Tag Archives: Rob Ford

Life After the Fords

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YES, IT’S TRUE that Rob Ford was elected to the Toronto municipal council in his Etobicoke ward—and, yes, it was a landslide: but the Ford era of this city is now in remission. When the counting of votes was complete, Doug had received 34% of the popular vote to John Tory’s 40%. When Olivia Chow’s take of 23% is added, it appears that two-thirds of the voters were finished with the circus, or the gutter, or whatever the personal metaphor happened to be.

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The Roundtable Podcast 72: Crimes Against Headlines

Week of 28.09.2014

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Walking In LA | One Month to the Toronto Mayoral Election | Game: Crimes Against Headlines | Music: Tanya Tagaq | The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples | Paul Calandra | Is Canada Going to War? (Yes) | Fighting ISIS: The Coalition is Growing

 

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The Roundtable Podcast 69

Week of 20.07.2014

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Rob Ford’s nephew, Mikey Ford, running for councillor in Doug Ford’s Etobicoke riding | Remove a letter, ruin a band | Mike Duffy | Israeli troops battle Hamas in 2nd day of ground offensive, as Palestinian death toll tops 330 | Music: Future, “Shit” | Ukraine says Russia helping separatists destroy evidence at Malaysia Airlines crash site | Finish the Headline | Protests and crowd-funding can’t prevent N.B. Morgentaler clinic from performing final abortions | Peter MacKay’s Privacy Deficit Turned These Lives Upside Down

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There’s No Hope of Renewal for Rob Ford, or for Toronto, Until Rob Ford is No Longer the Mayor

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THE LATE COMEDIAN Mitch Hedberg had a line that he “used to do drugs.” A moment for the applause, and then this: “I still do drugs, but I used to, too.”

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The Roundtable Podcast 67

Week of 04.05.2014
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Rob Ford continued | News Clip: Nikki Ashton Calls on Federal Government to Hold Missing, Murdered Women Inquiry | Al Feldstein, longtime Mad magazine editor, dies at 88 | Doing Comedy | Bob Dylan’s original manuscript for Like a Rolling Stone’s lyrics goes on sale | Music: Awon & Phoniks, “Forever Ill” | Burritos | Nigeria’s Stolen Girls | Shawn Atleo Resigns

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It’s Not About Ford: It’s About How A Hateful Ford Nation Poisons Toronto

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THERE’S A DISTINCT ethical calculus that applies to addiction. Here’s an example: mayor Ford’s indiscretions over the years – the bad choices of personal friends and associates, the bursts of erratic behaviour, the denials that there’s a problem – are “the drugs talking.” He’s not completely in control of himself. The drugs and alcohol are, and his actions should therefore be seen as at least in part the symptoms of an illness, or a compulsion, that keeps him in its grip. He’s an addict, and he needs help, and it’s a good thing he’s now seeking it.

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The Roundtable Podcast 66

Week of 20.04.2014
Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez | Jim Flaherty | Rob Ford’s Campaign Party | Laureen Harper | Music: Willie Nelson, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” | Record Store Day / 4-20 | Justin Trudeau Selfie | Hipster Craft Beer Snobs Are Nerdgasming Over New Star Trek Brew | New Beer Store Ads | The Four Basic Ways to Tuck in a Shirt

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