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John Doyle: This is no time to take a vacation from the news
AUGUST 21, 2017 | The Globe and Mail | JOHN DOYLE .

Today the volume of political news can be overwhelming, with crazy events amping up the news cycles ....There is genuine fatigue – and that's understandable – but it's wrong. The temptation is to twist all Trump-related news into one big tumbleweed of tedious acrimony and let it blow away. At this particular time of the year, a lot of people are on vacation and there is aversion to the ill-temper of it all. Best ignore the news, say many people....ignore it at our peril.....I was put in mind of the late Rob Ford, the former Toronto mayor.

Just a few years ago, in this neck if the woods, citizens of Toronto felt they were living in bewildering times. Analysis was beggared by the news as it unfolded – the Rob Ford fandango of revelations, accusations, apologies and freakouts. It was exhausting to watch, let alone cover it. Often, TV and print media covered the Ford situation by relying on the usual menu of some expert pontificating on the marketing and selling of politicians. This was comically useless in the Ford situation. There was no playbook. There were no rules. Does that ring a bell of recognition?....Mr. Ford held sway with his many supporters because, in part, he knew that in the digital age, a portion of the electorate only dips in and out of the news narrative. There's a bunch of people who don't know or care what's real and what's merely sensational half-truths or biased opinion – that became starkly evident during the Ford years in Toronto.

It's important not to be one of those people, not to give in to fatigue and tune out news coverage. If you paid close attention to the Ford phenomenon, you could see what was coming in the politics practised during the digital age. Rob Ford merely insulted the intelligence. Donald Trump is doing far worse than that. Pay attention.
John_Doyle  news  Rob_Ford  Donald_Trump  fatigue  politics  playbooks  pay_attention 
september 2017 by jerryking
Our Trump moment might not be so white - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

Could Trump happen here in Canada? .....We like to think not. Canadians are more attuned to diversity, less prone to ethnic nationalism. Our parliamentary system prevents demagogues from gaining a foothold. And we’ve generally voted for moderate parties of centre-right or centre-left.

Better to ask: When it happens, what will it look like? Being Canada, if the new extremism catches on here, it probably won’t have the same complexion.....This week, the marketing agency Edelman released its annual “Trust Barometer” survey under the headline Canada At Populism, Trust Crisis Tipping Point. That might be an overstatement, but their numbers do show a rise in the same factors that have led Americans, French and Britons to support Mr. Trump, Marine Le Pen and the Brexit politicians.

The survey found large and growing numbers (eight in 10) believing that distant “elites” are out of touch with regular Canadians and are causing harm; almost half believe that “globalization” is hurting Canada; more than a quarter fear immigrants rather than regarding them as neighbours. And, tellingly, on trust in institutions (government, media, business) there is a 15-per-cent gap – twice as high as last year – between the “informed public” and the “mass population.”....Since the eighties, new Canadians and their families have tended to live in the low-cost, poorly transit-connected high-rise suburbs; they are more likely to be excluded from the housing boom and the secure new-economy jobs that have buoyed Canada; they are generally not white. Mr. Ford spoke their specific language of outsider resentment; he stoked the anger felt by many marginal Caribbean, African, South Asian and East Asian Canadians, and worked their Evangelical and Pentecostal churches. He knew their sense of exclusion could be turned into angry intolerance and he gave his voters a mythic “them” to be angry about. And it worked.......This doesn’t mean minorities in Canada have turned to the far right – they haven’t, any more than anyone else has. It does mean that anger and exclusion and paranoia in Canada, and even racial intolerance and xenophobia in Canada, are just as likely to entrap minority Canadians. The places where I most often hear overtly pro-Trump opinions are on Toronto’s black-music radio station or in the suburban flea markets: His outsider message works there....Canada has traditionally avoided extremism by offering hope: If you start on the bottom rung, you can make it higher. But the second and third rungs are no longer so secure. If they fail, we could wind up electing the world’s most diverse form of self-destructive intolerance.
Doug_Saunders  Donald_Trump  Rob_Ford  ethnic_communities  Toronto  Canada  Edelman  racial_resentment 
february 2017 by jerryking
Doug Ford should boast about real achievements instead of resorting to untruths - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Oct. 14 2014
The Ford administration had some real achievements, from contracting out garbage collection in part of the city to hammering out new contracts with city unions. Those should be enough for Mr. Ford to boast about.
Marcus_Gee  Doug_Ford  Rob_Ford  elections  Toronto  political_campaigns 
october 2014 by jerryking
Sept. 20: This week’s Talking Point – Toronto’s Ford political circus – and more letters to the editor - The Globe and Mail
Rob Ford has been a terrible mayor and his atrocious record deserves to be criticized. He has cancer, and he and his family are deserving of our empathy and well-wishes. There is nothing inconsistent in affirming both of those statements (Even Foes Hope Ford Wins This Fight – Sept. 18).

