The cold war between Rob Ford, Toronto's mayor, and The Toronto Star, the highest circulation newspaper in Canada, reached a new level last week after a complaint from Mr. Ford led to a police investigation of one of The Star's City Hall reporters.
Chief Bill Blair is flatly denying any suggestion that a police probe into Mayor Rob Ford’s dealings is payback for past budget cuts.
“Of course not,” the chief told reporters at city hall on Wednesday.
He said the investigation, dubbed Project Brazen 2, is ongoing.
Toronto city councillors are calling on Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Doug Ford to recuse themselves from police budget discussions following escalating attacks on Chief Bill Blair, whom the mayor accused on Monday of having a political vendetta against him.
In an interview with Conrad Black, Mayor Ford drew a link between a police investigation of him, and past attempts by city hall to curb spending on policing — an assertion the deputy mayor called “dead wrong.”
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who built his political reputation on respecting the taxpayer, had his city-funded driver drop him at a crack rendezvous last spring, newly unsealed police documents claim.
The files, which contain allegations not proven in court, were opened to the public Wednesday by an Ontario Superior Court judge. They reveal new details about the police investigation into Mr. Ford’s conduct, dubbed Brazen II, and the night he was caught on tape, for a second time, smoking crack.
The spat between Justin Trudeau and Sun News Network escalated Tuesday as the Liberal leader announced he would boycott the cable channel over comments made by Ezra Levant earlier this month.
According to a statement from the Liberal leader’s staff, the Sept. 15 segment on Levant’s program The Source “crossed the line by airing a personal attack on the Trudeau family that was offensive and breached any reasonable measure of editorial integrity.”
TORONTO — Two newspaper stories detailing drug allegations against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his councillor brother will be scrutinized in public hearings today following complaints by readers.
The Ontario Press Council is looking into a complaint against a Toronto Star story that alleged the mayor was videotaped smoking crack cocaine, and another against a Globe and Mail article about his brother Doug’s alleged drug dealings.
TORONTO — Toronto city hall will be watched closely today to see if Mayor Rob Ford’s camp responds to allegations that he was recorded on video appearing to smoke crack cocaine.
The mayor’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford, told a Vancouver radio station (CKNW) this weekend that he would respond today to reports regarding the alleged footage.
It’s not known if the mayor himself will be back at work this morning.
Toronto’s influence class seems to be spending an inordinate amount of time suing each other lately. The city’s political scene has always been peppered by plenty of snipes, attacks and saucy language. But while politicians used to fend off verbal attacks with an indignant rebuttal or two, the last 12 months have seen an unusual amount of attempts to stifle such statements with the threat of a lawsuit. The National Post’s Tristin Hopper provides this look at the Toronto Litigation Renaissance thus far.
Police investigators say the communications and meetings between Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his former driver throughout the probe into the crack video “have been indicative to that of drug trafficking,” newly released court documents reveal.
The documents also contains the first detailed police description of the so-called crack video.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says that an RCMP officer targeted him last weekend when he was given a $109 ticket for jaywalking in a B.C. city.
“There were 15 people with me and this person… picked me out and she said ‘You are Rob Ford come with me’ and Dave [Price] and I went over there and we both got a jaywalking ticket for $109,” he said Wednesday afternoon.