Interesting times, indeed
A mayor who admits to a criminal act gets to stay in office. Three senators who have not been found guilty of anything in any court are nonetheless suspended from office. A Prime Minister who apparently thinks he is above the law complains that he is being “blocked” by the courts. We do indeed live in interesting times.
R. E. Langemann, Calgary
Re Senators’ Suspensions Reveal Rifts In Conservative Ranks (Nov. 6): A new special status has been created for Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau – “non-friends with benefits.”
Charles S. Shaver, Ottawa
How dare Senator Pamela Wallin say that the rule of law does not prevail in Canada? The Senate has every right, indeed, a moral obligation, to discipline its members, and it has done so at long last. Do Senator Wallin and her two colleagues have no shame?
Richard Belliveau, Ottawa
Great: Three down, 102 to go.
Dennis Lacey, Pickering, Ont.
Alas, a Soviet-era joke adequately captures the sad, dark humour of this Senate decision.
Prague, 1968: It’s 8:45 p.m. and the city’s citizens are rushing home to beat the compulsory 9 p.m. curfew. Two Russian soldiers are on patrol. Let’s call them Stiven and Vlad.
Suddenly, as one of the Czechs rushes by, Stiven raises his gun and shoots him dead. Vlad is shocked. “Stiven, why did you shoot him? It’s 15 minutes before curfew.” Stiven replies: “I know where he lives. He would never make it home in time.
Bill Jeffery, Toronto
Re Rob Ford Must Resign (editorial, Nov. 6): Rob Ford should be given a chance to demonstrate that he can overcome the weakness that so many historical figures have displayed, including Sir John A. Macdonald. I suspect the chastened mayor of Toronto may prove quite productive. And if he isn’t, the citizens can turf him at the next election.
John M. Alston, Calgary
How can Rob Ford and his brother, councillor Doug Ford, do anything constructive with the current council? How can Rob Ford lead the City of Toronto? Who will follow his leadership?
Robert Morrow, Dundas, Ont.
I am sincerely, sincerely, sincerely repulsed by this entire matter.
Perla Riesenbach, Toronto
If Rob Ford truly loves Toronto, he should become invisible as rapidly as possible.
John Arnott, Toronto
This is a story that embarrasses all Canadians, especially those living abroad. It leaves the world with an impression of Toronto, not as a safe, clean and cosmopolitan city, but one which is drug-infested, scandal-plagued and headed up by a drunken mayor with a bully brother who has the audacity to suggest it is the police chief who should resign as a result of the mayor’s illegal behaviour.
Without a swift and serious end to the Ford fiasco, the damage to Toronto’s reputation will take years to reverse. How many tourists simply won’t come?
Andrew Sloan, London, U.K.
The Ontario government should be doing more than look into what it can do about the mess at Toronto’s City Hall. What’s to prevent the Legislature from passing a law giving councils the power to remove a mayor by voting no confidence in his or her administration? We may not want an election now, but we don’t want Rob Ford as mayor, either.
Anthony Westell, Toronto
To change the conditions of an elected office in the middle of a term, just to push out an inconvenient politician, smacks of abuse of process. Let Rob Ford serve out his term if he wishes, and bring in the reforms at the next election. Most importantly, give Toronto the preferential ballot, so that no one can take office without being endorsed by at least half the voters.
David Arthur, Cambridge, Ont.
Addicted to …
If Rob Ford wants to keep his job as mayor, he should be held to the same standards as many municipal employees and agree to counselling for substance-abuse issues, and daily drug and alcohol testing to ensure he is clean, and capable of performing the functions of his office.
Richard Dean, Nelson, B.C.
I know a lot about Toronto, but even more about alcoholism and addiction. One of the things I know is that Rob Ford will feel as though 2,000 pounds have been lifted from his shoulders if he honestly faces the true depth of his problems. He has lied to himself and to the city and its citizens; he has created a web of secrecy and a wall of denial and blame around bouts of “drunken stupor.”
It is difficult for anyone to understand addiction who is trapped within it. Rob Ford needs to step down and get help.
Cathryn Reeves, Clarksburg, Ont.
Re Rob Ford And The Triumph Of The New Hosers (Arts & Life, Nov. 6): Rob Ford’s admission that he smoked crack cocaine while in a “drunken stupor” is a brilliant appeal to those John Doyle describes as the “suburban mentality/hoser type.”
Mr. Ford must believe that few in that fan base would condemn him for having a go with the crack pipe if he was too smashed to know what he was doing. He could have rewritten a classic Western number for his press conference: I Didn’t Know the Gun was Loaded. Just replace “gun” with “pipe” in the lyrics: I didn't know the pipe was loaded. And I’m so sorry, my friends. I didn’t know the pipe was loaded, And I’ll never, ever do it again.
Barbara Padmore, Toronto
There are so many things wrong with John Doyle’s column, that I don’t know where to start. Canadian liberal values are down the drain in suburbia, apparently, replaced by mean-spirited, angry hoser values.
And here I was, out in the suburban wasteland, feeling good watching my neighbours take their kids to soccer, pay their taxes, give to charities and actually earn their livings in real jobs, rather than hang out with drug dealers and get hammered. These folks would run screaming if they saw Rob Ford anywhere near.
Dave Moores, Oakville, Ont.
SchadenFord: the smug feeling Calgarians get when we compare our mayor to Toronto’s.
Heather Ganshorn, Calgary
All team managers know to strike when the iron is hot. Based on recent events in both cities, Calgary offers this trade to Toronto: We send you Mayor Naheed Nenshi. You send us two linemen for the Stampeders, two goal scorers for the Flames, 25 snowplows, and five pieces of public art.
Terry Gudzowsky, Calgary