We should not lose sight of crucial matters of public record: Along with his brother Doug, Mayor Ford practised politics of division, obfuscation and deception; he accomplished next to nothing and brought shame and disgrace on the city’s international image. Let’s not let our sympathy for the man lead us into revisionist accounts of his horrendous tenure.

Jeff Brown, Toronto
Rob_Ford  letters_to_the_editor  Toronto 
september 2014 by jerryking
Rob Ford only a few points behind Tory in new mayoral poll - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Aug. 28 2014,

Mr. Ford’s support was highest among men, those aged 18-34, residents of Etobicoke and Scarborough, people with a household income between $60,000 and $80,000 and those with a high school education or less.

By contrast, support for Mr. Tory was highest among senior citizens, North York residents, voters with household incomes over $250,000 and those who have gone to graduate school. His support is almost evenly split between men and women.

Ms. Chow’s support is concentrated among women, those aged 35 to 44, those who live in the old city of Toronto or East York, voters with household incomes under $20,000 and those with at least some college or university education.
John_Tory  Rob_Ford  Olivia_Chow  elections  political_campaigns  Etobicoke  North_York  Scarborough  Toronto  mayoral  opinion_polls_&_surveys 
august 2014 by jerryking
Threats and goose scat: The allegations behind Rob Ford's coaching ban - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Aug. 28 2014
august 2014 by jerryking
Mayor Ford’s business contracts raise question of conflict - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Aug. 20 2014
conflicts_of_interest  Rob_Ford  Toronto  mayoral 
august 2014 by jerryking
Mayor Ford’s dubious budget claims don’t stand up - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Aug. 14 2014

A summary of the report from the University of Toronto’s Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance says flatly that “Toronto does not have a ‘spending problem’ – with expenditures roughly the same as they were a decade ago, when inflation and population growth are taken into account.”....To put it another way, the authors believe that the city has a revenue problem, not a spending problem. The mayor did not mention that “interesting point” when he used the report to tout his record.
Marcus_Gee  Rob_Ford  Toronto  cost-cutting  uToronto  expenditures  budgets 
august 2014 by jerryking
Mukherjee's take: Why he and Bill Blair couldn't see eye-to-eye on Toronto's police costs - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 01 2014

Police forces had completely overhauled their operations, homing in on the core duties required of a police service. Mr. Mukherjee remembers one service in particular where all non-police functions – accounting, human relations, IT, the help desk, etc. – had been farmed out to a private company. The head of that company worked in partnership with the service’s chief. A sort of mirrored chain of command between the business and the service was setup all the way down the through the ranks.

This was exactly the sort of thing Mr. Mukherjee been advocating for in Toronto. In 2011, while grappling with how to deal with a budget that had ballooned to nearly $1-billion, Mr. Mukherjee wrote a lengthy discussion paper entitled “Avoiding Crisis; An opportunity: Transforming the Toronto Police Service.” It called for contracting out administrative functions, scaling back the number of officers in management positions and rethinking some of the tasks currently being performed by police officers. Mr. Mukherjee was inspired by what he saw happening – and working – in Britain. Chief Bill Blair was horrified.
Bill_Blair  Toronto  civilian_oversight  Toronto_Police_Service  cost-cutting  Rob_Ford  Toronto_Police_Services_Board  Alok_Mukherjee 
august 2014 by jerryking
How to make city mayors ‘responsible’ - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jul. 21 2014
Preston_Manning  mayoral  Toronto  Rob_Ford 
july 2014 by jerryking
Rob Ford's Answer to Being a Racist? "It's Complicated" | Andray Anthony Domise
07/02/2014 | | Andray Anthony Domise Toronto City Council Candidate, Ward 2
Rob_Ford  Toronto  racism  African_Canadians  Andray_Domise 
july 2014 by jerryking
Councillors, candidates call for Rob Ford’s resignation - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 01 2014
Rob_Ford  Toronto  resignations  Elizabeth_Church 
may 2014 by jerryking
Ken Dryden: Why Rob Ford is mad as hell - The Globe and Mail
Ken Dryden

