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The Triggers Behind John Tory's Crackdown on Encampments
Personal Struggles and the Quest for Power [w/chatGPT]
John Tory, former mayor of Toronto, made headlines in recent years for his violent crackdown on homeless encampments in the city. However, the reasons behind his aggressive response have remained shrouded in mystery. Recent revelations have shed light on the personal struggles that may have influenced his behavior during this time.
In late 2021, a video emerged of Tory being rudely interrupted while having dinner with his wife. At the time, little was known about the incident, but we now understand that Tory was already grappling with a personal issue that would soon become public knowledge: his extramarital affair. The interruption, combined with the pressure he was already facing in his personal life, may have made him especially sensitive to any perceived attack on his image.
Tory's response to the encampment interruptions was swift and brutal. He lashed out against the homeless community, employing Tracey Cook, then Executive Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards, as his right-hand woman in the crackdown. The actions of Tory and Cook, who have both since left office, were met with widespread criticism and outrage, particularly from advocates for the homeless and marginalized communities.
The events surrounding John Tory's response to the encampment interruptions serve as a cautionary tale about the dangers of unchecked power and the perils of personal struggles infiltrating professional life. In both our personal and professional existences, it is essential to understand the triggers that may influence our behavior and be mindful of how we wield the power we have been given. In the end, it is clear that John Tory's approach to power was flawed, and he was forced to pay the price for his mistakes. Good riddance to both Tory and Cook, and may their experiences serve as a lesson for all of us to strive for fairness and compassion in our interactions with others.
Maybe he should have watched this:
Tory's affair meant the dinner with his wife interrupted by that heckler was crucial for his marriage -- you could see the anger in his face and he lashed out shortly afterwards with encampment raids in a 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' move. This only makes even more sense now.
Under nonmononormativity this entire saga may not have unfolded.
I knew he was pissed from his face and that he lashed out to reassert his feeling of control:
Later learning of the affair it makes it clear his dinner with his wife was higher-stakes than we'd have thought otherwise.
In a polyamorous society his paramour wouldn't have even been a crisis for his marriage, and one random heckler wouldn't have bothered him so much.
He was reasserting control after he was humiliated in front of his wife he was trying to win back.
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