Monday, November 26, 2012

Mayor Rob Ford appears at City Hall after removal judgement

Just hours after being removed from the office of Mayor of #Toronto, Rob Ford meets a packed media for the launch of the city’s 2012 Toy Drive. Ignoring hordes of journalists the embattled Mayor does not discuss the court case or the Monday, November 26, 2012 judgment as he made a speech and later handed out presents to children. Rob Ford was found guilty of conflict of interest.
The Mayor comes into the Toy Drive press conference
Before the Toy Drive the Mayor indicated that he would be fighting the conflict of interest charge and will look for a stay to continue as Mayor during the legal fight. The extreme and madatory sledgehammer  penalty requiring that members vacate their office slammed down on Rob Ford. While it might make many happy, is it really fair in this situation? 
Addressing the crowd and the media
The Mayor presented gifts to the small children

“Mayor Rob Ford and City Manager Joe Pennachetti along with a number of children acting as "honorary elves" kicked off the 2012 Mayor's Toy Drive today. Together, they accepted the first donations to the campaign and began to fill the Toronto City Hall donation box. "This is a great start to the toy drive," said Mayor Ford. "In 2011, we collected more than 1,500 toys, gifts and gift cards. I am hopeful that we can exceed that number this year and make this a festive and memorable Christmas for everyone in Toronto." "City staff have a long history of giving back to the community," noted Pennachetti. "I know that as we did last year, staff will once again embrace this initiative with enthusiasm."

Residents and City staff are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys, gifts and gift cards to any of the following toy drive collection locations, during operating hours, until Friday, December 21:

• City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
• Metro Hall, 55 John St.
• Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
• North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
• East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
• Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
• York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Ave. W.

The toys, gifts and gift cards collected will be distributed through established toy drive programs run by Global Toronto/Toronto Fire Fighters' Toy Drive and the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish. Donations will help provide a festive Christmas for Toronto children and families who might not otherwise have one.

All toy and gift donations are appreciated. There is typically a shortage of gifts for infants and teenagers. Gift cards for grocery and department stores help to make the holidays enjoyable for families who need assistance.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering
customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

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