A tale of Two Cities: a reflection on the meta text of Mayor Ford’s style of leadership.

October 22, 2013

YOU MIGHT SEE the gas plant scandal, ORNGE, and E-Health monster financial boondoggles, as Romper Room, compared with the miseries of the Green Energy Act. Look around Ontario for a province on a fast track to bankruptcy: wasteful politicians, and green projects built on complete fantasies, untold miseries of which are now unfolding in courtrooms, rural and cottage landscapes, iconic Canadian places such as where the Group of Seven painted. Pray that the catapult to the brick wall could possibly be halted. One of the most common expressions as we walked the streets of Toronto (and Ontario) during some recent elections was the expression of almost shock: “I had no idea the politicians are doing this to us. They are the worst scandal themselves.” Microcosm of the Province: the City of Toronto, fourth largest economy in North America. Used to be: Spend more, think less. (Mr Miller is currently rewarded for his cronyism and misshapen policies with a plumb position as the President and CEO of WWF. Mr Miller also rewarded the taxpayers with an utterly useless CNE turbine that has not worked since day one, a complete boondoggle to the taxpayers, a massive City hiring the year before he left office, as well as a totally unnecessary taxpayer funded UK office for his green to be exploits. We will never forget Mr. Miller’s angelic face recorded at Copenhagen on the 1 minute loop, in front of the CNE turbine.) Enter Ford Nation: unbelievably, wildly popular, with thousands appearing in parks in various sides of the city, Ford Fests, recorded by the media as hundreds as in Etobicoke, really two or three thousand, or as in Scarborough, two thousand, when there were five. The centre of Toronto appears to have “willful blindness.” Call these two sisters: downtown and burbs. These two equally powerful ladies are like an ancient tale of two cities, one circumambulating the other. Two sisters, one comfortable and powerful in the downtown provincial arms of Liberal land and the whiny other sis, the Burbs, stretching muscle and realizing that with six degrees of separation, and with some new rules of engagement, they might yet be civil and more. What is the Ford Nation? Is it a fan club, a social movement? We imagine that it is part of a rather deep social protest: a protest against waste and arrogance, against now recognized we would say planned obsolescence (how else do you describe some of the decisions around transit for example), provincial scurrilous scandals that help push us ever closer to bankruptcy, against an establishment that includes Liberal and “green” policies that have now heaped us high in unemployment, in corporate debacles, and sky rocket high in debt, and social angst. Another two sisters, city and province; and make no mistake about it, the City also drinks from the larger well. What poisons large, poisons the lesser. But what Mayor Ford represents, in the entire political arena, succinctly, is a breath of fresh air.Facts: Mayor Ford donates his salary to charity. Mayor Ford consistently answers phone calls from all areas of the city. Mayor Ford’s staff is congenial and also answers phone calls. Mayor Ford is known for returning phone calls, for talking on the street and at events to folks about their kids, their sports activities, their gardening endeavors, their hopes for the city. Can’t recall another mayor who did this. (For facts on how the city is being handled economically, please visit the nearly weekly updates from the Office of the Mayor. It is a literature of fiscal restraint. He does this in spite of a bloated, in our view, council, which does not listen to the people very well at all.) As some would describe the style, it seems that the Mayor is “job crafting”. The essential meaning of this is someone who expands a desire to create or recreate a job in their own positive manner, not just acting from a list of “things to do” or tasks to accomplish. Some would say this approach involves finding meaning, and “doing things that benefit other people.” This creates its own energy not just for the job crafter, but for those around. In the building of the Ford brand, many would note the features of casual but fierce individuality, creativity and a sense of “great work”. The Mayor constantly surprises the city, and the familiar territory of TORONTO politics and a living breathing city, becomes a land to explore, to change, and keeping customer satisfaction ahead of all games. The Mayor’s favorite phrase: respect for the taxpayer. None of these ideas are new: organizational management books often speak of the fact that nothing is worse than a leader on auto pilot. The wish to make things better is found Inside the Meaningful Pause of the Intelligence. Maestro Zander, kept the lines of communication open. As the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, Zander had 100 musicians in what some would say, “absolute control.” Kind of like running a city. As recounted in “Great Work,” a new book release outlining inspirational stories on innovation on the job, Ben Zander had an idea: even a rebellious one. He had the life changing idea to “make others feel powerful.” He shortly began to place a blank sheet of white paper in front of each player, asking them for observations; ideas that might help them play the music more beautifully. When the players began to trust the genuine interest in the process, they bought in and ideas simply poured forth, with a deepening confidence of playing. The impact was, as Zander says, profound, even “life altering.” This is what Ford does effortlessly. Rather innately, it seems, Ford engages the practice of talking to everyone, without prejudices, without snobbery, taking opinions, visiting sections of the city, responding to those white pieces of paper that no other politician had ever thought to solicit, much less reflect upon. You might also call this process, improving the Mix, Checking for Fit. What we have heard, is that folks have had problems solved easily and that they have been able to speak with the Mayor, that he answers phone calls, and has an easy personable, even charming manner with them. This gets repeated from one side of the city to the other. It is unusual, and you often hear drivers calling out to the Mayor, “Good work, Mayor; Keep it up.” “Walking around Mangers” have a large advantage. They can assess different “shifts” of work, do their own quality control studies, and casually search for new ideas. Mayor Ford’s walking around is, we suggest, his request of all of us to fill in the white paper sketchpad, all the while making a better piece of music, and his real connection to the people of the city who are more than to be dismissed and disrespected with the most outrageous waste of the modern age via tax bills. Respect the tax payer, you got that right. Keep walking around, Mr. Ford. We like your common sense and humility. We appreciate the non-inflammatory “Aw Shucks” corrections to City Staff, and a unique approach to getting to the crannies of the city’s complaints, waste and foibles. Gretzy is often quoted as saying: “Skate to where the puck is going, not to where it has been.” We’d guess that Mayor Rob knows this quote well. Maybe the fascination for Mayor Ford is a bit “meta”. And maybe we just like the guy. Damn nice to talk to the Mayor who listens.

