Vindication for 'the maggots' at City Hall -

Vindication for ‘the maggots’ at City Hall

Emma Teitel on the only thing Ford has left


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Halloween Day was a shop of horrors around Toronto City Hall.

Just before noon, Police chief Bill Blair announced that through Project Traveller, police were in possession of a video that corroborates reporting from Gawker and the Toronto Star that revealed Ford’s status as Toronto’s first alleged crack-smoking mayor.

Back in May, Gawker editor John Cook and Star reporters Robyn Doolittle and Kevin Donovan described how they had been shown a cell-phone video that depicted Ford smoking crack and talking trash about Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.

Blair announced that police have the alleged “crack tape,” the existence of which Ford explicitly denied.

In the words of the police chief:

“On October the 29th, on Tuesday of this week, we received information from our computer-technology section that in the examination of a hard drive that had been seized  June 13, they were able to identify a number of files that had been deleted and that they were able to recover those files. As a result, I have been advised that we are now in possession of a recovered digital video file relevant to the investigations that have been conducted. That file contains video images which appear to be those images which were previously reported in the press with respect to events that took place, we believe at a house on Windsor Road in Etobicoke.”

I watched Blair’s news conference from city hall with a crush of reporters who hunched over a livestream on a glowing iPad, oohing and aahing over the revelations. Vindication at last for the “maggots.”

Elsewhere at city hall, school children waited patiently behind blue velvet rope for a tour of Rob Ford’s office — on this day a makeshift haunted-house. “Is it scary?” a little boy asked a security guard.

No one was expecting the mayor to show. After all, he was last seen chasing reporters off his rain-soaked Etobicoke driveway. Way back in May, it took him more than a week to address allegations, so why would he appear now?

Never underestimate Rob Ford.

A few hours later, after I had digested every Cadbury Scream Egg in the receptionist’s candy bowl, there was a rush for the velvet rope. A minute went by, then two. Finally Ford emerged, dejected and sullen, his eyes red and tired.

Standing between two grim-reaper decorations pinned to his office doors, he spoke:

“I’m sure everybody has seen the allegations against me today. I wish I could come out and defend myself. Unfortunately I can’t because it’s before the courts.”

(I’m pretty sure “before the courts” must be Ford-ese for “true.”) Ford made clear he will not resign, he has no reason to resign, and—enter awkward stump speech—he will continue “making phone calls” and helping out the taxpayer.

The mayor’s pledge to continue dotting  I’s and T’s may be absurd, but it’s all he has left.

The did-he-or-didn’t-he mystery has been solved. Unless the left-wing media conspiracy has reached into the police department, crack-gate deniers don’t have much to go on anymore.

Ford wants us to know his demons are personal and that the public purse is safe. What matters now, what matters most, are low taxes and returned calls. It’s herculean obfuscation that works to a certain degree. There was an expectation among some liberals, myself included, that when the video surfaced, Ford loyalists would denounce the mayor. Now, having toured his haunted house, I doubt it more than ever.

Somewhere in the haunted house I met Antonella, an older Toronto resident who had not heard about Project Traveler or the developments around the notorious tape. After filling her in,  I asked if the lies made her angry, if the mayor should resign.“Yeah, I guess,” she said, “… if he’s guilty.”

Antonella did allow that she is mad about one thing — “those senators … ”

Behold Rob Ford, the only staunch conservative to benefit from the Senate scandal. Take-home lesson those school kids? The public purse is mightier than the pipe.

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Vindication for ‘the maggots’ at City Hall

  1. I can only imagine that Rob Ford’s continued presence in the mayor’s office will tarnish the Conservative brand. I just can’t see Harper or Hudak supporting him without at the bare minimum, rehab and contrition – but stranger things have happened.

    • It’ll be seen as a sign of dedication to the real job – getting the gummints hand out of tps pockets, in more then a few quarters.[ the poor man has a wee drug problem and still he finds time out of his busy life to help out the few people in this country who aren’t leeches] Who ever said voters are rational is obviously on crack.

  2. Blatchford’s article at the NP is a hoot.

    Short version:

    I knew the video was real all along, no big deal.

    The video shows Ford smoking crack, no big deal.

    I am savvy about addiction… it is all consuming so Ford & Lisi had to talk alot, meet a lot.

    Perhaps Ford should resign because he is a crack addict and it is all consuming, maybe

    It wasn’t fair they used too many cops

    The only criminal charges are for pot, so video/phone/surveillance evidence that Ford spent an inordinate amount of time, getting drunk, getting drugs, taking drugs, talking about drugs,hiding his use of drugs is exactly the same as Trudeau taking a toke on a joint someone handed him.


