The tragic life and enduring legacy of Toronto's crack-smoking mayor
The Hopeful: Heirloom
Amir Omidvar left Iran during the revolutionary crisis in 1982. For twenty months after leaving his home, Amir did everything he could to cross the Atlantic ocean. While taking refuge in Spain, he made three failed attempts to enter the US; a fake passport in Heathrow, a Mexican jail, and a beating by customs officers […]
Heaven Bent: The Revival
In 1994, a small church next to Toronto Pearson International Airport suddenly became one of the city’s “Top Tourist Attractions”. Why did millions of Christians flock from around the world? Was something truly supernatural happening? 25 years later, join Tara Jean Stevens as she revisits the unusual spiritual movement she was a part of as […]
Toronto never got the chance to reelect Mayor Rob Ford. Nor did it get the chance to kick him out of office. It wasn’t the ending anyone wanted, it’s just what happened. And over the next few years, it would become clear just how profoundly Rob had changed politics, at home and around the world.
More than a year after the first stories about a ‘crack video’ broke, and months after the mayor admitted he’d tried the drug ‘during one of (his) drunken stupors’, Rob Ford admitted to the public that he had a substance abuse problem, and that he needed help. And he went to rehab. For a few […]
6: The Circus
Mayor Rob Ford publicly admitted to smoking crack “in one of my drunken stupors” on Nov. 5, 2013. And then all hell broke loose.
The whole world was talking about whether or not Toronto’s mayor smoked crack. You might think that the mayor would change his behaviour following the headlines about his drug use. But he didn’t. We know this because the police were watching him with a secret investigation named Project Brazen II.
Absolutely LOVE THIS! Super informative. My only complaint, it seems to skip, A lot.
I was somewhat skeptical at first, simply because I thought that this would turn into “screw Trump” podcast via the comparisons they were making. Now, don’t get me wrong I love those podcasts as much as the next person. But I wanted something new to listen to. The Gravy Train, has turned into this “something new” I would recommend this to anyone with even a slight love of politics. As the show is suspenseful, engaging, and informative. All the people they bring in as well, is amazing. It is really an interesting experience to be able to hear people who were there and helped cover it.