Just One More Thing

I’m imagining an old episode of ‘Columbo’, the 70s-era detective show, starring Peter Falk as the rumbled trenchcoat wearing but razor sharp detective. columboHe’s about to leave Rob Ford’s City Hall office after a strained but amiable chat about this and that. At the door, he turns back.

“Just one more thing, Councillor Ford. Something I can’t get straight in my head. You know, what with the getting older, my mind’s not as clear as it used to be. But, what are you going to do?”

On Tuesday, there was a double shooting, a couple hours apart, in a building in Etobicoke. A building in Etobicoke the former mayor and now councillor for the area, Rob Ford, just so happened to be at, along with an assistant, Dave, conducting what he referred to as ‘constituency calls’. OK. No biggie. The councillor does represent a ward that is home to some of the rougher areas of the city. An unlucky happenstance, let’s call it. At the wrong place at the wrong time or whatever.

Turns out, that “Just one more thing, Councillor Ford” moment, one of the shooting victims, the non-dead one, is brother to Liban Siyad who, how does the Toronto Sun’s Chris Doucette describe him? “…alleged gang member that Councillor Rob Ford’s pal Sandro Lisi is accused of extorting in relation to the Ford crack video.”robfordcracktie

“He wouldn’t say anything,” Councillor Ford told the Sun. “He was shot once in the shoulder and twice in the lower body. It was bad…I am in TCHC buildings a lot assisting people,” the councillor continued. “With my assistant Dave we were helping when it happened. A woman was yelling and going crazy. It turns out someone was shot. Dave didn’t hear the gunshots where he was and I didn’t where I was.

I don’t know where it happened for sure but I think it was the underground because no one heard the gunshots.”

Now look. I’m all for trying to simply turn our backs on anything and everything to do with the sad, sad Ford saga, allow the family to fade back into the well-deserved obscurity from which it crawled. But this latest turn of events goes beyond just them and their sordid little psychodrama. Sandro Lisi’s extortion trial is still ongoing. Rob Ford was subpoenaed last summer to appear at the trial. Now, he just happens to be on site at the shooting of the brother of one of the men Sandro Lisi has been accused of extorting in a bid to retrieve the now infamous video of Rob Ford smoking crack?

“You’re fucking dead and everyone on your block is dead,” Lisi was recorded saying on the day the video’s existence went public.whome

This points to a much bigger, systemic dysfunction at work beyond just one messed up family. If Rob Ford wasn’t who he was, a high profile public figure from a well-to-do-family and, I don’t know, white, how much would anyone be shrugging off his I just happened to be here claim as mere coincidence? You think, given the news potential of such salacious possibilities, this thing would be a headline news item everywhere. Yet, here we are. Another Ford quirky twist-and-turn. Oh well.

I get Ford fatigue. Let’s just move on and stop wasting ink and byte space. Yet surely, there’s more to this story than a wayward son of an errant family. Rob Ford’s continued ability to skirt around such unlawfulness in such an obvious manner takes us into much more disturbing territory, throwing into question wholescale institutional integrity, starting with, What’s a guy gotta do to get fully implicated here? Unchecked bad behaviour, especially in a public figure, leads inevitably to public cynicism.

Columbo wouldn’t let this one slide. Unfortunately, he was just a fictional TV character. Real life doesn’t always work out the way we think it should.

exasperatedly submitted by Cityslikr

6 Responses to Just One More Thing

  1. Lorna Schiralli says:

    Totally agree with your article====> and it points to just how much “influence” the Ford Family has held over powerful people (police, politicians, judiciary and especially 23 division). CP24 is already showing a detective from 23 division saying there is “no connection” to Lisi. Boy that was a speedy investigation. Just another episode of gang vs gang type nonsense. No thought or even mention of the threat Lisi had previously given to his family.

    The powerful people just want Rob to fade and the crap to be buried.

    This investigation was even faster than that of the Anthony Smith murder that got investigated, solved and sentenced within a mind blowing span of 4 months…all with the great investigation of Det Schescher(spelling?). Her police office husband was “alleged” to have ripped off the Samalian drug dealers in his day before he was removed from the police for other disgraceful behaviour. Cover up cover up cover up.

  2. rickcinoakville says:

    @Lorna: Maybe it’s the inept police, given they blew the original investigation and surveillance of Rob Ford. They don’t want to kick that hornets nest again. I was almost recovered from my Ford fatigue until this week, with Doug weighing in on the Toronto city Councillor expense accounts, 680 News threw to this clip about every 10 minutes on Thursday.

    • Lorna Schiralli says:

      Well that is a “kind” and somewhat naïve interpretation of the police’s motives. There is some credence though….think of the blowback they would have received from arresting Rob for “purchasing illegal drugs”. They would be accused of being political and the stories of other prominent people doing drugs would fill the media. No I stand by my accusation that Project Brazen was intended to be a total cover up for the powerful . Find out who knew what and make sure they got the message to “shut the f*ck up or else”. Remember Siad bragged about his clients and in act had a video of a female politician smoking crack. Remember Siad got beaten up while in police custody. The Ford Family had strong40 year ties to the police, judiciary politicians etc. for many many years. Nobody wanted that exposed.

      Maybe this is par of Rob’s swan song as well. Screw he Ford Family and bring down the complicits one way or another. We shall see. Rob did say he does not rat out his friends…but Dougie is not one of his friends.

      • rickcinoakville says:

        True, we only think these kinds of scenarios are for Hollywood and American politics, maybe we have come of age or lost our innocence.

      • Lorna Schiralli says:

        I have been told that even “powerful people” need access to “bad people” at times to do their dirty work. Think of Michel De Groote getting (unwillingly?) involved with a hit man to go afer the Carbone brothers. Well the Ford Family provided the money and muscle for the powerful for years and years. Then Dougie wanted to cut out the middleman and go straight for the power.

  3. Greg Banks says:

    Watching him perform in Council the last four+ years it would seem that James Pasternak is prone to chanelling Colombo in presentation and questioning….

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