The latest on Rob Ford: Friday-morning edition

by Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Mayor Rob Ford was slapped with a libel notice late Thursday for televised comments he made about a reporter, who said the remarks amounted to an accusation of pedophilia.

Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale would not comment on his suit that also names Vision TV, which aired the Ford interview, saying an article he wrote for his newspaper would have to stand.

“Enough is enough. I can’t tolerate it. I won’t tolerate it,” Dale wrote.

“I’m asking Ford to immediately retract the false insinuation that I am a pedophile. I am also serving Vision TV, which twice broadcast Ford’s vile and defamatory remarks…even though their interview was filmed days before it aired.”

The notice also calls for Vision TV to apologize.

Ford said a day after the interview that he stood by “every word.”

In the interview broadcast Monday, Ford told host Conrad Black that Dale had perpetrated the worst invasion of his privacy during a May 2012 incident.

“Daniel Dale is in my backyard taking pictures. I have little kids. He’s taking pictures of little kids,” Ford told the former media baron and convicted felon.

“I don’t want to say that word but you start thinking what this guy is all about.”

Dale maintains he was writing a story about a plot of public land adjacent to Ford’s house that the mayor wanted to buy, so he went to take a look when the mayor emerged from his home to confront him.

The reporter said at no time did he ever take any photographs of the mayor’s family, house or even his property — and a police investigation bore that out.

He said he was suing reluctantly, and only because Ford was repeating lies about what had actually happened.

He cited Ford’s comments on the Washington-based “Sports Junkies” program on Thursday in which Ford said, “When you’ve got young kids, that freaked me right out.”

The comments brought renewed attention to the “malicious and defamatory insinuation” that the reporter had some sort of “predatory interest in young children,” Dale said, adding that he has received strong support.

“Dozens of people, including people personally harmed by pedophilia, have offered me a total of thousands of dollars in donations for my legal fees,” Dale said.

The libel notice is the first step in the process of suing for defamation. If Ford refuses to apologize and withdraw the comments, Dale said, the mayor would have to be prepared to “repeat his lies under penalty of perjury” in a courtroom.

There was no immediate response from Ford or his lawyer to the libel notice.

On Tuesday, however, a defiant Ford refused to apologize to Dale or clarify his comments.

“I stand by my words, what I said with Conrad Black,” an angry Ford told a news conference.

“I stand by every word I said.”

ZoomerMedia, which owns Vision TV, posted a statement on the website for its radio station AM740.

“As there is now the threat of legal action, ZoomerMedia will not be making a statement until such time as we can consult with our attorneys to consider the allegations and determine next steps,” the statement said.

Also late Thursday, Black told The Canadian Press that Dale was on thin ice with the action.

“If the Star goes to court with this turkey, they’ll be killed,” Black said in an email.

“They raised the pedophilia question; Ford didn’t.”

Black declined to discuss the matter further or elaborate on previous comments that Dale might have a case because it was now a legal action.

Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, who has assumed most of the mayor’s powers in light of the various scandals, has denounced Ford’s comments as “beyond the pale” and called on him to apologize.




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The latest on Rob Ford: Friday-morning edition

  1. What some people seem to be unaware of is the fact that the law is on the reporter’s side in this case. RoFo may have not actually said a word but he said enough to cause a normal person to finish his sentence on their own. My understanding is that this will be sufficient for the reporter to win his case. It is similar to as assault charge–you don’t have to physically assault me to be charged with assault. You can be charged with assault if your words or actions cause me to believe that I am about to be assaulted.
    RoFo will also have the problem of reverse onus. In defamation cases it is up to the defendant to prove that they did not slander someone rather than for the victim to prove that they were slandered.
    RoFo will fold his tent and apologize before the end of the weekend.

    • Even aside from the backhanded pedophile allusion, Ford keeps stating that Dale was spying over his fence, standing on a cinder block to do so, and was taking pictures of his residence. The police found no evidence to substantiate these claims, and went further to support Dale’s version of events (that he was scouting pubic parkland that the Mayor was trying to buy from the City he presides over). That alone, to me, represents fair grounds for a libel claim.

      • You are quite right. The pedophile allusion is what makes the story salacious but the background description that the mayor furnished is in itself problematic for the mayor with respect to the suit. The lawyers were smart to include the entire disingenuous description of events in their statement of claim so that the suit won’t have to stand on just the implied accusation of pedophilia or voyeurism..

      • hahaha,,he ran away like a guily coward up to no good.. that speaks volumes

      • Dumb Dumb Dale.( .ha I like that.)
        Dumb Dumb ran away like the guilty coward that he is.
        when you are somewhere you are NOT supposed to be and get caught…you run

  2. One thing that came up in a US news story is the “affluenza” defence. I read a desription of it and my first thought was that it explains so much about RoFo and DoFo. Here is how a CBC reported described “affluenza”: a condition in which children — generally from richer families — have a sense of entitlement, are irresponsible, make excuses for poor behavior, and sometimes dabble in drugs and alcohol.
    So it is really not RoFo’s fault. It is his father’s fault for having too much money. Pity the mayor for he is but an unwilling victim of his father’s success.

  3. Black’s comment is interesting given his previous CBC interview and the Mack Attack discussion posted here. True Fordian dismissal of the facts to feign authority.

  4. What is nice about all this . Well Robbie isn’t ever going to get re elected. He is just too far out there. Most politicians are pathological liars anyway but none are as stupid as this low life. Every time you ask him an intelligent question you get shack and awe in return.
    He talks about the concerns he has for the voters yet he displays this pattern of lying day in and out.
    Rob. you are a lying sack of manure and I’d like to think you were talking about me in that video where you showed how tough you are. I’d love to take you up on that. To quote you. it wouldn’t take ten minutes and I’d be done with you mo’fo

  5. Does anyone find the fact that Conrad Black refuses to connect the dots to pedophilia just a tad disingenuous? Please. “Peeping Tom” as he suggested with Ms. Off? Since when did peeping toms relate to children? Even if it were so, still enough reason for a defamation case, and we all know Mr. Black is well versed there. He’s just embarrassed that his nonexistent interviewing skills are being scrutinized.

  6. RF never ever wants to be in a courtroom, where evidence and truth are the focus. He was wiped all over the floor before in a court room, escaping on technicalities. No such luck now.

    • you are delusional and misinformed.
      he’s made out of Teflon nothing sticks.. where have you been man???
      everyone knows this
      ..

  7. Daniel Dale has a strong case. I hope he will accept nothing less than a full and comoplete retraction of “everything he said about Dale”….sentence by sentence.
    My own son who was here for lunch, believe Dale was weird for taking pictures of children and that he hoped Ford stood his ground. I had to point him to various articles to show him that his allegations were blatendly false and maliscious.

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