When Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford, refused to attend Toronto’s Gay Pride Week celebrations, it was one thing. When he sat and refused to stand up in council chambers while the rest of Toronto City Councillors gave a standing ovation to Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam for her work in organizing 2014’s Gay Pride Celebrations, it was another nail in his own foot. However, when Ford became the sole councillor who voted against adding extra beds to a LGBT shelter this past week, it became abundantly clear that Ford has an issue with the Gay Community.
A known Conservative, Ford has demonstrated over and over that he takes special distaste in all things to do with being Gay and is, perhaps, what many have called him, “homophobic”.
Rob Ford’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford, came to his brother’s defense this week as more pressure was being put upon Ford for explanations for his behaviour towards the Gay community and all issues concerning it.
“Rob Ford has decided not to go to the gay pride parade. And all of a sudden, he’s going to get up and he’s going to be applauding the gay pride parade?” he said. “It would be “hypocrisy” if the mayor stood, Coun. Ford argued.
Coun. Ford said not voting in favour of a study to see if devoting 25 per cent of space in an existing youth homeless shelter was simply that it’s not needed.
He said youth shelters are not full, thus a LGBT shelter is not necessary,” CBC News has reported.
“He’s a spendaphobic, not a homophobic,” Doug Ford said of his brother.
That doesn’t hold water, Doug. Anyone with half a brain can see through it like a pane of glass, wiped spotlessly with glass cleaner.
Rob hangs around the Caribbean population on a regular basis. We’ve all seen the videos of him speaking in Patois in members of the Caribbean Community’s presence and dining facilities. He proudly attends The Caribbean Carnival festivities each year and, does all that he can to help it continue.
Yet, if Rob was truly a spendaphobe as you’ve termed him, he should also have issues with that three-week long celebration.
Both the Caribbean Carnival and The Gay Pride Week celebration have the backing from the city to the tune of some $500,000.00 or more each. One is not more than the other or, at least by much. Both bring in thousands of visitors to Toronto and put a huge cash infusion into the city’s tourism coffers. So, how is it that Rob has an issue with spending when it comes to the Gay Community and not when it comes to the Caribbean community? One could consider the idea that perhaps, Ford has been inflicted with simply, “Selective Spendaphobia”? The question there then, would have to be why? Why is spending on one thing totally acceptable but, not another?
Sadly, it’s a known fact that many Gay, Lesbian and Transgender youths and adults, have social and family issues that often create the type of tension that shoves them out of family homes and onto the streets, homeless. Shelters specifically for the LGBT community are much-needed. The vote wasn’t for more money from the city to fund those beds. There was no financial backing asked for in this case. The city simply needed to approve the expansion of beds for the facility in Toronto. Ford was the sole hold-out. Thankfully, it passed overwhelmingly, without Ford’s help.
It seems that both Doug and Rob Ford need good swift knocks to wake them both up. One is looking almost as bad as the other at this point and, if people in the City of Toronto have paid any attention to what has really been going on behind the lies, smoke and mirrors these two moronic brothers have put up, they will make sure neither of them have seats in Toronto City Council come October 27th of this year with their votes. Both of the brothers have nailed themselves in their own feet. One with his lies, addiction issues, prejudices, illegal transactions (not yet charged for but, possibly coming in the near future). The other, has done so by defending the buffoon of a brother’s actions or lack of them. Both are making spectacles of themselves and disgracing the entire city.
From all accounts, both brothers have attempted to make Toronto laughable to the rest of the world and need to be out on their rears where their well-to-do family can bail them out and give them both jobs in the family business. Let the Ford Family be the brunt of both morons’ antics.
It’s coming to the point where Toronto needs to take action for the city’s own good. The Brother’s Ford are NOT the answer. At least, that’s the way that I am seeing things from my little corner of life.