Mayor Ford appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. global infamy
Mayor Ford holds a press conference to vent anger toward police chief Bill Blair, refusing to apologize for calling him a “cocksucker” on video, and instead calling on Chief Blair to apologize for “wasting tax-payer money” on the ongoing investigation into the Mayor’s activities.
“He’s embarrassed?” asked Mayor Ford. “How about him embarrassing my family, my kids, my community, my friends. Following me around for five months, spending millions of dollars using taxpayers money, coming in my office, trying to politicize things. If there’s anyone who owes an apology, he owes an apology to the taxpayers.”
Later, Doug Ford held a press conference and accused Bill Blair of supporting John Tory, one of Mayor Ford’s electoral rivals for the October election. bullying The National Post
In an interview with The Toronto Star, responded to the the Steak Queen video in which Mayor Ford called him a “cocksucker”, saying:
“It’s a filthy obscenity. It was a disgraceful thing to do. And I found it disgusting. As I said at the time, and continue to maintain, I’m not going to be drawn down into the sewer by personal attacks. I was deeply offended by his remarks. My family heard that. My kids heard that. The people that I have served my entire life in the city of Toronto heard that. The Toronto Star disgrace
RobFordMustGo.com is launched ahead of a daily sit in that begins the following day at City Hall. disgrace
In recognition of the opening ceremonies of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, rainbow flags are flown in cities across the country in solidarity with the LGBT community as symbolic protest to Russia’s anti-gay laws. Mayor Ford tries to get the rainbow flag removed, saying the Olympics have nothing to do with one’s sexuality. The Mayor’s actions are widely interpreted to be petty and homophobic. ignorance CBC
Robyn Doolittle’s book on Rob Ford is released. global infamy
Mayor Ford, in Vancouver to attend the funeral of David Price's mother, is ticketed by the RCMP for jaywalking. Global
Later that night, the Mayor is photographed partying at a Vancouver nightclub. global infamy
The Mayor is served notice of claim by Scott MacIntyre aledging that the jail house beating he suffered in March 2012 came after Mayor Ford conspired with Payman Aboodowleh and workers at the West End Detention Centre to arrange the beating.
MacIntyre also alleges the infamous video of Ford threatening to kill someone with his bare hands records Ford conferring with Aboodowleh about MacIntyre. violence
Mayor Ford holds a press conference about budget deliberations currently underway and makes the claim that he won’t share his ideas to save $50 million because other councilors have “stabbed [him] in the back”.
When asked why he won’t share his saving solution in advance, so he can garner support for his ideas, Ford said council would laugh at him and it wouldn’t “go anywhere.”
He insisted he would reveal his plans to save $50 million when city council considers the 2014 budget on Wednesday and Thursday.
“I’m not getting laughed at anymore,” said Ford. “I’ve saved the money.” National Post
He gave the press conference, attempting to present himself as a serious man with serious budget ideas, while wearing a Denver Broncos NFL jersey. buffoonery
Mayor Ford is the clue in Jeopardy’s “Scandal” category, the question to which is “What is Toronto?” The National Post global infamy
Mayor Ford holds a press conference to address the recent videos and claims it is a private matter. He is angry at City Council for their proposed budget, which he earlier oversaw, and leaves the podium as soon as he is asked if he’s taking drugs. drugs&alchohol
A video is posted online in the afternoon showing Mayor Ford speaking incoherently and apparently intoxicated at The Steak Queen, a Rexdale restaurant. Mayor Ford had been claiming he'd been sober since November and has promised he'd sworn off drinking for good.When asked, the Mayor admits that he had been drinking the night before and that the video is from the previous night. Doug Ford had claimed that Mayor Ford had been sober since the beginning of November.
Another video is posted later in the day showing Mayor Ford at The Steak Queen sitting with a man who appears to be Sandro Lisi. drugs&alcohol
A freedom of information request releases emails from Rob Ford’s office dating from the previous April and May, during the time news of the crack video was emerging. Included in the cache is one where Sheila Paxton suggests she can make a draft letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne “meaner” if necessary.The Toronto Star crack video
The Mayor is filmed rambling incoherently at the Steak Queen restaurant. The video goes online the following day. drugs&alcohol
The Toronto Star publishes the responses of seventy prominent city figures when asked to break their silence on Mayor Ford. Several decline comment. The Toronto Star
The response includes that of MP Peter Kent, whose all cap reply and mis-perception of The Star’s inquiry as a threat was published on his website days earlier, prompting social media mockery. @andrewencer, @mderbecker @TraceyKent, @AdamCF
Mayor Ford causes a social-media stir when he is seen at the Muzik nightclub, posing for several individual Instagram photos. The Toronto Star
Noted The Toronto Star:
“Five of his Thursday claims were not true.
