Doug Ford denies Globe report that he dealt hashish in 80s


TORONTO – The man who has staunchly defended the mayor of Canada’s largest city through a storm of crack cocaine use allegations spent Saturday angrily lashing out at a claim that he himself once sold hashish for several years in Toronto.

An incensed Coun. Doug Ford, the mayor’s older brother, vehemently denied the allegations contained in a national newspaper article as he took the media to task for what he suggested were relentless attacks on his family.

In a five-page story published Saturday, the Globe and Mail alleged Ford was once a hashish dealer in the ’80s — but both Ford and his lawyer called the accusations false.

‘They aren’t true,” Ford told The Canadian Press. “Do you know who can be the judge and jury of this? The people.”

When asked if he had ever sold hashish, a visibly angry Ford said “no, I haven’t, ever.”

The Globe article came just a day after Toronto Mayor Rob Ford broke a week-long silence over a reported video that showed him smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine. He said he does not use crack cocaine nor is he an addict of the drug.

Doug Ford, who has publicly appeared as a pillar of support to his brother, found himself at the centre of attention on Saturday after the Globe quoted sources described as drug dealers and users as saying the mayor’s right-hand-man allegedly dealt drugs in west-end Toronto long before he sought office.

The newspaper — which said it discovered the information over the past 18 months while researching a larger piece on the Ford family — noted it could find no record of any criminal charge for illegal drug possession or trafficking against Ford.

When explaining to readers how its story was in the public interest, the Globe noted that the Ford brothers hold sway over much of the city’s business and have campaigned on anti-drug platforms.

“The rest of city council, and citizens at large, deserve to understand the moral record of their leaders. In most matters, public or private, character matters,” Globe Editor-in-Chief John Stackhouse wrote in a column accompanying Saturday’s article.

When asked if he was going to sue the Globe, Ford said he hadn’t decided yet.

“We’re going to keep that option on the table there,” he said. “I’m dealing with the lawyers right now.”

Ford did lash out personally at Stackhouse, however, in an interview with a local Toronto television station.

“John Stackhouse, you’re a disgusting human being in my opinion,” he said in an interview on CP24, looking directly at the camera. “If you have a family, if you have kids, how would you like me to do some investigative reporting on you.”

For his part, Stackhouse shrugged off Ford’s personal barbs.

“He can attack us all he wants, that’s not the point and probably not the question most Torontonians want answered right now,” he said in an interview, adding the Globe had tried repeatedly to get Ford to comment on its story before it was published.

“The (Ford) family understandably is frustrated but they’ve been refusing for some time to speak openly and transparently to the public about some serious issues.”

In the interview with CP24, Doug Ford talked about his years of community service as a rotary member and said he and his family have worked hard for Toronto.

“All we’ve done is give back service above self,” he said.

“I’m one of the few politicians in this country who gives back his salary to the community and more.”

The Ford brothers were planning to do their weekly radio show on Sunday on Toronto radio show NewsTalk 1010, but it was unclear whether they would address the media firestorm that has ungulfed them for more than a week.

An open dialogue from both Ford brothers on the drug-related allegations plaguing them is what Toronto and all those watching the city need, argued at least one city councillor.

“It would be good for everyone, Toronto and themselves, if they just were honest, because everyone wants to get past this,” said Coun. Josh Matlow. “But the longer this continues, the harder it is for everyone involved.”

Matlow added he wasn’t surprised at the claims contained in the Globe’s story, saying the allegation that Doug Ford was once a drug dealer “has been one of the best known secrets around City Hall for a long time.”

The Globe said it based its information on interviews with 10 people it said grew up with Doug Ford — those sources included two former hashish suppliers, three street-level drug dealers and a number of casual users of hash. It said the sources would only speak on condition of anonymity.

The paper said the sources claimed Ford was a “go-to dealer” of hashish for several years.

The Globe also said it tried to contact retired police officers who investigated drugs in the area at the time — one said he had no memory of encountering the Fords, while several did not respond.

Gavin Tighe, Doug Ford’s lawyer, also denied the allegations contained in the newspaper’s story.