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Dec. 19 2013,
Rob_Ford  Toronto 
december 2013 by jerryking
Wealthy, entitled, given free stuff – you know, victims of fate - The Globe and Mail
Elizabeth Renzetti

The Globe and Mail

Published Saturday, Dec. 14 2013

Resentment boils hot at the other end of the economic spectrum, as academic Michael Kimmel points out in his new book, Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era. The men he writes about are furious that the world has changed and left them behind. The difference is that their rage and bewilderment is earned and authentic: They’ve lost jobs or come home maimed from war. “I grew up thinking that all I needed to do was sign up to be the man they told me to be,” one laid-off 52-year-old salesman says. “And now you’re saying we’re not getting the big payoff? Are you kidding me?”,
grievances  Rob_Ford  Conrad_Black  rage  resentments  entitlements  books  Elizabeth_Renzetti  white_men 
december 2013 by jerryking
New documents suggest Rob Ford may have tried to buy video - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Dec. 04 2013
december 2013 by jerryking
Rob Ford, non-conservative - The Globe and Mail
Nov. 24 2013 | G&M

Rob Fordism, the idea, endures. It’s an ideology of resentment, bitterness and negativity. It is politics by dumb slogans rather than considered principles. It is the conservatism of “No.” If Canadian conservative parties, and Canada, are to prosper, they – and we – have to rise above it....Fordism doesn’t come with an open mind. He and his advisors have sought to channel and inflame a certain group of angry voters. Seeking to address voter rage is one thing; aiming to embody and feed it is another. ...Is the future of conservatism government by enemies list? We hope not, and so do many conservatives. Mr. Ford often campaigned and governed that way. Every party across the spectrum does to some extent. What you are for is always at least partly about what you are against. But how far do you push it? Are you constantly running against a growing enemies list – unions, the pinko left, “elites”? It can sometimes yield electoral results, but it coarsens all of us.

And is government itself on the enemies list? That’s the Tea Party position. It’s perfectly reasonable for conservatives to want government to be smaller and more efficient, and for taxes to be lower. But conservatism at its best is a project of improvement of government, not tearing it down....But Fordism has also been, above all, a conservatism of slogans over principles. And the slogans are shallow and easily changeable. What kind of fiscal conservative pushes “Subways! Subways! Subways!”...Conservatives normally want to spend taxpayers money with greater care and efficiency, yet here was Mr. Ford advocating the most expensive, least efficient solution....When it comes to transit policy, the Brothers Ford have been writing the script not just for the city, but also for the provincial official opposition. Mr. Hudak’s provincial Tories want to spend less on Toronto-area public transit than the current Liberal government but, in obeisance to Mr. Ford, they also want much more of that diminished pie to go to subways rather than long-planned, lower cost suburban light rail. Cutting the family food budget while simultaneously insisting that every meal include steak is recipe for going hungry.

Conservatism in Canada has a long history and a bright future. Fordism? Hopefully not.
shallowness  Rob_Ford  Toronto  transit  editorials  conservatism  wedge_issues  open_mind  Queen’s_Park  resentment  bitterness  grievances 
november 2013 by jerryking
Toronto’s business community gives Ford a thumbs-down - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Nov. 15 2013
Rob_Ford  scandals  Toronto  reputation 
november 2013 by jerryking
Ford nation stands by its man. No. Matter. What.
Nov. 20 2013 | The Globe and Mail | by Jeffrey Simpson.

There is now in Canada, according to all sorts of polls, about 30 per cent of the electorate that is hard-core Conservative/conservative. For them, public policy is almost exclusively about paying lower and lower taxes, while, of course, demanding the same level of services. As long as their leaders deliver on that promise, or keep talking about delivering even if they don’t, this is the prism through which all is judged.

You can see the contradictions everywhere in the Conservative/conservative world. Conservatives who support Mr. Ford are the “tough on crime” voters of the kind also targeted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. You would logically assume therefore that a mayor who confesses to having broken laws – smoking crack cocaine, for example – would be just the sort of public person the Conservatives/conservatives would revile. Apparently not.

The kind of people who decry high taxes should be furiously against a subway to Scarborough that will cost much more than the light-rail option many urban planners say is more appropriate and cheaper for a sprawling suburban area. But instead, Mr. Ford pitches the subway, and gets $660-million from his Conservative friends in Ottawa for an option that represents a squandering of public money, given the light-rail alternative.

