Friday, October 25 Commentary
3 years ago today, the people of Toronto overwhelmingly decided that Rob Ford should be the next mayor of this great city.
How do you think he's done so far? His base of support remains rock solid at 30 percent despite a constant verbal pounding from some in the media, including me, as well as a steady stream of left-wing opposition on city council.
It would be disingenuous to claim he's done nothing but it would be equally false to say he's accomplished a great deal. To be sure he has had some significant accomplishments and for those Rob Ford should be congratulated but so should city council because many of the wins are city council judgements.
He's made mistakes...boy has he made mistakes. Ford seems to step in a dog pile almost at every turn but his political feet never seem to come out from under him.
So what to voters think of him after 3 years?
We have extensive coverage of Rob Ford's 3rd anniversary as mayor on our website: newstalk1010-dot-com and the Mayor will reflect on his time on NEWSTALK 1010's Jerry Agar show at 9:30 this morning.
Mayor Ford rode into power on a promise to end the gravy train at city hall.
It'll be interesting to hear what he has to say about his pal Gene Jones the CEO of Toronto Community Housing Corporation...the public housing czar in this city.
The state of repair in many of those facilities is abysmal. This year alone they are 8-hundred-62-million dollars behind in repair broken doors, toilets, kitchens, windows, walls and what have you in public housing units and unless they spend 2.6-billion dollars in repairs over the next 10 years, that backlog will get even worse.
In the midst of all of that, Gene Jones wants TCHC headquarters on Yonge Street in Rosedale renovated. Initially he wanted 2-million dollars but that's been shaved to 1.6-million. Included in the recommendation: a new, bigger office for Gene Jones. He says he's embarrassed to bring anyone up there.
Jones timing couldn't be worse...with so much amiss at TCHC...so many tenants living in squalid conditions and he wants a new office.
Councillor Maria Augimeiri is right...there is no reason the Community Housing headquarters should be in the middle of Rosedale. Don't renovate the building, sell it and move into some empty city of Toronto space elsewhere.