Mayor Ford defends holding "Ford Fest" event at city park

His mayoral campaign opponents argue that holding the BBQ on Toronto property before an election breaks city rules

Mayor Rob Ford is defending holding his annual BBQ, Ford Fest, at Thomson Memorial Park this week. 

The Olivia Chow and John Tory campaign teams are pointing to city rules, saying it would be an abuse of the law to hold a political event on city property during an election campaign. 

Mayor Ford and his brother councillor Doug Ford, though, argue that Ford Fest is a community event, not related to the campaign. 

"Whoever wants to make this into a political issue, obviously that's their intention," mayor Ford says. "This is going to be for Scarborough." 

Mayor Ford says the event has been held by his family for 19 years, and they will continue to host Ford Fest. 

City officials say the permit request is legitimate.

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  1. Who really wants posted on 07/21/2014 07:29 PM
    Who really wants four more years of the Ford families bs and lies?
    1. Sonny posted on 07/21/2014 07:40 PM
      @Who really wants Some people in Scarborough do because that City official doesn't understand that Ford Fest previously took place in Mama Ford's backyard...
  2. tanjo posted on 07/21/2014 08:32 PM
    When you get down to it, this has been a long running annual event that predates Ford's years in office and it is also reasonable to suggest that it has outgrown Mama Ford's backyard.

    Personally, I think they will be using it as a campaign even, but that is for a judge or the Integrety Commisionner (whatever the proper channel is) to decide. I don't think the permit office can or should withhold a permit because they suspect it might be a campaign event.

    However, it might be interesting is some by-law officers happen to wander down there around the time Ford Fest is being held.
    1. At least in posted on 07/21/2014 09:29 PM
      @tanjo At least in the past 'Ford Fest' probably was a cover for 'Drug Fest'.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 07/22/2014 09:48 AM
      @tanjo All well said.
      I've heard that the main reason why they moved to parks, is because the amount of people attending Ford Fest couldn't hold in the family backyard; and I also heard at some point it was becoming a fire hazard.

      But let me ask you this TANJO.... During the Salsa festival that just past, when I heard Socknacki and Chow taking part. Although they didn't make any political speeches of any sort, the very fact that they were there, wouldn't that count as a sort of subliminal campaign in the least?
      Its all about publicity at the end of it all. Rob Ford is a lightning rod no matter where he goes. I can only imagine the other candidates only want some of the exposure Ford is well-endowed with...
    3. tanjo posted on 07/22/2014 02:42 PM
      @Karl Burgin The difference is that Ford Fest is organized by the Fords.

      Socknacki and Chow were attendees, not organizers.

      Still, if there is no campaigning, I would not call it a campaign event.

      The only thing that might change my mind (and I only heard this once quickly) was that Rob Ford may have submitted the costs of Ford Fest 2010 as campaign expenses. IF he did, then it might be reasonable to assume he intends to do the same in 2014, in which case I would consider it a campaign event.
  3. Theo Lagakos posted on 07/21/2014 09:51 PM
    So as a candidate in the city elections (Ward 2) I am prohibited from having a campaign event on city property including parks, yet the Fords want to be able to hold a huge event in a city park. We either have city rules that apply to all candidate or to none. This hypocrisy of the mayor is why I am running in Ward 2 because we can do better than any Ford, Rob, Doug or Mikey.
    1. Ford tries to posted on 07/21/2014 10:20 PM
      @Theo Lagakos Ford tries to play the 'I'm just like you' image but he is from money and doesn't know how the average feel.
    2. dama posted on 07/22/2014 07:34 AM
      @Theo Lagakos it is good that you throw your name to challenge the Fords, in order to succeed, you need a good campaign and platform which you have not identify besides the Ford's hypocrisy and that is not a good enuf reason.

      Also, anyone can hold a big event in city park(including you) with an approved license and the Ford knew that it is against campaign rule to hold it as a campaign event.. it is an annual event that was started by his dad.. so it is just a continuation by his sons.. nothing wrong with that..

      So, anyone going for free food and beers??

      I might.. lol
    3. Requesting Something From You posted on 07/22/2014 07:42 AM
      @dama I have a small request to make, dama.

