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Updated: Toronto mayor lashes out at critics, avoids mention of alleged crack video


TORONTO – Toronto’s mayor was in fighting form Sunday, taking every opportunity to throw punches at his critics while making no direct mention on his weekly radio show of the drug use allegations that have been dogging him for days.

Rob Ford’s appearance on Newstalk 1010 remained true to his strategy of curtailing comment on the scandal that has now plagued him for more than a fortnight ever since two publications reported on an alleged video that shows the mayor smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.

Rather than address the allegations and the consequent departure of several staffers from his office, Ford used his time on the airwaves to lash out at Ontario’s governing Liberals, slam media outlets that have questioned his ability to govern and speak directly to Ford Nation, the name coined for his most ardent supporters.

“The support I’m getting is phenomenal,” said Ford, who spent much of the show touting the progress he has made at city hall while reminding listeners he was definitely going to run in the next municipal election despite calls to resign.

“I’m just itching to go on the campaign trail. It’s like a caged animal here. I want to put my record and let the people decide.”

Ford has said he does not use crack cocaine and said he is not an addict of the drug. He has also said the alleged video does not exist.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has expressed concern about the “personal issues” that have garnered much attention at city hall in recent days and expressed hope that Toronto’s city council can “get on with its business.”

In discussing Wynne’s governance, Ford told the premier to “straighten up” her act.

“She couldn’t organize a two-car funeral and you’re telling me to get my house in order? I’ve proven I can get my house in order, I’ve saved a billion dollars in two years Premier, ” said Ford.

The mayor co-hosted the show with his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, who introduced a new segment called “setting the record straight.”

The brothers chose to criticize a story from the Toronto Star — one of the publications that first reported on the alleged crack video — which reported email records belonging to staffers who had left the mayor’s office had been ordered deleted.

The Fords did not talk about the series of stories from the newspaper over the past week that were directly related to the alleged crack video.

Rob Ford said he would “have a stroke” if the newspaper apologized for its recent reporting, which his brother called “gutter journalism.”

“You would have pick me off the floor if they did that,” said the mayor. “They’re never going to apologize.”

Ford and his brother also answered questions from a few callers on their show but didn’t speak with a single listener who was critical.

One woman, who said she wasn’t a Toronto resident, called the mayor and his brother “a couple of wonderful teddy bears” and told Ford to continue holding his head high as controversy continues to surround him.

On May 16, the U.S. website Gawker and the Star said they had seen cellphone video made by someone described as a drug dealer that apparently showed Ford smoking crack cocaine.

The reports have not been independently verified and the Star itself has said it could not vouch for its authenticity. Gawker has raised $200,000 to try to buy the video but has been unable to purchase it so far.

According to latest Star report, sources said Ford told alarmed senior aides a day after the scandal erupted that he knew where the video was.

Through the firestorm of controversy that has surrounded his office in recent days, Ford insists it has been business as usual at city hall.

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Updated: Toronto mayor lashes out at critics, avoids mention of alleged crack video

  1. Mayor Ford sure does know alot about the gutter, doesn’t he?

    So I hear one of the drug dealers in the video have recently turned up dead. Is Rob Ford using the Toronto Police as his personal mafia?

    So much for Canada’s ranking on the Corruption Perceptions Index. Until now, Canada ranked as the 9th least corrupt country in the world. After this scandal, I wonder how much more corrupt Canada will be perceived as being?

    And where is the RCMP? Why is Ottawa not investigating these allegations? Has the government failed Canadians so badly that we have to rely on Gawker to do what Harper’s inept and corrupt government has failed to do?

    Perhaps its because of the distinct lack of outrage in Canada. The political class knows it can get away with corruption on a grand scale, because the average Canadian is just too obsequious to stand up and demand better.

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      • You do seem to be an expert on aging prostitutes, don’t you? Pity you don’t know any that can spell

    • I take it you also believe everything you read? I mean, you make it so obvious – a gossip magazine? Really? You believe a Gossip Magazine? That spends a lot of time making stuff up about people – as a habit? Do you also believe that little green men live under the earth’s crust as well? Because some guy in the states gave them names, too? By all means, tell me – how exactly did those twin towers fall? Did some YouTube Video you watched tell you there were no planes at all? Have any other crazy theories you’d like to share? Please do – by all means – I don’t read the National Enquirer as much as yo do so ….

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      • :-/

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    • stop what you are doing regarding this.

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        • I’m gay. Do you have a problem with that? And why dont you try calling em homo to my face sometime?

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      • no wonder school is stereotyped as dumbing down our kids tsk tsk

  6. Dozens of Rob Ford articles over a an alleged video that is nowhere to be seen.
    No recent articles on how the Ontario Liberals have illegally stolen and wasted billions upon billions of dollars of your tax dollars.