It's been one flub after another since the man of the people stormed into office with the backing of a "nation" who said he'd be the best mayor we've ever seen.
• Ford shocks the city, not to mention himself, by getting elected mayor with a stunning 47 per cent of the vote.
• The guest speaker at his inauguration, Don Cherry, sets the regime's confrontational tone, declaring Ford is "going to be the greatest mayor this city has ever seen. Put that in your pipe, you left-wing kooks."
• Ford cows centrist councillors and quickly delivers on his campaign promise to repeal the vehicle registration tax, even roping in lefty councillors like Paula Fletcher, who later recants.
• Soon after, the famous "cheat sheets" surface - the Ford faction's method of letting sympathetic councillors know which way to vote.
• Ford wins council vote 32 to 13 to privatize garbage collection between Yonge and the Humber River - without a formal request for proposals.
• A complaint is filed with the Compliance Audit Committee alleging Ford's campaign borrowed almost $70,000 from a Ford family company. The probe is ongoing.
• In a vote orchestrated by the mayor's office, council decides to remove the Jarvis bike lanes. Cyclists, Ford famously pronounced just before the election, are a "pain in the ass for motorists."
• Ford gives the finger to a woman who spots him talking on his cellphone while driving.
• First sign the mayor is on the verge of losing control of council: after a massive outcry from planners and developers, he backs down on his dippy plan to seize the port lands project from Waterfront Toronto, thus nixing his bro's dreams of Ferris wheels and big-box stores.
• Irate mayor calls 911, citing fears for his six-year-old's safety, when comic Mary Walsh, aka Marg Delahunty, ambushes him in his driveway for This Hour Has 22 Minutes skit. When the police don't respond lickety-split, Ford calls the dispatcher back, using the the f-word.
January 17, 2012
• Council revolts. A coalition of left and centre councillors reverses $19 million in service cuts in Ford's 2012 budget, delivering the mayor's first decisive defeat.
• After months of plotting, Ford engineers a vote by the TTC board to sack super-competent TTC general manager Gary Webster, a critic of Ford's Sheppard subway plan. This is the final straw for TTC chair Karen Stintz, who wins a council vote to build LRTs on Finch and make the Eglinton line above-ground east of Laird, in defiance of the mayor. The will of council, the weakened chief magistrate declares, is "irrelevant."
• The insurgency continues: council kicks Ford allies off the TTC board for their role in firing Webster.
• Resident Paul Magder files a legal application alleging Ford broke the Municipal Conflict Of Interest Act and should be removed from office for voting to excuse himself from paying back $3,150 donated improperly by lobbyists to his football foundation.
• Council officially kills Ford's subway dream by voting for LRT on Sheppard.
• T.O.'s medical officer of health, Dr. David McKeown, pushes the idea of lowering speed limits. On air, Ford calls the idea "nuts, nuts, nuts" and McKeown's salary "ridiculous." A complaint is filed with the integrity commissioner.
• The mayor charges at panicked Star reporter Daniel Dale, who is checking out Ford's property line while investigating Ford's bid to buy parkland next to his Etobicoke home.
• A freedom of information request turns up the fact that the mayor attends only 11 meetings a week some months. There are reports the he often doesn't leave his home until noon and is a no-show at long-scheduled meetings.
• A Twitter photo shows Ford driving on the Gardiner while reading. "I'm trying to catch up on my work," he says. Police beg him to get a driver and save a life.
• Ford testifies at his conflict-of-interest hearing, denying any wrongdoing and showing spectacular ignorance of the rules.
• He jumps on the gravy train: the Globe reports the mayor's staff is being used to help him with his football coaching hobby.