      In the future, should you decide to continue embarrassing yourself in print, would you please try to do it in something resembling proper English?
    4. Jim posted on 07/22/2014 07:56 AM
      @Theo Lagakos First, quit whining. You sound like a gutless coward. Second, you can punish someone for what might be, unless it actually becomes a campaign event no rules have been broken. If you can't understand that you aren't qualified to represent anyone. Third, if it does become a campaign event, throw the book at him. If not not shut up. Finally, you might want to look up the word hypocricy so you can use it correctly.
    5. Jim posted on 07/22/2014 07:58 AM
      @Jim First, quit whining. You sound like a gutless coward. Second, you can't punish someone for what might be, unless it actually becomes a campaign event no rules have been broken. If you can't understand that you aren't qualified to represent anyone. Third, if it does become a campaign event, throw the book at him. If not not shut up. Finally, you might want to look up the word hypocricy so you can use it correctly. - See more at:
    6. dama posted on 07/22/2014 08:04 AM
      @Requesting Something From You request DENIED.. and if you have nothing to write or contribute HUSH .. lol

      also I failed ENGLISH
    7. Frankie posted on 07/22/2014 09:39 AM
      @Ford tries to Olivia Chow doesn't know how the average feels either as she's from money too, OUR money.
  4. Tanya posted on 07/22/2014 07:37 AM
    This is a simple matter. The only things important are
    1.) Do they have the proper permits to use the park? (required by any citizen)
    2.) They have their own clean up crew ( this probably stated in permit)
    3.) Swear to serve no alcohol. (I assume there is no permit for booze in public parks.

    If those are satisfied, then have a happy barbeque. They should hire their own security though so as to not take advantage of the police dept. and taxpayers.
    1. JC posted on 07/22/2014 08:30 AM
      @Tanya I agree with you Tanya. They even said they would not be handing out campaign literature etc., which means the rules are being followed. The Fords put out a lot of money every year to provide free food and beverages to the community, not to mention rides for kids. I honestly don't understand why some mayoral candidates would want to take this away from a community, whether it is held in Etobicoke or Scarborough.
    2. Art posted on 07/22/2014 09:45 AM
      @JC if the Fords couldn't self promote their existence it would not be worthwhile for them. You sound pretty naive. the Fords have broke just about every rule in the book as far as campaigning. using the mayors office for media gatherings etc.
      do you really think nothing will be handed out with his name on it? do the right thing and hold it on private property
      the other candidates are correct.
      but i really dont care. Oct 28 will be the beginning of our city moving forward and the Ford name will be no more in public office
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 07/22/2014 09:52 AM
      @Art Yes....all those arguments have been thrown at the Fords the last time around. Remember when his budget was audited- and they found his records to be immaculate (not my words, but the auditors).
      We've heard those arguments before...and they don't wash.
      I don't remember there being much stink about this the last time when he was first running for mayor. Oh yeah, many didn't think he would actually win.
      I guess its a sort of respect/compliment that people are complaining- because Ford is such a threat.
    4. Art posted on 07/22/2014 10:15 AM
      @Karl Burgin it's over Karl move on! the city is moving forward
      the circus is winding down
    5. Karl Burgin posted on 07/22/2014 10:25 AM
      @Art Oooohhh.......great comeback. Thanks, for the cowardice non-reply. So refreshing.

      Your problem is that you still can't believe Rob Ford is still so popular. Sorry to burst your bubble- well actually I'm not.
      Looking forward to seeing your head explode in October. Better top up that health insurance plan.
    6. Art posted on 07/22/2014 11:16 AM
      @Karl Burgin blah blah blah....blah blah blah
      popular? maybe but only by retard manjacakes like you.
      don't talk, don't write, don't reply back to me just move on and get a life. seriously Karl do it you'll thank me because what Ford says today in November will mean as much as what Tim Hudak's opinion means on things today.
    7. dama posted on 07/22/2014 11:33 AM
      @Art Art, Art, Art,, why cant you post without calling anyone a retard and manjacakes !!!! oh oh you cant for it is your nature

      and I bet the Fords really IRKS you even if they say nothing.. by just looking at them, your face turns red(too angry . not good for your heart) and probably puke... thats what hatred does to a person..

      so chill and take it as it is.. and I hope by November, you will wake to a fresh beginning or your face will be redder.. if Rob Ford wins..
    8. Karl's Landlord posted on 07/22/2014 11:45 AM
      @Karl Burgin Try this on for size and balance it off against the cost for fixing your delusion.

      I'll bet you one day of my gross income against one week of yours ( to help you with the math., that means I'll put up three of my dollars against one of yours) for the following bet.

      Rob Ford will do no better than 18% at the polls in October.

      Come on, Karl, go for it.
      My money from self-made success against your paltry sum for your part-time job.
    9. Karl Burgin posted on 07/22/2014 12:02 PM
      @Karl's Landlord I would feel bad. It would be like taking money from a youngun. But if you insist.... ;p
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