Is TO mayor Rob Ford involved in a drug-related murder?!

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Re: Is TO mayor Rob Ford involved in a drug-related murder?!

Postby American Dream » Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:26 am

http://fischerzed.wordpress.com/2014/04 ... lies-part/

The Ford Follies part….

April 4, 2014

Oh, who’s even counting anymore?

But, here’s the skinny. During a council meeting on Wednesday, Mayor Ford was the sole person to vote against naming a street after Nelson Mandela. Governments like stuff like this. It looks nice, but it doesn’t really cost anything. (In New York, there’s a bench in a park named after Dr. Feelgood singer Lee Brilleaux, but that might be the result of a donation) In addition, Mandela is still wildly popular. Safer too now that he’s dead, so it seemed like a no-brainer.

Well, Ford, who has made a career of being the contrarian, voted no. And curiously also against sending a greeting to Canada’s Olympic athletes. Several theories have been put forward: Ford wasn’t paying attention; Ford simply votes to piss people off; Ford really believed he was right, but later buckled.

Thirty minutes after the vote became public, Ford claimed he had made a mistake and wanted to change his vote. In the press scrum, he claimed it was immediately, but when corrected stormed off in a huff.

Leave it to brother Doug Ford to make the case: He argued, “No one in this city supports the black community more than Rob Ford. No one. Bottom line. Zing. Done. And no one supports the Olympic athletes more than Rob Ford.” Well, I know he’s a supporter of some young black entrepreneurs (I believe there’s a video to mark the occasion), but that might be a matter for the courtsm, so I’ll say no further.

In the end, Toronto City Council after initially denying the opportunity, gave Ford the chance to change his vote. Rob, Rob, have the courage of your convictions. Just like Rob Anders who famously voted not to give Mandela honourary Canadian citizenship because he was a “communist” and a “terrorist.” Years later Anders was unrepentant. And still regarded as a dick, but you can’t have everything.

The sad thing is that Ford’s antics will actually convince people that it will make a difference if they choose a different Mayor. True, the next one won’t be such a comic buffoon-de-force, but the business of the city will largely remain the same.
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Re: Is TO mayor Rob Ford involved in a drug-related murder?!

Postby Jerky » Sun May 27, 2018 7:15 am

Doug Ford looks like some pharma bro researchers tried to cross-breed a big old pink piggy with a Great White shark, then lost control of their project.

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Re: Is TO mayor Rob Ford involved in a drug-related murder?!

Postby American Dream » Sun May 27, 2018 9:19 am

He reminds me of a coke-glutted New Jerseyite who spent far too long shopping at the mall.
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Re: Is TO mayor Rob Ford involved in a drug-related murder?!

Postby American Dream » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:26 am

Right Wing Austerity Comes to Ontario

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Homelessness in Toronto
The poor will suffer even more under Ford



Ford Agenda
Since taking office at the end of June, it is clear that Ford will move quickly and ruthlessly with an agenda of hard right austerity and social backwardness. A freeze on hiring in the public sector has been announced. A planned increase in the minimum wage will be cancelled. They have taken on a high priced official to ‘go over the books’ and look for ‘efficiencies.’ Their new adviser on healthcare has a brutal track record in closing and privatizing hospitals. They have removed themselves from climate change initiatives that will mean billions of dollars in revenues from the Federal Government will be lost. Already we know that this will mean the cancellation of desperately needed repairs to schools and public housing. Timid measures of civilian police oversight have been cancelled. Ford has announced that Ontario will remove itself from agreements around locating and sheltering refugees, with vile racist language on ‘illegal border crossers.’ Seeking to ensure opposition to their agenda is prevented, the Tories have announced that the City Council in Toronto (the capital of Ontario and by far the largest city in Canada), will be reduced in size by almost half.

