Rob Ford admits to drinking 'a little bit' after video surfaces
After swearing off alcohol, mayor admits to drinking 'a little bit' on Monday night
Reporter Katie Simpson of CP24 was so stunned that she could barely find words to address what she'd just witnessed. Her reaction spoke for us all: The mayor's astounding vulgarity--on live television, no less -- had crossed the line. His recklessness, whether fuelled by drugs or alcohol or stupidity, seemingly knew no bounds.
"I don't know anything about it," said the mayor, adding that he thinks it comes down to it being "a coincidence" that they were all in the picture together.
Ford says suggestions he was involved have to stop and he will consider suing if they persist.
"It takes a lot for me to take legal action, but if it continues, I may have to," he said, adding he has been patient, but "people should be careful what they write.":
The same goes for suggestions contained in an e-mail from a Toronto newspaper reporter, which Ford says paints a "fictional" picture. He says it asks questions about whether Aedan Petros, a former football player from his Don Bosco Eagles, could have been involved in an alleged jail-house assault on his sister's former boyfriend, Scott MacIntyre.
Toronto Police have said Petros and fellow former Don Bosco football player Rexford Williams were charged in August 2011 with armed robbery, threatening death, aggravated assault and weapons charges after an alleged home invasion.
Ford said the reporter asked whether Petros was involved in the attck on the man, who allegedly barged into Ford's house and threatened him.
Last November, the Sun's Sam Pazzano reported that a former common-law spouse of Kathy Ford who vowed to expose the Ford family to the media was savagely beaten in jail because he was a "bother" to the Toronto mayor. Justice Paul French said MacIntyre "was viciously attacked and severely beaten" by inmates on March 12, 2012, in an act of "jail-house justice" after he sent two letters.
French concluded MacIntyre was beaten because of his being a bother to Ford. The mayor said Tuesday suggestions he was involved is "so far fetched."
I'm told Rob Ford is currently signing autographs on pictures of himself #topolib
Just went in for a closer look. The photos are big and glossy and of Rob Ford. #topoliby
Several prisoners shattered the teeth and broke the leg of Rob Ford’s estranged brother-in-law in a jailhouse beating that was intended to keep him quiet about the Toronto mayor’s abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs, it has been alleged in a lawsuit. ...
An official with the Ministry of Correctional Services, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed to The Globe that Mr. Petros was housed in the same unit of the jail, known as 1B, as Mr. MacIntyre at the time of the assault.
Brent Ross, a ministry spokesman, said an investigation into the beating had been launched, but he declined to release its findings, citing Mr. MacIntyre’s lawsuit and privacy concerns. Mayor Ford did not respond to a list of questions that was sent to him by e-mail and in a letter. He did, however, speak about The Globe’s inquiries with the Toronto Sun, telling the newspaper that any suggestion that he played a role in the beating is “far fetched” and “way out there.” Mr. Ford’s lawyer and close adviser, Dennis Morris, said the notion that the mayor had advance knowledge of the attack on Mr. MacIntyre was “insanity.”
#BREAKING: #justinbieber to surrender to #Toronto police. Will be charged in connection with alleged assault on limo driver.
I ruffled the feathers of one of my TPS sources earlier this week when I exasperated on social media that Toronto Police were letting Rob Ford get away with blatant infractions of the law while the Vancouver Police Department got Ford for walking across the street. That lead to my source becoming more candid than usual and assuring me that Ford would not get away and that minor charges were not being acted on immediately to build a longer record that demonstrates disrespect for the law that will be utilized in a larger trial. Just because a charge was not made on the spot (DUI, public urination, etc) doesn't mean that it will not be in the future. Evidence was taken and witnesses (detectives) gave statements.
Further, I've been told that warrants were indeed granted for Ford's cell and ON Star records and that the TPS is meticulously putting together a case to be presented to the Crown. The question isn't whether or not charges will be laid but when. You heard it here folks: Rob Ford will be charged. It's just a matter of wrapping up the investigation.
