Toronto Mayor Losing Weight for Charity… Just Not Gay, Bicycle, AIDS or Library Charities

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wants to lose weight. He weighs in at 330 pounds and wants to lose 50. Ford is asking supporters to make a pledge to donate to a charity of their own choice once he, and his brother Councillor Doug Ford, have met their goals. But is it really a charity of your choice when certain words have been blocked from the “Name of Charity” field?

So far, pledges for Ford include a variety of health, food security, and animal related charities.

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But Mayor Ford, who is known for skipping and ignoring the Toronto Pride Parade, eliminating bike lanes, and proposing major cuts to Toronto libraries, won’t let you pledge money to just any charity. As Jonathan Goldsbie pointed out on twitter this morning, certain words, when entered into the “Charity” field on, result in a message saying: “*Blocked words entered“.

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The word “gay” for example, has been blocked. Enter any charity with the word “gay” in it and the system will give you a message saying “blocked words entered” after you hit submit. Interestingly, however, words like “pride”, “LGBT”, “lesbian” and “transgender” pass without a problem. While “Gay Rights Alliance” gets flagged for blocked words, “Lesbian Rights Alliance” passes without a problem.

Other blocked words include “library” and “bicycle”. In other cases, it looks as though Mayor Ford has blocked specific charities relating to a cause, but not all of them. For example, the “AIDS Committee of Toronto”, which has spoken out against Rob Ford’s proposed cuts to HIV/AIDS programs, is blocked, but the “Toronto People With AIDS Foundation” isn’t blocked.

If you want to make a pledge, it looks like the (made-up) “LGBT AIDS Cycling Libraries Foundation” works just fine.

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Shan D.
Shan D6 years ago

Jill R. - Wow! I have seldom seen such a blatant example of "Toronto IS Canada!" - and the rest of the country doesn't really exist.

"he at least gave a long list of organizations to please everyone - except the gays which make up about 4% of the population - so get over yourselves." - Evidently you didn't read the part where he also won't allow people to donate for bicycle lanes or libraries. If Ford spent more time on a bicycle, he wouldn't need to lose weight (and he needs to lose a lot more than 50 pounds to be healthy). And if YOU spent more time in a library, you'd have noticed that your last sentence makes NO sense (aka learn to read the article before shooting off your mouth).

Jill R.
Jill R.6 years ago

Well it's about time someone had the guts to tell you lot that you are all living beyond your means. Face it - we don't have the money to spend like there is no tomorrow. We are 100 times better off in Canada than just about any other country you care to mention. Why? - because of people like Ford who GETS it and is pulling the plug on the free spenders. As for only donating to the charities of his choice (as some of you seem to think) - he at least gave a long list of organizations to please everyone - except the gays which make up about 4% of the population - so get over yourselves.

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim6 years ago


Lauren F.
Lauren F6 years ago

what a jerk.

Harry Coverston
Harry Coverston6 years ago

Perhaps the mayor could lose the 10 lbs or so of brain tissue. He doesn't seem to be using it much.

Shanie Mangulins
Shanie Mangulin6 years ago

Ford was elected by default, not the popular vote: there were 39 different candidates running in this election [more than 1/2 didn't even get 1 vote!] and more than 60% of the registered voters DID NOT even bother to vote for anyone, let alone this bufoon! Of the less than 40% who did vote, he got a bare 'majority' of the votes...his closest contender? Another ultra-conservative politician, Smitherman [who had been a provincial cabinet member under another ultra-right winger, Mike Harris]. But Smitherman is very upfront about being 'gay' - something which is anathema to homophobic, misogynistic 'progressive' conservatives [insert 'Republican'] politicians. So far, he appears to despise the poor, immigrants [his ancestors must have been as he doesn't claim aborignal roots], non-whites, and certianly, NON-conservatives. Benjamin Franklin [who organized the 1st free libraries] must be spinning in his grave. Finally, he is now attacking what has been, prior to the advent of this person, one of North America's finest public transportation networks [David Gunn who put AMTrack into the black came from the TTC here in Toronto]. Believe me...come to Toronto and see just what the US in for if these ultra-right wing GOPs won't believe what could happen.

Jane H.
Jane H6 years ago

whatever. that's what they get for electing him!

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

Is he angry in this photo or does his face always look like a baboon's ass?

J.C. H.
Jc Honeycutt6 years ago

May he be run over by a gay bicycling librarian and put on a strict diet as he recovers in the hospital! (I wouldn't wish AIDS on even an imaginary character.) Seriously, the man looks (in the photo accompanying this article) like a heat attack/stroke waiting to happen. I suppose since he's asking for the donations from his supporters, they may share his choice of restrictions; but in the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, "What a maroon!" (which applies both to his actions and the color of his complexion.)

Marg Wood
Marg W6 years ago

Jeffrey W. What part a charity of YOUR choice do you not understand?
The YOUR choice part??? It means whatever charity you choice not whatever charity I let you choose!!!