Monday, October 21 Commentary
Your mayor in action...AGAIN. Before we get into this, there is some harsh language here so if you have kids near, do what you think is appropriate.
NewsTalk 1010 host and Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington, who on balance seems to side with the mayor wasn't onside last week in response to Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti having a photo taken of a city employee seemingly asleep on the job. Mayor Rob Ford chimed in immediately. Remember?
Joe Warmington wrote a column about that on Thursday saying Mammoliti and Ford were being unfair and basically said these two, who live in proverbial glass houses, shouldn't throw stones. Warmington writing that "it's an interesting lack of leniency and understanding coming from two guys who...have talked their way out of being caught in alleged pictures in alleged compromising positions and received several second chances.
Warmington told NewsTalk 1010's Moore in the Morning that last evening he got a call from Mayor Rob Ford...a furious Rob Ford saying he was "f-ing mad" at Warmington.
Totally inappropriate but of course that has become a Ford hallmark hasn't it? Inappropriate. Whether you like what the Mayor has achieved at city hall and he has made some important advancements for this city, this is no excuse for the kind of behaviour he has demonstrated. You can't just give him a pass.
The same for his brother Doug who, again, on NewsTalk 1010's The City yesterday afternoon restated the same erroneous information that he spouted last week. This was in response to the Ontario Press Council ruling clearing the Star and Globe on complaints about the Rob Ford video and Doug Ford drug dealing allegations...allegations they deny. But Doug Ford keeps insinuating that the fix was in at the Press Council.
I don't know whether I have to say this louder or slower but councillor Doug and Mayor Rob...the Press Council makeup has a majority from the public sector and only a minority from the newspaper business. The panel which heard the complaints consisted of a responsible jurist...a retired judge, a noted Canadian business woman and one journalist and he works for the competition, Postmedia. You know the old line...if you tell the lie long enough, people will believe it. Don't believe this one.
I think we're all glad to hear that the 3 elephants arrived safely at the PAWS sanctuary in San Andreas, California just after 8:30 last night, our time.
They were finally able to roam a bit after 70-plus hours in crates being hauled by trucks from the Toronto Zoo.
There are 3 other elephants there but they'll be kept separated until they become accustomized to each other. For now, the Toronto elephants will have half the 86-acres...the other 3 will have the other half.
Thus ends the Toronto Zoo's 40-year elephant program which began with saving Iringa and Toka from a deadly cull in Mozambique.
While the transfer was going on, across the ocean conservationists were talking about the worst single massacre of elephants in southern Africa in 25 years.
Over the last 3 months, poachers have killed more than 3-hundred elephants...leaving their carcasses to rot in the hot sun as they made off with their tusks....the ivory worth about 5-hundred dollars per tusk to the poachers but 8-thousand a tusk by the time they get to Capetown and other cities in South Africa.
These poachers are using a new disgusting technique. At their height of the dry season when elephants are looking for scarce water to drink, these killers would put buckets of water in the sand...water laced with cyanide. These were agonizing deaths and it is not just contained to the elephants. Other animals attracted to the buckets of water fell to the same trap....lions, hyenas, vultures, water buffalo.
The Federal Government is in the process of changing the paycheque system for its employees nationwide. In so doing, the pay cycle is being changed in such a way that the paymaster and the receiver-general wanted to, clawback two weeks of pay, 4 percent of annual salary.
The unions kicked up a fuss and threatened legal action.
Treasury Board President Tony Clement has intervened and is saying there will be no clawback. They've found a way to ensure there's no pay interruption. Details to be announced later this week.