When Rob Ford was going through his crack ordeal, I would tell everyone I knew that his brother Doug seemed like a much bigger creep to me. Rob was obviously unfit to serve in elected office, but I felt like I could at least detect the outline of a likable Chris Farley-type in there. His brother, besides all the lying he did through that episode, struck me as genuinely vicious. Never in a million years did I expect he'd end up as Ontario's premier.
I'll leave it to other Canadian posters to detail what he's already dismantled in terms of the environment. He's also cut Toronto's city council in half because a) we didn't vote for him, and b) he resented that Toronto media was all over his brother (including the current mayor, John Tory, on the talk show he did at the time).
Most immediate to me is that he's obviously going to fuck over teachers in every way he can (sometimes, it's just a case of him saying up if we say down). So far:
1) cancelled a proposed overhaul of the Social Studies curriculum that was going to have a First Nations emphasis at every grade level;2) erased changes to the health curriculum brought in a few years ago, taking it back to an earlier version that didn't deal with things like sexting, gender and sexuality issues, etc.3) set up a website where parents (and students, although this evidently never occurred to him) can anonymously report teachers who don't adhere to the above changes4) cancelled $100 million in school renovations5) wants to return math to an emphasis on rote memorization
I think that's it so far, but he's only been in office for a few months. At some point, I expect he'll get involved in things like planning time, sick days, maternity leave, etc.--he'll take this as far as he's able to.
Part of the reason is, again, I doubt he got much support from teachers in the election. (I don't know--that's tricky, because Wynne was really unpopular with teachers too.) I wish some newspaper would dig up his old high school transcripts, because I think you'd find a second reason there. I'm going to take a wild guess that he wasn't the greatest student in the world; I'd be surprised if he wasn't basically C's across the board.
― clemenza, Thursday, 30 August 2018 02:03 (six months ago) Permalink
“I think the world of teachers. We have some of the greatest teachers in the world right here in Ontario.”
Everything's all better now.
― clemenza, Thursday, 30 August 2018 02:13 (six months ago) Permalink
How could I forget "buck a beer"? We were in the middle of a major beer crisis in Ontario, our worst beer crisis in decades, people just weren't drinking enough beer, so he stepped in and took swift and decisive action. Even if 99% of the province's brewers ignored him.
― clemenza, Thursday, 30 August 2018 02:27 (six months ago) Permalink
The city and the province were in court today. Love this quote from Ford's side:
The province, which took up most of the afternoon defending the legislation, argued all of those claims should be dismissed because the city is simply a creature of the province that is not afforded constitutional status and that effective representation — a concept outlined by the Supreme Court — is not a “constitutionally entrenched right” but simply a “policy choice.”
― clemenza, Saturday, 1 September 2018 01:40 (six months ago) Permalink
We're taking him to court:
Doubt we'll win, but the more distraction, the better--he's fighting three or four different cases right now. Ground him down to a halt.
― clemenza, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 21:44 (six months ago) Permalink
#BREAKING: Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba has shut down the Ford government's decision to cut the size of Toronto city council. Oct. 22 election will proceed with 47 wards, Belobaba has ruled.— CP24 (@CP24) September 10, 2018
― clemenza, Monday, 10 September 2018 12:43 (six months ago) Permalink
Big surprise: he's going to use something called the "notwithstanding clause" and completely ignore the ruling.
― clemenza, Monday, 10 September 2018 20:34 (six months ago) Permalink
I believe the exact translation in this instance is "Notwithstanding that I'm an idiot, we're still going to do it my way."
― clemenza, Monday, 10 September 2018 20:35 (six months ago) Permalink
This guy has such a hate-on for teachers.
So glad I'm getting out. We've had like 13 sick leaves in our school this year (including at least three stress-related), even though we have a really small staff. If class sizes go up, and there are more splits next year, it'll be chaos.
― clemenza, Saturday, 2 March 2019 22:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink
Really wish someone would dig up his grades in high school. I bet they explain a lot.
― clemenza, Saturday, 2 March 2019 22:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink
I c/p-ed this to the Canadian Politics thread and replied there.
― All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Sunday, 3 March 2019 17:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink
I'm just catching up with this now.
It came to me via a Facebook post from CIUT, the campus station where I did a show in the late-'80s. I take it this will eventually kill the station, plus a whole bunch of other services and organizations that depend on fees.
I guess his vendetta against education covers K-university.
― clemenza, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:39 (one week ago) Permalink