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3 Responses to “A tale of Two Cities: a reflection on the meta text of Mayor Ford’s style of leadership.”

  1. Supporter of Rob Ford Says:

    Mods of this website, do you have any tips in how rogue Ontario teachers in the TDSB can be exposed to the Canadian sheeple? There is tons of incriminating information about Gordy Stefulic, Vivian Mavrou, Mary Gowans, Varla Abrams and Nathalie Champagne which are waiting to be released to the public, but the left-wing news and the Canadian sheeple do not mind pedophiles and child predators teaching their children.

  2. Supporter of Rob Ford Says:

    DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE OF THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS
    BETWEEN:
    ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS
    and
    GORDANA ANNE STEFULIC

    NOTICE OF HEARING

    THE INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE OF THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS, pursuant to section 26, subsection (5) of the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996 (the “Act”), Statutes of Ontario, 1996, chapter 12, has directed that the matter hereinafter described regarding the conduct or actions of Gordana Anne Stefulic, Certificate No176236 , be referred to the Discipline Committee of the Ontario College of Teachers.

    IT IS ALLEGED that Gordana Anne Stefulic is guilty of professional misconduct as defined in subsections 30(2) and 40(1.1) of the Act in that:
    (a) she failed to maintain the standards of the profession, contrary to Ontario
    Regulation 437/97, subsection 1(5);

    (b) she abused a student or students physically, sexually, verbally, psychologically or emotionally, contrary to Ontario Regulation 437/97, subsection 1(7) and engaged in sexual abuse of a student or students of a nature defined in sections 1 and 40 (1.1) of the Act;

    (c) she failed to comply with the Education Act, Revised Statutes of Ontario, 1990, chapter E.2, and specifically section 264(1)(c) thereof or the Regulations made under that Act, contrary to Ontario Regulation 437/97, subsection 1(15);

    (d) she committed acts that having regard to all the circumstances would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional, contrary to Ontario Regulation 437/97, subsection 1 and

    (e) she engaged in conduct unbecoming a Member, contrary to Ontario Regulation
    437/97, subsection 1(19).

    PARTICULARS OF THESE ALLEGATIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
    1. Gordana Anne Stefulic (the “Member”) is a member of the Ontario College of
    Teachers.
    2. At all material times, the Member was employed by the Toronto District School Board
    (the “Board”) as a Principal at [XX] School (the “School”) in Ontario.

    3. During the 2007-2008 academic year, the Member granted and/or permitted Student No. 1
    and Student No. 2, two male students of the Board under the age of sixteen years, entry
    and/or access to her Facebook page and by so doing, allowed Student No. 1 and Student
    No. 2 to access inappropriate and/or view material including:

    (a) A photographic image of a male person without a shirt, wearing a Speedo bathing suit and titled, “Meal of the Day”;
    (b) A drawing showing a naked woman depicting her breasts and a naked man holding a string which was tied to his well endowed penis.
    4. During the 2007-2008 academic year, the Member,

    (a) permitted a student and/or students to have access to a personal laptop computer which she knew or ought to have known contained images of a pornographic nature or erotic nature, which appeared to depict young adolescent males;
    (b) permitted a student and/or students to have access to the classroom computer which she knew or ought to have known contained pornographic images and/or violent cartoon images and/or images of naked bodies;
    (c) requested and/or allowed Student No. 3, Student No. 4 and Student No. 5, male students, to give her a massage; and
    (d) made no efforts to deter or prevent a student and/or students from seeking to massage her back.
    THE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A HEARING pursuant to sections 30 and 32 of the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996, to decide whether the allegations are true and whether Gordana Anne Stefulic is guilty of professional misconduct. A copy of the Rules of Procedure of the Discipline Committee and of the Fitness to Practise Committee will be provided upon request.