- He asserted that he has the best attendance record on council, when, in fact, his absenteeism percentage of 17 per cent makes him worse than two-thirds of his colleagues.
- He said he has passed property tax increases lower than 1.75 per cent for four years, though the increase was 2.5 per cent in 2012 and 2 per cent in 2013.
- He said the unemployment rate dropped from 11 per cent when he took office to 7 per cent today, though it actually jumped from 9.4 per cent to 9.8 per cent as of October.
- He claimed the city ‘started spending like drunken sailors’ after council stripped his powers in November, though there is no evidence that the proposed 2014 budget had changed at all.
- And he said again that he has saved the city ‘a billion dollars,’ a claim that relies on dubious math, exaggerations and omissions.” lies
Mayor Ford issues a second, more complete apology to Daniel Dale. The Toronto Star libel
Dale agrees to drop to the lawsuit.
Mayor Ford publicly apologizes to Daniel Dale in City Council.
Daniel Dale does not consider the apology adequate enough to stop his libel action. libel
Mayor Ford makes headlines for dancing during an intermission at City Hall, when performers sang “One Love” and “Christmas Carol Blues”. The Toronto Sun buffoonery
Lawyers on behalf of Daniel Dale serve Mayor Ford with a notice of libel, threatening to sue if he does not publicly apologize. Responding to the lawsuit in a press conference, Mayor Ford says, “I stand by my words, what I said with Conrad Black. If you watch the interview, you’ll know what I said. I stand by every word I said with Mr. Black in my interview.” The National Post libel
Vision TV broadcasts the interview with Conrad Black. In the interview, Ford refers to the 2 May 2012 incident involving Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale, insinuating that he is a pedophile. libel
Michael Cooke, the editor of The Toronto Star, emailed a statement to The Canadian Press stating:
Just when you think Mayor Ford has said the most stupid thing, such as letting the whole world know about his sex life at home, he tops himself with another outrage. Mr. Ford calling reporter Daniel Dale a pedophile tells you all you need to know about our mayor’s brain. The Canadian Press
Mayor Ford records and interview with Conrad Black at City Hall for Vision TV.
More details surrounding the alleged Crack Video and the Mayor are revealed when remaining redacted portions of the Project Brazen ITO are made public. Published phone wiretaps show that Ford was targeted in a blackmail plot. The Toronto Star crackvideo
Mayor Ford poses for a photograph with members of Hell’s Angels Toronto while attending the Buffalo Bills exhibition game in Toronto.
The Toronto Chapter of Hell’s Angels post the photo on their website. The Mayor is asked about this while announcing his third annual holiday toy drive, and event to which no children attend. “This year, no children were invited,” states The Toronto Star, “City staff was concerned for their safety given the media attention around the mayor. Ford was also half an hour late.” CBC, The Toronto Sun The Toronto Star disgrace
A parody trailer for a Rob Ford “biopic” appears on YouTube. The trailer consists of edits from the Chris Farley movie Tommy Boy, which was partially filmed in Toronto in 1994. global infamy
Canada’s Minister of Employment, Social Development and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney calls for Mayor Ford to resign, stating:
“I will say as an elected official that I think Mr. Ford has brought dishonour to public office and the office of mayor and his city. I wished he had taken a leave of absence some time ago to go and deal with his personal problems. But not having done that, I personally think he should step aside and stop dragging the city of Toronto through this terrible embarrassment.”
“I think there is a dignity in public service and an elected office and he is doing regrettably dishonour to that high office.” iPolitics disgrace
The CBC broadcasts a piece on The National challenging many of Ford’s exaggerated claims and lies. lies
Mayor Ford calls into the John Oakley radio show where he claims he handled the summer’s flood “very very well” (when it was reported he was huddled in his SUV running the air conditioning) and says, “if I was doing all this illegal stuff that they’re alleging, they would have charged me” and “these people are just making up stories to embarrass me. That’s all it is.”
City Council holds another special meeting to vote on a motion to remove powers from Mayor Ford and transfer them to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. The debate takes the afternoon and included Doug Ford referencing Councilor Ainslie’s previous police warning for a DUI, while Mayor Ford mocked him by miming drunk-driving. bullying
A GIF of which was posted online within an hour.
