has previously expressed his opinion on education in the pages of the Toronto Star, arrived on the scene.

I daresay a large part of the reason Killoran's frustrated outburst went viral was his lack of a shirt, but his anger was articulate and, best of all, drenched in the frustration of a Rob Ford-weary Toronto. "Answer one of the million questions people have for you" he said. "People have a million questions about your lying and your corruption."

"You're a corrupt, lying, racist, homophobe. Answer the people's questions."

Ford didn't say anything, of course. Doug Ford grinned through the shouts and accused Killoran of being a plant from a rival campaign. "Do I look like I'm with a campaign?" he snapped back. "I'm an East York guy out for a jog."

Here are the best #shirtlessjogger tweets.

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


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