The quandary facing Rob Ford’s budget chief

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Friday, February 18, 2011 – Globe and Mail

Mike Del Grande is having a rough day.

It’s been madness since he got in at 7:30 a.m., he says: Meetings with the mayor, chasing down councillors and staff, dealing with endless phone calls and supplications. It’s barely noon, and the city’s budget chief looks world-weary against a backdrop of budgetary binders and Knights of Columbus certificates.

But he likes the gig, right? Head of the budget he spent the David Miller years picking through and railing against?

“Do I like the job?” He grimaces. “That’s a relative word. I have a hard job. And I have a job that is not enviable. But I’m not afraid to roll up my sleeves.”

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Doug Ford’s big ambitions for his little brother

Thursday, February 17, 2011
ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY

Since he swept into office, Mayor Rob Ford and his older brother, Councillor Doug Ford, have established a highly centralized administration that holds the reins of power tightly.

Not tightly enough, Doug Ford said in an interview this week.

“I believe in a strong mayor system, like they have in the States. The mayor should have veto power … so he has enough power to stop council,” Mr. Ford said. “The mayor should be the mayor. At the end of the day … the mayor’s responsible for everything.”

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