FASHION: Style experts review Ford’s crack announcement outfit

“If I looked as good as him I wouldn’t step down either.”

With the news of Rob Ford’s crack use reverberating around City Hall this week in Toronto only one question remains that even the Toronto Police and the journalistic teams of the city’s best papers haven’t been asking: was Rob Ford wearing the right outfit to announce he has used crack? We consulted with the style experts to find out!

Mayor Ford kept things simple in a black suit when he met reporters for both his proclamation and subsequent press conference. Remember that when the weather begins to get colder more muted tones are always a great way to get your message across. Black and white help RoFo give off an impression of both professionalism and style while apologizing to the people of Toronto for his crack cocaine use.

Rob Ford, a portrait of fashion in Canada. Photo by Canadian Press.

“Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of the girls on Church street wearing XXXL suit jackets with poppies this season,” says Toronto drag queen and tireless fashionista Barbie Jo Bontemps. “Style always seems to trickle down from fashion icons like Ford to the drag queens and then hit the runway in Paris.”

Always remember that for a larger man, black is your best friend. No one was thinking about Ford’s ongoing weight struggle when he wore this number at the crack press conference yesterday!

RoFo also seems to have done away with dress shirts that are his proper neck size and is starting a new trend of leaving the top button undone and covering it with his tie. Keep an eye on this — we may see much of the same at next year’s Fasion Week.

Ford’s simple black suit looks like a rack number from Brooks Brothers or Moore’s, a smart move that gives him all the style without the designer price tag, leaving him with a bit more pocket money to spend freely — and still look good doing it!

One important fashion accessory in the fall is a poppy pin in support of the Royal Canadian Legion. Ford contrasts his black suit jacket well with the red pin. To get the RoFo look and show you care about veterans, freedom, and style at your next big drug related press conference pick up your own pin at many subway stations, shopping centre entrances, and Legion halls near you for as little as a dollar! For an extra bit of flair try to get your hands on the slightly more rare felt covered poppy.

Ford also rocks a City of Toronto pin. While you may have never been mayor or the fourth largest city in North America you can still complete the look. Check out similar broaches on Etsy for around five bucks.

Don’t forget the flare! there is no need to be a bore when holding a press conference about the string of deceit and lies that he fed to voters in the aftermath of his crack tape becoming public knowledge, so Ford spiced up his outfit with an NFL team tie. Multi-coloured ties work great to breakup solid coloured suits on men!

“Vintage NFL ties are in this season.”

“Vintage NFL ties are in this season,” says Toronto based artist and style icon Andrea Pelletier, while wearing her Dallas Texans scarf. Queen West fashionistas have already been seen sporting other Father’s Day gifts as haute fashion lately including re-darned socks and coffee mugs.

The tie gives Ford a chance to have a little fun with the outfit while showing off a bit of his personality. Did you know RoFo coached a highschool football team for a number of years? You do now! By showing off his love of football on his tie Rob is letting us know he’s just a normal guy who loves football and was eventually asked to remove himself from the team he coached due to months of bad press. Try to include a little bit of your own self into the story your clothes tell.

Don’t let your fun tie get out of control! Ford’s multi-coloured neckpiece  straddles the limit, but he made sure not to let the patterns get any busier — his look lets him have a little fun but still be taken seriously as he tells Torontians he has smoked crack and lied about it for half a year.

With his brother Doug flanking him wearing a similar outfit we can’t help but wonder who wore it better, and the tie instantly pushes it in RoFo’s favour. Not since Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have we seen such a stylish set of siblings with their own take on what makes them look good.

“”His graceful elegance and fashion forward thinking were the real takeaway from this press conference,” says Bontemps. “When it comes to fashion, it’s clear that yesterday was a pure victory for Mayor Ford. The public won’t soon forget his debonair portrayal of this season’s latest vestments.”

“If I looked as good as him,” says Bontemps, “I wouldn’t step down either.”


Our verdict on RoFo’s outfit:

5/5 review stars



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If Rob Ford can admit to smoking crack, how much worse is the stuff we don’t know?

“Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine.”

Rob Ford shocked Toronto today by admitting that he had smoked crack in what he described as one of his “drunken stupors” he has been slowly admitting to over the last few days. Ford said he does not remember a tape being recorded.

