Toronto Mayor Ford takes leave to deal with alcohol problem

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JasonC71480 wrote:

Denial of freedom of speech in/on a public forum could cause problems at some point. Biased journalism is not journalism.

Apr 30, 2014 11:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
euro-yank wrote:

You have to wonder about the good citizens of Toronto if this man is returned as leader of the city.

May 01, 2014 3:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Hermist wrote:

Very sad to see Ford slowly descending into his own hell! I wish him well!

May 01, 2014 6:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Hermist wrote:

Very sad to see Ford slowly descending into his own hell! I wish him well!

May 01, 2014 6:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse

This man suffers from self-bullshitization.

Ford actually believes that the people of Toronto want him to remain in office. Maybe they do, just for laughs.

Toronto is a rainy, overcast and chilly city, most of the year; the residents there could always use a good laugh… Ford should invest in a pair of clown shoes and one of those red rubber clown noses… he’s the Bozo of Toronto.

May 01, 2014 7:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:

This isn’t just about the buffoonery of Mayor Rob Ford. This has also been the City of Toronto’s image, for the entire past year!

That the people of Toronto have not removed this embarrassment from office suggests their tacit approval of him and his actions, and that failure to remove Ford from office is gravely diminishing the City and its people in the eyes of the world, and is lessening the city’s business, tourism and convention opportunities.

How long will this continue before the citizens of Toronto put a stop to this nonsense?

And how much longer after Ford is finally removed from the scene until the economic and image damage already done to the City of Toronto is repaired?

May 01, 2014 9:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sabrefencer wrote:

He should take permanent time off…in fact he should retire from politics , before he goes one day further. in office…

May 01, 2014 9:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Zeken wrote:

Hey, at least he’s not blaming some b-tch that “set him up.”

May 01, 2014 10:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

Probably better to have a politician with substance addictions – than politicians with money addictions.

The money addiction will damage many more people.

May 01, 2014 10:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse

He should move to the United States. We have so many crooks, scoundrels, dreamers, liars, oafs, rogues, fornicators, idiots, and crack smokers in office I don’t think anyone would notice.

May 01, 2014 11:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DURO wrote:

Reuters and AP both censor comments and easily bans members for leaving comments on their forums for life. Not everyone opinion is accepted by Reuters, and better be careful not to offend the King, cause you’re slapped and sent in the corner.

May 01, 2014 12:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:

JasonC71480 and DURO, you both complain about Reuters censoring comments, … and yet your comments were posted by Reuters. What’s your real beef?

Your presumed “freedom of speech” does not, and never has extended to posting within forums belonging to private business enterprises. Businesses have ALWAYS had the right to control what is and is not presented under their banners. This is not ‘the public square’. You do not have the “right” to stand and scream on another’s property. Reuters owns this website, and Reuters owns this forum, and Reuters will decide what is and is not posted here, on its property.

Posting in Reuters’ forum is a “privilege”, not a “right”. Learn the difference, and stop bellyaching over supposed “rights” which you never held, which you believe are being restricted.

There is a very simple solution to your issues: Follow the rules like everyone else, keep your comments civil and non-abusive, … and then Reuters will post what you have to say. Is that so much to ask? If you can’t participate in a civil, non-abusive manner, and cannot follow Reuters’ simple rules, then the real problem is you, … not Reuters.

May 01, 2014 2:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
crankyd wrote:

It’s not even fun anymore to have a go at him.
This is a pitiful, sad man that desperately needs so much help and the good sense and grace to exit public life afterwards.

May 01, 2014 2:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pbrwn wrote:

Aside from the whole crack thing, while he’s in treatment, he might want to check if they have a program to cure his being an embarrassing annoying rude obnoxious mean jerk, too, as that seems to be the root issue.

May 01, 2014 3:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
julri wrote:

The man is a buffoon and should have stepped down last year. The fact that it has gone on this long shows he has had NO concern for the citizens of Toronto and only cares about himself. Typical substance abuser all about me, me and I! Mr. Ford go get help, drop out of politics and leave the city alone sir. You have not only brought shame on the city, but also your family and yourself. Its enough.

May 01, 2014 3:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
scott860 wrote:

While he’s at it he might want to tackle his weight problem.

May 01, 2014 3:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
scott860 wrote:

While he’s at it he might want to tackle his weight problem.

May 01, 2014 3:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SeniorMoment wrote:

If only Mayor Ford’s problems were limited to alcoholism, his being mayor would not shed such a bad light on Toronto, since alcoholism is a disease that can be beaten easier than drug addiction and reckless behavior. Image what it feels like to be Toronto city employee with this man representing the city to the world!

May 01, 2014 3:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SeniorMoment wrote:

On the man’s weight problem he should confer with New Jersey, USA, Governor Christie who has lost a lot of weight since having bariatric surgery. Being morbidly obese can magnify self image problems that contribute to alcoholism and drug addiction. I saw a speech of Christie’s briefly and although I was indifferent to the speech I was impressed with his weight loss.

Since I too am considering bariatric surgery, I know full well it is not a decision to be taken lightly. A nurse who is a close friend of a relative said her hospital has some of the early bariatric surgery patients in care for nutritional deficiencies after all the weight loss and to make up for that and limited food capacity they have to be tube fed. That is one of the reasons I am waiting to see how an in-law’s uncle does 4 years after surgery since by then he should be at normal weight or lower. The gastric sleeve has the least negative impact on essential nutrition I understand but it doesn’t have the same success rate proven for treating type II diabetes.

May 01, 2014 3:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
GinoT wrote:

I’m glad to see that he is admitting to an alcohol problem. I guess there’s no problem at all with the cocaine. I still can’t figure out how guys like this not only get elected, but actually get re-elected. You’d think they were in the good ole USofA.

May 01, 2014 3:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sabrefencer wrote:

@doubting_thomas..thanks for the laugh..

May 01, 2014 4:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Please Canadians, stop sending your criminal and crack head citizens to the US. We already have so many of our own!

May 02, 2014 1:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DURO wrote:

@REnninga, I never stated there is a “right ” to post on any forum, you are surely confused. What I said is what I said, and if you need to revisit my post, go ahead.
OTOH, Reuters knows about the “Golden Rule”, and is only pathetic that such a company who trumpets the rights of their journalists are not applying the same to their readers.

May 02, 2014 2:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DURO wrote:

Hello there, bloggers, isn’t that mayor elected by his peers in a democratic vote? I bet you guys are forgetting the basics. The man is not a saint, and is not your typical public servant, but he is in the office and I ain’t see any petition drive to force a recall. The man is funny, I give you that. His situation is somehow similar with the people’s sheriff in Maricopa, Joe Arpaio. Take this for a change.

May 02, 2014 2:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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