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article imageToronto Mayor: 'I'm not talking to the Star until they apologize' Special

By Andrew Moran     Dec 2, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, alongside City Manager Joe Pennachetti and Councillors Paul Ainslie and Sarah Doucette, launched the annual Toy Drive at city hall Friday. Ford also talked to reporters about pool shutdowns and the Toronto Star.
Santa Ford? Inside city hall on Friday, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as well as two members of city council and City Manager Joe Pennachetti launched the annual City of Toronto Toy Drive. With the help of several children, Ford began to build the first pile of toys.
Until Dec. 23, Torontonians will have the opportunity to drop off new, unwrapped toys and gift cards to seven locations. The presents will then be evenly distributed by toy drive programs managed by Global Toronto/Toronto Firefighters and CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish.
City Manager Joe Pennachetti (L)  Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and City Councillor Paul Ainsle (R)
City Manager Joe Pennachetti (L), Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and City Councillor Paul Ainsle (R)
The City noted in a press release that there is usually a shortage of gifts targeted towards boys and pre-teens. City staff added that gift cards for department stores and grocery stores can also help those truly in need.
“It's our goal to help make this holiday season a festive and memorable one for everyone. This year, we want to collect more toys than ever before, and gift cards, to help the needy children across this entire city,” said the mayor. “That’s why the City’s Toy Drive has added drop off boxes in all five Civic Centres, Metro Hall and City Hall. This will make it even easier for anyone to share in the season of giving… These families and children truly appreciate it.”
Drop off locations:
City Hall – 100 Queen Street West
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford helping pile gifts for the City s Toy Drive.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford helping pile gifts for the City's Toy Drive.
Metro Hall – 55 John Street
Etobicoke Civic Centre – 399 The West Mall
North York Civic Centre – 5100 Yonge Street
East York Civic Centre – 850 Coxwell Avenue
Scarborough Civic Centre – 150 Borough Drive
York Civic Centre – 2700 Eglinton Avenue West
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford helping pile gifts for the City s Toy Drive.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford helping pile gifts for the City's Toy Drive.
Following the toy drive, Ford held a brief media scrum where he was asked about the closing pools and his situation with the Toronto Star. He told reporters that he saved 100 pools and that the Star situation could go on forever.
“We saved over 100 pools, we’re keeping 100 pools open,” said Ford, who released the 2012 capital and operating draft budget this week. “We could have closed a lot more, but kids are going to have a wonderful experience swimming in the pool.”
He added a lot more pools were going to be shut down, but now they will keep them open.
When asked if he had any message for the Star, Ford responded that he isn’t “talking to them until they apologize.”
“As you know, they wrote an untrue story about me coaching football, and I’m still coaching and I coach thousands of kids and it’s the best thing around,” explained the mayor. “So talk to the kids or talk to the principal at Don Boscoe. I’m not talking to the Toronto Star until they apologize to me for writing a false story.”
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