Politics

Doug Ford violated Toronto city council’s code of conduct

The Ontario Provincial Election is just a week away. I watched the first debate between the three leaders. I was surprised no one brought up this finding by the Integrity Commissioner.

In her report, Valerie Jepson concluded that Doug Ford had improperly used his influence as a City of Toronto Councillor in 2011.

Doug Ford made inquiries and arranged meetings between city officials and two companies who were also clients of the company owned by the Ford family. The name of the Ford’s company is Deco Labels and Tags.

Doug Ford arranged meetings for two companies. The name of the first company is Apollo Health and Beauty. The name of the second company is RR Donnelley and Sons.

According to a Globe and Mail investigation, Doug Ford helped Apollo lobby Joe Pennachetti, who was then the city manager, for a larger property-tax break than it had received under an incentive program.

Ms. Jepson says in her report that Deco refused to provide documents she sought in a summons. Apollo provided some records, but refused to hand over specific information about the value of its business with Deco.

Mr. Ford, she says, after agreeing to provide information about the value of business relationships between Deco and the two companies, “failed to do so.”

Sources:

Integrity commissioner finds Doug Ford improperly used influence as a councillor. CP24.

Doug Ford violated Toronto city council’s code of conduct, watchdog rules. Globe and Mail.

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Music, Surveillance

Stars of CCTV

The title of this post is also the title of a music album released by the group Hard-Fi on July 4, 2005. I really liked the album and listened to it quite a bit.

I am actually on CCTV quite a lot because I spend a lot of time at the local library. There are lots of cameras in the library.

I hope the library has a very good security system in place to prevent hacks.

A school in Cape Breton had its cameras hacked. The images were streamed to a Russian-registered website. Click here to read the full story published by the CBC.

I visited the website and found that you could watch live streaming of 254 cameras in Canada.

When I visited the website, I was able to recognize the location of one of the cameras. It is located on the CNE grounds.

According to this report by ABC News, a mother in Houston, Texas found out that the camera in her daughter’s room was being streamed online.

If you have home security cameras installed, make sure you change the default password. Also, use a password that would be very difficult to hack. You can do this by using a very long password that include numbers, letters and symbols. Be sure to use upper and lower case letters.

 

 

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Politics

Was Doug Ford a drug dealer?

As I mentioned in my earlier post, the Globe and Mail published an article where the reporters were told by ten people who grew up with Doug Ford what they remembered about him during the 1980’s. The ten people described in a series of interviews how for several years Mr. Ford was a go-to dealer of hash.

The reporters also found that Randy (Doug Ford’s brother) was also involved in the drug trade and was once charged in relation to a drug-related kidnapping. Court records retrieved from the Archives of Ontario show that he was charged with assault causing bodily harm and the forcible confinement of a drug dealer named Marco Orlando.

According to the article, Kathy Ford (sister of Doug Ford) was the victim of drug-related violence. In 2005, Scott McIntyre (a convicted drug dealer) and another man were accused of shooting her in the face during an altercation in her parents’ basement. She survived the blast and was rushed to hospital, while Mr. MacIntyre fled in her mother’s Jaguar. Crown prosecutors later dropped numerous charges against him, while his co-accused, Michael Patania, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a handgun.

Doug Ford was interviewed by the CBC on March 13, 2018. Near the end of the interview, the CBC host asked Ford why he hadn’t followed up on his threat to sue The Globe and Mail over this article. Doug Ford replied that a lawsuit would be a waste of time.

I personally believe that Doug Ford was a drug dealer in the 1980’s. There were ten people who said that Doug Ford was involved in the drug trade. It is possible that maybe one or two people can get it wrong. When you have ten people corroborating the same story, it makes a very compelling case.

If the claim was false, I believe that Doug Ford would have definitely filed a lawsuit.

When you also know that two of Doug Ford’s siblings were involved in the drug trade, it becomes very difficult to not believe that Doug Ford was a drug dealer in the 1980’s.

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Politics

I will not be voting for the Conservatives in Ontario elections

The poll numbers show Doug Ford and the Ontario Conservative Party with a sizeable lead over the Liberals and the NDP.

Doug Ford has no platform. The PC platform written by Patrick Brown is not supported by Doug Ford.

I don’t like to vote for a party when I don’t know what they will do once they attain power.

Doug Ford has promised to find $6 billion in inefficiencies to cover the deficit. It is going to be extremely difficult for Ford (in my opinion, impossible) to find $6 billion in efficiencies.

Doug Ford has so far refused to say exactly where he is going to make the cuts.

Some people might remember that Rob Ford once claimed that he found $1 billion in savings while he was mayor of Toronto from 2010 to 2014.

Some people are probably thinking “if Rob Ford can find $1 billion in inefficiencies, surely Doug Ford can find $6 billion in efficiencies at Queen’s Park”.

But when you look at the numbers, a lot of what made up the $1 billion dollars was not savings generated through cutting inefficiencies.

Click here to read Toronto Star article and see what actually made up the $1 billion figure.

I am not sure I want a premier who was once a drug dealer as claimed by this Globe and Mail article.

I am going to vote for the NDP.

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Animals

Bactrian Camel

Bactrian Camel

Interesting facts about the bactrian camel:

The bactrian camel is the largest mammal in its native range and is the largest living camel.

The two humps on the back are composed of fat (not water as is sometimes thought).

They have a remarkable ability to go without water for months at a time, but when water is available they may drink up to 57 liters at once.

Speeds of up to 65 kilometres per hour (40 mph) have been recorded, but they rarely move this fast.

They are primarily herbivorous. They have tough mouths that can withstand sharp objects such as thorns. They are able to eat plants that are dry, prickly, salty or bitter, and can ingest virtually any kind of vegetation.

The first time food is swallowed, it is not fully chewed. The partly masticated food (called cud) goes into the stomach and later is brought back up for further chewing. Wow, I didn’t know camels could do that!

Notes:

All information gathered from Wikipedia entry.

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