“Your references to unnamed alleged sources of information represent the height of irresponsible and unprofessional journalism given the gravely serious and specious allegations of substantial criminal conduct,” Tighe told the Globe.

Meanwhile, the addition of the Globe’s latest allegations to the existing crack cocaine claims swirling around Rob Ford is likely to sharpen the international spotlight that has been thrown onto the city’s top political family.

The story of the alleged cocaine video and the mayor’s response has already become an Internet sensation and fodder for comedians on late night talk shows.

The allegations against the mayor stem from articles by two reporters with the Toronto Star and the editor of the U.S. online gossip website Gawker, who said they viewed a cellphone video of the mayor apparently taken by someone they described as a drug dealer, who was trying to sell the clip.

The video appeared to show Ford smoking what looked like crack cocaine, the publications said.

The video has not surfaced despite an effort by Gawker to raise $200,000 dollars to purchase it. As of Saturday night Gawker had raised $173,099. The Star has reported it cannot verify the authenticity of the video, but has said it stands by its reporting.

The mayor has said the entire incident had taken “a great toll” on his family, friends and the people of Toronto.

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Doug Ford denies Globe report that he dealt hashish in 80s

  1. Is all ‘journalism’ going the way of Gawker?

    “In 2012, the website changed its focus away from editorial content and toward what its new editor-in-chief A.J. Daulerio called “traffic whoring” and “SEO bomb throws.” —Gawker, Wikipedia.

    • was on Gawker site earlier…pure trash…worse then National Enquirer…and our media continue to quote them. All media claim they haven’t seen the Ford video but continue to discuss it 24/7…disgusting

  2. What a crock! This is nothing more than yet another leftie hit piece.

    To be clear:

    There are no convictions, or even charges, the police officer that
    the globe talked to had NO RECOLLECTION of encountering the fords.

    The globe&mail sources are supposedly many, but not one will come forward
    and they ARE ALL dealers or users, yah these are credible sources
    alright. One is named Justin, hell – that could be justin trudeau if
    one looks at the in-depth fact checking in this story.

    This is all based on stuff that happened in the 80’s, from people on drugs – do you think they can ever remember any of it???

    This is typical leftie media, report with nothing be heresay and then
    keep reporting on the type of response from Ford and commenting on how
    it never suffices.

    Yet, the leftie brigades will come on here spout this as more ‘proof’ and keep the hate-fest going.

    There are many names for what the left and leftist media is doing to the Fords, but it certainly cannot be called journalism.

    As I said before, it is not the Fords who are embarassing Toronto, it is the Leftie Media and their pathetic joker excuses.

  3. The globe&mail hit piece was researched by Stephanie Chambers.

    She has voted in the NDP convention and has ‘the end of mayor ford’s term countdown clock” from her twitter. Also from twitter “Never pomo, but can’t wait for pofo (post ford). Till then let’s keep dancing and fighting” from her twitter.

    Trust this woman to write a ‘clean’ news piece at your own risk!

  4. The Star and Globe have still presented no evidence. Such huge allegations should require some form of proof by way of video or named sources. Just saying “trust us, trust us, trust us” may not cut it for something of this magnitude.

  5. Where there’s “smoke” there’s fire.

  6. Come on, people – if there were no truth to it, why aren’t lawsuits the first thing on his agenda instead of worrying about the media think by running around getting interviewed everywhere just denying it? And who cares whether left or right? This has to do with papers doing what they’re in business to do – dig up dirt (remember adscam) and in this case, seems there’s a pile.

  7. The Star and the Globe are a runaway trains that has come off of the rails, no small wonder these two rags are nearly bankrupt financially, they’re already morally bankrupt.

  8. The Fords are looking more and more like Ricky and Julian of the Trailer Park Boys (and without the counsel of Bubbles).

    • Yeah. The Ford’s should have their own regular TV sitcom where they battle it out with all the latte sipping, Toronto Star reading, bike riding leftie kooks at City Hall, that Don Cherry loves to hate. We can call it the ‘Bumblers.’ It’d be a real hit with the Etobicoke crowd. Email me and we’ll get the first pilot written up and shopped around for a producer.


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