Conservatives, at their philosophical best, have always placed a high premium on personal responsibility. They believe, much less than liberals or socialists, in the social factors that influence personal behaviour. For Conservatives, individuals are responsible for their behaviour, not their upbringing, surroundings or social conditions.

In Rob Ford, here is a man who revels in calling himself a conservative, yet has displayed a flagrant and persistent disregard for personal responsibility, as well as having failed to act in a responsible way as mayor. Rather than being condemned by supporters for this betrayal of the conservative creed based on self-control and personal responsibility, he has been elevated to some weird kind of cult figure, deserving of sympathy and support.

The Conservative/conservative core, as we see in the federal government, is resistant to evidence if it conflicts with ideological nostrums. As in Fordworld, federal ministers look facts in the face and deny them, prefer to lecture rather than reason, to posture as the friend of the “people” against undefined but dangerous “elites,” and live in an intellectually self-contained world where curiosity is banished and slogans take the place of deliberation.

Conservatives of years ago saw society as organic, all being part of the whole, and tried to fashion policies that brought people together, whereas the new Conservatives/conservatives, à la Mr. Ford, see society as inherently divided between a mythical sense of the “people” and their foes. And for this attitude, those who fall on their side of this divide reward leaders with loyalty that cannot be shaken.

Toronto has tried for decades to become a “world-class city,” a phrase shopworn from overuse by those hoping that it might some day become just that. Cities that are truly “world class” never have to use the phrase; only those that are not employ it. Just as Somerset Maugham once described himself as sitting in the first row of the world’s second-class writers, Toronto fears that is where it sits among cities, while desperately wishing it was not so.

Now along comes Mayor Ford to wreck even that ambition, a subject of ridicule and parody from Germany and Britain to Mexico and the United States, giving new definition to the old nickname for Toronto within Canada – Hogtown – without his supporters apparently caring a fig.
Jeffrey_Simpson  Rob_Ford  Toronto  conservatism 
november 2013 by jerryking
Rob Ford rages against the fading of his political light - The Globe and Mail
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Published Tuesday, Nov. 19 2013
Marcus_Gee  Toronto  Rob_Ford  scandals  mayoral 
november 2013 by jerryking
Toronto’s problem has grown beyond its mayor
Nov. 08 2013 | The Globe and Mail |Richard Florida

Toronto must deal with an even larger schism, the one that divides its booming 21st-century economy from its outmoded growth model and system of governance. It is this – not Mr. Ford – that poses the most serious threat to Toronto’s continued prosperity....Toronto has reached a true inflection point, and the problem is not high taxes or fiscal profligacy, as many have framed it....Toronto’s biggest problem is its growth model, which has far outlived its shelf life.

When a city region like Toronto – or Atlanta, Washington, Dallas or Miami – hits the 5.5 to six million mark in population, it can no longer grow based on cars and sprawl. It has to grow upward as well as outward and has to become much more oriented to transit. Most cities fail to make the required investments and their growth stalls and falters. The truly great cities are able to invest in ways that change their growth trajectory. This is what New York did more than a century ago when it built its rail and subway lines. That’s what Toronto needs to do now if it wants to achieve its ambition to become a truly global city....To do so requires not just massive investments in transit, but more flexible building and zoning regimes that promote greater density at the core and in the suburbs alike. The dysfunction in the mayor’s office means that all this is being put on the back burner....then there is the deep and fundamental problem of the growing geographic inequality that produced Mr. Ford in the first place. ....Inequality has frustrated even the most effective mayors...[Toronto} needs a new governance system that is adequate to the new challenges it faces....Toronto can lead the world by devising a modern system that’s up to the task of investing in governing and investing in a large economically integrated city. ...the basic idea would be to create a new kind of federalism, which extends from the provincial government through the city and all the way down to the varied communities and neighbourhoods that make it up.
21st._century  building_codes  cities  communities  densification  federalism  land_uses  mayoral  neighbourhoods  NYC  Queen’s_Park  regulation  Richard_Florida  Rob_Ford  scandals  schisms  transit  Toronto  zoning  inflection_points 
november 2013 by jerryking
Stop enabling Rob Ford
Nov. 06 2013 | The Globe and Mail |

