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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. Jeepers posted on 07/09/2014 01:17 PM
      @Mark7 Really - two consenting adults whose love, affection - and dare I say it, homosexual lust for one another somehow brings harm or injury to you? Does it really affect your quality of life? How so? Do you really believe that their right to express their love and desire for a same sex partner threatens you in any way? Isn't the opposite true - isn't (acceptance of LGBT) it a symbol of a more intellectually mature society? Doesn't it give us all a wider berth in matters of freedom - beyond the pale of sexuality?

      But "NO" you infuriated homophobic bigots scream, "They can't do that! It's disgusting!" Give me a break. Worry about your own life's problems. Keep your own doorstep clean. Don't worry about them and don't make the rest of us worry about you. My best advice to you is: Grow up and/or come out of the closet. Everything will be okay.
    3. Mark7 posted on 07/09/2014 02:28 PM
      @Jeepers "But "NO" you infuriated homophobic bigots scream"

      Can you not read? You as well use the made up by media word, homophobia. GET THIS IN YOUR HEAD. A PHOBIA IS A FEAR OF SOMETHING.

      This word was invented to try to shame us who are in the right. We do not fear homosexuals, we detest the act! Get it, got it, good.

      ps...No one has "screamed" more than the gays. Their utter and complete lack of respect for the institution of marriage comes to mind. A marriage is ONLY between a man and a woman. But noooo, these bastards would not accept the proper term union to be used. Remember that?!

      They have no respect for heteros, so why should we respect them? That is one question you cannot pick apart with logic.
    4. whaaattt? posted on 07/09/2014 02:51 PM
      @Mark7 I just love these forums where any PinHead is given the liberty to try and make a point! Well done, Mark7, you're an inspiration!
    5. karen posted on 07/09/2014 04:53 PM
      @Mark7 It's especially curious that Toronto continues to give the Caribanna Parade what is for Toronto, a cold shoulder, even though it draws hundreds of thousands of working young professionals from the U.S.

      As for the mayor's opinions, he hasn't explained them but needs to and to apoolgize to those he has offended directly or indirectly.

      I think he should also take the measure of the bully press, hit for hit. People are really fed up with the media's treatment of Rob Ford. Printing confidential information just because someone provided it is not appropriate.

      Canadians reject this kind of media out of hand.
    6. Mark7 posted on 07/09/2014 06:48 PM
      @whaaattt? My point was made. Do you care to disprove it or just spout off at your mouth?

      Like I give a damn what you say. What is right has always been right, and what is wrong is always wrong. Right and wrong do not change with the times due to popular demand. You are in the wrong and I am in the right. Simple as that whether or not you like it.
    7. Mark7 posted on 07/09/2014 06:52 PM
      @karen Exactly. The special treatment given to homos is revolting. No other group or cause gets this white glove touch. The world's priorities have long ago been led askew.
    8. Ernie posted on 07/09/2014 06:56 PM
      @Mark7 But how much money did these 'homoa' bring into the cities business community? U have to give them credit for that.
    9. Karl Burgin posted on 07/10/2014 09:29 AM
      @Ernie The gist of what MARK7 is trying to getting across to you people is that we should have the freedom to not agree with the Pride Parade, and not be chastised for it.
      We are not talking about being hateful towards the people in the event. But just because people have an opposing view, now they are marginalized as crazies.
      And here I thought the entire premise of the pride parade was for all-inclusiveness. I'm beginning to see another double-standard forming...
    10. Mark7 posted on 07/10/2014 11:40 AM
      @Ernie The money is dirty. We don't need it.
    11. Mark7 posted on 07/10/2014 11:43 AM
      @Karl Burgin Exactly Karl. There has been many double standards brought upon straights by the homos. We have freedom of choice, as long as we choose to accept their lifestyle. I for one will never.
  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.
    2. Ernie posted on 07/09/2014 04:41 PM
      @Laura Laura - the problem with your idea is that anyone hosting a straight pride parade will be automatically labeled anti gay even though it is not against gays.

      Standing up and applauding for the parade organizers shows that councilors who stood up approve. It is not just a matter of "the success of the parade" but of the ideal itself.

      If for example, a group held a peaceful and successful parade in favour of building an oil pipeline, would councilors who stood up and applauded the parade organizers for promoting a pipeline be regarded as supporting the pipeline agenda? Of course they would. Therefore Rob Fords staying seated is the correct thing for him to do based on his personal convictions. Bravo to Rob for not sucking up! It doesn't mean hes anti gay - it means he doesn't support the parade and its adgenda.
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 07/10/2014 12:23 PM
      @Ernie Well said here.
  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.
    2. Ernie posted on 07/09/2014 04:46 PM
      @Fact Checker Its NOT an infusion into the city of Toronto's coffers of $300 million. It was the provence and the feds that make the HST on those sales, and it was the individual businesses that made their profits on foods and rooms etc. The city of Toronto got jack squat. Keep sitting Mr Ford, the whole LGBT adgenda is so common right now its time to start ignoring them again,
    3. Fact Checker posted on 07/09/2014 05:44 PM
      @Ernie Poor Ernie - you evidently CANNOT read.

