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Rob Ford apologizes (sort of) and urges police to release video

‘I’m the first one to admit I am not perfect, I have made mistakes’


 

(The Canadian Press)

TORONTO – As the scandal surrounding the embattled mayor of Canada’s largest city continues to unfold, those who work alongside him are determined to steer Toronto away from the spiralling crisis.

Rob Ford has drawn much attention over the past six months after media outlets reported the existence of a video that appears to show the mayor smoking crack cocaine and making racist and homophobic slurs.

Tensions boiled over when Toronto’s police chief announced last week that authorities found a video which appears to be the one “previously reported in the press”— a clip Ford has suggested does not exist.

Ford apologized on his weekly radio show Sunday for being “inebriated” in public and texting while driving but was more vague regarding the video.

He said because he hasn’t seen what police have he can’t explain the images until he does.

Ford did admit he’s made mistakes and promised to make changes in his personal life.

City politicians have had to weave their way past reporters and cameras routinely lining the hallway outside the mayor’s office, accustom themselves to Ford trending on social media for undesirable reasons and deal with Toronto making global headlines due to his personal issues.

Ford says he wants to continue as mayor but no matter how he conducts himself in the future, many said they firmly believe that the city’s government will by no means ground to a halt.

“As much as it’s difficult, I think we are committed to ensuring that the business of the city continues,” said Coun. Gary Crawford, who serves on Ford’s executive committee.

“Even with what is happening, we need to continue that. That is our responsibility.”

Others were more candid in discussing the toll that the long-running imbroglio has taken on the city.

“The fact is that this is getting spread globally. It’s just really bad,” said Coun. Gloria Lindsay Luby, who pointed to a transit authority in New York deciding not to invite Toronto to discussions as just one example of the scandal’s effect.

“The larger impact is going to be when committees meet and council meets. It just becomes a little more tortuous.”

The roiling drama over Ford’s troubles have also affected the atmosphere at city hall.

“It’s weighing very heavy on everyone,” said Coun. Joe Mihevc, who said many employees were “dispirited” at the kind of attention the Ford scandal was drawing to the city.

Mihevc added, however, that municipal employees were “doing their best” to carry on with their jobs, despite the fracas.

“The mayor, with his woes and almost with him messing up so deeply, still has not damaged our great brand yet,” he said. “City hall is bigger than the mayor.”

At least one observer agreed.

“In terms of the actual running of the city, the city can go along without a mayor,” said Andrew Sancton, a Western University political science professor specializing in municipal government.

The city’s administration and delivery of municipal services continue uninterrupted, said Sancton, although making any sort of political decisions gets harder.

“It’s all the political leadership and the development of new proposals, new policies, that’s where the mayor becomes crucial,” he said.

“The mayor is inevitably a focal point. He is the person that is expected to kind of marshal the votes.”

While a number of people — politicians and residents — have called for Ford to step down, the mayor has said he has “no reason to resign.”


 

Rob Ford apologizes (sort of) and urges police to release video

  1. I’ve been a baaaaad boy……

  2. I miss Chris Farley

  3. 1) What exactly is he apologizing for?
    2) ‘I’m not perfect, we all make mistakes’ is not an apology, its a way to deflect attention away from your deed and put it on the accuser.

    • He apologized for his drinking escapades. But he wouldn’t respond to whether or not he had used cocaine or other drugs.

      The “all make mistakes” part is obviously about the drinking.

      I am reminded of my ex who made a grand gesture of apologizing but when I asked him what for, or mentioned some things, he got mad and refused to talk any more.

      Boys will be boys. He knows that’s how people think – Rob Ford I mean, not just my ex.

      • Yeah it’s how people think, and it’s time we insisted men….and women….grow up.

        • Well, maybe the saying should be ‘males will be males’. As long as they get the job done, the extracurricular activities seem to be part of accepted masculine behaviour. Being “grown up” in some circles might mean they have smoked a cigarette (outdated now) or used cocaine, or had sex, or had a lot of sex, or even killed someone. So it isn’t really about growing up because that means different things to different people.

          The saying is about engaging in bad behaviour. And because they’re doing what they see as a tough job, harder than most people’s, they probably think it is their right, even though they would never admit that publically.

          • Time they got over the ‘entitlement’ idea…time we all did.

  4. Ford: “So, big deal, I put the ball into the water hazard…I’m sorry, OK? Now I’m gonna’ take a Mulligan and do my ball-drop beside the cup…no penalty strokes, those are for ay-leets. Just get over it, folks. Can we talk about sumpthin’ else now?”

  5. If this were ANY other city employee, council member, or member of the mayor’s staff, RoFo would have had them tossed out in a heartbeat. If this were ANY other organization, they’d be gone. It’s absolute hypocrisy. Personally, I suspect the police have WAY more info on him, and this is only the beginning of poor, “victimized” Robbie circling the proverbial drain. I’ll be cheering when he finally plunges asunder. His actions have been childish, boorish, and a total disgrace to the citizens of Toronto. When are people going to wake up and realize we deserve better than this? PS – take Douggie along with you too, Rob.

  6. The brothers “Dim” need to go if Toronto is ever going to get off of the “JOKE” circuit!

  7. I didn’t hear any kind of apology.

    • He apologized for running around the inside of city hall with a half-empty brandy bottle. I didn’t know that.

      • Yeah, that was only a small part of St. Patrick’s Day. He left out the part where he knocked a cit staffer over and uttered racial slurs.

        • Drinking is one thing, and many people can relate to that, But the rest . . .

          It’s hard to have to admit to bad behaviour one has committed when it isn’t something one can chuckle over or which doesn’t in some sense contribute to the sense of masculinity that most people see as okay (the boys will be boys kind).

          I’m not sure if asking a grown man to admit each error in judgement is necessary, Would you want to have to?

          • I drink, but letting alcohol effect you the way it seems to effects Ford, means he shouldn’t be drinking. He needs AA.

  8. He probably knows the video can’t be released so its safe for him to say he will comments when he sees it, and when everyone else gets to. That’s something like London refusing to publish the list of Diamond Jubilee medals recipients for at least 9 months, hoping the public will lose interest in the fact the council nominated one another for it.

  9. Sounds like he wants to have his cake (admit to ‘mistakes’ and secure forgiveness) and eat it too (keep his job).

    How brave.

  10. how can he comment on a video he has not seen or doesn’t exist?

  11. I got caught last week murdering someone, but I’m sorry for jay-walking right before that.

  12. I think he is on crack.

  13. “He said he probably wont do it again”
    just tell me when he’s packed up his poor family and moves away where no one knows him , ah forget that, there is no where to go

  14. Was he lying then or is he lying now?

    Rob Ford is a pathological liar.

    A drug addict.

    And a public drunkard.

    He just can’t help it.

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