I’ve been reading so much of the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star lately that I’m probably going to be having poutine for lunch, beaver tails for dessert, and start thinking hockey is interesting. I don’t fully understand the politics of Toronto, but as I understand it, Etobicoke, Ford’s district, was a suburb that was annexed a decade or so ago, and the urban elites who staff the city papers seem to think Etobicokers have come in and messed up the place. Here’s the Globe’s lede for today’s Ford story:
When reporters descended on the mayor of Toronto’s house the day after reports he had been seen smoking crack, a man in a blue T-shirt and sunglasses was waiting by the road to intervene. Before long, he was standing between videographers and Mayor Rob Ford’s SUV, ensuring Mr. Ford could drive away.
That piece is about David Price, yet another former Etobicoke hash dealer in Ford’s administration. Meanwhile, over at the Star:
After passing the $200,000 crowdfunding mark to raise the money needed to buy a video that appears to show Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack, U.S.-based website Gawkerstill hasn’t made contact with the people in possession of the video.
One pleasant change from US media is that the Star doesn’t feel the need to shit all over Gawker every time its name is mentioned.
Another development: of the two Somali crack dealers who shared rocks with Ford, one is dead in shooting at a nightclub, and the Star learned yesterday that the other one was injured in the same event. I may be jumping to conclusions here, but it does appear that smoking crack with Rob Ford is dangerous to one’s health.