This last week, the new Minister of Community and Social Services announced that some improvements in the rules for the sub poverty social assistance system in Ontario that the Liberals had planned would be ‘put on hold.’ A 3% increase in social assistance rates was also cut in half with the result that the first yearly increase above the rate of inflation since 1994 will not happen. The Tories also made the decision to reverse their campaign promise to maintain the basic income pilot project the Liberals had recently set in motion. The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) that I am part of, has taken a strongly critical position on basic income and disagreed with those on the left who see it as a progressive policy alternative. That being said, however, there is nothing to celebrate in the Tory decision to kill the pilot. The four thousand people who had been selected to be part of the test for the next three years were receiving income significantly above the level of social assistance and had planned their lives accordingly. They are now being cynically and disgustingly abandoned. Far more dreadful, though, is the obvious reasoning at work here. The Tories have no patience with an experiment with reduced conditionality. They want to double down on a traditional poor law based persecution of people on social benefits. Over the next hundred days, they intend to craft a package of right wing ‘welfare reform’ that, the Minister hints, will include a crackdown on ‘benefit fraud’ and a drive to force people into the most exploitative jobs on offer from which disabled people will not be exempt. It is a classic war on the poor by making the system of income support as inadequate, punitive and precarious as possible so as the create climate of desperation that forces people to compete for low wage precarious employment.

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Re: Is TO mayor Rob Ford involved in a drug-related murder?!

Postby American Dream » Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:47 pm

Neoliberal jerks:


https://fischerzed.wordpress.com/2018/0 ... like-that/

Business Economics 101 (Or something like that)
August 6, 2018 at 1:23 pm

There’s an old joke that goes something like this: At the first meeting after the Cuban Revolution , Castro is doling out jobs. “Is anyone here an economist?” he asks.

Che puts up his hand. “Right. You’re the minster for the economy.” Che looks a bit shocked, but says nothing.

After the meeting Che approaches Fidel ans says, “I’m happy to rake care of the economy, but you know, I’m not an economist.”

Fidel snaps back, “Why did you put up your hand when I asked if anyone was an economist.”

“Oh,” Che replies, “I thought you said was anyone a communist.”

Huh.

Now, it turned out Che was neither an economist nor a communist, (sorry, left-communist snark here), and while the new Progressive Conservative government of Doug Ford certainly never claim to be communists, its grasp on basic economic principles doesn’t appear too solid either.

The cancellation of the Liberal government cap-and-trade pollution policy was an ideological one, but part of the money was earmarked for school repairs – The Toronto District School Board was scheduled to receive $100 million for repairs to plant and infrastructure, and as a parent who still has one kid in the school system, I’m OK with money being spent on schools. Where does that money go now? Presumably it says with polluters.

A few years ago when Ford’s brother Rob was the Mayor of Toronto, the Fords railed against a 5 cent charge for plastic bags in grocery stores. which the previous Mayor David Miller had instituted in order to reduce plastic bag use Outrageous they said. No longer would Toronto collect that money. Funny thing is, most of the stores I shop at still charge me for a plastic bag. .

Last week, the government announced it was cancelling the province’s basic income pilot program. This caused much consternation, since the Conservatives had maintained prior to the election they would be continuing with the program. Minister Lisa MacLeod more or less fessed up to the broken promise, but fell back on the time honoured tradition of claiming the previous government had left them with less money than they had assumed, only to claim the next day that the media’s reporting was….wait for it…fake news.

But it’s not all bad news. One of the other campaign promises was the return of the buck-a-beer. Currently in Ontario the minimum price a brewer can sell a bottle or can of beer for is $1.25. Prior to 2008, the minimum was $1. Ford’s idea is to reduce the floor, so while your kids’ school may have holes in its roof, the air is too polluted to go outside, and you may have been pushed deeper into poverty, at least you can save some money on beer. Maybe…because there’s no guarantee that brewers will actually sell at the minimum price (a quick survey of LCBO and Beer Store prices indicate no one’s selling anywhere close to that minimum now).

I’m not an economist either. I took a few classes in school, and read a few books since then, but I do remember a couple of things. One of the basic principles of capitalism is profit maximization. The other is externalities. I.e., if you can get someone else to pay for some of the messes you create, you can make more profit. Oh wait, now I get it: Business and the wealthy enjoy socialism; the rest of us get capitalism.

Last week, the right-wing Toronto Sun featured an article by John Snoblen, a high school dropout who was a Minister of Education under a previous Tory Government. Snoblem, who applauded Ford’s decisions to date, was most famous for being caught arguing that in order to more easily accomplish their policies, it was necessary to create a crisis.

That’s the way the game is played. I’m not suggesting that the old Liberal policies represented a moment toward a fairer society etc., but the new Conservative government’s early decision suggest that this is a taste of things to come.
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