QUOTED: Rob Ford on the devastating toll of this weekend’s ice storm

QUOTED: Rob Ford on the devastating toll of this weekend’s ice storm

(Image: Christopher Drost) (Image: Christopher Drost)
 

“Yes, there are a few people who have been inconvenienced. That’s Mother Nature for you.”

Rob Ford, at a press conference earlier this morning, showing his usual knack for summing up a crisis. (See also: “It is what it is and I can’t change the past.”) Roughly 200,000 Toronto Hydro customers are still without electricity after this weekend’s storm. Some of them, especially low-income seniors, may not have ways of coping until Wednesday—that’s Christmas Day—when officials say power will be completely restored. Ford has not yet accepted help from the province, and has not called a state of emergency—a move that would give scads of new powers to deputy mayor Norm Kelly.