The man, the myth, the legend. Image via Wikimedia Commons
Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) is a busy man these days, what with having to juggle three different scandals all at once and no end of controversy in sight. Of course, his kick-the-hornets’-nest damage control policy isn’t helping matters much.
You could say he’s the last man standing, but probably not in the way he intended. According to The Globe and Mail, Ford is set to become the only member left on a six-member Build Toronto committee after a slew of departures over the past few weeks. The 13-member board, which is responsible for handing Toronto’s surplus land, is currently searching for a new CEO and had set up the committee to facilitate the process of finding one. However, it seems somewhere things went sour, as directors began walking out. The members’ exits come in the wake of allegations that Ford wants to choose the board’s next chief executive himself.
The Build Toronto committee isn’t the only place where the mayor’s brother and unwavering supporter is having trouble working with others, though. He’s also in hot water for comments he made about an executive committee member. “Jaye Robinson is running around and saying the mayor should step away for a month. Well, today Jaye Robinson didn’t show up to the civic appointments meeting. We had to cancel the whole meeting, so we all have to come back for two or three more days,” Ford told CP24. The problem? Robinson was sick, and the meeting was actually completed.
And then there’s the matter of Ford’s allegedly misleading remarks about the city’s 2012 budget, as Metro‘s Matt Elliott pointed out in a recent column. His piece is a response to Ford’s comment that “we’ve saved the taxpayers over a billion dollars.” It seems the magic number is an apparition, possibly cousin to the as-yet-to-be-seen Gravy Train of Ford lore, as Elliott wrote, “I’ve turned this number over in my head again and again and I can’t find any fair accounting of the city’s finances that supports the Fords as saving anywhere near a billion dollars.”
There’s also that little hash dealing controversy reported in the Globe and Mail, but that’s just a thing of the past, right?
Josh Sherman is a Toronto Standard intern. You can follow him on Twitter at @joshuaxsherman.