Last week, Ford appeared in court in a conflict of interest case “to explain why he participated in a council debate about whether he should return $3,150 in improperly raised donations.” The case threatens to eject him from office.
On Monday, he skipped an important executive committee meeting to coaach his football team, the Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School Eagles. A meeting that grappled with an emotional discussion about the city’s anti-discrimination policy. Surely, Toronto taxpayers are paying Ford to run a city and not coach football.
On Thursday, the Toronto Star reported that, Jude MacDonald, a freelance writer and former editor-in-chief of Rabble.ca, has complained to the city’s integrity commissioner over Ford’s use of city employees and resources to benefit his football teams.
And before all this…
After a deadly gang-related shooting in the city in July, Ford proposed exiling Toronto’s convicted criminals, most of whom are persons of color.
Last week, Rob Ford’s niece, Krista, a former captain of Toronto’s short-lived lingerie football team, insulted us all when she “advised” women to avoid sexual assault by adopting these measures: “Stay alert, walk tall, carry mace, take self-defence classes & don’t dress like a whore.”
Earlier this year, Ford posed for a photo with Jon Latvis, a member of the neo-Nazi band RAHOWA (Racial Holy War).
And finally, robocalls. The term “robocall” reminds the majority of Canadians of the robocalls election fraud perpetrated during the May 2011 federal election. The robocalls and related U.S.-style voter suppression methods robbed thousands of Canadians of their voter rights. Canadians have registered more 1,394 robocalls complaints in 234 ridings across the country with Elections Canada, the “independent” and “non-partisan” agency we’ve trusted with the responsibility of conducting free and fair federal elections and referendums.
And so, you’d expect Canadian politicians, especially those embroiled in scandal, to take it easy with robocalls, right? Wrong. Last week, Councillor Doug Ford, the mayor’s brother, dispatched a robocall message inviting the whole world to the mayor’s barbecue, held at his mother’s backyard in Etobicoke.