Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fact #38: Rob Ford posed for selfies at the scene of a fatal accident


Really?

It's true. On September 30th, 2014 a woman was struck and killed by a streetcar on St. Clair West. Rob Ford happened to be in the area and remained at the scene while rescue crews arrived and tended to the victim. Rob also made calls related to the accident, including to TTC CEO Andy Byford.


While still on the scene, Rob also stopped to pose for selfies with onlookers. In one particular case the ambulance and emergency personnel are plainly visible in the background:


Why should I care?

The fact that Rob remained at the scene of an accident is not an issue (assuming he stayed out of the way of emergency workers). However, this incident raises yet more questions about his sense of judgement.

First, by calling the TTC's CEO about an (admittedly serious) accident, Rob shows that he still doesn't understand the difference between executive and operational roles. By skipping established notification procedures, Ford took up both his and Byford's time on a matter when neither were in a position to do anything. He also duplicated the effort (i.e., "gravy") of first responders who are specially trained and paid to manage accident scenes. Rob's actions on St. Clair are just like how he insists constituents should call him to get their potholes fixed rather than just call 311 directly, which is faster and more effective. The mayor's job is to make sure the city is running efficiently, not to pretend to run it themselves.

Second, posing for photos in front of an accident scene where someone has just died is mind-bogglingly inappropriate. That the accident involved city employees and a city vehicle makes it even more so. Rob could easily have said no to the photo, yet he did not. For Ford, the only thing that appears to matter is his celebrity (or failing that, his notoriety).

If it's possible to encapsulate the mayoralty of Rob Ford in a single photo, then this is it:
Rob Ford is the mayor who interferes with the work of city employees, adds no value and then vainly poses for photos with clueless admirers. Meanwhile, not thirty feet away, one of his constituents has just lost their life.

Ford more years indeed.

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    1. I really really care!! and the friends and family of the victim care.

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    2. You care about Rob Ford, or about the family and friends of the victim?

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    3. Rob Ford is exploiting the death of this wonderful woman, who was my Aunt. Poor excuse for a man!

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  2. I care big time Raymond because, although I live in Delhi I lived in Toronto for 20 years and I love the city and have been devastated at how much shitty ink this sick sad clown Ford had brought to Toronto. So Raymond to really should care too.

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  3. Are all photos of people called "selfies" now? How odd. I thought a selfie was when you hold the camera and point it at yourself.

    Would he have been a bigger ass if he denied this young lady a request for a photo together? "Rob Ford denies request for photo to be taken with sweet young girl." What about the girl? Obviously she requested the photo (or "selfie" in your universe). Isn't she more at fault than he is? He is a politician. They practically have a social responsibility to pose for "selfies".

    You know, I used to think Rob Ford was a bafoon, but the high and mighty reactions of some people like those here are making me think he is actually the normal one.

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    1. Yes, thanks for reminding us that Rob Ford has zero self control or ability to make sound decisions. Yes, the airhead is a POS too. Any more useless points Captain Obvious?

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  4. Small clarification...the photo was taken by someone not in the photo, so it's not a selfie.
    Still, it's another example of his impaired judgment and insensitivity, and all the people who asked for the photos.

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    1. Right. 66% of the perpetrators of this incident are NOT Rob Ford. The girl who asked for the photo, and the really insensitive person who has not been mentioned...the person who actually committed the lowly act of taking the picture

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  5. Another thing...I don't think the poor dead person would be offended as much as you are. If a dead person had thoughts, would they be more offended that they had just been hit by a street car, or that the Mayor was present and hung out the whole time taking photos with onlookers? "Hey, awesome...the Mayor is here. I feel better now, even though I am DEAD!" C'mon people. come back to reality, it's actually quite nice over here. And be thankful you were not hit by a street car...poor thing.

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    2. You're too doltish to get 'it'. I'm sure you have some crack to sell to little kids, run along now your Ford Cult position is not convincing anyone here.

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    3. Ford Cult position? Frankly -giggles- the guy wasn't siding with anyone. And THAT's what you come up with? So wow ... just, wow!

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  6. Meh. Language evolves. Point is when you read "selfie" you knew exactly what the context would be. Lack of a subject's arm in the corner of the photo doesn't change anything.

    In other words you are technically correct - the best kind of correct!

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  7. Was it Sandro Lisi who took the picture?? Lets face it, being prudent is NOT one of Rob Ford's qualities. But being inappropriate certainly is!!!

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  8. I care, this wonderful woman so tragically killed was my Aunt. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and Rob Ford will not exploit her death for political purposes. Dispicable! Predictable!

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  10. Im not for or against the Fords - but dont you people have anything better to do? ffs are every one of you so without sin or malice, nary a moment of selfish greed or narrow insight that you feel entitled to pry open the life of ANY other, going through every moment of their existence with a fine tooth comb, honing your high powered self righteous indignation - okay, sure these people are on the public stage but this shit is getting nit-picky, I don't see an accident in the background and tho unfortunate ... how far away would be far enough till it was okay to allow someone to take a photo exactly? A photo that had nothing to do I might add, with the accident that occurred nearby and so why mention it all all except that YOU all seem to be using it for YOUR selfish needs in bashing this guy ... funny how that works huh ... People have gotten far too damned sensitive and feel far too comfortable involving themselves in other peoples business nowadays. I have one suggestion ... if this shit bugs you so much, if the Ford family is so annoying why waste your energy? Why increase your stress thereby shortening your life expectancy ... on ... THIS? lol seems pretty stupid if you ask me.

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