This was not an April Fool’s Day joke.
In fact, Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti has been saying for days he feels opponents put so much stress on former mayor Rob Ford, they helped ruin his health.
He was furious when he saw a number of people who weren’t friendly to Ford “when he was struggling and at his lowest point” in the front rows of his funeral.
On Friday, Mammoliti released his “Dirty Half Dozen” list.
“If I Die Tomorrow, These 6 People Need Not Attend the Funeral — Shelley Carroll, Adam Vaughan, Gord Perks, Janet Davis, Joe Mihevc and Josh Matlow,” he wrote before going on to accuse the six of attacking Ford and now pretending to respect him.
“I could not believe what I saw in the days after his death from these people. Even God was squirming in his own house with their presence.”
No comment so far from the “Half Dozen.”
They say Hurricane Hazel McCallion is retired and kicking back.
“You want my new card,” she teased when I met her for coffee this week.
She fumbled around in her purse and pulled one out. Then a second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and finally an eighth card.
The legendary 95-year-old former mayor of Mississauga has eight new jobs.
“I am still not as busy as I was when I was in the mayor’s office,” she said.
The first card is her own Hurricane Hazel, a Life with Purpose consultant card. Then there is chief elder officer for Revera Inc. She’s a member of the Board of Regents for the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, an adviser to Lee Li Holdings, chief advisory officer for Shenglin Financial, and an honorary guardian at Trillium Health Partners. She’s also a “business ambassador” for Speigel Nichols Fox LLP Barristers and Solicitors and a “special adviser” to the principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga.
She’s still very engaged in politics, too.
So what does she think is going to happen in Ward 2 now that Councillor Rob Ford has passed?
“I think Doug Ford is a great guy and would be good provincially,” she said. “Besides, I don’t think he could beat John Tory. He is doing such a good job. It would be hard to beat Tory.”
It will be interesting to see if Doug Ford goes for his old seat back in Ward 2.
I hope so because it would shake things up at City Hall.
Ford was on John Oakley’s AM640 show on Friday and said he thinks a byelection won’t happen until October — leaving the ward without representation for six months.
I hear council talking about procedures, but if they cared about fairness they would declare the seat vacant and take it to the voters ASAP.
Of course, there are people afraid of the upswing and frenzy surrounding Ford Nation following Rob Ford’s incredible visitation, funeral and celebration of life party.
The talking point is Doug can’t sustain Ford Nation. The best way to find out is to test it. I can’t see Doug doing party politics at Queen’s Park. If he chooses City Hall, we’ll have a barnburner of an election for mayor in 2018 with two excellent candidates.
Meanwhile, I just want to do a shout-out to all the great Ford Nation citizens I met at the Congress Centre Wednesday night. What a bash. It was a Ford Fest. Only thing missing was Rob.
Special hats off to incredible reggae artist Jay Douglas and his hand members Everton “Pablo” Paul on drums, Joe Palawan on keyboards, Chris Butcher on trombone and bassist Keith Dineayal. Wow, I love them.
Same goes for my favourite, Jenny James, who dazzled with two amazing sets along with her Jen and the Men bandmates — sound man Brian Mann, bassist Paul Cafarelli, guitarist Geoff Hlibka, guitar and saxophone player Vito Alvaro and drummer Marco Del Degan.
And thanks, Ford Nation. Why do I have a feeling we’ll all see each other again?
Have a super weekend everybody. Scrawler out.