Photograph by REUTERS/Mark Blinch
UP IN SMOKE
Toronto has long been considered a good place to do business. (Our friends over at The Economist even called it "livable.") But that reputation is in jeopardy thanks to the circus overtaking Toronto City Hall. On May 16, U.S. news and gossip website Gawker announced that its staff had viewed a video of Ford smoking crack cocaine, an accusation quickly backed up by two Toronto Star reporters who said they had also viewed the video. Since then, Ford has been in free fall, throwing blame and refusing to answer questions related to his alleged substance-abuse problem. As a result, Ford has even less control of council than before. Members of his staff have been resigning at an alarming rate, and those who remain are slowly leaking inside information to the press. City Hall has spiralled so out of control that Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne expressed her concern and suggested provincial intervention was not out of the question. Meanwhile, the Ford fiasco has pushed a much-needed (and delayed) $34-billion transit plan on the back burner. Ford continues to try to distract by pointing to his "fiscal record," and insists it's "business as usual" in Toronto. But whether or not Ford actually has a drug problem (it has not been proven that he has)-he still has a massive drug problem: namely that his reluctance to deal with the accusations against him has brought the city's business to a halt.