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Saturday, 1 June 2013

Cracked: The Ongoing Rob Ford Story!

This blog is a continuation of my May coverage of the Ford Brother Follies available @ CRACKED!

Mayor Rob Ford continues to refuse to answer questions about the scandals as they keep piling up one on top of another. Here's the story to date:




Toronto City Hall Saturday June 1st!

Last Saturdays City Hall Rally: Protesters call for Mayor Ford's resignation. See the video @ Protest!

MacLeans Magazine covers the protests: If you love us let us go @ Resign!
Earl Provost, Mayor Rob Fords new Chief of Staff is a Federal Liberal hired gun. Friends have warned Provost it's an untenable situation. Also, another staffer quit on Friday. Now their are 6 over the past 2 weeks who've either abandoned ship or been forced to walk the plank. Never a dull moment @ Provost

David Price, Director of Logistics + Operations is the mystery man on Fords staff. He's Robs old campaign manager, football buddy + high school friend. He's also known as a blustery fellow. Seems he's been roughing up reporters @ Price


Tooleram: Protecting the mayor from reporters is serious business!

Meet Mike Tooleram, Rob Fords private security guard. He was recently embroiled in a controversy after manhandling a 100 lb news photographer because he wasn't satisfied with her media credentials. In uniform or plain clothes, Mike is rarely far away from the mayor inside or outside city hall @ Tooleram

Help Wanted! Meet the new Ford office staff. Is this a good career move? Hmm. Read @ Movers + Shakers?

Ford Brother arguments they've saved taxpayers billions doesn't add up @ Wrong!

Read Rob Ford on Facebook @ Ford Note + Comments

The suspect in the killing of Anthony Smith, who was pictured in the Rob Ford still shot, apparently doesn't know anything about the video @ Charged


Is the writing on the wall for Mayor Rob Ford!

A City Divided? IPSO Reid Poll shows 51% of Torontonians think Rob Ford smokes crack, 49% don't. In Ford Nation out in Etobicoke 60% believe him when he says he doesn't. Only 40% believe him downtown. 34% of respondents would still vote for Rob as mayor. See more results @ Split!

Robs former Chief of Staff predicts Robs campaign team will find a lot of skeletons in Olivia Chow's closet if she decides to run against him for mayor in 2014. Sounds like they are gearing up for a nasty campaign. Read @ Olivia Chow

Can the Province of Ontario save Toronto from itself by forcing Mayor Ford to retire. In a word? No. So what are it's options? Learn more @ Wynne won't!

Globe + Mail editorial tells Premier Wynne to butt out @ Democratic process


The Toronto Star's one problem, then there's CP24 ...

CP24 TV: If you are near a television during a weekday, you might want to check out the Ford coverage on CP24. There is live coverage from the announcer and camera crew parked outside his "fishbowl" office all day. With the cameras they can watch Rob walking around his office and figure out what he's doing. They are getting pretty good at 2nd guessing him on the fires and hires. Sometimes with a close up lens they can even show him at a meeting through a door left ajar. A few times a day Rob comes and goes through the mob of reporters from the elevator to the office door and vice versa. A corridor is cordoned off to make for a walk way. He rarely says anything. He tries to pretend nobody is there or to he'll make some odd off the cuff remark while he pretends he's looking at his cellphone until the elevator arrives. Truly bizarre. The CP24 crew has been watching him at work for about 2 weeks now. No doubt Rob is Royal P.O'd and simmering mad as they keep asking him if he has ever smoked crack. Will he snap one day?

Socon.ca posts a damning critique of the media coverage + it's political implications @ Socon

Ford Brothers Radio: On this Sundays show they attacked the media and Premier Wynne. Rob talked about important issues like how much he likes ice cream. Doug suggested he might not run provincially now when an election is called. A lady caller compares  them to two cute teddy bears. The fun and games continue @ Ford Radio

Rob claims he donated all his football gear to the Don Bosco CSS team after he was kicked out as coach. Now it seems former Chief of Staff Mark Towhey had to talk him out of taking it all with him. An interesting report on Towhey's final hours before he was dismissed @ Towhey


No Gay Pride Parade 4 Rob again this year.