The mayor met a media scrum today sweating from his brow as he invited the press to re-ask him the questions they had originally asked in May. He admitted he has a problem with alcohol and reminded the media that they have seen him drunk in public several times after admitting that he had smoked crack.

In light of all the recent developments in the Rob Ford crack scandal that have erupted this week — a huge return in interest to the scandal that has been smouldering for six months — we can take away one thing: admitting to having smoked crack cocaine is Rob Ford’s easy way out.

Make no mistake, there is nothing easy about a sitting mayor facing the press and admitting that he has used crack cocaine, but if a serial liar like Rob Ford is willing to admit such a damaging fact then the press and public is only left to wonder what else is not being revealed.

Admitting to having smoked crack isn’t easy, but it is the easiest thing he can do right now to divert attention from the rest of the ongoing investigation around Lisi in which he in involved and minimize damage to his political career.

If the least damaging thing the mayor can do right now is admit to smoking crack, the police and media need to find out more about any involvement with the woman who disappeared from the crack house he was in and the murder of Anthony Smith.

The mayor’s connections to drug dealer Sandro Lisi, accusations that he has been paying the hydro bill for a crack house, a never ending stream of evidence that indicates the mayor has been driving drunk, these all appear to be just the tip of the iceberg in this scandal.

Up to this point the mayor has been fighting to maintain things as they were at City Hall, trying to get back to his election message of savings and subways, but with the announcement that the police have in their possession a copy of the video in which Rob Ford was captured smoking crack Ford has been forced to changed his game plan. Now the man is no longer trying to keep things at the status quo, but struggling to control the damage that is erupting around him.

One of the more pressing issues at stake here is the matters of the missing woman, Jaclyn Dawe, who was last seen in February at the house where Ford was recorded smoking crack around what may have been the same period of time. The other is the murder of Anthony Smith, a name that has been tied to the crack scandal since the photo emerged of Ford posing with him and two other young men, both now incarcerated and deeply involved in gang activity.

The police, using public channels to appeal to Ford for an interview, are tracing together all the dots in the case that continually hits new depths of depravity. We know that Ford was in close contact with Lisi on the day that Smith was murdered. We know that Ford has met Smith. We know that Ford was at the house where Dawe went missing, and the crack tape may have been recorded around the same time she was last seen there. We know that there is a second tape.

What we don’t know is how Rob Ford factors into Lisi’s criminal activity and how much this duo have to do with this missing woman and murdered man, and this is exactly what we need to be looking for behind Ford’s distracting admission of alcohol and drug abuse.


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Rob Ford’s problems have gone even more international with jokes about the troubled mayor making it all the way to the American politics/comedy show the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Check out what Stewart had to say about the new revelations in Ford’s ongoing struggle above.

What do you think, is the international embarrassment worth the priceless humour it has generated?


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3 must-watch sad gay movies

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Sad | Comedy | Epic Gay


So you’re looking for a sad movie to watch. That is understandable, the weather is getting colder and you’ve got a flurry of emotions you just need to let out from your last breakup, and sad movies have a lot less calories than chocolate. But who the hell cares to watch the epic tragedies of straight people when you can indulge in your own self pity by watching sad gay movies?

Here is a run-down of three sad gay movies to get your tear ducts working.


1. Brokeback Mountain

Notable for:

  • Being one of the most beautiful gay love stories to ever grace the screen.
  • Forever cementing its two male leads into the realm of gay fantasy.
  • Anne Hathaway delivering an epic 80s bitch performance on the phone with Heath Ledger’s character towards the end. Big hair? Check. Big nails? Check. Big attitude? Check, check, check.
  • And who can forget the scene that first romantic night up on Brokeback where Health Ledger’s character erroneously taught a generation of tops that you can just jam it in no lube, no problem?

Gay cred:
If you are a gay man and haven’t seen this movie go do it right this second. If you aren’t left bawling like a baby at the end, sorry dude, that’s it, you’re straight.


2. A Single Man

Notable for:

  • Being the directorial debut of fashion designer and known locker room towel snapper Tom Ford.
  • Being one of the most depressing movies you can watch if you are gay. Like, seriously.
  • That really sexy scene with Colin Firth getting hit on by a Spanish hustler in a liquor store parking lot.
  • Julianne Moore’s character playing the perfect fag hag. Warning ladies, this could be you at 50.

