You'll recall that NOW, Toronto's most-established alt-weekly, recently lampooned the mayor with a Photoshopped near-naked cover that resulted in an order (later rescinded) to remove NOW from racks in all city-owned buildings (to be fair, Ford's office denied they had given such an order and the integrity commissioner threw out a complaint from the magazine.)
The release from NOW says:
An estimated 1.2 million people attend Pride. More than one quarter of those attending come from outside of the GTA. If they can make it to Toronto, why can't our own Mayor? NOW Magazine is not alone in thinking what a crock – and what a shame that is. So, we're offering to pay for his flight from Huntsville to Toronto to attend this year's PRIDE festivities.
The magazine says it estimated the flight by chartered float plane would cost it $2,000 to $4,000. Adding to the cheekiness, it said
"He can pile into the float plane in his swim trunks. Half the people at Pride are wearing Speedos or less, anyway. There's even water fights."