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article imageToronto Mayor Rob Ford wants city as clean as a 'new $5 bill' Special

By Andrew Moran     Apr 4, 2012 in Politics
Toronto - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, alongside City Councillor Cesar Palacio, helped kick off the Clean Toronto Together initiative for 2012 on Wednesday. The mayor also spoke briefly about casinos and a possible referendum.
Will the city of Toronto ever be as clean as a “new $5 bill”? That is the goal of Mayor Rob Ford for this year’s annual community cleanup initiative. Speaking at city hall, Ford, alongside Councillor Cesar Palacio, helped officially launch the Clean Toronto Together campaign.
The campaign will include a cleanup day for businesses and schools on Apr. 20 and on the following day will involve community cleanup. On the community cleanup day, Ford will help pick up trash at the Amesbury Park in the western part of the city. He is also encouraging Torontonians to help do their part in this program.
Cesar Palacio  City Councillor and staunch Rob Ford ally  speaks at a media event to help launch the...
Cesar Palacio, City Councillor and staunch Rob Ford ally, speaks at a media event to help launch the annual Clean Toronto Together program at city hall.
“We can all work together to clean up an area around the workplace and students can work together by cleaning up an area around the school,” stated Ford, who also introduced a contest for this year’s challenge. “Cleaning up our city starts right here and right now folks. Get together with friends, family, neighbours and clean up a public park, a ravine or a neighbourhood.”
Ford urged residents to contact city hall if they find any graffiti, which he noted is something he hates. “Please, folks, don’t forget about graffiti. If you see it take a picture of it, send it to my office and we will get that graffiti cleaned up.”
Palacio reiterated Ford’s remarks about graffiti and called the campaign one of the most successful and greatest initiatives the city has.
For those interested in participating, you can pick up your free cleaning kit (Glad garbage bags) at participating Pizza Pizza locations.
Casinos referendum
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaking at a media event for the annual Clean Toronto Together 2012 initiati...
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaking at a media event for the annual Clean Toronto Together 2012 initiative at city hall.
Since the Ontario Lottery Gaming’s plan for a casino in Toronto was approved by the Ontario government, there has been a lot of talk about where to place the casinos. There has been speculation that the choices have come down to the Exhibition Place and Ontario Place.
The mayor said he supports casinos regardless because they create “well-paying jobs,” but noted that he favours Woodbine as the place to establish a casino.
“I’m up for anything, if you want to put it at Ontario Place or anywhere else, I’m open to the idea,” said Ford. “Casinos are going to stimulate our economy, they’re going to create jobs and that’s a fact.”
When asked if he supported a referendum, the mayor responded that he has never opposed a referendum and has always been open to one. “I think they should put a couple of questions on a referendum.”
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