“To add to the general note of menace, the mayor was seen directing his personal driver/security guard, who for some reason was allowed onto the chamber floor, to videotape certain of the spectators who had displeased him. Given the services his last driver, the alleged extortionist Sandro Lisi, is accused of performing, it was an altogether chilling moment.” bullying
Doug Ford moved further along the gallery and almost got into a brawl, which the Mayor ran to join, running into and knocking over Councilor Pam McConnell, of which another GIF was produced.
Just before the voting was to get underway, Mayor Ford stood to speak in his defense. After comparing the events of the day to a ‘coup d’état’ and asking that viewers tune into the night’s premier of his Sun News TV show, he goes on to compare the day’s events to the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, resulting in “Kuwait” briefly trending on Twitter. buffoonery bullying
The Council voted to remove the Mayor from Committees, constrain his remaining budget, and shift a large number of duties to the Deputy Mayor.
Following the vote, Mayor Ford and his brother Doug participate in an interview with the CBC's Peter Mansbridge, in which many of the things said by Mayor Ford are absurdly false and exaggerated, prompting the CBC to broadcast a fact-checked piece disgrace.
The Toronto Sun reports that Mayor Ford parked illegally in a no-parking zone for three hours, after arriving at the Sun News Network TV Studio to tape his upcoming TV show. On leaving, “a photographer tripped and fell as Ford bulldozed his way through reporters to get into his SUV. The civic leader spread his arms as he stood over the woman who was sprawled on the pavement. ‘Guys,’ he shouted in a high-pitched voice. ‘I didn’t push her.’” ethics
New York VFX Studio Artjail publish a parody mashup of Volvo's Jean Claude Van Damme commercial by replacing Van Damme's head with a CGI version of Rob Ford's. global infamy
Saturday Night Live opened their episode with a Rob Ford parody. global infamy
Andrew Coyne, writing for The National Post, summarizes the Ford situation at this point:
An amazing number of the mayor’s acquaintances seem to end up either dead, wounded, on drugs or in jail. And of these several seem to have taken an interest in the famous cellphone video of the mayor smoking crack. Of the three alleged gang members in that almost-as-famous photo taken outside the house where the video was shot, one was murdered, some days after his phone — which may have had the video on it — was stolen; a second was shot, but survived; the third is in jail.
The man who tried to shop the video around is also in jail, where he was stabbed by inmates. The house itself was invaded some days after the video’s existence was first reported, its inhabitants — again, friends from the mayor’s boyhood — attacked by a man armed with an instrument variously reported as a steel pipe or an expandable baton, who accosted them by name and demanded to know where the video was. Meanwhile, the mayor’s driver and closest confidant, Sandro Lisi — you will remember him from the police surveillance reports of him and the mayor surreptitiously exchanging suspicious packages in public places — is charged with extortion, apparently in connection with attempts to retrieve the video.
Disasters on the Ford scale, we are taught, do not just happen, and while the mayor’s endless supply of lies, manipulativeness and sheer chutzpah have helped to preserve him in office until now, he could not have done it alone.
And of all his enablers, the most culpable are the strategists, the ones who fashioned his image as the defender of the little guy, the suburban strivers, against the downtown elites, with their degrees and their symphonies — the ones who turned a bundle of inchoate resentments into Ford Nation. Sound familiar? It is the same condescending populism, the same aggressively dumb, harshly divisive message that has become the playbook for the right generally in this country, in all its contempt for learning, its disdain for facts, its disrespect of convention and debasing of standards. They can try to run away from him now, but they made this monster, and they will own him for years to come. drugs&alcohol crackvideo violence
Mayor Ford holds a impromptu press-conference outside his office, informing reporters that he plans to sue those former staffers whose statements were made public in the previous day's release of transcripts from the Project Brazen ITO. In the scrum he admits that he may have drunk & drove in the past. The Toronto Star
His final point is to refute one claim in particular:
Mayor Ford: “Oh and the last thing was, Olivia Gondek, it says that I wanted to eat her pussy, of Olivia Gondek, I’ve never said that in my life to her, I would never do that, I’m happily married I’ve got more than enough to eat at home. Thank you very much.” ignorance
Mayor Ford held a press conference later in the day with his wife by his side to apologize for his language.
