Tonight I want to take some time to speak from my heart to the people of Toronto. It's not easy to be vulnerable and this is one of the most difficult times in my life. I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time.
Today, after taking some time to think about my own well-being, how to best serve the people of Toronto and what is in the best interests of my family, I have decided to take a leave from campaigning and from mhy duties as Mayor to seek immediate help.
I have tried to deal with these issues by myself over the past year. I know that I need professional help and I am now 100% committed to getting myself right.
Dave Foley @DaveSFoley 3h
Rob Ford taking leave of absence to seek help with substance abuse. This could mean he's taking time off to find a new dealer.
Mayor Rob Ford’s latest spiral into substance abuse began on St. Patrick’s Day weekend just over a month ago, with a party at an exclusive Toronto club that helped provide booze to the past two Ford Fests.
On March 15, the Saturday just before St. Patrick’s Day, the mayor took four men he had met outside city hall back to his house, ordered a party bus, took them down to Muzik nightclub and proceeded to drink to excess, according to eyewitnesses to the evening.
Ford disappeared into the washroom at one point, and emerged close to an hour later appearing heavily impaired, babbling that his wife and children do not like him and “I am in over my head.” ...
On March 15, an hour before he disappeared into a washroom at Muzik, Ford ran into pop star Justin Bieber in a common area of the exclusive nightclub near Toronto’s waterfront, according to witnesses. Ford tried to shake Bieber’s hand and became enraged when Bieber jokingly asked him, “Did you bring any crack to smoke?”
Security ushered Ford back to his party booth, where he was entertained, along with the four men, by three paid party hostesses. The Star has been unable to reach Bieber for comment.
FORD: Is that your, is that your wife?
HIGH PITCHED VOICE: Yeah.
FORD: Get her a shot right now or I’ll fucking break her—
"Once I'm done, I'm done. I'm going to California."
This is the part where we’re all supposed to express our sombre best wishes for Rob Ford ...
Well, fuck that.
The Good Ship Compassion sailed a long time ago, and rather than take an easy ride on it a year ago when friends and foes alike encouraged him to seek help and come back to fight another day, Rob Ford—with the vocal encouragement of many members of his family—decided to subject this city to his recklessness; his crass racist/homophobic/sexist bullcrap; his brazen criminal actions and associations; his bald-faced lies and his absurd fantasy impression of himself as Supermayor. Faced with an outpouring of confusion and concern and support, he decided to drag out his grinding of Toronto the Good’s name into the muck at the bottom of the pigsty that is his id. He took the Rob Ford Meltdown Tour on the road and put it on international TV, making a joke of everyone who ever supported him or trusted him.
Now he wants to tell us how much he appreciates our “ongoing support and encouragement.” Fuck that, too. ...
There is another thing Doug Ford won’t talk about – whether or not he would run for mayor if Rob Ford drops out of the race.
“I have no comment on that,” Doug Ford told the Sun last Friday.
“Our family is committed to serving the people.”
That’s a “never say never” answer if I’ve ever heard one.
Leader: Hello, everyone. Welcome to Weight Watchers. Have we all been good this week?
People: Well, you know...
Leader: We have someone graduating tonight, I'm sure he will be an inspiration to us all. Tell us how much you lost, Clint.
Clint: Eighty pounds.
Leader: Eighty pounds, that's wonderful, and you're keeping it off with the diet?
Clint: Well, mainly with the substitutions.
Leader: The substitutions?
Clint: Yeah, you know, one milk portion equals one scotch, one bread portion equals one scotch...
Leader: But Clint, but Clint, what about your balance, your fruits and your vegetables?
Clint: Bloody Mary and a stick of celery.
“You guys got to slow down,” Doug Ford told reporters at City Hall Wednesday. “You’re putting all the other patients in jeopardy, the doctor called me, they asked, ‘Please tell the media to stop.’
“This is not about just Rob, this is about all the other patients. You can’t put their jeopardy at stake here of their recovery.”
Asked if the mayor is really talking rehab seriously, Ford said “of course he is.”
But Mayor Ford insisted Wednesday he is in a rehab centre that could cost as much as $100,000 and is working on his recovery, following recorded rants and alleged drug and alcohol use last week.
“It’s worth every dime, every dime,” said Ford. “A hundred grand is cheap. It’s a steal.”
I think he's at a high-end weight-loss program (spa type) and that is why he has no phone restrictions, is saying it is "like football camp" and is "coming back a few pounds lighter".
Loaded behind the wheel of his Cadillac Escalade, high on his Jimmy Kimmel interview, Mayor Rob Ford is winding through the streets of his city.
It’s two days after Ford’s celebrated appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, two months before rehab.
In the course of this March 5 night, Ford will bring together two of his closest felon friends, beating one and accepting drugs from another; go on a racist tirade; and boast that he often has sex with “girls” in front of his wife, according to an account of the evening. He will suggest one man could have sex with her, a source has told the Star, recalling Ford’s words.
(The information for this story comes from interviews and from the Star’s review of audio tape that captures a portion of the evening. The Star did not pay for the tape. Ford could not be reached by the Star for comment, as has been the case since the Star began its investigation more than a year ago. His lawyer Dennis Morris would not comment on the majority of the allegations in this story. Ford is said to be in a rehab program seeking help for alcohol addiction. The Star has heard that Ford has been spotted at three different rehabs in the past week, including CAMH in Toronto, Homewood in Guelph and Greenstone in Bala, about a 40-minute drive from the Ford family cottage.) ...
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