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.
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.”
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.
Two senior staffers have quit Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s office as the crisis at City Hall appears to show no sign of abating.
Press Secretary George Christopoulos and deputy press secretary Isaac Ransom left “on principle,” the CBC reports. Security were spotted in the mayor’s office in the early afternoon.
The resignations come days after Ford fired his chief of staff Mark Towhey without disclosing the reason. Sources have said Towhey was fired after telling the mayor to seek rehab.
Just when you thought it wasn’t possible for the relationship between the Toronto Star and Rob Ford to get worse, the mayor reached a new level of inflammatory rhetoric Monday night when he insinuated that he thought a Star reporter was a pedophile.
Councillor Doug Ford loves his brother. He defends him. He believes him.
But, the councillor said so himself: he does not speak for Mayor Rob Ford.
And so, the clamouring from the media, civic leaders and city councillors for the embattled chief magistrate to address allegations that he is caught on camera smoking crack cocaine continued to rule the day in Toronto.
In the absence of a response, the spotlight turned to Doug Ford.
With all of Toronto waiting for Mayor Rob Ford to address last week’s explosive allegations of crack-cocaine use, the mayor instead attempted to change the channel by declaring he would no longer be supporting a downtown casino.
Ford spoke at length on the floor of council Tuesday, not about the allegations but about his opposition to a downtown casino.
Less than a week after Mayor Rob Ford’s chief of staff is said to have confronted the mayor over explosive crack cocaine allegations, he was fired.
Mark Towhey gave the mayor three options last Friday, a source told the Post: fight the accusations — and lose, resign or go away and get help for his “problem.”
Thursday afternoon, a security guard escorted Mr. Towhey out of City Hall following a meeting with Mr. Ford and the city manager.
Both Mayor Rob Ford and whistleblower City Councillor Paul Ainslie have taken to ground Wednesday, refusing to comment on reports that the mayor has a drinking problem and his staff wants him in rehab.
Ford reportedly showed up at City Hall via the backdoor sometime on Wednesday but was not spotted by the press.
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.