McGuinty shoots down Ford's request for more than $350-million (Globe and Mail)
In justifying why it is okay for Ford to ask for provincial money, but not okay for Miller to do the same thing, Ford's press secretary said this (from the article): “There’s one fundamental difference,” Ms. Batra said. “The funding here was not needed to balance the (2011) budget.”
Not needed to balance the 2011 budget because Ford inherited a surplus from Miller! Find all the gravy you want in the TCHC, Ford, it's not going to save you from the $700 billion+ deficit that's around the corner.
I'm quite sure there are many bigots who are nice to some people.
The evidence that Rob Ford is a bigot is without refute! How can you possibly suggest otherwise?
Are you also going to claim that Wendell Brereton isn't a bigot?
This is most certainly a new low for the city of Toronto. The events of the election campaign where individuals were paying for advertisements to be aired that asked people to vote for Rob Ford because he wasn't gay were absolutely shocking ... perhaps the lowest the city has been since the Christie Pits riots.
Last edited by nfitz; 2011-Mar-01 at 08:39.
The problem with people like nfitz is that they inevitably distract from the more pressing issues. If Ford was doing a reasonable job, there should be no reason why to dislike him.
Rob Ford scores 60 per cent approval rating: poll
By Kelly grant City Hall bureau chief
Globe and Mail Update
The honeymoon isn't over for Toronto's new mayor.
Rob Ford enjoys a 60-per-cent approval rating, according to the first public poll released since he took office Dec. 1.
However, Toronto-based Forum Research, Inc. found that urban and suburban Torontonians remain deeply divided about Mr. Ford: His approval rating was highest in Scarborough (71 per cent) and North York (65 per cent) and lowest in the old cities of Toronto and East York (46 per cent.)
"That puts him higher than his vote, so somehow he's got the approval of some of his opponents' supporters, which I think is quite a task, especially given how polarizing the election was," said Lorne Bozinoff, the president of Forum Research. "My gut feel is that's a good rating."
Mr. Ford captured 47 per cent of the vote in the Oct. 25 election.
The telephone survey of 1,012 Torontonians, which was conducted Feb. 25 and 26, found widespread support for several of the mayor's pet issues.
Some 72 per cent approve of Mr. Ford's desire to ban strikes at the TTC; 61 per cent approve of his plan to pay for a Sheppard subway extension with private financing; and 54 per cent approve of privatizing garbage collection for parts of the city.
Mr. Ford has encountered little effective opposition in his first three months as mayor. As promised, he scrapped the $60 vehicle registration fee, reduced councillors' office budgets and banned free food from council meetings.
He also shepherded a budget with a tax freeze through city council.
The poll was conducted before Toronto's auditor-general released a pair of damning audits Monday about overspending and sloppy procurement at the Toronto Community Housing Corporation - a scandal that is expected to boost the popularity of Mr. Ford, a long-time critic of TCHC management.
But opponents say Mr. Ford faces a tough road in 2012 as he tries to balance a budget with a projected shortfall of $774-million.
Mr. Bozinoff also warned of pitfalls ahead for Mr. Ford. The poll showed his support is soft among voters aged 18-34, only 49 per cent of whom approve of the job he's doing.
"He skews highly toward older voters," Mr. Bozinoff said. "He's not got the younger voters on board."
As well, a majority disapproves of his plan to spend up to $3-million on consultants to find savings in the city's budgets. The poll found 62 per cent oppose the idea.
Six months into his first term, former Mayor David Miller enjoyed an 82-per-cent approval rating, according to an Environics Research Group poll conducted for The Globe and Mail in April 2004.
The new Forum Research poll is considered accurate within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
The poll was not funded or commissioned by an outside party. Forum Research conducted the poll independently, Mr. Bozinoff said.
Gee golly, what a surprise.
Last edited by CDL.TO; 2011-Mar-01 at 18:56.
I do object to people trying to censure exposing such evil and viile bigotry though ... what are people afraid of?
Regarding the poll, All I have to say is "so what?" The full effects of any budget cuts and subsequent service cuts are not being felt yet. There are announcements about things, but that's it. I'd also guess that there is some residual euphoria over the elimination of the VRT. That impact of that cut will inevitable make its way to the property taxes of those who primarily live downtown (former Toronto). I doubt that causes a moment of concern for Edsel.
TMI, I know, and I just made myself vomit (I'll stop now).
I would consider a 60% approval rating a poor performance for a municipal politician a few months into his mandate if I was a political strategist working on his behalf. However, history suggests that a sitting mayor has no worries with respect to being re-elected if they choose to stay. Political reality: Ford will be mayor of the this city for as long as he wants regardless of his performance in office.