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(CBC)   Ice-storm devastates Toronto. Rob Ford has his crack recovery team on high alert   (cbc.ca) divider line 15
    More: Scary, Rob Ford, Toronto, North Yorks, community centre, Environment Canada, a.m. Monday, tree branches, Greater Toronto Area  
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2013-12-23 02:28:27 PM
3 votes:
225k customers (actually probably closer to 500-800k actual people without power, 3 hospitals on back-up generators (one of the three is one of two major trauma ER's for the city) But no emergency here.

There is a fake RF twitter acct. that has provided more & better info that real Rob Ford... awesome.
2013-12-23 03:09:35 PM
2 votes:

JasonOfOrillia: optimus_grime: hey good thing we have a real mayor, right?

i wonder if he starts to rack up a body count people will start to take this mess seriously.

Ford Nation will still stand behind him.


This. He could eat a baby on live tv and his supporters would be able to justify it with a straight face. "Probably one of them elitist librul downtown babies, anyway."

The saddest part is that their inevitable justification for standing behind him ('he keeps taxes low') aren't even true, his supporters are just dumb enough to believe it because he says it so much. Voting really should require an IQ test; if you're ignorant enough to believe obvious lies that have already been debunked then you are too farking stupid to have any say in the governing of the country.
2013-12-23 07:28:56 PM
1 votes:
Ford is a class "A" moron.
A state of emergency needs to be called and he won't do it because he don't want to lose control.
Problem is that he already lost control when the city council stripped him of "special" powers.
Like if he declares a "state of emergency" the power of the mayor's office is transferred to the deputy mayor.

Meanwhile many citizens of Toronto are heading into a third day without power. Homes, businesses, medical facilities - all without power. There are streets lights and intersections without power as well.
Nice work Robbie. Just another mistake that will guarantee a loss in the next election.
2013-12-23 04:36:01 PM
1 votes:

whatshisname: In the downtown and fringes all of the elites are gathering together and cleaning up the fallen branches. Out in the gravy-hating burbs things are a mess. Why is it that the people who want less government are the first to whine when the shiat hits the fan?


It is my experience that stupidity and entitlement go hand-in-hand.

/and no one whines more than the entitled
2013-12-23 04:33:36 PM
1 votes:
There are about 200,000 without power in Toronto and 120,000 without power outside of the city.

This map shows the amount of outages across the city itself: http://www.torontohydro.com/sites/electricsystem/PowerOutages/Pages/O u tageMap.aspx
2013-12-23 04:24:00 PM
1 votes:

teenage mutant ninja rapist: oldfarthenry: I thought Blob Ford lost his power to declare emergencies when they took away his mayor robe & hat?
And yes - "other" parts of Ontario also got hit by the ice-storm - not just drama-queen Toronto.

Its just that the rest of ontario quit it's biatching and got to the business of cleaning it up.


... Because their municipalities are on the ball.
/ there'd be no shame in calling in the army this time around
2013-12-23 03:54:17 PM
1 votes:
Here in Mississauga everything looks covered in glass...but no state of emergency that I'm aware of.

Panic? What panic?
2013-12-23 03:49:55 PM
1 votes:
I was in Ottawa for Ice Storm 98. Not as hard hit as Quebec, but pretty bad. Assuming TO got the same level of damage...

.... can Provincial or Federal goverment overrule his fat ass and get the army in there?
2013-12-23 03:33:25 PM
1 votes:
37 hours without power and counting. There's no water in my building anymore, but my food should be good because it's all out on the balcony encased in snow.

I'm taking refuge at my mothers' place, because cold nights in a freezing, dark flat are not my idea of fun.
2013-12-23 03:31:43 PM
1 votes:
Here's a thought: for the duration of the emergency, why don't Rob Ford and the city council just appoint a well-qualified third party to handle this for them?

I'm looking at you, Mayor Nenshi.
2013-12-23 03:22:35 PM
1 votes:
This is Ford's Katrina.

In all seriousness, advising people to go out and clear up the fallen trees on their own is just horribly stupid.  Most city dwellers haven't got a clue how to do it safely.  Also, the trees are still likely across power wires, some of which could be live.

From this vantage point, I see no organized attempt to clear the trees (Canadian Army) or restore power (bringing in workers from other municipalities and Provinces), as happened in the 1998 ice storm.

Christmas Day is supposed to be super cold.  If Ford maintains his position, the fact this happened around Christmas will be a minor footnote.  People will freeze to death.

Yes, many of the worst hit areas are in Liberal ridings.
2013-12-23 02:48:31 PM
1 votes:

special20: If you were Rob Ford (and I am certain many of you wish you were), wouldn't you pretty much be calling a state of emergency every time a dag farted by now? They stripped his power, didn't they? So why is he still making any calls on such conditions like an ice storm?


The rumour is that if he declares a State of Emergency, the Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly gets to run the show, not him. By Provincial Law only he can delcare a state of emergency, but what happens afterwards was dictated by council a few weeks back when they stripped him of this power.

/Rob, can you quit already so we can have some effective leadership in City Hall?
2013-12-23 02:45:42 PM
1 votes:
woohoo the sun just came out!!!
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2013-12-23 02:43:07 PM
1 votes:
No worries, eh.  They have eight comic books, seven packs of smokes, six packs of two-four, five golden touques, four pounds of back bacon, three French toasts, two turtlenecks, and a beer in a tree.  They'll be fine.

/and a dozen donuts
2013-12-23 02:06:34 PM
1 votes:
Bozo won't declare a state of emergency because he doesn't want to be compared to Lastman calling in the army, and the resulting jokes.
Meanwhile it's supposed to get down to -11 tonight & Toronto Public Housing has dozens of buildings full of people trapped without water or the ability to get out without electricity, many needing walkers or hov-a-rounds that don't do stairs real well...  Nearly every street around Yonge & Eg. has trees/branches down that have pulled down wires, Bayview and Finch, same thing, pretty sure nearly everywhere elsewhere too...  Nope, no emergency.  My mom is here 'cause we have power, her elderly neighbour is at her kid's place with a generator.. but there are a lot of people that don't have those options.  And the "Warming Centers" are too far for a lot of people to walk to (around all the fallen trees and wires, on the ice that is still there 'cause they can't plow or salt with all the branches and wires.  No emergency, sit back, relax, in just a few days your house will be cold enough to save all the stuff in your freezer, just open the lid/door.
 
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