Toronto Spoke: “I was hoping you’d be better, but you’re worse,” says Dave Meslin

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. and extending through to the next morning, the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee — led by Mayor Rob Ford — heard more than one hundred and fifty deputations from a diverse group of citizens. In a sincere bid to ensure that the passion, insight and creativity displayed over the course of that epic meeting is not forgotten, Ford For Toronto will be posting a deputation video every weekday for the month of August.

Deputant: Dave Meslin (websitetwitter)

Occupation: He’s involved in so much stuff I’m not even going to try to make a list.

Political History: He’s a veteran of the municipal politics scene, with a long history of supporting cycling issues. His current major push is for voting reform. Meslin made a sincere effort to work collaboratively with the Ford administration after the election. The move earned him some level of derision from other left-leaning types across the city.

Scheduled Speaker No.: 264; Actual Speaker No.: 151

Note: Pay close attention to 4:45, a sequence of events in which Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday interjects to make a (joking?) reference to former mayor David Miler, calling him a dictator. Rob Ford chuckles and begins to say something about the election, then ignores Councillor Adam Vaughan’s request to stop the timer. He then cuts things off.

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