Toronto city council meets for the first time since Rob Ford left for rehab

This week's council meeting is the first since Mayor Rob Ford took a leave of absence to enter rehab

Members of Toronto City Council in discussion during a meeting (file photo)
Photo: CTV News

Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly says everything is fine at City Hall since the departure of Mayor Rob Ford. Ford took a leave of absence last week to attend rehab.

Kelly continues his duties as Deputy Mayor and says he won't be sitting in Ford's chair at Tuesday's city council meeting.

One of the main items on the agenda is the city Ombudsman's report into hiring practices at Toronto Community Housing Corporation. That's the same report that led to the firing of CEO Gene Jones.

Councillor Mike Layton is also asking for an administrative inquiry into why the Old City of Etobicoke isn't renewing their garbage collection contract with "Green for Life". Layton says some of the complaints are that the trucks operated by the GFL in that area are very old, and green bins would have to be replaced. This area has had privatized pick-up since 2008.

Councillor Paul Ainslie will ask for an update on Mayor Ford's homelessness task force, which was first announced in 2011. Ford had appointed Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti to lead the group.

They'll also be looking at a report outlining 21 recommendations for Eglinton Avenue.  

The Eglinton Connects Planning Study is a long-term vision of making that area better for residential living, employment and retail.

The city will also look into implementing a system that would allow you to pay for Green-P parking with your cell phone at both on-street parking machines and off-street lots.

Councillor Anthony Perruzza wants to look into making hot drinking cups recyclable.  
The meeting is set to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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  1. Mark7 posted on 05/06/2014 08:38 AM
    Now no real work will be accomplished with Mr Ford gone. Sigh
    1. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 09:24 AM
      @Mark7 Hey Mark 7.
      Go take a pill.
    2. arthur posted on 05/06/2014 09:31 AM
      @Mark7 who?
  2. Frankie posted on 05/06/2014 09:08 AM
    Judging by the infantile behaviour and ludicrous behaviour by many councillors they should also be in some form of rehab.
    1. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 09:26 AM
      @Frankie At least they would be allowed into the country.
      Can't say that for the drug taking, drunk, threatening, gang friendly, arrogant, filthy mouthed mayor.
  3. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 09:23 AM
    Rob Ford has been denied entry into the USA.
    That speaks volumes about his role in society.

    Imagine that. The mayor of Canada's largest city is not wanted in our neighbouring country.
    1. arthur posted on 05/06/2014 09:35 AM
      @Alex now only if we could deny him entry in Canada and deport him. maybe Jamaica will offer him exile
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 05/06/2014 09:40 AM
      @Alex He was not denied entry. He landed, but for whatever reason VOLUNTARILY turned around.

      Get the wax out of your ears before spieling
  4. TeejT posted on 05/06/2014 09:31 AM
    Most of us in the work force would have to provide paperwork to prove the reason for our leave of absence to our employers. Why isn't Rob Ford expected to do the same?
    1. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 09:40 AM
      @TeejT Rob is both engineer and conductor on the gravy train.
      Any other person in society would have lost their job a long time ago.
      Rob Ford has a better deal than any union contract out there.
    2. Angry Bill posted on 05/06/2014 11:23 AM
      @TeejT Because he's the boss, TeejT. What, you want him to fill out paperwork, then sign it himself as giving himself permission for a leave of absence?
  5. Adriane Taylor posted on 05/06/2014 09:33 AM
    All but a few of them need help for their addiction to slurping up tax dollars like so much orange crush. I am convinced very few Voters watch the meetings...otherwise, they would turf these bums out at the first opportunity...let's all hope Vaughan wins the Federal seat he is running for...a back bencher who does not seem to have the backing of the Leader can do a lot less harm than a Toronto councillor.
    1. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 09:42 AM
      @Adriane Taylor Stop the madness.
      Vote John Tory for mayor.
      Rob Ford is the source of so many problems in this city.
  6. Karl Burgin posted on 05/06/2014 09:43 AM
    Hmmm...Ford is gone temporarily and now this garbage.

