Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Snow Days

Snow days are some of the most anticipated days of the school year for students; the extra day off to work on that project, or study for that test, or for some, just relax and lounge around in your pjs all day. For me, I wake up at 7, and in the wintertime, check my phone and go on the website to check if its a no bus day, and when it is, I jump for joy and run into the next room to tell my mother the good news that she's stuck with me for the day and go back to sleep. After a well deserved nap I generally go downstairs and play on the Playstation until mother gets up. Most kids would say that snow days are the best days of the year, but for the rest of the population, they are less then optimal. Adults have to get up in the mornings to get to work, instead of sleeping in they are expected to be there, so they have to spend an extra 20 minutes to an hour to clear out the driveway. The roads are slippery and hazardous and cause accidents. This is generally a frustrating experience for anyone who needs to go to work, and if your child is to young to stay home alone, you need to find another child care service to watch them while you are at work. All in all, snow days may be fun for high school students and some kids, but are an annoyance to adults and the working class of people.

Status Quo

Mayor Rob Ford. The laughing stock of Toronto. What will he do next? Doesn't matter, what matters is what he has done, how he made Toronto a point on the map to countries all over the world. The scandal of "The Crack Smoking Mayor of Toronto" has been made a headline across the world, giving comedians like Jon Stewart and Bill Maher near limitless material to make fun of, going as far as to say "For once you actually hear that someone else besides America has F***ed up" (Bill Maher 2013).
The crack scandal started back earlier this year in May, beginning with the accusations that he had smoked crack, including a video that proved, the subject was denied by Ford, who responded by calling reporters "maggots". Later in June, Ford was asked by reporters if he was worried that the alleged video is now part of evidence that will come out in court: He replied "I can't comment on something that I've never seen or doesn't exist, I don't know how many more times I've got to say this. I've answered so many questions, I don't know if you guys can't get it through your thick skulls." (Rob Ford 2013)
On October 31st, the police chief of Toronto revealed that a video taken from a hard drive existed of Rob Ford's actions, and five days later on November 5th, he admits to "smoking crack under a drunken stupor".
This isn't the first time that Rob Ford has been in trouble for drug possession, in 1999 he was arrested in Miami for driving under the influence and marijuana possession.
On Wednesday November 13 2013, council members asked Rob Ford to take a leave of absence from being mayor. Out of 44 Council members the vote was 37-5 for the Mayor of Toronto to take a leave.
November 17th Ford stated on Fox news that "one day I do want to run for Prime Minister" and reiterates he has no plans to step down as Mayor.
November 28th, Maclean's magazine chooses Rob Ford as "Newsmaker of the Year"
As if it couldn't get any worse, in December Ford offered $5000 dollars and a new car, in exchange for the video of him smoking crack.
Although Rob Ford has done a lot of bad, he did keep his promises that he made before he was in office. What really matters in this is what you think of Rob Ford, and how you believe he will function as Mayor of Toronto in the future, and if you will vote for him, after all this, I'm surprised anyone will vote to keep in "The Crack Smoking Mayor of Toronto."