      My words: "the infusion of over 300 million dollars into the Toronto economy."
      Your words: ""city of Toronto's coffers".

      Your lack of basic reading comprehension is alarming.
      Go back to grade 5 so you can try to sort it out.
  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.
    3. dama posted on 07/09/2014 03:26 PM
      @Dean Good one.. lol
    4. dama posted on 07/09/2014 03:27 PM
      @Peter so true and yet I received 3 DISLIKE...
      must be those "shirtless horde"

      ha ha
    5. tanjo posted on 07/09/2014 03:32 PM
      @Dean Not true. Didn't he save Hurricane Hazel last year? He got a pretty good review on that.
    6. dama posted on 07/09/2014 03:46 PM
      @tanjo Hazel wasn't drowning and Rob Ford gave her a bear hug to save her from going over the fishing boat.. .. and that is not CPR.

      and like Dean said.. if it is any other woman.. Robbie will be charged for sexual assault.. considering it is BIG news without him standing for an Ovation.. .

      I wonder if anyone thought.. he MIGHT have a bad back that prevents him to stand up... I bet then the media wants a doctor;s certificate to prove that ..

      Lol
    7. Ron posted on 07/09/2014 04:24 PM
      @dama You Rofo supporters sure have some weird twisted logic.
    8. Karl Burgin posted on 07/10/2014 09:33 AM
      @tanjo Actually there quite a few unsavory comments about it- I distinctly remember most of it being on this forum
    9. Karl Burgin posted on 07/10/2014 09:35 AM
      @dama If it were Pam McCullen Rob Ford was giving a bear hug to, to save her life, she would probably sue as well for the following:
      Pain and Suffering
      Sexual Assault
      Unnecessary Roughness
      Squeezing too hard
      Being a bully

      ;p
  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.
    2. Being mayor you posted on 07/09/2014 05:28 PM
      @Logic Being mayor you must represent the rich and the poor, the strong and the weak, and the diversity of the city.
      You view is extremely narrow and sheltered.
    3. Logic posted on 07/09/2014 05:40 PM
      @Being mayor you Right, like how David Miller represented everyone by giving handout after handout to his union friends and turning Toronto into the most expensive city in Canada.
    4. Sammy from Scarborough posted on 07/09/2014 06:03 PM
      @Logic Nice try, but -

      "What he does have a responsibility to do is serve the city's best interests" (FAIL !!),
      "... raise revenue..." (FAIL !!),

      "... and lower taxes (FAIL !!);

      "... that's it." (FAIL !! ... FAIL !! ... FAIL !!)
  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.
    2. Really? posted on 07/09/2014 05:38 PM
      @He [Rob Ford] should Prosecuting gay people involves arresting them for being gay, making their way of life illegal, maybe organizing some public stonings if you're really feeling energetic.

      Staying seated and quiet during a round of applause for parade organizers? Not even CLOSE.
    3. Not close to posted on 07/09/2014 05:54 PM
      @Really? Not close to what is expected from a mayor of Canada's biggest city.
      Clearly this man has the right to his personal views but he does not have the right to be mayor anymore. He has proved that over and over again.
    4. Logic posted on 07/09/2014 06:15 PM
      @Not close to If wasting billions of dollars with no indication that she's going to change her ways wasn't enough to cost Wynne her "right" to be Premier, than being rude certainly isn't enough to cost Ford his "right" to be mayor.
    5. Like it or not posted on 07/09/2014 06:25 PM
      @Logic Like it or not, Wynne has the approval of Ontario since she was elected back in. Rob Ford is guilty of an incredible number of shortcomings. As a swing voter I would suggest that the best thing for you as a possible Conservative voter is to support John Tory for mayor. That is who is going to get my support.
    6. Logic posted on 07/09/2014 06:36 PM
      @Like it or not Oh, I plan to support Tory, because the only thing worse than having to hear people critique Rob Ford's every damn move would be to have a tax-and-spend fruitcake like Chow for mayor.

      Also, the exact same logic you're using to support Wynne applies to Ford. Both won their elections and committed crimes; the big difference is that Wynne's crime happened before she won a real election and actually effects people's lives.
    7. Wynne was secondary posted on 07/09/2014 06:45 PM
      @Logic Wynne was secondary to those events. Each man woman and child in Ontario will pay 85 dollars for that fiasco.
      Rob Ford is different. He came in as the knight in shinning armor and is now disgraced by so many events that one could not wrap it up without pages after pages.
      Rob Ford and his brother Doug have brought disgrace to the Conservative movement. There will be a 'made for tv' movie about Ford way before there is one about Dalton.
  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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