    Guess when the cat's away, the mice will play- is the truest phrase to describe city hall.
    1. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 09:46 AM
      @Karl Burgin Rob Ford needs to be replaced by John Tory.
  7. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 09:49 AM
    Great idea by someone here.
    Start a petition to deport Rob Ford back to Jamaica!
  8. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 09:53 AM
    Rob Ford is a disgrace to Toronto and the Conservative Party.
    1. Adriane Taylor posted on 05/06/2014 10:09 AM
      @Alex Okay...confess were in the council meeting a few minutes ago joining in the hug fest...right? The lefties are completely unfamiliar with Democracy. The system was set up to be adversarial. The debates may sometimes get fiery but its better than them all going along to get along. This is not what my Great Uncle fought for at Vimy Ridge and this is not what my Dad put his life on the line to preserve. Democracy is failing in Ontario and in Toronto.
    2. Adriane Verdurmen posted on 05/06/2014 10:47 AM
      @Alex Wow!!!....looks like they removed all of my comments except much for truth to power.
  9. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 10:29 AM
    The reason the Conservative party is going downwards is because people don't have standards. nowadays and proper behaviour.

    We need leaders who don't embarrass us and we need to stop making excuses for liars and criminal behaviour.

    John Tory operates with class, diplomacy and integrity. If you want a buffoon WWF type in there then create a new party.

    You can call it the Buffoon Party.
    1. Adriane Taylor posted on 05/06/2014 10:41 AM
      @Alex We already have the Buffoon Party...its made up of 44 lefty councillors and an unelected dethroned premier.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 05/06/2014 11:10 AM
      @Alex You do have a point there I was able to sift from your spiel. John Tory does operate with class, diplomacy and integrity. Here's a few things though:

      1.> People of Toronto had SO many instances when they had the chance to vote the man in. One when it was tie to replace McGuinty. The second when it was time to replace Miller. And probably the 'nail-in-the-coffin' third was when he ran for a by-election and sadly lost.
      Sure he is a man of integrity, but you people only want it as an alternative when a man of change like Rob Ford isn't your cup of tea.

      I only see Tory doing good once Ford has rid city hall of all the Miller-lite councillors and see them replaced with regular people who don't have an endless amount of pet projects up the wazoo. When you have an actual city council to work with, that's when Tory would do good (even though I still believe he should currently be in Hudak's position). Tory is one I can see working in a structured and civil environment. That does not describe city hall. And unfortunately the councillors will eat him for breakfast

      2.> You say you don't want leaders who don't embarrass you (a phrase which sounds more like a cop-out than anything else). Then tell your local media to STOP participating in salacious yellow-journalism gossip which they pass off as news, and stop unnecessarily airing dirty laundry- and then blame the person they're reporting on.
      From the time Ford had an actual shot of being mayor, I've seen the level of journalism slowly sink into the mud. They smear without just cause, publish with proof, and preferably source anonymous sources/material to avoid transparency.

      Yes, there are at times when I do fault Ford for providing cannon fodder. But there is no way he can literally make himself a household name without the media.
      One would have to willfully oblivious to think otherwise...
  10. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 11:21 AM
    John Tory will be so much better in the mayors chair and so much more will be accomplished instead of this drag on the city they call Rob (and Doug) Ford.

    Lets get leadership back in the mayoral seat.
    1. Adriane Taylor posted on 05/06/2014 11:38 AM
      @Alex I agree....I am just questioning whether Tory is the guy.
    2. john posted on 05/06/2014 11:43 AM
      @Alex i was going to disagree but when it comes to chow chow , Karin sintz , and Wong tong , and i wish rob ford would grab my ass jar jar banks form star wars look a like i will take Tory over all of them .
  11. Sully posted on 05/06/2014 12:09 PM
    Is that horse's arse Doug Ford there? And if not, where is he? He IS still the rookie councillor for Etobicoke, isn't he?
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