Ford doesn't want to walk to get mail

Rob Ford will fight to keep door to door mail delivery

Rob Ford in Ottawa

Rob Ford is in Ottawa for a meeting of Canada's big city mayors where the controversial Toronto mayor says he's pushing to keep Canada Post doing home mail delivery.

Ford, who had never before attended conferences of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, is fighting for re-election in the country's biggest city after a year that saw his personal reputation globally tarnished.

On his way into the Ottawa meeting, Ford told reporters he's been advocating with federal Conservative politicians to maintain home mail delivery.
``I really believe we've got to keep the door-to-door mail,'' said Ford. ``I get it at my house and I disagree with them trying to get rid of it.''
Ford suggested existing mail delivery routes be kept and new developments get the so-called superboxes.

``I don't want to lose my delivery of mail to my house, and that is something I will fight for and I will talk to the federal government.''

Ford also praised the work of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, although the federal government has been careful to distance itself from its former Toronto municipal ally after his admissions of crack cocaine use and ``drunken stupors.''

The gathering of mayors of Canada's urban centres is designed to address common issues of infrastructure, housing and the economy.
Ford says he's taking part in the Big City Mayors' Caucus because he wants to advocate for funding for his city.
``We have to get this money, that's what people want,'' Ford said in Toronto on Tuesday before departing for the capital.
He said he wanted financial support for new subways and better community housing.

``That's why I'm going to Ottawa to talk to the other mayors.''
He said he has plans for new transit in the city.
``We are going to build subways in the city,'' he said on his way into the meeting at Ottawa City Hall. ``I am not in favour of LRTs; I've made that quite clear.''

Discussions today are expected to include just how municipalities will vie for a portion of a $14-billion federal infrastructure fund available over the next 10 years. The New Building Canada Fund will be available starting this spring.
How smoothly those discussions will go remains to be seen. Ford has made it clear he thinks Toronto deserves a large portion of available funds.

``I think my position is unique, coming from the largest city.''
Just last month, however, Ford voted against a city council motion which asked the federal government to include funding in its budget for a portion of Toronto housing costs.

When asked about the discrepancy, Ford said he didn't want to ``frustrate our federal colleagues through paperwork.''

``I have my contacts up in Ottawa, they treat us very well,'' he said. ``I look forward to sitting down with the other big city mayors and try to get funding for a housing backlog.''

The mayoral caucus is partof the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and typically meets two or three times a year.

The federation says the meeting is a chance for mayors or their representatives to discuss important issues face-to-face before emerging with a common set of priorities they can take to their federal or provincial counterparts.

``When they come together and they speak in one voice, both politicians and the media listen,'' the federation said.

Ford's appearance at the meeting comes after he was stripped of a large portion of his mayoral powers late last year following an admission that he smoked crack cocaine.

The mayor has also drawn criticism over the past months for making profane remarks on live television and being captured on a video going on an incoherent and rambling rant in a Jamaican accent.<

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 02/26/2014 12:04 PM
    CFRB has to learn to write better headlines- or at least try to be more accurate.
  2. john posted on 02/26/2014 12:32 PM
    i could care less all i get is crap mail anyways .
  3. David posted on 02/26/2014 12:54 PM
    Of course he can't walk to get his mail...he lives at the bottom of a steep hill. He'd need to grow an extra lung to get his fat butt to the mailbox.
  4. DW posted on 02/26/2014 01:06 PM
    Another tough half day for the Mayor ................ now off for lunch with a football player and a visit to the football stadium (oh wow!)

    Same week that this budget wizard closes down the skating rinks for kids

    His priorities I guess are the NFL ( the drug dealers, drunks, wife-beaters, weapons offenders, assault artists, dog fighters............yeah he is right at home with this crowd)

    Interesting he says he is concerned about housing and the Federal Minister of Housing is there for the afternoon meeting but not Mayor Bootload
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 02/26/2014 01:19 PM
      @DW really need to find yourself a hobby...
    2. john posted on 02/26/2014 01:52 PM
      @Karl Burgin he needs a girlfriend first .
    3. r2d2 posted on 02/26/2014 02:11 PM
      @DW good to hear on 1010 just now the mayor of Montreal refused to talk to him, shake his hand or acknowledge him at all. Good for him! the other mayors should do the same. pretend he's not even there
  5. Karl Burgin posted on 02/27/2014 09:21 AM
    The report says that the Montreal mayor snubbed Ford. Are we not sure that it's Ford that snubbed the Montreal mayor?
    The last thing we need is Ford cavorting with known criminals right? And hasn't Montreal went through like 5 mayors in the past year- all with criminal charges...

    John Tory is always saying that the mayor needs to find better friends and talk with criminals. So Ford not talking with the Montreal Mayor is a good start.

    And as an after-thought, it probably is best that Ford isn't meeting with Wynne as well. Since her and her party is being criminally investigated by the OPP. We know crimes were committed- right now its just figuring out how bad those crimes are, and how deep the rabbit hole goes.
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