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?
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 05/06/2014 09:41 AM
      @Mark7 *Another reason why this entire lot should be turfed.
      *Another reason why I don't think Tory would be successful in turning this lot around
      *Another reason why Chow would feel right at home. A David Miller in a dress
  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
    3. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 09:45 AM
      @Karl Burgin More like this. You ain't coming in Rob so we will pretend you just went out for a Sunday pleasure craft ride.

    4. Mike posted on 05/06/2014 10:04 AM
      @Karl Burgin they give you the option to voluntarily withdrew the application first if you say i won't do that they say get lost you're denied entry.
    5. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 10:09 AM
      @Mike It's pretty simple isn't it. But folks like Karl don't get it.

      It's like at work. Quit or get fired. Your choice.
    6. Karl Burgin posted on 05/06/2014 10:53 AM
      @Alex get this...he's been able to go back and forth between Canada and the U.S. many times before. Even with all the scandal, videos, headlines and late night show hosts swarm in the atmosphere- this has never been an issue.

      So NOW it is an issue why? Simply because you wish it to be doesn't make it so.
    7. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 11:00 AM
      @Karl Burgin Looks like the buffoon isn't just the 'average guy' that he pretends to be right?
      Money and power open doors that everyone else would be denied.
      A guess even the Americans have a limit to how much the wealthy and powerful can get away with.
    8. Karl Burgin posted on 05/06/2014 11:19 AM
      @Alex So, aside from the money and power excuse (which is a serious reach at best), Ford wasn't denied entry.
      See, with a little prodding, you can be a reasonable person to debate with, without spewing senseless spiel ;p
  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. TeejT posted on 05/06/2014 10:06 AM
      @Alex How does Ford Nation feel about giving Rob a month off for a vacation? He is a city employee and needs to be held accountable like any others. Also, maybe the media would be less likely to try to chase him if they knew he is actually in rehab and not just sitting on some beach somewhere.
    3. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 10:16 AM
      @TeejT Hey....on this table Rob Ford runs the gravy dish.
      The role of mayor has had too many perks and too little transparency
      The brakes should have been applied to Rob Ford a long long time ago..
    4. 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.
    2. Adriane Taylor posted on 05/06/2014 09:57 AM
      @Alex I would love to love Tory...but when he gets up reading from a piece of paper expounding on his deep admiration for Deputy Mayor Kelly instead of looking like a Mayor its hard to back the guy....if he has what it takes to be the Mayor let's see it!!
    3. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 10:21 AM
      @Adriane Taylor Ok then. It is clear. You choose the mayor with the crack pipe at his lips then.
    4. Adriane Taylor posted on 05/06/2014 10:38 AM
      @Alex Why do you keep talking about Rob Ford...he's gone...I am talking about Mr. Tory stepping up and looking like a Mayor...not Ms Wynne's coat check boy.
    5. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 11:19 AM
      @Adriane Taylor There you go again. Giving excuses to not hold Ford accountable.
      You lie when you say 'he is gone' .
    6. Angry Bill posted on 05/06/2014 11:49 AM
      @Alex Regarding your comment about Ford being the source of so many problems in this city.. In actuality, if the council hadn't been so lefty-socialist, people wouldn't have felt the need to vote for Ford in the first place.

      So, the council can only blame themselves. But, they won't, of course.
  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.
    2. Adriane Taylor posted on 05/06/2014 10:03 AM
      @Alex Its quite obvious you think Tory would be a good must know him personally...because judging from what the Voters see I can't imagine anyone voting for him...we need policy messages that do not sound like he's echoing Wynne...we need him to look like a Leader...not like he will do whatever Kelly tells him to do...we need Democracy restored to Toronto and to Ontario...we should be seeing outrage from Tory...not a lesson in solidarity...have a nice day Comrade. Councillors are right now in the council meeting giving each other a hug.
    3. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 10:11 AM
      @Adriane Taylor The current condition of things would not be as such if there was a competent leader such a John Tory running the ship.

      Rob Ford is the worst excuse for a mayor this city has ever seen.
    4. Adriane Taylor posted on 05/06/2014 10:22 AM
      @Alex How do you know? Because so far all I see is a fellow Liberal toe tapping to Wynne's song sheet. This morning the Speaker announced that the Council are meeting on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, a line from Wynne's throne speech. Democracy is at stake. If you know Tory....let him know The People are eager for strong Leadership.
    5. Frankie posted on 05/06/2014 10:33 AM
      @Adriane Taylor Sadly your scenario is correct. Toronto is probably screwed with either a wimp for mayor, a communist, or a substance abuser.