Rob has all ready confirmed he will not attend the Gay Pride parade this summer because he has to go to the cottage again @ No show again

Poof! It's gone! There are a number of possible theories on the amazing disappearing Rob Ford crack video @ Gone?

Listen to a discussion on the ethics of the Ford crack reports. One of the reporters who saw the video joins an ethics expert and another journalist @ Media Ethics?

Canadian Journalism Project opinion piece explains why the Toronto Star and other Canadian news outlets had the right to run with the story, whether they had the video or not. The burden of evidence? Basically three of them witnessed it @ Ethics?

How fair is it to dig into the Ford families past? Lots of yesterdays drug dealers might be successful investment bankers, lawyers and politicians today. OK so if Doug was a seller but Rob is a user where does that leave us today @ Ethics?


Hmmmm ...... One down and two to go .....

The fellow who tried to hawk the video to Gawker might not have his copy but there are at least two more out there according to this reporter @ 3+ copies?

Yes! It's Rob Ford on the Jimmy Kimmel Show again [not!]! Here's great way to attract visitors to Toronto this summer @ Fords Tourism Toronto Ad

Ford travels around Toronto making announcements about city business and the great job he claims to have done, unlike all the councillors he doesn't like. He denies he's campaigning for the 2014 election and refuses to answer any personal questions. I would suppose he's trying to move on and turn the page from the scandals. However he is about to get hit broadside by another one that's just breaking now. Reporters have found the drug house at 15 Windsor Dr. in Etobicoke where they allege the crack video was recorded. It's not a pretty sight + is chock full of suspicion. There has been a lot of criminal activity going on there from toughies looking for the video. It also seems Rob is no stranger there. The accusation is that's where he goes for his crack binges. Read the story @ Crack House


Go away! Go away! There's no crack video here!

The Toronto Star expose on the criminal history of the crack house inhabitants is @ Rob was here?

City councillors have three legal options if they want a official investigation of the crack scandal @ City Hall

Toronto Star debunks Fords claim he has saved the city a phantom $1 billion. Far from it. There's a wink at the end for the need of a thinking conservative to enter the 2014 municipal election fray. Will the Star endorse John Tory? Read @ Bad at Math


Hey Doug! Can Rob add or subtract?!?

Doug Fords critical of sick colleague who he says ruined meeting. See @ Don't get sick?!

Who is PeeTeePee? What did his mystery tweets from inside the mayors office say? Read @ Prempeh?

Laugh or die shows us this Rob Ford crack video exclusive! [not!] The language on this video and site is quite salty + graphic. You can see it @ THE LOST VIDEO?

Ditto here: It's the Rob Ford "Why did you call me a fat f@#$k?" video @ f#@%!`


Rob Ford uses his radio show to praise his new staff @ All newbies

Rob Ford kicks last woman out of his executive. He's not concerned it's all guys now. Was she ousted for disagreeing with the mayor? Read @ Good ol' boys!

Have you seen the latest homegrown rap video about Rob Ford by Charron: "Smoking Crack with Rob Ford"? Watch @ Ford Crack Rap


Robs campaign manager won't work for him again unless he cleans up his act @ Another loss?

Why won't Ontario Conservative leader Tim Hudak be attending Fords BBQ's this summer. Smoke getting in his eyes? See @ No Ford BBQ for Tim!

Huge police gang, gun and drug raid on ground zero for the Rob Ford Crack Video escapades in Etobicoke. A police announcement will follow at noon. Reports indicate one of the guys with Rob in the still shot was among the arrested. Read @ More Excitement + Intrigue!

Follow the police raids coverage live online or by mobile @ Raid!


Police raids at dawn: serious business!

