The lovely Sarah Thomson, CEO and Publisher of Women’s Post (and also victim of one of Rob Ford’s drunken stupors) went down to City Hall today to check out the debate surrounding our chief magistrate and sit in on some of the council proceedings and I tagged along for good measure.
There was a fair deal of Festival-of-the-Absurd politics inside, including but not limited to Ford calling his lawyer Dennis Morris the top criminal lawyer in Canada, Ford admitting that he had indeed purchased drugs within the last two years, and Ford charging at Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong after his brother Doug shouted about marijuana until his microphone was turned off.
But today was, not by coincidence, the day of the #SaveToronto rally outside in Nathan Phillips Square where well over a thousand protesters took to the concrete to voice their support for Ford’s dismissal.
And like any good protest, the best part always lies in the humour of the signs people carry. Here are the 32 best signs that showed up at City Hall today.
1. “Ford for senate”
2. This fantastic trio
3. One of many bobble head jokes
4. No hugs for Fordman
5. Failed state
6. Resign-nation / Pants on fire
7. A psychic in the crowd
8. Even this baby knows not to smoke crack
9. This is a very good question
10. Official Rob Ford crack pipes were being handed out
12. Ford abomi-nation
13. Say yes to corruption? Oh wait..
14. If he won’t get counselling maybe he could just listen to Council
15. Ford addiction checklist
17. Lies, drugs, and don’t forget thugs
18. Comic Book Guy shows up at the back with his “Worst. Mayor. Ever.” sign
19. Although the two do go hand in hand…
20. Emphasis on the please
21. P.S. I vote
22. Quadruple whammy
23. Hey, there were also bobble-heads you know
24. Not fans of Don Cherry’s inauguration speech
25. Not yet
26. Is that Comic Sans?
27. A protest sign that goes wherever you do!
28. Can you still run for mayor from jail?
29. Notable for use of the term Clowncil
30. Po Ro Fo.
31. It is possible that a more accurate correlation has never been made between a real person and a cartoon character
32. The question on the minds of citizens and politicians alike today
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