Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Former Etobicoke Councillor Rob Ford Endorses Rocco Rossi's Plan for Recall

This is a huge development in the Toronto mayoral campaign.

In addition to endorsements by two other retiring councillors (Mike Feldman and Michael Walker), former Etobicoke councillor Rob Ford has come out in favour of Rocco Rossi's plan for a recall.
“There are many priorities when it comes to bringing accountability to City Hall, and recall legislation is certainly one that I support,” [former Etobicoke councillor] Rob Ford said in an e-mail.
While Rob Ford's opinions are always controversial, it's great to see him on side with Rocco Rossi's vision for a great city.

Monday, August 30, 2010

By the Way ... Some Guy Joined Team Rocco Rossi

Supporters of the "other" candidates are talking way too much about Warren Kinsella joining Team Rocco Rossi if the buzz on the internets is to be believed.

Shouldn't fault them too much. It happens when your campaign is devoid of substance that you need to focus on the members of another candidate's campaign team.

That's politics, I suppose.

Rocco Rossi : Take Back Your Vote!

Today, Rocco Rossi unveiled a huge policy platform to bring accountability to the citizens of Toronto.

One of the underlying themes of this election is Torontonian frustration with what appears to be a lack of a voice at City Hall. Rocco Rossi plans to change that.

These three R`s are RespectResults…And Recall.

Every Toronto voter has the right to be treated respectfully by their mayor and councillor.

Every Toronto voter has the right to results.

They have the right to measure performance against promise, and results against expectations.

And finally, when voters give me the honour of becoming their Mayor, they will have the right to recall.
To use Rocco's phrase, "it’s easier to return a broken blender in this town than it is to recall a rogue politician."

It's time for Toronto to take back their vote. To hold politicians accountable for the decisions they make, to make sure they have done their due diligence, and to make sure they consult with those most impacted by their policy.

This is a great announcement for this city; you can read more about the official announcement here.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rob Ford Throws Torontonians Under the Bus

Rob Ford, presenting himself as the accountable and ethical conservative choice, has a bit of a scandal on his hands. He's peddled himself at an event he did not support and now is being called on the carpet when he's thrown those folks who rallied with him under the bus.

As Torontoist points out, Rob Ford set up shop and canvassed for votes as mayor to a group looking to save some green space in Etobicoke. At least not to my surprise, Mr. Ford voted against the motion to ultimately save the green space, despite his presence at an event in its support.
In mid-April, [Torontoist] attended the [West Kingsway Ratepayers’ Association]'s "Save the Greenspace" rally at Fairfield Park, and while Ford wasn’t able to make the festivities, he did send a contingent of his campaign workers to cook hot dogs, pose for photos, and distribute "Ford for Mayor" bumper stickers, which gave the impression that he supported the cause.

"I was surprised by councillor Ford's lone dissenting vote," [Ward 5 Etobicoke-Lakeshore Councillor Peter] Milczyn told us. "At the public rally...councillor Ford's supporters were present expressing his support for the local community."

Clearly, Rob Ford represents the politics-as-usual mentality he so decries in Toronto council. He has no intention of changing council mentality.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Rocco Live! - Wednesday, August 25th

Toronto mayoral candidate, Rocco Rossi, will be hosting a live-to-air internet event, and will be taking questions via Facebook and Twitter.

Episode 3: Meet Rocco!
Join us on Wednesday, August 25 at 6:30 PM for Episode 3 of Rocco LIVE. In this episode, Rocco will talk about his past experiences, the campaign so far, and why he is running for mayor. We’ll be taking your questions live via Twitter and Facebook. This is your chance to ask Rocco the tough questions and maybe get an answer to “Why Rocco Rossi?”

You can participate via Twitter (Tweet your question to @roccothevoteTO and include the #RoccoLIVE hashtag), via Facebook (log in to Facebook and then reload the Rocco Live page for the widget), or via Email (rocco@roccorossi.com).

More important for bloggers - Rocco Rossi is inviting all bloggers to live blog this event from Rocco Rossi campaign HQ.
Keep a blog? Join us and watch live in person from our ‘blogger gallery’ at campaign HQ. Anyone writing for a blog (no matter how big or small) is welcome to join. Our biggest goal is to keep Rocco LIVE transparent and unscripted. We believe the best way to achieve this is to invite the blogging community to HQ to watch us broadcast.
Bloggers, please arrive at campaign HQ between 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM. We’re located at 185 Avenue Road [map]. Contact michael.edwards@roccorossi.com for additional information.
 (I won't be able to attend as I'll be door knocking for Rocco on Wednesday night).

Rocco, real change for Toronto.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The League of Extraordinary Canadians

CathiefromCanada asks a very simple question ... What do all of these people have in common? A gallery of the public servants serving the public being removed by Stephen Harper for doing their job and not toeing the line.

The natural follow up question ... Who's next?

[H/T, Dawg's Blawg]

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rocco Rossi for Mayor of Toronto

Summer time and the living is easy ...

I haven't been posting much and as summer winds down, hopefully that will change.

With John Tory out of the race, and my genuine fear that Rob Ford may mount a credible challenge for the mayor's job in Toronto, I've decided that I will be supporting Rocco Rossi as mayor of Toronto.

Toronto needs a balanced - neither right nor left - approach to governance and I feel that Rocco Rossi will bring that to the city.

Go, Rocco!