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UPDATE: Mayor remains seated during ovation for Pride organizers

When councillors gave a standing ovation for World Pride organizers in the council chamber this morning, mayor Rob Ford remained seated.

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When councillors gave a standing ovation for World Pride organizers in the council chamber this morning, mayor Rob Ford remained seated.

Deputy mayor Norm Kelly and councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam thanked a group of organizers who came to city hall today for putting together a successful event.

"You have set a brand new benchmark globally, a new wave of human rights discourse for the LGBT community," councillor Wong-Tam said to organizers.

As councillors stood and turned to the organizers, applauding, the mayor stayed in his seat and sipped on a drink.

Wong-Tam calls the action "ridiculous."

"[The mayor] has no care for this community," she says. "He has disdain for this community."

She says that the mayor is only hurting himself.

"The mayor remains the man who is standing by himself, or sitting by himself, pouting in a corner," Wong-Tam says.

Several hours later, as he was waiting for an elevator, mayor Rob Ford told reporters, "I'm not homophobic."

He would not explain, though, why he did not stand up during the applause.

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  1. Big Daddy posted on 07/09/2014 12:23 PM
    Regardless of whether he's stoned, drunk or sober, at least Ford is consistent with his homophobic views.

    Can't say the same with his racist and misogynistic views!
    1. Mark7 posted on 07/09/2014 12:49 PM
      @Big Daddy All you foolish people and your foolish and nonsensical word, homophobia. I highly doubt someone Rob's size is afraid of gays, nor anyone else with the decency to be appalled by it. The word makes no sense whatsoever, but brainwashed by media fools like you have taken it to heart. We who find this an abomination have EVERY RIGHT to disapprove. That is unless we use your flawed line of thinking where doing the right thing is stifled.

      What ever happened to free speech and the right to express your thoughts? Sad and pathetic world now where what is wrong is embraced as "progress".
  2. Straight and Proud posted on 07/09/2014 12:34 PM
    How about a Straight Pride Parade ?
    1. Laura posted on 07/09/2014 12:45 PM
      @Straight and Proud Then host one. There is nothing preventing you from doing so. Don't complain unless you are prepared to take action and support your view.
  3. Straight and Proud posted on 07/09/2014 12:38 PM
    How about a Straight Pride Parade ??
    1. Jeepers posted on 07/09/2014 12:58 PM
      @Straight and Proud Yeah....I'm pretty sure the world is and has for the longest time been just that - a straight "pride" parade.
  4. Mark posted on 07/09/2014 12:55 PM
    That's because he's too fat (drunk, stoned) to stand up.

    Who really cares about this guy anyway? Let me know when he's dead. Otherwise, just shut up about him.
    1. Jeepers posted on 07/09/2014 01:03 PM
      @Mark We care because he's our Mayor - hopefully for only 4 or so more months. Until then, "shutting up about him" is the worst thing we can do. His chances at re-election need to be - deservedly - buried.
  5. Shirtless Jogger posted on 07/09/2014 01:05 PM
    Rob Ford is a classless homophobe.
  6. tanjo posted on 07/09/2014 01:16 PM
    I don't know. Recognition is fine. Applause is fine. Did they actually do anything extraordinary to warrant a Standing O?

    Reminds me of the Theatre scene a while back where every performance, even the mediocre ones, got a standing ovation.

    Or is this just a remnant of that good ol' Catholic-based guilt. "OBSERVE ONE AND ALL! WE DEMONSTRATE WITH CONVICTION THAT WE ARE NOT HOMOPHOBES!"

    The mark that the city truly accepts the LGBT Community is when they Ignore Them, like they Ignore Everyone Else.
    1. Fact Checker posted on 07/09/2014 02:09 PM
      @tanjo While I tend to agree with most of what you posted, the first part is fairly obvious.

      The extraordinary thing done here was the infusion of over 300 million dollars into the Toronto economy. That warrants a "Standing O".

      It could actually help pay for RoFo's Scarborough subway to nowhere.
  7. Liberal Logic posted on 07/09/2014 01:49 PM
    Ford neglects the gay community by not participating in Pride events? WORST MAYOR EVER.

    Chow promises to neglect the "We work for a living and contribute to the economy" community by pledging tax increases for frivolous nonsense like bicycles and decorative rocks? OMG LET'S ELECT HER TOMORROW.
  8. dama posted on 07/09/2014 02:32 PM
    Rob Ford can do no right.. even not standing up is BIG news
    I bet if Paul Ainsle sat own there will be nothing to report..

    Go figure..
    1. Peter posted on 07/09/2014 03:10 PM
      @dama .
      - so true.


      .
    2. Dean posted on 07/09/2014 03:11 PM
      @dama If Rob Ford rescued a drowning woman with CPR, the media would call it sexual assault.
  9. Rob Ford has posted on 07/09/2014 05:09 PM
    Rob Ford has every right to his personal views.
    But here it the problem. He is to be a representative of the city.
    He doesn't fit the diversity of the population and should step down.
    It would be like having an old order Mennonite as mayor, only supporting dirt roads and horse traffic.
    1. Logic posted on 07/09/2014 05:15 PM
      @Rob Ford has Or like having Olivia Chow as mayor, only supporting union members and welfare recipients at the expense of everyone in the city who makes an honest living?

      Rob Ford doesn't have to approve of the lifestyle of anyone in this city, whether they're gay or straight or left-handed or tone-deaf. What he does have a responsibility to do is serve the city's best interests, raise revenue, and lower taxes; that's it.
  10. Linda posted on 07/09/2014 05:23 PM
    Good for him for "standing" for what he believes in!! Just because he doesn't think it's right to acknowledge the World Pride Organizers or anything to do with Gay Pride doesn't mean he is Homophobic!! He and many people don't agree with homosexuality, unfortunately many are also afraid to stand up for what they believe.
    1. He [Rob Ford] should posted on 07/09/2014 05:31 PM
      @Linda He [Rob Ford] should stand up.....and walk out of city hall if he can not represent the diversity of the city.
      This city is on the world stage and Rob Ford should move to Russia where he can prosecute gay people if that is his values.
  11. Rob will stand posted on 07/09/2014 05:34 PM
    Rob will stand up for his gang member friends though.
  12. Rob Ford and Doug posted on 07/09/2014 05:44 PM
    Rob Ford and Doug Ford should both publicly apologize to the Toronto Star reporters who they both knowingly defamed.
    Rob Ford is the same old Rob Ford.
    Disruptive in rehab and no new
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 07/10/2014 09:38 AM
      @Rob Ford and Doug You should apologize for posting such an asinine comment.
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