Here’s another view of the Ford/crackocaine story; it’s from Stephen Marche in Esquire magazine.
I live in Toronto. Usually this is a matter of the least possible interest. But last week our mayor, Rob Ford, who has allegedly been caught smoking crack, topped Obama on Google’s narrative analytic charts. Think about that: A scandal-plagued president of the United States mattered less to the world than a mayor from Canada.
That’s insanity right there. But as New York magazine puts it, “in Toronto, shit is getting crazier by the day.” The story is starting to resemble Elmore Leonard: Kickstarter campaigns leading to murder investigations, and childhood drug rings leading to the mayor’s office.
In Canada, stories like this don’t happen.
Literally this morning there was a scandal in Winnipeg about the mayor of that city spitting gum on the street. (He claimed it was lint but a dogged citizen found out the truth. And no I am not making that up.)
Then there was the guy who fended off a cougar with his skateboard and felt bad about it.
Those are your typical Canadian stories.
Not mayors huffing rock.
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