This and that

Does anyone else find it more than a coincidence that Toronto mayor Rob Ford is talking about eliminating three positions at city hall?  Would you find it less of a coincidence if you were told the three positions are the ones that give him the most grief?  The Ethics Commissioner has rapped the knuckles of both Mayor Rob and brother Councillor Doug on several occasions and has forced both to apologize for comments made on Robbie’s radio show about Toronto’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.  The Ombudsman deals with complaints from the public about city hall and the way the public has been treated.  And finally, the Lobbyist Registrar is also in his sights.  All three have had the temerity to call the mayor and his brother on some of their stupider stunts.  And these are the three Robbie was talking about eliminating.  Unfortunately for him, provincial law requires the city have an ombudsman and an ethics commissioner.

Yesterday marked the halfway point in Robbie’s term.  There was a bit of a ceremony at city hall, but Robbie thought it more important to be with the Don Bosco Eagles, the football  team he coaches.

Councillor Doug, upon being ordered to apologize to the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is quoted as saying “I’ll apologize, but I won’t mean it.” What does that mean Dougie – that you’ll have your fingers crossed behind your back when you say “I’m sorry”?  Child, grow up – you and your brother both need to start acting your age and in line with your positions in Toronto.

I wrote earlier that Premier Dalton McGuinty had announced he was stepping down as Premier and that he had prorogued the legislature as well.  The prorogation saved his ass (although he denies that’s why he did it) as there were a couple of inquiries about to begin that would raise some very awkward questions about the Liberal government.  Since the parliamentary session has been put on hold, that stops the inquiries.  But, the Liberals won’t be choosing a new leader until late January 2013.  That means the legislature will be shut down from mid-October, when Dalton made his announcement, and early to mid-February, when the new leader reconvenes the session.  This is not the kind of government we voted for. Oh yes, there is also talk of a provincial election this coming spring as well.

And something a little more personal here.  I tend to wear miniskirts (hey- I’m told I’ve got great legs, so why not) most of the time, as you can see in the photo following this posting.  One day I posted a photo on Facebook of me in a long dress just to prove I do own something below the knee.  A neighbour made a comment that it looked good and I should wear that length all the time.  To her, I say, I didn’t ask for your opinion, so piss off.




What’s going on?

What is happening with politicians in and around Toronto the past two days?

There is a report, confirmed by the person themself, that a Toronto City Councillor was charged with impaired driving last night.  She won’t make any further comment on advice of her lawyer.  Mayor Rob Ford has said that these things happen.  Of course this is the same Rob Fordwho, years ago in Florida was stopped and found to have a joint in the car.  And, being Robbie, he denied it until a reporter produced the police report, then he suddenly “remembered” it.

In Whitby, east of Toronto, a man reported to be a former city councillor from Oshawa, has barricaded himself in a building in an industrial area and has threatened to “blow his head off”. This has been going on since about 1:45 this morning (it is 6:20 pm as I write this).  There are several odd twists to this other than a man barricading himself inside a building.  According to reports, this ex-councillor abducted the current Oshawa solicitor as he arrived at his home following a meeting of Oshawa City Council.  The solicitor managed to escape while being driven around Oshawa and advised police.  Somehow the police tracked the ex-councillor to an autobody shop in an industrial area of Whitby and that is where the situation stands.  From the news footage from a helicopter, there are cruisers from Durham Region surrounding the shop, an ambulance and fire vehicle on standby, and York Region Police sent their “war wagon” down to Whitby as well.  I’ll update this when it ends and we learn why it happened in the first place.

And finally, yesterday Dalton McGuinty, the Premier of Ontario, stepped down.  This was totally unexpected by most people, including the reporters who cover Queen’s Park.  Not only is he stepping down, he has taken the unusual step of proroguing the legislature.  That act has probably caused more upset than his resigning.  That act means that nothing will get done until Dalton’s replacement has been chosen and sworn in. Proroguing the legislature doesn’t dissolve the session, it merely puts it on hold.  Considering the number of problems Dalton and the boys were having, naturally the opposition wants the legislature to keep on working.  As a resident of Ontario, I too want the business of the province to continue to be dealt with, rather than wait six months for the new Premier to take office.

Is all this political nonsense the result of something in the air?  I’d suggest the water, but Oshawa and Toronto have separate water supplies.  Unless of course someone put something in Lake Ontario.  If that’s the case, I’ll expect more weirdness from cities and towns downstream.

Enjoy your day and remember to hug an artist – we need love too.  And please say a prayer for the Canadian Border Services Agency guard shot at Peace Arch in B C this afternoon.  **Update: 6:55 pm. A female border guard was shot in the neck on the Canadian side of the border.  The suspect then shot himself in the head.**