Rob Ford Memorial Stadium Cancelled


mentalfloss
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No ‘Rob Ford Memorial Stadium’ in Toronto after council rejects renaming proposal

There will be no “Rob Ford Memorial Stadium” in Toronto.

City council rejected the proposal late Wednesday night to rename Centennial Park Stadium after the late Ward 2 Etobicoke North city councillor whose turbulent 2010-2014 term as mayor included revelations he smoked crack cocaine and lied about it for months.

Mayor John Tory tabled the proposal, along with recommendations for consultation, saying that he knew it was controversial.

The proposal came at the request of the Ford family, Tory noted. “In all of my dealings as mayor ... I try to be generous and to put politics to the side,” the mayor, who beat Rob Ford’s brother Doug to become mayor in 2014, told council.

Tory said he was “erring on the side of generosity.” He said Ford had his supporters, who saw him as a diligent public servant but, Tory said, he also recognized that Ford as mayor had done things “hurtful” to many people in Toronto.

https://www.thestar.com/news/city_ha...-proposal.html
 
White_Unifier
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Are you saying conservatives can have a heart and be sensitive and generous?
 
TenPenny
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I think as all the fuss about Cornwallis and MacDonald has shown, no buildings, facilities, streets, or cities should ever be named after any person.
 
White_Unifier
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Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

I think as all the fuss about Cornwallis and MacDonald has shown, no buildings, facilities, streets, or cities should ever be named after any person.

I'm still undecided on that, but you might be right.

Many public schools in China are named after their location or given a number for example.
 
Curious Cdn
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

I think as all the fuss about Cornwallis and MacDonald has shown, no buildings, facilities, streets, or cities should ever be named after any person.

Don't you just love the current trend of naming (re-naming publically built buildings, even) after big corporations? I'm waiting for Johnson &Johnson to buy the Sky Dome and re-make it the "Tidy Bowl".
Last edited by Curious Cdn; Oct 5th, 2017 at 06:26 PM..
 
petros
#6
Ypull be eaiting a long while.

Johnson and Johnson doesn't exist.
 
Curious Cdn
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Ypull be eaiting a long while.

Johnson and Johnson doesn't exist.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnson_%26_Johnson

The SkyDome doesn't exist.

Time to put that Vodka bottle down.
 
TenPenny
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Ypull be eaiting a long while.

Johnson and Johnson doesn't exist.



True, it doesn't.


But Johnson & Johnson does.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Ypull be eaiting a long while.

Johnson and Johnson doesn't exist.


 
Danbones
Free Thinker
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Listen Bub...Does EX even ist?

I suppose it depends on what the meaning of ist ist.
 
darkbeaver
Republican
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Who the hell wants to memorialize Rob Ford?
 
Curious Cdn
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

Who the hell wants to remember Rob Ford?

His mummy does.
 
darkbeaver
Republican
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Ok she can be forgiven I think,maybe not, it's a hard call, I don't want to tarnish Mrs Fords good name but why didn't she throw him out with the bath water? There's nothing more perplexing than a mothers love sometimes. I'm sure she heard countless times about how ugly that baby was.
 
Mowich
Conservative
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Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

I think as all the fuss about Cornwallis and MacDonald has shown, no buildings, facilities, streets, or cities should ever be named after any person.

Good idea, TP. We could name all the buildings after animals and trees. What do you think? We could have the Beaver building and Tamarack Tower.
 
Curious Cdn
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by Mowich View Post

Good idea, TP. We could name all the buildings after animals and trees. What do you think? We could have the Beaver building and Tamarack Tower.

We could have the Naked Mole Rat Wing up on Parliament Hill.
 
