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Watch the Moment Thousands of People Booed Doug Ford at the Toronto Raptors’ NBA Championship Parade

The Premier of Ontario keeps getting booed at major public events

June 18, 2019

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has managed to pull off a rare three-peat.

After he was recently booed at the Special Olympics and then booed a second time at a big tech conference, Ford rounded things off by getting booed an unprecedented third time Monday at the Toronto Raptors’ NBA championship parade.

Ford, who recently shutdown the Ontario Legislature and gave himself a five-month paid summer break, has seen his approval ratings nosedive following a series of reckless and widespread cuts targeting working families as well as Ontario’s most vulnerable citizens.

Notably, that includes deep cuts to education, something educators say may impact school sports programs and other after-school activities.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation recently warned Ford’s cuts will mean “fewer professionals in schools available to volunteer their time for extra-curricular programs, clubs, and teams.”

Video from the event shows Ford was loudly booed by thousands and thousands of people gathered outside Toronto City Hall when his name was announced as one of the VIPs observing the victory ceremony:

The boos appeared to sound even louder from inside the crowd:

Ford’s reception was so icy, it appeared to be too much to bear for Toronto Raptors star point guard Kyle Lowry:

That wasn’t Ford’s only airball of the day.

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri — who may not even know who Ford is — appeared to brush off the Premier’s advances as he leaned in for a bro-hug.

While Ford wore a Toronto Raptors t-shirt Monday, he hasn’t always been one of the team’s biggest supporters.

As a Toronto city councillor, Ford and Mayor Rob Ford were the only two people to vote against approving the construction of the Raptors’ practice facility.

At the time, Ford and his late brother were stubbornly voting against things the rest of city council were in full agreement about.

The facility was to be of no-cost to the city and, as per the agreement, the city’s parks department would be able to give community groups access to the facility.

 

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Don’t Listen to the Toronto Sun: Here’s Why You Should Ignore the Fraser Institute’s Discredited ‘Tax Freedom Day’

Postmedia’s Sun tabloids are the only ones who still take the right-wing think tank’s annual publicity stunt seriously

June 13, 2019

It’s that time of year again when the Fraser Institute falsely claims Canadians spend nearly half their annual income paying taxes,.

In this year’s “Tax Freedom Day” report — an annual publicity stunt staged by the right-wing think tank– the Fraser Institute claims today is the first day of the year that so-called “average families” have supposedly earned enough income to cover their annual tax bill.

According to the Fraser Institute’s discredited calculations, Tax Freedom Day 2019…