Toronto has a mayor who has smoked crack, lied about smoking crack, claims to not remember it because he was in a “drunken stupor” at the time, has “gotten hammered” in public on numerous occasions, has exchanged hundreds of phone calls with a suspected drug dealer and extortionist, has been observed accepting mysterious packages from the same man, and has numerous associations with other people on the fringes of the law as detailed in, among other places, a 474-page police document. Rob Ford has also refused to answer questions about nearly all of the above. And he still shows no signs of planning on stepping aside, or stepping down.
Rob_Ford  scandals  Toronto  editorials 
november 2013 by jerryking
Globe investigation: The Ford family’s history with drug dealing - The Globe and Mail
Greg McArthur and Shannon Kari

The Globe and Mail

Last updated Saturday, May. 25 2013,
Rob_Ford  criminality 
may 2013 by jerryking
Rob Ford, Charbonneau and the dark side of social media - The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Wednesday, May. 22 2013
Rob_Ford  social_media  scandals  dark_side 
may 2013 by jerryking
Richard Florida: Toronto needs a muscular mayor - The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Last updated Friday, Nov. 30 2012,
Richard_Florida  Rob_Ford  Toronto 
december 2012 by jerryking
Richard Florida: Toronto needs a muscular mayor - The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Nov. 30 2012
Richard_Florida  Toronto  Rob_Ford 
november 2012 by jerryking
Ford mayoralty: A streetcar named wreck - The Globe and Mail
Marcus Gee

Toronto — The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Nov. 26 2012,
Rob_Ford  Toronto  Marcus_Gee  mayoral 
november 2012 by jerryking
An open letter to those who elected Rob Ford - The Globe and Mail
marcus gee
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Mar. 23, 2012
Marcus_Gee  Rob_Ford 
march 2012 by jerryking
Subway dream achievable with tax plan to pay for it - The Globe and Mail
marcus gee
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Mar. 16, 2012

Mr. Ford has one last chance to snatch something – if not victory, then at least progress – from the jaws of defeat. He could propose a serious plan to build a network of new rapid transit in this city over the next quarter-century, complete with the new revenue tools – in other words, taxes – to pay for it. To back up his plan, he could recommend a citywide referendum to approve it. It would be a startling proposal from a tax-fighting mayor, but Mr. Ford needs to seize back the momentum if he is to have any chance of influencing the city’s transit future.

With provincial and federal governments fighting big deficits, and city hall still struggling to get its finances in shape, special levies for transit offer the only realistic hope of building it. An array of expert reports in the last couple of months have recommended looking at them.

Mr. Ford’s point man on the subways campaign, Gordon Chong, thinks the city needs to consider road tolls and other measures. The mayor’s subways advocate on council, Scarborough’s Norm Kelly, wants a 0.5-per-cent sales tax, raising $250-million a year. The mayor himself has toyed with the idea of a special levy on parking fees to pay for transit.
Marcus_Gee  transit  TTC  Rob_Ford 
march 2012 by jerryking
Ford’s treatment of TTC chief sends a terrible message - The Globe and Mail
Marcus Gee | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 17, 2012
TTC  Rob_Ford  Marcus_Gee  Toronto  transit  bureaucracies 
february 2012 by jerryking
Rob Ford’s entrenched position on Toronto transit hurts our pocketbooks - The Globe and Mail
Nov. 17, 2011 | G&M | Editorial.

critics are questioning whether the Eglinton line, known as The Crosstown, can even be built for the amount budgeted by Queen’s Park.

The reason? Under former mayor David Miller, the $4.6-billion Crosstown was to operate in a dedicated surface right-of-way for almost half the route while running in a tunnel through the city core. But Mr. Ford, who campaigned to end the so-called “war on the car,” insisted the entire 19-kilometre line be buried, at an additional cost of $2.2-billion, an almost 50-per-cent mark-up. While transit officials say that burying the LRT may attract a few more riders, $2.2-billion is a steep premium to pay for what is an essentially aesthetic decision, especially for a fiscal conservative.

There’s an elegant solution readily available to the mayor. He should ask Mr. McGuinty to revert to the original Eglinton plan, but on the proviso that the $2.2-billion be used as seed money for a public-private partnership deal for the Sheppard subway. The model is Vancouver’s Canada Line, built with $720-million in capital from a private consortium that operates the service through a 35-year franchise.
editorials  Rob_Ford  transit  Toronto  TTC  Eglinton_Crosstown  Queen’s_Park 
november 2011 by jerryking
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