spaminator
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Ford's kids 'devastated' by stadium decision
By Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun
First posted: Friday, October 06, 2017 03:41 PM EDT
Toronto council’s decision to forgo naming a stadium after late mayor Rob Ford sent shockwaves through the family.
“I heard about it on the news in the morning and was stunned by it,” said his widow, Renata. “I know some people say they saw it coming...but we didn’t.”
She and her kids thought it was simply a rubber-stamp situation.
“When Mayor (John) Tory said he was in favour of it, I guess we thought it would go through without any issue,” Renata said. “But I guess we were wrong.”
Moments after seeing it on TV, she said her children Stephanie, 12, and Dougie, 9, came in for breakfast.
“They saw the video of their dad on the TV and said, ‘What’s going on?’”
After all they’ve been through with their dad’s death from cancer March 22, 2016, and the wild soap opera of his life in the years before that, Renata said every time his name comes up it’s difficult for them.
“It’s all been a lot of for them but this hurt them a lot,” she said. “I told them council voted against it because of politics. But they were devastated.”
“They are proud of their dad and his accomplishments,” she added. “I am proud too. He worked hard for people and he also did a lot to help kids through his coaching in football.”
Renata thought the stadium “was a nice fit that wouldn’t offend anybody.”
What now?
“I think he needs to be honoured with something,” said Renata.
One idea is to put a statue or a commemorative plaque in James Gardens, close to the family’s home, where they often went for walks. Another, which council couldn’t stop, is a statue at Deco Labels.
“I like that idea too,” Renata said.
She said Rob was a shy person who would have preferred having the stadium, where he coached and played football, named after him.
Ford's kids 'devastated' by stadium decision | WARMINGTON | Toronto & GTA | News
 
mentalfloss
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That's just awful.
 
spaminator
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Unlike Rob Ford, Ana Bailao's past forgiven
By Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun
First posted: Friday, October 06, 2017 07:52 PM EDT | Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 08:09 PM EDT
On Wednesday night — before the vote on whether to rename Centennial Park after the late Rob Ford — Mayor John Tory got up and reminded council of the controversial mayor’s past.
His words were like a dog whistle to council to vote down the plan. If he wanted the motion to go through, he would not have even mentioned a word about the mayor’s past.
But he did.
“We cannot erase history and gloss over very difficult parts of our city’s past (with Ford as mayor),” Tory said that night, reminding us that the “divisive era” (created by Rob Ford) is over.
But on Friday morning when he gleefully announced that downtown NDP councillor Ana Bailao would become the new deputy mayor of Toronto and East York — replacing the late Pam McConnell — any mention of her drunk-driving history was conspicuously absent.
Tory contended that the “determined” Bailao has championed the improvement of housing conditions and the lives of residents in Toronto Community Housing, yada, yada.
What I didn’t hear from Tory Friday was any mention of the drunk driving charge Bailao hid for three months in 2012 until it became clear she would have to ‘fess up before she got to court.
I mean fair is fair. If Tory was going to dredge up Ford’s past, surely to goodness he should do the same with Bailao, especially considering she was being appointed to a plum post.
I was there at that January 2013 press conference when a teary-eyed Bailao informed us she’d quietly pled guilty to having over 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.
That was after she’d blown .130 (just shy of twice the legal limit) in October 2012 following an evening of copious drinks with casino lobbyists at the Thompson Hotel.
Bailao, who refused to resign at the time, was fined $1,000 and ordered not to get behind the wheel for 12 months.
Mayor Ford rushed to her defense that day, saying she’d taken “full responsibility for her actions” and that he has faith in the consequences meted out by the justice system.
One would have expected Bailao — if she’d been the slightest bit a mensch — to offer Ford the same redemption Wednesday. But she was part of the cabal that stood in judgement and voted down the stadium memorial.
Bailao did not respond to Toronto Sun requests for comment, which is entirely predictable.
But Tory’s spokesman Don Peat told me Bailao “admitted what she did, paid her fine and went on to be re-elected by the residents of her ward...and since then has worked tirelessly.”
Hey why don’t we substitute the name Ford in the Mayor’s hypocritical comment: He admitted what he did (his addiction), went to rehab, was never convicted of anything and went on to be re-elected by the residents of his ward, working tirelessly until he succumbed to cancer.
Oh never mind. Details, details.
Look, in my view, Tory is really scraping the bottom of the barrel with his choice of Bailao for deputy mayor and Joe Mihevc for council’s poverty pimp, er advocate.
Still, we all know this is not about competence. And it is definitely not about the optics or the integrity the mayor claims he brought to City Hall.
It’s all about the mayor shoring up NDP support for the 2018 election with leftist yes-men — in the hopes that no one on the left will run.
But sadly this is yet more proof that a terrible double standard reigns supreme at Mayor John Tory’s City Hall and that the mistakes are only egregious when they involve someone on the right.
We’re talking about a City Hall where council and the mayor turn a blind eye to a colleague with a criminal conviction (because she’s NDP) while refusing to redeem a mayor who was addicted to alcohol but was never charged criminally (and did plenty good for taxpayers).
Yet Tory has the gall to pretend the era of divisiveness is over?
Oh the irony.
SLevy@postmedia.com
Unlike Rob Ford, Ana Bailao's past forgiven | LEVY | Toronto & GTA | News | Toro
 

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