The Daily Show summarized the day's events with a now legendary piece on that night's broadcast. global infamy
In front of a packed City Hall, a special council meeting grills Mayor Ford on the recent allegations. News reporters from around the world are present, and Council proceedings are broadcast live on CNN. Highlights include Councilor Doug Ford’s aggressive questioning of Councilor Minnan-Wong, demanding to know if he ever smoked marijuana. The aggressiveness causes the chair to lose control of the preceding forcing a recess, after which Councilor Ford and the Mayor approach Minnan-Wong and shouts of “bully” are heard from the gallery. bullying
At another point, Councilor Michael Thompson (following Minnan-Wong) asks about the Mayor’s activities at the alleged “crack house”.
Mayor Ford: “Have you been to that house?”
Councilor Thompson: “I have no interest in being in that house. I’m not a crack user.” (Applause)
Further material from the police’s 472 page Information to Obtain (a police document used by police to secure a search warrant) is made public and interview transcripts with the Mayor’s former staff corroborate what had been previously unportable rumour, such as the Mayor’s actions on St. Patrick’s Day 2012. This prompts the Mayor to warn reporters to be “very careful about what you write” implying that the statements, lacking evidence, are false and libelous. CBC, The Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, Now Magazine drugs&alcohol disgrace
Newstalk cuts ties with the Ford brothers, ending their weekly radio show. disgrace
Two days after declaring he had nothing “left to hide,” The Toronto Star website publishes a video of an apparently drunk Ford staggering and raving in graphic detail about brutally beating someone to death with his bare hands. violence
Ford’s mother Diane and sister Kathy explain in an interview with CP24's Stephen LeDrew that Ford has issues with his weight and binge drinking but doesn’t need time off from his job. Portions of this interview are rebroadcast by CNN’s 360°. global infamy
Ford admits to smoking crack cocaine in an impromptu scrum. This makes international news. drugs&alcohol crackvideo global infamy
His formal apology later in the day turns into a refusal to step down and a reelection campaign speech.
Vice Magazine publishes an article referencing provided emails that claim Amin Massoudi acting on the Mayor’s behalf hired a hacker to try and locate and destroy copies of the crack video being stored on a cloud account. The un-verified emails date between May 18 –31. crackvideo
The Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair confirms the police have recovered a video matching the one described in the spring.
Blair's news conference corresponds to the public release of Project Brazen’s (the police investigation into Sandro Lisi) Information to Obtain, a document the police used to secure a search warrant. Portions remain censored pending further legal arguments by the parties seeking to make the document public. crackvideo
Ford spokesman Amin Massoudi accidentally texts Toronto Sun reporter Don Peat with a request, apparently meant for another Ford staffer, to send the mayor’s hospitalized brother Randy a gift basket. The basket should cost around $150, says Massoudi. “[Ford] wants it sent on behalf of the mayor’s office,” Massoudi says. “It should say: ‘Get well soon from the mayor’s office.’” Massoudi later texts Peat, apologizing for the confusion and asking him to “please disregard the messages” detailing the mayor’s use of city resources for a personal gift to his brother. The Toronto Sun ethics
Ford places a “fuming, profane and belligerent” phone call to Toronto Sun columnist and longtime supporter Joe Warmington after the latter writes a column critical of Ford’s handing of the allegedly sleeping employee.
“I am so fucking mad at you right now,” Ford screams, according to Warmington. “I am so fucking angry,” Ford repeats several times. “Don’t write lies. You know that stuff is lies. You know I wasn’t drunk at the Garrison Ball and that I didn’t grab that woman’s ass,” says Ford. “I am not the only one that is pissed at you. There are others.” “I am going to hang up before I say something I regret,” concludes Ford, also suggesting that Warmington “join the Toronto Star” and that in the future “I will do interviews with someone else.” bullying
Ford calls for the outsourcing of recreational workers and the firing of a city employee after Councilor Giorgio Mammoliti circulates a photo allegedly showing the employee sleeping on the job; Ford calls it a “complete embarrassment” and a “black eye on the city” and says he doesn’t want to hear “excuses.” The National Post
Another photo immediately goes viral depicting Ford leaning back on his chair, with his hands clasped on his stomach, his face relaxed, and his eyelids shut during a marathon executive committee meeting in June 2011. ethics ignorance The National Post
Ford places robocalls to residents of Ward 43 criticizing their councilor, Paul Ainslie, for breaking ranks with him on the Scarborough subway extension. Ainslie pledges to file a complaint with the integrity commissioner. ethics
The Globe & Mail reports that Payman Aboodowleh, a volunteer recruited by Ford to coach his former high school football team, has a history of committing violent crimes that was concealed from school administrators through the use of false identities.