    • The Rita Skeeter who resides at the post. Not to be outdone the mail has one too – Wente, who’s a bit slicker, although somewhat less concerned with the protocols of attribution.[ read lazy]
      Personally i think both those papers are just toying with us for fun and profit. Someone has to keep the clicker turning regularly. I’m surprised Blatchford didn’t find a way to tie it into native terrorists – that would’ve been worth at least another 100 hits.

    • Sue Anne Levy wrote pretty much the column you’d expect, with a little less than her usual giddy triumphalism.

      Interesting – the story last night read “I wish he’d been honest sooner.” Now reads “I wish he had been honest.” No mention of the edit to the article.

    • …professional trolls, Blatchford and Wente are

      • As is SAL.

  3. Dissonance is aroused when people are confronted with information
    that is inconsistent with their beliefs. If the dissonance is not
    reduced by changing one’s belief, the dissonance can result in restoring
    consonance through misperception, rejection or refutation of the
    information, seeking support from others who share the beliefs, and
    attempting to persuade others.[7]

    An early version of cognitive dissonance theory appeared in Leon Festinger’s 1956 book, When Prophecy Fails.
    This book gives an account of the deepening of cult members’ faith
    following the failure of a cult’s prophecy that a UFO landing was
    imminent. The believers met at a pre-determined place and time,
    believing they alone would survive the Earth’s destruction. The
    appointed time came and passed without incident. They faced acute
    cognitive dissonance: had they been the victim of a hoax? Had they
    donated their worldly possessions in vain? Most members chose to believe
    something less dissonant to resolve reality not meeting their
    expectations: they believed that the aliens had given Earth a second
    chance, and the group was now empowered to spread the word that
    earth-spoiling must stop. The group dramatically increased their proselytism despite the failed prophecy.[8]

    There’s lots more where that one came from at wiki. CD theory is one of the most fun reads you can ever come across concerning human nuttiness.

    • FWIW, one need not look to politics and public life to see its many manifestations. It’s evident in daily discourse among mere mortals like us in coffee shops or wherever.

      Endlessly fascinating.

      • Sure is. Just finished listening to the lady who thinks Ford’s her man still[ as it happens] Nice lady and loyal, but classic case of needing to reduce her dissonance by giving far more weight to the thing she originally like about Ford then what the current evidence says about him. When confronted with the fact that Ford has been tracked by the cops not doing his job but meeting drug dealers, her reaction is – i know nothing about that. Is it even proven?

  4. Did anyone ever believe there wasn’t a video? However as most have not seen the “evidence” (used extremely loosely) and the police do not have enough to lay a charge the reality is that it will continue to be business as usual. When a sitting MP, the leader of a national party admits to a little light drug use due to “peer pressure” and some other types of inebriation, everyone gives him a pass because a he is 1. the closest thing to Canadian “royalty” 2. He;s young LIBERAL and perceived as hip 3. Not Rob Ford. A left wing, media savy individual would always get the benefit of the doubt. We (nor the police for that matter) will likely know what was in the “pipe” so why are we getting so worked up about it. Let the polls dictate the result. Is Robs “little toke” any worse than a person who aspires to lead our COUNTRY, “little toke”? Typical media bias, creating the story they are reporting (as well as fanning the flames of discontent). Add in the constant Left demonizing the right bias. Look folk we know from experience that both the liberals (they do everything with a B as in billions) and NDP are FAR from perfect with mismanagement and scandal that surmounts any recent conservative mess (although they too are hardly the shinning example of good governments). Demand better from the people who serve you vote and get involved. Other wise your apathy is their reward.

    • Ford’s fat, ugly and “conservative”, and thus deserves to be villified. He’s not “beautiful people” like our very own Justin Pinkman is. Illegal drugs are only cool if you’re smokin’ hot and occasionally issue quasi-progressive platitudes.

      • let’s not bring “Skippy” (Pierre Poilievre) and “Buffy” (Michelle Rempel” into this conversation.

    • Another Con hack that says they can’t tell the difference between weed and crack.

    • There is ample anecdotal evidence that Ford has some kind of substance abuse problem. That is not a “little toke”. I’ve heard from two completely different sources that there is more than a little truth to the Ford drinking/drugging allegations. That is far different than occasionally sharing a joint in a social situation.