Toronto - January 18, 2014
From Montreal to Moscow, pretty much the whole world knows about Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s penchant for, shall we say, unusual and illegal extracurricular activities. While walking around in downtown Toronto, we were amused to see that Mayor Ford’s own constituents weren’t above poking fun at his misadventures. Instead of the ubiquitous Che Guevara or Moose Crossing t-shirts, novelty stores on Bloor proudly displayed their selection of funny Rob Ford apparel, perhaps hoping to capitalize on the newfound notoriety of the city’s pre-eminent politician.
While the Dundas Square in downtown Toronto has all the glitz and glamour of New York’s Time Square, there was a certain je-ne-sais-quoi missing in the atmosphere. On an early weekday morning, there wasn’t quite the hustle and bustle one would witness in the middle of Manhattan. That is not too surprising, though. After all, Toronto is a city of just over 2.5 million inhabitants, while there are closer to 8.4 million New Yorkers going about their business every day. One thing’s for sure, we didn’t see The Naked Cowboy’s winter-hardened cousin in the streets of Hogtown. Maybe he was having a warm cup of coffee at the corner Tim Horton’s.