Following a new (audio) tape of Rob Ford drunk and swearing at a bar
and a new (video) tape of his smoking crack in his sister's basement
both earlier this week, the Toronto Mayor has announced that he will be taking a leave from his campaign to attend rehab. [more inside]
In case you were starting to miss the daily insanity that is Rob Ford, Toronto's admitted crack-smoking, tax-cutting, drunken stupor of a Mayor, your wait is over. Newly-unredacted wiretaps
from the police investigation into attempts to retrieve the infamous video of Rob Ford
smocking crack, calling his football team "a bunch of fucking minorities", and Justin Trudeau a "fa**ot", have re-ignited the inquiry into the Mayor's actions. [more inside]
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (previously
, also previously
) has been kicked out of office for violating the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
after being found to have deliberately voted at city council on a measure related to his own pecuniary interests (previously
). Full decision here
. Ford may run for Mayor again in 2014. (Ford is widely expected to appeal the decision and request that the order be stayed in the meantime.)
Meet Rob Ford, the frontrunner in Toronto's mayoral electoral race. He has complained about city spending on AIDS prevention, claiming that only homosexuals and drug users are at serious risk of getting AIDS.
He says he supports the views of a right-wing pastor who thinks that same-sex marriage will "dismantle" civilization.
He has called Asian people "Orientals" and suggested that they are taking over
, then when rebuked explained that he thought this was a positive thing. He has suggested that Toronto cannot handle any more immigrants
and that in a "perfect world" Toronto's population would remain even. He recently suggested banning marathons from public streets
. And now, he has released his long-awaited financial plan with a bizarrely bad Youtube video
where he stammers his way through a series of savings promises that simply do not add up
So what should we do when Rob Ford becomes mayor
? That's easy. Make lots of Photoshop memes.
"Toronto flings garbage at Michigan" no no!... - US Courts Canadian Crud!
...Eh?, well, OK: Toronto trucks it's tons 'o trash
across the border to dump in Michigan landfills, and some Yanks are eager to buy
, although others..."It's so disgusting we don't even talk about it...Why can't they keep their garbage over there?" .....[''We need to put an end to this desecration of our beautiful state,'' fumed Representative Candice S. Miller, Republican of Michigan who also warned that terrorists or weapons of mass destruction could be concealed
amidst the rotting food and used diapers.]
......"Relations between the United States and Canada have been souring for two years....Canada's wishy-washy stance on the Iraq crisis...has irked Washington" chides the Boston Globe, clearly piqued that Boston is not in a position to catapult cannisters of it's garbage and toxic waste northward at Canada
, towards the "Great Concavity" of David Foster Wallace's "Infinite
Jest". [other shades of "....Jest" loom as "...a reputed haven for terror groups." whispers the Globe...just like in Wallace's book!]
.....Toronto can't find any Canadian communities willing to furnish an immense garbage pit, while "Michigan's underused landfills are famous for courting crud
from outside the state's borders.": They approached Toronto with the deal. ["Ontario, meanwhile, accepts imports of toxic industrial sludge, low-level radioactive waste, and other dangerous refuse from Michigan and other US states."] Garbage
is a protected "free trade" commodity under NAFTA and Michigan may need the 'trash jobs': NAFTA has spurred automakers to
shift production away from the US and build new factories in Canada and Mexico
. Canada's auto
factories are 7%
than US ones and have lower health care costs. ["The growth of imports to the
U.S. from these factories has contributed substantially to the growing U.S. trade deficit and
the related job losses."
]. So: Canada sends garbage and shiny new autos south: the US sends radioactive sludge, spittle, jobs and curses north.
Meanwhile, walk across the border and the
per 100,000 (per year) drops from 42.6
(Detroit, USA) to 2.2 (Windsor, Canada)
Canadians somehow flinging all their fear and murderous rage into the US along with the garbage?" (asks the Daily Tabloid)