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Rob Ford Enjoying his Leave of Absence

Police broke up a crazy party at a large mansion in the midst of construction in Brampton on the night of May 2. While the son of the owner had been allowed to have a party, his parents could never have imagined that 1,500 to 2,000 people would show up, causing a reported $70,000 in damages. More controversial was that amongst the guests, a certain politician, had popped in while on a leave of absence. It wasn’t until today that Canadian Culture Thing acquired this cell-phone imager still from the riotous party.

While Mr. Ford does not recollect being at the party, he also reassured us that if he had, it was only because he was on “one of his drunken stupors” and therefore it was “no big deal”.

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Canadian 2014 Olympic Score: Day 2

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Day 2:

A bit of a quiet day for Canada unless drug-testing is now an Olympic sport! It seems that Canada is being targeted for excessive drug-testing. It seems it’s becoming a common misconception that everyone in Canada smokes crack! It’s sad that crackaletes like Rob Ford make it look so acceptable. Hey Olympic committee, it’s only the Toronto sortof-mayor, OK? But just to be safe, don’t check the snowboarders bags.

On the brighter side, the shiny like silver side that is, Canada picks up another medal. Canada earned a silver medal in team figure skating. Kaetlyn Osmond, Patrick Chan, Kevin Reynolds, Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford, Kirsten Moore-Towers, Dylan Moscovitch, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won silver medals in the new Team Figure Skating competition but if the rumours are true about corrupt judges from Russia and the U.S. they might get an upgrade…aw, who am I kidding the judges are always suspect and nothing ever comes of it and besides, that little Russian kid was pretty awesome!

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New CCT Christmas Cards! How could we not?

How could we not participate in the celebration that is Rob Ford? Click the pic to order it now!

Not only does Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoke crack, he even once made a cameo appearance in the National Ballet of Canada’s “The Nutcracker” on December 10, 2011. Ford appeared as a bellicose Cannon Doll although some reports suggest that he may have been on one of his “drunken stupors” and mistook the cannon as a  giant crack-pipe Toronto, Ontario 2011.
CCTXM015 Not only does Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoke crack, he even once made a cameo appearance in the National Ballet of Canada’s “The Nutcracker” on December 10, 2011.
Ford appeared as a bellicose Cannon Doll although some reports suggest that he may have been on one of his “drunken stupors” and mistook the cannon as a giant crack-pipe.
Toronto, Ontario 2011.

From crack to rocks…

CCTXM014 A Curling party in Swansea, Ontario (now part of Toronto)
CCTXM014 A Curling party in Swansea, Ontario (now part of Toronto) December 25, 1904.
CCTXM017 Sir Henry and Lady Mary Pellatt set out by horse-drawn carriage Toronto, Ontario c1913
CCTXM017 Sir Henry and Lady Mary Pellatt set out by horse-drawn carriage Toronto, Ontario c1913.
CCTXM018 Toboggan enthusiasts line up for the  High Park toboggan runs.  Toronto, Ontario c1915.
CCTXM018 Toboggan enthusiasts line up for the High Park toboggan runs.
Toronto, Ontario c1915.

…And let’s keep Santa as far from Mr. Ford as we can.

Thousands of people swarm the streets, walk along beside and sit perched on ledges to watch the floats of the Eaton’s Santa Claus Parade. The parade wound through the streets of Toronto, ending at the Eaton’s James Street entrance where Santa would climb out of his sleigh and up onto the entrance awning to address the crowd. Toronto, Ontario November 15, 1930.
Thousands of people swarm the streets, walk along beside and sit perched on ledges to watch the floats of the Eaton’s Santa Claus Parade. The parade wound through the streets of Toronto, ending at the Eaton’s James Street entrance where Santa would climb out of his sleigh and up onto the entrance awning to address the crowd. Toronto, Ontario November 15, 1930.
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New CCT Postcards, Hot Off the Presses!