    THE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE WILL MEET on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. to set a date for the hearing of this matter. The Committee will meet on the 12th floor of the offices of the Ontario College of Teachers at 101 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario.

    YOU ARE ENTITLED TO BE PRESENT ON THE ABOVE MENTIONED DATE AND AT THE HEARING AND TO BE REPRESENTED BY LEGAL COUNSEL.

    If you wish, you or your legal counsel may contact College Counsel to discuss the scheduling of a hearing date to determine whether a date for the hearing can be agreed upon. If a date for the hearing can be agreed to, in accordance with Rule 4.02(2) of the Rules of Procedure of the Discipline Committee and of the Fitness to Practise Committee, the hearing will proceed on the agreed date.

    IF A DATE FOR THE HEARING OF THIS MATTER IS NOT AGREED UPON AND YOU DO NOT ATTEND TO SET A DATE FOR THE HEARING OF THIS MATTER, THE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE MAY PROCEED IN YOUR ABSENCE TO SET A DATE FOR THE HEARING. NOTICE OF THE HEARING DATE WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU IN WRITING AT YOUR LAST KNOWN ADDRESS AS SHOWN IN THE RECORDS OF THE COLLEGE.

    IF YOU DO NOT ATTEND ON THE SCHEDULED HEARING DATE, THE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE MAY PROCEED IN YOUR ABSENCE AND YOU WILL NOT BE PROVIDED WITH ANY FURTHER NOTICE OF PROCEEDINGS.

    IF THE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE FIND YOU GUILTY of professional misconduct, you are liable to the penalties set out in section 30 of the Act.

    A MEMBER whose conduct is being investigated in proceedings before the Discipline Committee may examine before the hearing any written or documentary evidence that will be produced or any report, the contents of which will be given as evidence at the hearing. You or your representative may contact the office of Caroline Zayid of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, solicitor for the College in this matter, at Suite 5300, Toronto Dominion Bank Tower, Toronto, ON M5K 1E6, telephone 416-601-
    7768.

    Date: January 14,2013

    Michael Salvatori, OCT
    Registrar and Chief Executive Officer
    Ontario College of Teachers
    12th Floor, 101 Bloor Street West
    Toronto, ON M5S 0A1

    TO: Gordana Anne Stefulic
    [XX] [XX]

    AND TO: Calderoni Steer Wanderon McTavish & Smith LLP
    2 Sheppard Ave E
    North York ON M2N 5Y7
    Dale Stump, Solicitor for the
    Member

    B E T W E E N :
    ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS – and – GORDANA ANNE STEFULIC
    DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE OF THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS
    NOTICE OF HEARING
    McCarthy Tétrault LLP
    Suite 5300
    Toronto Dominion Bank Tower
    Toronto, ON M5K 1E6

    Caroline R. Zayid
    Tel. 416 601-7768
    Fax 416 868-0673

    David E. Leonard
    Tel. 416 601-7684
    Fax 416 868-0673

    Solicitors for the
    Ontario College of Teachers

    #12685381

  3. yourwardnews Says:

    Should Mary Kay Letourneau move to Toronto? While the saga of Mary Gowans has made international headlines, we can not find any media attention for your claims of the others. The case of professional misconduct by Gordana Anne Stefulic in the committee notes found that she “abused a student or students physically, sexually, verbally, psychologically or emotionally, contrary to Ontario Regulation 437/97, subsection 1(7) and engaged in sexual abuse of a student or students of a nature defined in sections 1 and 40 (1.1) of the Act and she committed acts that having regard to all the circumstances would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional, contrary to Ontario Regulation 437/97, subsection 1”

    True that in the socialist financed Toronto District School Board, cronyism and nepotism prevails with teachers protected by their union wolves. Still move evidence is required then your continuous attacks plastered all over the internet for the media to take notice. The point of the modern socialist education system is to indoctrinate students, not educate them. Which is why so many youth today are as bright as an abscess and mentally collective without an independent thought in their brain. If there is evidence of sexual abuse cover-ups this is a huge blow to their entire social scheme!


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