I wonder if Chief Blair will afford Rob Ford the courtesy of requesting him to come in voluntarily or if they'll make a big show out of arresting him while ensuring that people (including the media) will be watching. Blair has total personal discretion in that decision and given how Rob Ford has not afforded the Chief that courtesy by deliberately attacking him and given what's at stake for the TPS's reputation, I think that the Chief will elect to have the arrest made either at City Hall or at a public event with the Press around. It could also happen at Ford's house, with the TPS leaking to trusted members of the press when it's going to happen. This will be an arrest of historical importance so I can't imagine the Chief not making sure there's a record of it since he has the benefit of foresight.
I was growing concerned that this vile man was going to once again get away without being held responsible for his actions but I'm now optimistic that his luck is finally over.
The investigation is now in a phase where the police know what happened, what crimes were committed and are now piecing together a case through interviews and evidence gathering.
Right now, investigators are probably sifting through Ford's cell and car location data cross referencing it with their theories of what happened and who he contacted and when and where. That could take a few months to complete.
Wrapping up the case, submitting it to the Crown and having them give a go ahead for a charge could take another couple of months.
I'd put a guess on mid to late summer unless a major breakthrough occurs that moves the investigation from methodical to a slam dunk case.
Whatever happens, Ford will be charged and released on bail and any trial would be held well after the election. Ford is still running unless he drops dead or kills someone himself.
That changed in the past seven days — first due to his vow never to attend the Pride parade and then after he tried to remove a rainbow flag flying outside city hall. That has led to speculation Ford is deliberately trying to woo socially conservative voters by distinguishing himself from other candidates who are merely fiscal conservatives.
Several former members of Ford’s staff say the mayor spoke openly about the fact that opposing same-sex marriage was important for his base.
In 2003, he declared on the floor of council, “I believe in Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” In 2005, he said of transgendered people: “I don’t understand a transgender. I don’t understand: is it a guy dressed up like a girl or a girl dressed up like a guy?” And most infamously in 2006, Ford told city council that “If you’re not doing needles and you’re not gay, you won’t get AIDS probably.”
Despite his buffoonery, Rob Ford’s political prowess should never be underestimated. He doesn’t reflexively look down on Rexdale. He knows his way around it all too well. Ford once promised to make “Rexdale the new Rosedale.” This typical Fordian flourish earned him many a snide laugh in downtown Toronto yet endeared him to his core constituency. He might be promising the stars, but at least he takes Rexdale seriously. Ford’s right-wing populism derives its power from understanding the aspirations of Rexdalers for projects like the expansion of Woodbine Racetrack into a shopping and casino complex. Although the billion-dollar project fell apart, Ford’s efforts on its behalf earned him street cred. What do Ford’s opponents have to offer Rexdale, aside from austerity and condescension?
The man who orchestrated the infamous Mayor Rob Ford crack video used the same cellphone camera to record a second, shorter video where he gloats over his achievement, sources have revealed to the Toronto Sun.
Toronto Police recovered the second video segment in October at the same time as the mayor’s crack video, which was witnessed by two Toronto Star reporters as well as a reporter from the website Gawker.
Shot after the crack video, the second clip has Mohamed Siad speaking into the camera and proudly saying, “'I caught the mayor smoking crack.' (Siad's) definitely proud of himself for what he has done,” the source told the Sun. ...
The second video, which both sources have seen but has not been viewed by the Sun, ends with Siad turning the camera to record his steering wheel and dashboard. The video is less than 30 seconds long. ...
A source stated a female voice [in the original crack video] was spurring Ford on with her own racial and homophobic comments, including one where she said she would “put my foot up (Liberal Leader) Justin Trudeau’s a--.”
What if just enough of them prove still open to him? With a new mandate, he will get his executive authority back, and his budgets back, and his office space and staff back, as well as any additional powers that his brother might provide from on high. He will have proven himself impervious to disaster, immune to science, unburdened by any of the weights and measures reserved for more ordinary emperors. He will be a political miracle, that rare man who can turn his worst weaknesses into his greatest strengths, an antihero whose back is as broad as elevator doors. The mayor will have all of the public power and none of the personal responsibility. His Worship will be bulletproof.
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