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article imageToronto Mayor Rob Ford: City at the table with CUPE Local 416 Special

By Andrew Moran     Feb 4, 2012 in Politics
Toronto - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, alongside three members of city council, walked throughout the Scarborough Town Centre Saturday as part of his Cut The Waist Challenge. At the community walk, Ford was pressed on CUPE 416 and the Toronto Transit Commission.
In the midst of reports that the City will implement new terms and conditions on more than 6,000 outside workers if a fresh collective bargaining agreement is not approved by 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, City Councillor Doug Ford, shed some more pounds Saturday as part of the Cut The Waist Challenge.
As of Saturday, both Fords have each lost a total of 16 lbs. Every Monday until the middle of June, both men will take part in a public weigh-in to measure their progress.
Councillor Norm Kelly speaking with colleagues Councillors Gary Crawford and Doug Ford.
Councillor Norm Kelly speaking with colleagues Councillors Gary Crawford and Doug Ford.
Alongside Councillors Gary Crawford and Norm Kelly, the brothers walked from one end of Scarborough Town Centre to the other and back. Swarmed by reporters and photographers during the entire walk, the duo was asked about negotiations with Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 416 and transit.
Shoppers were surprised to see the mayor, as well with mall security and police officers, at Scarborough’s premiere mall and many took photos with Ford – not so much with his brother and Councillors Crawford and Kelly.
Although the reception was generally welcoming with many congratulating Ford on his job as mayor and telling him to “keep up the good work,” there was one gentleman who quietly criticized Ford to himself. One reporter attempted to ask the gentleman about what he said, but the man was defensive and refused to speak.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford swarmed by reporters and photographers as he heads up the escalator at the Sc...
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford swarmed by reporters and photographers as he heads up the escalator at the Scarborough Town Centre.
A member of Ford’s staff told Digital Journal that they plan to visit more shopping centres throughout the next several weeks, including possibly the Eaton Centre.
Last week, Ford visited Eglinton Square, also located in Scarborough.
‘We’re at the table’
When asked about the reports of new terms and conditions being imposed on the outside workers, Ford responded as he was walking that he “can’t get into specifics,” but noted that “we’re at the table.” Repeatedly, Ford was pressed on the talks, but he refused to comment.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford talking to City Councillor Norm Kelly.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford talking to City Councillor Norm Kelly.
During a press scrum outside of the shopping mall, the mayor was asked if he had any contingency plans.
“I am going to discuss that after 12:00 I’m very confident we can get a deal, so I can’t comment until at that time,” said Ford, who was then asked about reports showing progress in the negotiations. “I’m very optimistic, I’m very confident we can strike a deal.”
Close to the end of the scrum, Councillor Ford said that they were there to discuss transit in the City. When asked about a new poll that shows a majority of downtowners do not support burying the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown transit line, the scrum ended.
Before he left, Ford provided an update on his challenge and said he plans to work out more and stay away from chicken wings during the Super Bowl. He thinks the New England Patriots have to play harder, but thinks the New York Giants will win Sunday.
A crowd swarming Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at the Scarborough Town Centre during his Cut The Waist Chal...
A crowd swarming Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at the Scarborough Town Centre during his Cut The Waist Challenge community walk.
A supporter congratulating Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (R) and Councillor Doug Ford.
A supporter congratulating Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (R) and Councillor Doug Ford.
A supporter hugging Toronto Mayor Rob Ford when he entered the Scarborough Town Centre.
A supporter hugging Toronto Mayor Rob Ford when he entered the Scarborough Town Centre.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Norm Kelly wave to workers at Scarborough Town Centre.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Norm Kelly wave to workers at Scarborough Town Centre.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
City Councillor Doug Ford posing for a photograph with a supporter.
City Councillor Doug Ford posing for a photograph with a supporter.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford thanking a Scarborough Town Centre security guard.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford thanking a Scarborough Town Centre security guard.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his staff at Scarborough Town Centre.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his staff at Scarborough Town Centre.
From left to right: City Councillor Gary Crawford  Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and City Councillor Norm K...
From left to right: City Councillor Gary Crawford, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and City Councillor Norm Kelly leave Scarborough Town Centre.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (R) and Councillor Doug Ford talk to reporters outside the Scarborough Town C...
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (R) and Councillor Doug Ford talk to reporters outside the Scarborough Town Centre.
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