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"Doug Ford evades question on whether he’ll march in Pride parade"
http://globalnews.ca/news/1579811/w.../?hootPostID=1eeddff4b7fb6f693b958f00f3896c67
So the answer is no then Dougie... I guess his earlier comments of going and marching were just for pandering. I wonder why Dougie didn't bring up the "buck naked men", that was a favourite line of his as why he wouldn't go, in defence of Robbie not going.

Stating you will support all the people of Toronto is not an admission that you will also participate in the celebrations of Torontonians.
 

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Back when we were still discussing Karla's genealogy, there was a site that gave her name as Carla Middlebrook, with a C. It could just be an error, but it would be odd if she changed the spelling just to match the girls (if, say, she and Doug couldn't come up with four girls' names beginning with C).

He told the Starbucks barrista that his name is Marc, with a "c":

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Makes no sense - don't they leave those duds at the office?
Those duds are bloody expensive, believe me! I assume all judges would keep them after retirement. I have seen in various courthouses robes that retired judges have donated for display (but otherwise would have kept). I will certainly keep my barrister's robes when - or if - I ever retire.
 

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http://reviewcanada.ca/magazine/2014/10/pretty-mean-city/

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Pretty Mean City

A new “biography” charts the dark side of Toronto’s prosperity.

Michael Valpy


Toronto: Biography of a City

Allan Levine


October 2014


Allan Levine calls his history of Toronto a biography—a chronicle of the city as a personality—and, to underscore his intention, he places a quote from Robertson Davies just behind the title page that reads: “I think of Toronto as a big fat rich girl.” Well, that’s RD for you, reminding me of a focus group The Globe and Mail conducted 25 years ago, when I was its deputy managing editor, which inquired into why its readers were overwhelmingly men. We asked a group of women to personify the paper and one responded, “I think of The Globe as an older man you marry for his money.” In other words, nothing to inspire passion.


So who is Toronto-the-person that Levine distills from 220 years of multicultural occupation since the 17th-century visit of French bad boy Étienne Brûlé and the Seneca village of Teiaiagon on the Carrying Place trail and the arrival in 1793 of John Graves Simcoe? Hint: You are not going to like him—and Toronto is a “him” regardless of what RD says—unless you are into the election of eccentric mayors, exploitation of working people, the celebration of unchecked capitalism, pretentiousness, religious bigotry, big dollops of xenophobia, a lot of bad policy decisions on public transit and policing that has not been positively interested in the exercise of democracy and civil rights, because that is pretty much what defines the city through the 435 pages of Levine’s book.

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Allan Lamport, the 50th mayor (1952–54), was known for his malapropisms, such as “it’s hard to make predictions—especially about the future” and “it’s like pushing a car uphill with a rope.”

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The 64th mayor is You Know Who.

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I hope there's some irony and humour going on there.
And I hope the article is called "No City For old Mayors," since it seems to share Cormac McCarthy's fatalism and the over-arching notion that, "No, things aren't worse today; they've always been bad and always will be."

Looking at #5 makes me hope that one day we don't have a ferry named after Rob Ford, anyway.
 

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I hope there's some irony and humour going on there.
And I hope the article is called "No City For old Mayors," since it seems to share Cormac McCarthy's fatalism and the over-arching notion that, "No, things aren't worse today; they've always been bad and always will be."

Looking at #5 makes me hope that one day we don't have a ferry named after Rob Ford, anyway.
These tweets are of facts extracted from the reviewer's piece, which are in turn extracted from the historian's new book. You should read the review - there is much more!
 
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