      Too bad we don't have an effective provincial party to legislate going back to 22 councillors, a 45 day mayoral race, and other goodies to prevent these monkeys from ruining our city.
    6. Karl Burgin posted on 05/06/2014 10:56 AM
      @Alex It sounds like you're in HUGE denial.
      Rob Ford does a ton of good- especially with the billion dollars saved (figures confirmed by Mike DelGrande, the CFO, and Sue Ann Levy)- but you can;t just bear to give him credit for it.
      When Ford messes up, it's all on him and no one else.

      You people luv living in a world full of double-standards, don't you?
    7. Angry Bill posted on 05/06/2014 11:34 AM
      @Adriane Taylor Tory is the best possible option for Toronto. He'd be better running the PCs, but we'll take what we can get.

      At this point, I'll take honesty over anything else. Tory has that, no one else does.

      And don't sit there and tell me he's not a leader. He ran Rogers, was CFL commissioner, and had leadership roles in quite a few other things. Far, far, FAR more leadership experience than any other career politician candidate on the ballot.
    8. Adriane Taylor posted on 05/06/2014 11:34 AM
      @Frankie Hope springs eternal but I am praying for a sea change in Ontario...Wynne may have the Toronto vote sewn up but Ontario is big Province and she has disenfranchised too many Voters. I am hopeful the Silent Majority is poised to come out in droves to make sure Democracy is returned to Ontario. We will know better on June12th...PLEASE my fellow Ontarions...unless you want Communism to prevail in Ontario cast a vote for Hudak. He has a great team behind him...they may very well get enough of a mandate to actually roll back the number of councillors to a reasonable number so the work can go on in Toronto.
  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. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 10:19 AM
      @Adriane Taylor The hug fest, the Rob Ford dancing fest.
      Really Adriane?
      You want to lay those things on me?

      When is the singer coming out next to sing out Robs favourite tunes?
    3. Adriane Taylor posted on 05/06/2014 10:26 AM
      @Alex I don't know where you are coming from Alex...I am quite thankful Rob has stepped aside to allow things to calm down...his future is very much in question...I'm talking about Tory...this morning The Speaker announced that the council is meeting on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, a phrase right out of Wynne's Throne speech. Will Tory just get in line or will he restore Democracy to Toronto? The system is meant to be adversarial. They are not all expected to go along to get along. They are each supposed to have strong vital opinions. Not just echo the unelected Wynne.
    4. 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.
    5. Karl Burgin posted on 05/06/2014 10:59 AM
      @Adriane Taylor Although I agree, on the contrary though, I'm happy that Ford stepped aside for these reasons:
      1.> It shows the true colors of council- and what they are willing to do when he is gone
      2.> Which then shows why Ford was so resistant in leaving or taking so long to leave to begin with
      3.> Until the whole lot of councillors get replaced, there is always the chance of the gravy train returning back to Millerville; population 40 +
    6. Adriane Taylor posted on 05/06/2014 11:05 AM
      @Karl Burgin As long as Rob Ford is around, the lefties will continue to treat him as their personal football...stepping aside is probably a very good strategy....I have supreme faith in the Silent Majority...if I am wrong, Chow is the next Mayor and win gets a genuine mandate to suck us dry.
  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 11:00 AM
      @Adriane Taylor ...and an un-elected faux-mayor
    3. 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...
    4. Karl Burgin posted on 05/06/2014 11:11 AM
      @Karl Burgin Typo..

      ...publish without proof...
    5. A Point to Ponder posted on 05/06/2014 11:41 AM
      @Karl Burgin A mother was telling her women friends, "You won't believe what happened last night... My daughter walked into the kitchen and said, ‘Mom, cancel my allowance immediately, forget my college tuition loan, rent my room out, throw all my clothes out the window; take my TV, and my laptop. Please take any of my jewellery to the Salvation Army or Cash Converters. Then, sell my car, take my front door key away from me and throw me out of the house. Then, disown me and never talk to me again. And don't forget to write me out of your will and leave my share to any charity you choose.’ "

      "How odd," replied the friends, "she actually said that?"

      "Well, she didn't put it quite like that. She actually said... "Mom, I'll be really busy for the next little while. I'm going to work on Ford's re-election campaign!”.
    6. Karl Burgin posted on 05/06/2014 11:49 AM
      @A Point to Ponder I fail to see the point of your story. As I also fail to see the point of your comment- other than spewing senseless drivel.
    7. A Point to Ponder posted on 05/06/2014 12:30 PM
      @Karl Burgin The next time around I'll type slower for your benefit.
    8. Karl Burgin posted on 05/06/2014 12:36 PM
      @A Point to Ponder Next time, please make sense for everyone's benefit
  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 .
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 05/06/2014 11:55 AM
      @Adriane Taylor If the 44 dunder-heads gets removed/replaced, Tory MAY be the guy.
      My hesitation in John Tory as mayor is what fate lies for him.
      Many politicians I doubt go into politics, to be eventually turned into something their not and hated. Nor at some point learn to talk out of both sides of their mouth, and lie through their teeth.
      Ford is different because he shoots straight from the hip. Although this can be a liability sometimes, it is also refreshing to see a not-so-refined politician, who is not well-versed in the art of 'sweet-talk'. Tory has the potential however to fall into the 'sweet-talk' trap. You couple with the current councillors in place, I can only hope that he won't turn into one of them. But if he eventually does, I will not be surprised. Or if he does show that he has a backbone, and goes against the grain like Ford, he'd better be prepared to suffer as similar a fate as Ford.

