Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Rob Ford loses battle with cancer

UPDATE: Councillor Rob Ford will lie in repose in the main floor rotunda at City Hall 100 Queen St W March 28-29. The hours are Monday, March 28 - 10am to 6pm and Tuesday, March 29 - 7:30am to 9pm. Access to City Hall will be restricted to the western main door on Monday, March 28.
Toronto Mounted Police Honour Guard at the entrance to City Hall

The ex Mayor of Toronto fought against a rare form of cancer and in the last few days word got out that he wasn't in a good place. Still, it was a shock when it was announced that he died today. The City lowered flags to half mast and made books of condolence available at City Hall and the Municipal Civic Centres. The flags will remain lowered until Rob Ford's funeral and you can sign an online book of condolence at the City's website: cityoftorontocondolences.ca
In line to sign the book of condolence for Rob Ford at Toronto City Hall
He life publicly imploded and was broadcast over the airwaves for all to see. Discovering cancer he dropped out of the race for re-election as Mayor and switched to running for Ward 2 Councillor, which he won handily. He was Mayor from 2010 to 2014 and was originally Ward 2 Councillor for Etobicoke North starting in the year 2000 and was re-elected twice before winning the Mayor's Chain of Office.
Media vans outside City Hall
Councillor Rob Ford's signs lean against the window of his office

"On behalf of the members of Toronto City Council, I extend our deepest condolences to Rob's wife, Renata, his children Stephanie and Doug, and all members of his family," said Mayor John Tory. "His time in City Hall included moments of kindness, of generosity to his council colleagues and real efforts to do what he thought was best for Toronto. He was, above all else, a profoundly human guy whose presence in our city will be missed.”

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