Gay cred:
This is a pretty seminal movie for gay men, but just don’t watch it on a date — it is far too depressing for anything other than lone viewing in sweat pants while looking at old photo albums. When I say depressing I mean depressing even by gay movie standards, since they’re all so depressing anyway. Try not to call any ex-boyfriends when the credits roll.


3. Weekend

Notable for:

  • Its amazing portrayal of lust/love/whirlwind emotion.
  • The two dashing British stars you will have a crush on from now into eternity after watching.
  • Did I mention the accents? Yes, cute guys with accents kissing and sexing each other.
  • Being the only movie on this list where no one dies, so if you’re trying to pick a date movie this might the the one, but why not wait for the next installment about great gay comedies? Why would anyone watch a sad movie with someone they’re trying to wheel with?

Gay cred:
While this is the newest entry on the list it is sure to be a classic, having already been inducted into the Criterion Collection. If you haven’t seen it yet at least watch it so that you can lord over your friends how you are so cultured because you watch foreign movies.



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YES PLEASE: There is another Taiwanese animation of the Rob Ford crack scandal

It is official, the hyped insanity around the latest developments in the Rob Ford crack scandal has gone international. We know this is the real deal not because of the countless talented journalists internationally who have picked up their pens and microphones to give press to our fair city and our troubled politicians, because there is a Taiwanese animation of the scandal going on here and it is priceless.

The animation company NMA World Edition regularly makes videos depicting celebrity and news scandals that, while fudging the facts a little bit, are often hilarious depictions of what is going on in the headlines.

NMA had previously made a Rob Ford video when news of the crack tape first broke back in May.

Check out the original video below and the new video above.


Let us know what you think: hilarious or tasteless?


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Rob Ford, the man at the centre of the biggest scandal to hit Toronto politics in recent memory, made a surprise appearance on the John Oakley Show on AM640 this morning to set the record, erm, somewhat more straight in the light of the recent bombshell that the police have a copy of the video that shows the mayor smoking an illicit substance, widely reported to be crack cocaine.

The show was troubling, not only to those who long ago gave up on the troubled mayor, but to those who have steadfastly supported him throughout his personal troubles. He admits flatly that he drinks, making a liar out of his and his brother’s previous statements to the contrary. He also admits to being “inebriated” in public, again making lies out of his previous denials.

Here are some of the choice quotes from the radio interview.


“What else can I do Johnny? I’m only human. There are a lot of perfect people out there, I’m not one of them.”

“All I can do is apologise and move on.”

“Show the people, show everyone the video.”

“[Laughing] I am not an alcoholic, I am not a drug addict.”

“I don’t use drugs. I drink, don’t get me wrong, I’m the first one to enjoy a few cocktails.”

“I shouldn’t have went down to the [Taste of the] Danforth inebriated. I shouldn’t have had a pretty wild St. Patrick’s Day party in my office. I shouldn’t have done that.”

“If I’m an addict then I would not be able to show up for work every single day, and you know I do not miss work.”

— “Have I drank a little to much at times? You’re absolutely right”
— “A little too much?
— “A lot too much.”

“I like to relax like everyone else and I’m only human.”

“I can’t push a button right now and say ‘make this all disappear.'”

“I’m not here to make excuses.”

“I’m not commenting on anything to do with what’s before the courts.”

“With all due respect to you John, the media, and the papers, I don’t listen to you.”

“Doug will be provincial, he will be premier one day.”

“Any member of my executive committee, if you want to go, go. I’ll be running the ship, even if it’s by myself.”

Caller: “I think I would be a drunk too if I had to deal with the left wing council you have every day.”

“I knew John, there was cars behind me, cars here and they were hiding and so I called them and said I think I have people following me and they said ‘no, no one is following you.'”

“There’s gonna always be haters, Johnny.”


Listen to the clip below:

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Honest TTC riders leave fares even with no attendant

This past week a photo began circulating online on social media showing that, even in the absence of a TTC employee or a coin box, many Torontonians will still pay their fare to ride the subway.

Take a look at the photo below.

honest ttc



Let us know:

Do you pay your fare even when there is no attendant on duty?

