Toronto City Council recently voted to accept 350,000 dollars from the federal government for a gang prevention program that has been helping at-risk youth find work and training. This program has been shown to reduced the number of youths joining gangs.
Rob Ford, the mayor of this fine city, was the only member of council to vote against the grant. Even right-wing councilors criticized the mayors decision to vote against accepting the money. Rob Ford defended himself by saying that, even though the money is free from the federal government, it’s still taxpayer’s dollars that belong in the people’s pockets.
So I did some math to find out just how much coinage I’d be pocketing if Rob Ford had his way and the city rejected the cash. With a national population of around 35 million, a 350,000 dollar grant would equal out to about a penny. The penny, by-the-way, has been discontinued by the Canadian government.
Keep up the good work, Rob “I have no idea what I’m doing and I’m scared” Ford