Toronto: “I am not one of the usual suspects,” says Christopher Salmond

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: Christopher Salmond

Occupation: He’s a 70-year-old crossing guard who works in East York.

Political History: None noted, though he is a former City of Toronto employee, working as the Managing Director of the East York General Radio Emergency Service.

Scheduled Speaker No.: 86; Actual Speaker No.: 108

Note: Stay until the end, when Christopher reveals that he sometimes wishes he had a rocket-propelled grenade to use against drivers who run through his crossing. To which one councillor chimes in: “that’d be a real war on the car.”

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