Deputy Mayor: Rob Ford needs a council-approved driver ‘so he’s always with someone’

Nov. 4, 2013 –  Global News

Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly is ok with Rob Ford’s decision to stay on as mayor amid cascading revelations around an alleged crack video – but not without some strings attached.

“He’s made a pact with the residents of Toronto: ‘I will be on my best behaviour; I will do everything I can to stay the new course,’” Kelly said. “And I think that Torontonians will strictly hold him to those standards.”

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Pop quiz: How much is Toronto actually paying for its Scarborough subway?


Oct. 25, 2013 –   Global News

What’s the difference between Oakville and Mississauga gas plants, scrapped mid-campaign 2011, and Scarborough light-rail transit, scrapped mid-campaign 2013?

This time, the province isn’t on the hook for the costs of the last-minute switch: Toronto is. And we still don’t know how much that’ll be.

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Calls for supervised injection sites meet resistance in Ontario

Photo by John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

Thursday, April 12, 2012 – Globe and Mail

TORONTO — The battle over whether to give addicts a safe place to inject has moved to Ontario from the West Coast.

When the Supreme Court of Canada handed Vancouver’s supervised injection site a legal victory late last year by denying the federal government’s attempt to shutter it, many observers expected the ruling to give rise to similar sites across Canada.

Not so fast.

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The quandary facing Rob Ford’s budget chief

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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