T.O. mayor loses battle of the bulge

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks during his weekly radio show. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks during his weekly radio show. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

Ian Robertson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

There will be more waist at Toronto City Hall.

While chewing the fat on his weekly radio show, Mayor Rob Ford conceded Sunday that his uphill battle to drop 50 pounds is over.

“I’m not even dieting any more,” Ford told Newstalk 1010 listeners.

“That’s water under the bridge,” added the civic leader, who has recently been a no-show at regularly scheduled City hall weigh-ins.

Ford tipped the scales at 330 pounds in January when he pledged to drop 50 pounds by June 18 as part of his Cut the Waist challenge.

He made early gains, dropping to 314 pounds.

However, Ford — who turns 43 Monday — missed appointments with the scales over the last two weeks, claiming a busy schedule.

Speaking after the show, the mayor’s brother, Doug Ford, said his sibling made the non-dieting admission after admitting there was no way he’d make the June 18 deadline.

“Rob will get there eventually,” insisted Doug Ford, a city councillor who does the show with his brother.

The mayor also felt increasing pressure from the public stemming from his promise to lose pounds, with more than a dozen photographers and cameramen hovering for each weigh-in, Doug Ford said.

While the the mayor’s battle with the bulge ended in defeat, his fight to reduce the financial waste at City Hall appears to be going well.

Ford guaranteed this year’s property tax hike will be less than 2%.

Toronto taxpayers were hit with their first residential property tax hike in two years in 2012 — 2.5%, or about $60 on the average home.

Citing spending cuts, Rob Ford said “this is the first time ever that we’re going to have stability for four years and we can plan things.”

 


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