Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz (r) poses with his wife Leah and daughters Ava (l) and Kiera and dog "Charlie" Thursday June 14, 2012.
Credits: BRIAN DONOGH/WINNIPEG SUN/QMI AGENCY
WINNIPEG -- A local bus driver who gave the shoes off his feet to a homeless man was congratulated on U.S. TV Saturday by Mayor Sam Katz of Winnipeg, Ontario ... wait, what?
Katz joined Winnipeg Transit driver Kristian Doubledee on CBS Morning Live this weekend.
Doubledee told the network that it was just basic kindness.
“I’d seen the gentleman walking across the street ... and you could tell that he was sore. So I put on my four-walks and got out. I said, ‘If I give you my shoes will you keep them?’ And he said yeah.”
Doubledee told CBS he hopes Siloam Mission is able to further help the man.
Katz said Doubledee’s action “raises the bar to a brand-new standard” on the U.S. network show, extolling Winnipeggers’ charitable instincts. But while he was speaking, graphics on the screen identified Katz as “Mayor of Winnipeg, Ontario.”
Just last week, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford got confused about whether Winnipeg is in Ontario.
While on a trade mission in Chicago Tuesday, Ford referred to our city as being roughly 1,800 km east of its actual location. It all began when Ford asked an American girl where in Canada she had visited.
“The part where you go past Detroit and the river,” she said.
Ford answered with the following: “Oh, Manitoba. Oh, you were in Manitoba and Winnipeg?” The Toronto mayor was then corrected with the fact that Windsor, Ont., is actually the Canadian city located next to Detroit.
Katz made light of the gaffe, quipping, “He mixed us up with Windsor ... Starts with a W.”