STM, I don’t mean to insult you, but are you living underneath a rock? No? Is your television broken? No? That’s strange… What about your internet? Oh, of course not. The point I'm trying to make is that our school is not buzzing with a new, juicy, shocking story and I’m disappointed. The teachers know it and so do your parents…
It’s not a conspiracy! It’s actual news (so Justin Bieber or Selena Gomez will NOT be featured). Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto is being forced to step down! What brought on this random push for Ford to be out of power? Good question. See, it starts a long time ago when young Rob Ford was simply a city councillor, who thought he was doing a good deed by coaching a charity football team. At that point, nothing wrong, corrupted or illegal had taken place. The problem is that Rob Ford needed money for his team and (this is the corrupted part) he sent out letters, on city hall letterhead, asking for donations.
The idea is that people felt pressured due to Mr. Ford’s position on city council. He raised a grand total of $3,150. When this was discovered recently, it was decided that Mayor Ford should pay back this money. Now, that could have been the end of a somewhat irrelevant story, but that would be too easy.
This decision needed to be voted upon by the city council, and Mayor Ford took it upon himself to be a part of that vote. It’s easy to figure out how he voted. This is a direct violation of Ontario’s Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, and the reason why Mayor Ford has to step down. The most hilarious part is that Ford claimed he had no idea he was doing anything wrong! If you were to look further into Ford’s past, you would find a career of ignorance. You might think this is the end of our action-packed adventure, but it’s not.
Toronto now has to go into a by-election, which is an election before a term of office is finished. However, the court ruling that decided Mayor Ford has to step down forgot to mention whether or not he can run in the by-election. Now there is a debate about whether or not he can run for Mayor again. Mayor Ford is grasping at straws to hold onto powers, and some citizens in Toronto are questioning whether or not they should even have a by-election. An election would cost Toronto millions of taxpayer’s dollars to finish a term of office which ends in about a year anyways.
This is fast becoming an entertaining miniature political soap opera, which shows that politics can be interesting and can be understood by everyone. Also if, by this point, you don't view Mayor Ford as an example of what ignorance can do to your career and your life, please scroll back to the top of this article and read it again.