Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s sobriety coach is under question today after reports that he may have kicked a protester at a speech delivered by the mayor earlier in the day.
Bob Marier, who has been near the mayor’s side since he returned to City Hall on June 30, has been identified as a recovering alcoholic and drug addict from Montreal who is helping the mayor remain on the straight and narrow. CBC reports that Ford is paying Marier for his time.
On Tuesday morning, Ford made a speech about a proposed light-rail transit project he is opposed to. A group of protesters, many shirtless, attended the speech and heckled Ford. Here, in a video shot by CityNews, a Toronto police officer clearly accuses Marier of kicking one of the protesters.
Both Rob Ford and his brother and campaign manager, Coun. Doug Ford, avoided reporters at City Hall who asked about the incident.