Amid the chaotic and terrible news out of Brussels this morning, a more personal loss was announced in Toronto. City Councillor and former Mayor Rob Ford has passed away at the age of 46, eighteen months after first being diagnosed with cancer.
There are no doubt a number of people in Toronto who hearing the news, found themselves with feelings best described as complicated. It is perhaps natural with the strong response his time in office elicited, some would struggle with the news of his passing. Whatever feelings you may have about his record, remember nothing will change that now.
What has changed is family, friends, and two small children who saw Rob Ford in the same light all of us see our own loved ones have lost him forever. Keeping them in mind, hopefully brings enough perspective to offer genuine condolences for their loss which came far too soon.
I hope his family finds the peace and strength they need, and wish them my deepest condolences for their loss.