      I wish him well in the event he does become mayor. But I am not so confident that he will not eventually become another cliche politician.
    4. Angry Bill posted on 05/06/2014 11:56 AM
      @Adriane Taylor If the only candidate on the ballot with honesty and integrity isn't the guy, then who is? Vote for anyone else, and you vote to maintain the status quo. Your choice.
    5. Angry Bill posted on 05/06/2014 12:03 PM
      @Karl Burgin Tory is the type to stick to his guns. He doesn't flip flop on issues, just because the winds appear to be blowing one way, and then the other. If he was the type to do that, he'd have flip flopped on his private school funding plan that cost him the provincial election. Many other weaker politicians would have flip flopped. Like, say, Hudak who backed down pretty quick on his right to work plan. It won't be enough to save him probably, but he DID flip flop.

      So don't tell me Tory is wishy-washy in any way. Standing in front of a microphone yelling one liner sound bites ("Gravy train!" "Subways, subways, subways!") should not be mistaken for "leadership". John Tory knows what real leadership entails. And anyone who says he doesn't, probably doesn't know what leadership entails themselves.
    6. Alex posted on 05/06/2014 12:16 PM
      @Karl Burgin Ford shoots his mouth off at the lips instead of shooting at the hips.
      He is the worst example of leadership and has alone been responsible for setting back the Conservative movement years.

      Rob Ford and his brother are nothing but disrupters who are into self promotion and dirty politics.

      Vote John Tory and bring back pride to the City of Toronto people.
    7. Karl Burgin posted on 05/06/2014 12:45 PM
      @Angry Bill Ugh, I spent the last 20 minutes writing a response but the connection crapped out and I lost everything.

      The bottom line is this BILL. I'm not saying Tory is a Karen Stinsk. I know he will stick to his beliefs to the bitter end when running for an office/seat.
      My concern is what will happen to him when he gets in.
      Its Tory against 38 to 42 councillors entrenched in their left-leaning ways. Tory wants to hold hands and work with them to effect change. I'm sorry but that is a pipe-dream. If the lot of them was replaced, that would be a perfect idea to go with- but you simply cannot do it with this lot.
      The council is VERY resistant to change. And it takes a Rob Ford type to get them in line. Tory is already assuring everybody that he is separating himself from Ford politically, and that his tactics will be different from Ford.

      Instituting change at city hall is dicey business. As you can tell by the over-whelming backlash of the councillors against Ford. And the overwhelming backlash when Gene Jones tried to implement change as well.
      If Tory does develop a backbone, he had better be prepared for as similar a fate as Jones and Ford.

      I'm just pointing out the weak points of Tory that might stand in the way of him being successful should he succeed as mayor. Because if Ford somehow loses, the last thing we need is Chow, Socknacki, or a wishy-washy Stinsk at the helm.

      Tory may know what real leadership entails. The question is, will it work on this lot of councillors?
    8. Angry Bill posted on 05/06/2014 12:58 PM
      @Karl Burgin Yeah, I've lost a few posts to this website, too. What I've taken to doing is selecting all, and cntrl-c prior to submitting.. that way if the website eats it, I can still repost it.

      I don't agree that Tory has no backbone, either.. for similar reasons to what I already stated. Yelling and being boisterous is not synonymous with having a backbone. Likewise, not yelling or being boisterous doesn't mean you don't have one. If you read up on Abe Lincoln, his contemporaries thought he was woefully inadequate for the job, and had no backbone. Yet he was the one who abolished slavery in the US. Be careful of opinions you form by reading sources that might have their own agenda.

      Regarding needing someone like Ford vs. Tory in order to smack down city council, if you look back over the last 3 or 4 years, how well has that worked out? If anything, Ford UNIFIED council.. unified council against him.

      My point is, use the right tool for the right job. Rob Ford is a sledge hammer. Tory is more like a multi-function screwdriver, and therefore has more tools at his disposal to fix things. A sledge hammer can only be used for one purpose. That doesn't always work. It'll smash things down, but can't build things up.
    9. Frankie posted on 05/06/2014 02:10 PM
      @Karl Burgin Excellent analysis
  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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