While all this was going on, former mayor Rob Ford took to the airwaves to offer his two cents on a potential Olympic bid. Speaking to Newstalk 1010’s John Moore, he cut through the mania about the Olympic Games, saying:. “A) We’re not ready for them, B) We don’t have the infrastructure for them, and C) We don’t have the money for them.” And there I was, sitting in my car and nodding like an idiot, comforted by the fact that someone understands we can’t blow billions of dollars hosting one of the most historically wasteful, odiously expensive and socially and physically disruptive sporting events of all time. Wait a second — Rob Ford’s reassuring voice on the radio is talking down the shenanigans at Mayor Tory’s City Hall? Where the hell am I?
This glitch in the Matrix was only temporary, thankfully. On Tuesday morning, Tory announced that Toronto would not be making a bid for the 2024 Olympic Games. “I believe that one day Toronto will be a great Olympic venue,” he said, “but not in 2024.”
“In the end, it is not my job to be rash. It is my job to make the best decision in the interest of Toronto,” he continued. “I can’t look people in the eye at this point and say that an Olympic bid is the best use of our time and energy.”
That’s the John Tory I recognize from the radio. Nice to hear your voice again, sir.