The raid is on the Dixon Rd. apartment complex cited as Ford hangout in the early days of the crack scandal. See @ Ground Zero

Here's a video of Ford's press scrum as he arrives at city hall this morning. He claims he knew nothing about the raid because his cable was off @ Rob: What raid?!?

Here's a compendium of videos covering the drug bust and Mayor Fords various media scrums throughout the day. It includes new classics such as Rob ironically criticizing the media for their "thick skulls". Also the incredulous "I know nothing" denials. Enjoy @ Videos 

CTV claims the police knew about the Ford video before it made the news when details where overheard on a wiretap as a part of the investigation that resulted in the big drug bust @ Police story?


Gee Rob, that big drug bust was pretty close to Don Bosco eh!

COMMENTS:

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's funny the Crown Attorney's Office in Toronto West Court never bothered to charge Elvis Newton, Bilan Bates, and Bryan Dorie for forcefully confinement and obstruction of justice charges.
I am outraged Mr. Yusuf's activist work was wanted to be shutdown by YYC#42 Corporation board of directors and Condomium Owners. The rundown aging apartment building was full of rats, roaches, and string of violence that claimed the lives of many Somali youth.
I must tell you I admire the courageous and brave stances of Mr. Yusuf on talking to Somali and black youth to put their guns down and stop the violence that filled Dixon alleyway day after day with young lives cut short.
Mr. Yusuf reportedly had Robert Ford's private cell number and reportedly he was working with the former mayor to see to the end of Dixon City Security Guard Fiasco that involved security guards assaulting a youth and then turning around on their cellphone to call 911.

The criminal web included Division 23 officers who would come to the scene. They will then turn around and charge the kid that was illegally attacked by Kingsview Park Security and other security firms run by disgraced security management of Bryan Dorie.
As members of the public we've repeatedly spoken to Ontario Ministery of Public Safety to ensure what happened to ethnic minority kids at the brutality of Bryan Dorie but they keep giving him new licence complaints after complaints and the very police division that was supposed supposed to enforce the law keeps taking his side. We urge that Bryan Dorie be considered and all of the shadowy security firms he has run and the arrests his teams made be put under judicial review.

We argue other members of the public to come forward with videos of Bryan Dorie's men attacking minors, youth, and grown up alike.
We invite the members of national media to buy a copy of the videos brutality of attacks by Bryan Dorie and his men.
Board of directors members should compensate soon all those individuals including Mr. Yusuf and hundreds of residents attacked by Elvis Newton, Bilan Bates, and Bryan Dorie's Kingsview Park Security.
Simply firing the old security companies and management to put into place a similar one that practice the same old tactics is not fair a deal and a practically appropriate dealing with the victims of division 23 officers who believe the own the law and turn it any way they so desire. It's offensive not to fincially compensate and not criminally hold responsible those officers in uniform who obstructed administration of justice for private and personal reasons.
It's time that division 23 officers who participated in this scheme are charged. It's time for Police Services Board and the Ministry of Public Safety shows real leadership in reigning over Bryan Dorie and YYC#42 Corporation grand scheme.

Anonymous said...

Why isn't Minister of Public Safety arresting Bryan Dorie, Bilan Bates, and Elvis Newton who attacked brutally Mr. Awil Yusuf. I will upload the video and how Division 23 covered up Mr. Yusuf' s by Bryan Dorie and his team.

Anonymous said...

Why does YYC#42 Corporation still have the same board of directors as the ones who helped traumatize over 1900 Somali and black youth with the scheme of attacking a resident and then claiming they were attacked or somebody else.
Will the Ministry of Ontario General general review all the malicious prosecutions based on Bryan Dorie fore-ever evolving new security firms and will the victims of YYC#42 Corporation board of directors bad policies be compensated before class action lawsuits.

David Chiarelli said...

Interesting story: I'm not sure how many will read it here below the Ford blogs now. If you are interested in writing it up as a guest blog, I would be happy to post more prominently up front as new. Think about it, and if so, send as word file to me @ davechiarelli@gmail.com

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