Hey everyone, here’s the latest from the Canadian Culture Thing postcard line…

CCT0115 - This photo was provided by the possessor of the alleged “Crack Video” that shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack in early 2013. Other than three corroborating reported viewings by twoToronto Star reporters and one from Gawker, the video has not yet surfaced. Though this photo is not taken from the video, it was allegedly taken during another “Ford crack run” and has become the symbolic image of the video
CCT0115 – This photo was provided by the possessor of the alleged “Crack Video” that shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack in early 2013. Other than three corroborating reported viewings by twoToronto Star reporters and one from Gawker, the video has not yet surfaced. Though this photo is not taken from the video, it was allegedly taken during another “Ford crack run” and has become the symbolic image of the video
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CCT0116 – Cover of “Sport Fishing in British Columbia” booklet 1953. / Couverture de livret “pêche de sport en B.C.” 1953.
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CCT0117 – Concert poster for the Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens on August 17, 1966. Having performed in Canada in 1964 and 1965, this would be their last concert in Canada. / Concertez l’affiche pour le Beatles aux jardins de feuille d’érable le 17 août 1966. L’exécution au Canada en 1964 et 1965, ceci serait leur dernier concert au Canada.
CCT0118 - Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien moves an anti-poverty protester out of his way in Hull, Quebec on Feb. 15, 1996. The Prime Minister’s chokehold became known as the Shawinigan Handshake after his home town. / L'ancien premier ministre Jean Chrétien déplace un protestataire combattant la pauvreté hors de sa voie dans la coque, Québec le 15 février 1996. Le chokehold du premier ministre est devenu notoire comme prise de contact de Shawinigan après sa ville natale.
CCT0118 – Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien moves an anti-poverty protester out of his way in Hull, Quebec on Feb. 15, 1996. The Prime Minister’s chokehold became known as the Shawinigan Handshake after his home town. / L’ancien premier ministre Jean Chrétien déplace un protestataire combattant la pauvreté hors de sa voie dans la coque, Québec le 15 février 1996. Le chokehold du premier ministre est devenu notoire comme prise de contact de Shawinigan après sa ville natale.
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CCT0119 – Northwest Mounties #2 comic book cover 1948.
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CCT0120 – Animated Map of Canada c1953.
CCT0121 - The official Canadian Ensign Flag with the British Union Jack flag...and a beaver. c1934. / L'indicateur Canadien officiel d'insigne avec l'indicateur britannique d'Union Jack… et un castor. c1934.
CCT0121 – The official Canadian Ensign Flag with the British Union Jack flag…and a beaver. c1934. / L’indicateur Canadien officiel d’insigne avec l’indicateur britannique d’Union Jack… et un castor. c1934.
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Cover of Girls’ Friend Library  Featuring The Shamed Wife, a compelling Novel of Canadian Life and Love. No. 387 May 4, 1933.
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CCT0123 – Cover of Dominion of Canada Animated Atlas c1920. Newfoundland would not join Canada until 1949. / La couverture du dominion du Canada a animé l’atlas c1920. Newfoundland ne joindrait pas le Canada jusqu’en 1949.
CCT0124 - Looking east along College Street toward Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario c1908. / Regard est le long de la rue d'université vers l'avenue de Spadina Toronto, Ontario c1908.
CCT0124 – Looking east along College Street toward Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario c1908. / Regard est le long de la rue d’université vers l’avenue de Spadina Toronto, Ontario c1908.
CCT0125 - Looking south down Yonge Street toward Shuter Street Toronto, Ontario c1915. / Regard de la rue de Yonge de sud vers le bas vers la rue Toronto de Shuter, Ontario c1915.
CCT0125 – Looking south down Yonge Street toward Shuter Street Toronto, Ontario c1915. / Regard de la rue de Yonge de sud vers le bas vers la rue Toronto de Shuter, Ontario c1915.
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CCT0126 – Looking east along Queen Street West toward at Macdonell Street Toronto, Ontario c1900. / Regarder est le long de la rue de la Reine occidentale vers la rue de Macdonell Toronto,Ontario c1900.
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Looking northwest toward College Street Baptist Church (built 1889) at College Street and Palmerston Boulevard (formerly Muter Street) Toronto, Ontario c1909. / Regarder du nord-ouest vers l’église baptiste de rue College (construite 1889) la rue College et le boulevard de Palmerston (autrefois rue de Muter) Toronto,Ontario c1909.
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Large Letter Ottawa Postcard c1930

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Canadians Are So Nice

Recently, I witnessed a true example of Canadian patience and diplomacy. I don’t know much about Councillor Josh Matlow but I sure know this: he knows how to keep it together. In a debate with the current Toronto Super-Mayor Rob “Subway” Ford over a subway extension, Ford argued staunchly that subways were way better than LRTs. As the debate progressed, Councillor Matlow began an investigation into whether Ford even knew what an LRT was.

Using his best Columbo skills, he managed to discover nothing. Because his mic was turned off and, like a noble manatee, Ford managed to swim back and forth away from the question. Ford did vaguely utter that an LRT was a Streetcar line like the St.Clair right-of-way. But while he never once acknowledged that he didn’t actually know what an LRT was, he did prove one thing:  Josh Matlow could keep his cool and refrained from running across the room and choke Rob “Bike Lane” Ford!

When the dust cleared, city council voted 28 – 16 in favour of the subway extension. I am confident that Doug Ford has explained to little brother what an LRT is by now so now he will be able to answer Josh Matlow confidently that and LRT is not like St.Clair, it is like Queen Street.

Here are some situations where politicians could have used some of Councillor Josh Matlow’s reserve.

Indian Parliament…

…And Jordan…

…And while this one in the States might not involve politicians, it’s still over a very important issue – Maple Syrup…

 

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