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Rob Ford might have used a fake voice on a radio call in show to defend Rob Ford

Welcome to Rob Ford’s la-la-land. He’s been caught on tape smoking crack and for half a year now he’s been slowly losing it with ass grabbing scandals, alcoholism scandals, gang associations, an ominous murder, extortion, and drugs.

So it obviously makes sense that RoFo wouldn’t think twice about calling in to a radio show in defense of himself while pretending to be some schlub from the hood. I mean, his office has done something almost exactly like that before, and it must be difficult to see yourself and political career (not to mention personal life) imploding like the Hindenburg — and the dude was in serious need of a scrap of good press before taking the kids out trick-or-treating, right?

The #TOpoli twitterati are somewhat inclined to think it is the other brother in the Ford clan, Randy, who would still be lying about his identity, but the caller’s behaviour is very much in line with someone caught with their hand in a cookie jar after he is called out as Mayor Ford by the host.

Listen below and let us know what you think. Is this Rob Ford calling into a radio show with a fake name?

Do you think this is Rob Ford?


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Why do you think it is okay to bully children like Rebecca Black or Alison Gold?

It must make you feel pretty big to verbally abuse a child.

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since millions of adults have mercilessly bullied a child and thought it was okay. Jeez, that must be a couple years gone since the entire world jumped on the bandwagon and taunted, teased, berated, dehumanised, and despised little Rebecca Black.

So we’re about due for that again, right? Why don’t we all get together online and lay a litany of horrible things to a little girl who is trying her best to start a music career. Why don’t we all show our ugliest sides and spew vile, hurtful things at a little girl who is singing about something sweet and innocent and make her feel really bad about herself.

A couple of days ago BuzzFeed took the reigns on this one and tore apart a music video by a little girl named Alison Gold singing about how much she loves Chinese food and the rest of the internet followed. The song shares a producer with Rebecca Black’s YouTube video that everyone interpreted as a giant ‘Kick Me” sign.

What they did — and you probably did to Alison Gold or Rebecca Black — is wrong.

There is actually a name for all of that, all of those horrible things said; all the taunting, teasing, berating, dehumanising, despising, insulting; all of the horrible things directed at these little girls. It is called bullying and it is wrong.

The strangest thing happens when the internet gets involved here. All of the people who would be the first to denounce the bullying that caused the the suicide deaths of Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons become different people. These same folks have no issue when it comes to piling on the abuse towards these other little girls.

This is why we even have a special designation for bullying that uses technology: cyber-bullying. When it is a computer or cell phone screen that is between the bully and the person they are hurting, for whatever reason, a lot of people’s consciences magically allow them to be cruel. They don’t have the same empathy and hesitation because they don’t have to see the person they are hurting when they hurt them, but the impact the words have doesn’t degrade once it goes through a modem.

If we can all agree that what happened to Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons was wrong why on earth would we think that it okay when the magnitude of the abuse expands to include millions of people?

It is a miracle that these internet punching bags like Rebecca Black or Alison Gold haven’t been driven to their breaking point — but just because the collective abuse of the internet doesn’t have a body count doesn’t mean it is okay by any stretch of the imagination.

The only answer you can think of as to why bullying Rebecca Black is more okay than bullying Amanda Todd or Rehtaeh Parsons is that you didn’t take part in bullying those two little girls who killed themselves.

This is a real little girl, and the song actually isn’t that bad. She likes Chinese food. She likes dancing around and being silly. She doesn’t know that geishas are from Japan, not China. Oh my god, she’s a tween-age girl!

So, you who thinks it is okay to bully a child, why don’t you pause for a second before you hit send on that abusive comment? How about you get over yourself. What exactly are you doing that makes you so much better than this little girl? Why are you rushing for a chance to get your kicks in?

Is it because BuzzFeed told you this song isn’t cool and you can’t make up your own mind? Is it because you are some kind of musical prodigy who can only express their knowledge by calling a twelve year old a bitch? Or is it because it makes you feel just a little bit cooler and better about yourself to dismiss something and you never stopped to think that there is a real, actual, living and breathing human being who might be hurt by the comments of a stranger?

Bullying is bullying and you can’t expect kids to stop doing it in hallways if it is considered completely acceptable towards people like Rebecca Black or Alison Gold.

Grow the hell up.



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