Aboodowleh is identified as an associate of and enforcer for Sandro Lisi in his drug dealing activities. violence drugs&alcohol
The Toronto Star and Toronto Sun report that Sandro Lisi’s attempt in March to swap marijuana for a stolen cellular phone alleged to belong to Ford helped kick-start the top secret police investigation eventually leading to his arrest; the phone was stolen approximately one to two weeks before The Toronto Star learned of the crack cocaine video and nearly two months before the Star and Gawker published stories detailing the video’s existence. crackvideo
Unsealed court documents reveal that the Toronto police employed a rented Cessna airplane to follow Ford and his associates in Etobicoke. Doug Ford corroborates the air surveillance and also claims the police are listening in on Ford family phone calls. drugs&alcohol
Ford’s friend and occasional driver and bodyguard Sandro Lisi, previously described by the mayor as “a great guy and straight as an arrow,” is charged with with marijuana trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime, possession of marijuana and conspiracy to commit an indictable offense.
After a police raid on a dry cleaning shop whose owner, Jamshid Bahrami, is also charged with possession of cocaine, trafficking in marijuana and conspiracy.
Lisi has told three associates he has supplied drugs to the mayor, and he has a long record of police interactions including convictions for threatening and assaulting women; his lawyer, Domenic Basile, has previously told the Toronto Star that he knew his client was under investigation for matters connected to trying to retrieve the video allegedly showing Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. crackvideo drugs&alcohol
Refusing to comment on an investigation into several incidents of abusive behavior by aide David Price at Georgetown GO station, the democratically elected, taxpayer-paid Ford declares “It’s actually no one’s business what happens in my office.” ethics ignorance
Ford’s summer football team, the Rexdale Raiders, is the first in the eight-year history of the Ontario Minor Football League to fail to pay its league fees. Following the resignation of Ford aide Chris Fickel, Ford’s team is now being helped by a different taxpayer-paid Ford aide, J.C. Hasko. disgrace ethics
Don Bosco returns donated football equipment to Ford. Ford admits hurt feelings and claims he was told the equipment would be thrown out if he didn’t take it back; board spokesman John Yan and local trustee Peter Jakovcic say that this did not happen. disgrace
Asked by reporters if he has used marijuana, Ford chuckles and responds, “Oh yeah. I won’t deny that. I smoked a lot of it.” Officials in the mayor’s office do not respond to follow-up questions about when the mayor did so. drugs&alcohol
Ford defeats Hulk Hogan in a arm wrestling match at Fan Expo Canada. buffoonery
Ford fails to show up at a staff briefing in advance of his appearance of the Taste of the Danforth street festival.
He later shows up alone and apparently intoxicated nearby, next to his parked Escalade SUV on Greenwood Ave. Eyewitnesses report he is staggering and slurring his words, and photos and videos are posted to Twitter to corroborate this.
Aides scramble to reach Ford's location by subway and a police escort is arranged.
Councilor Jaye Robinson reiterates her call for Ford to take a leave of absence and get help. drugs&alcohol
Carley McNeil, Ford’s events coordinator, is fired. This marks the eighth staff member to resign or be fired from the mayor’s office since mid-May. disgrace
New details are published about the murder of Anthony Smith, when The Star reports that the Crown had withdrawn first-degree murder changes against the man accused of driving the killer away from the scene.
“Prosecutor Mary Misener told court that Smith and Khattak initiated a fight with a member of Hashimi’s group, prompting Hashimi to pull out a handgun and fire several shots, striking Smith in the head and thigh and Khattak in the shoulder area. Hashimi fled the scene in a car the Crown alleges was driven by Mohamed.
Misener said the Crown accepts Hashimi was intoxicated and did not intend to kill or cause grievous bodily harm to Smith or Khattak. Khattak is recovering from the gunshot under house arrest.” crackvideo
Despite the Fords longtime insistence that incoming calls to their talk-radio show aren’t planted, the CBC reports that Ford staffer David Price was a frequent caller before being hired as director of logistics and operations, calling in at least six times as “Dave from Scarborough”, “Dave from Etobicoke”, and “Dave from Georgetown”. Ford suspends Price for a week without pay the following day for calling the Toronto Sun to complain about its coverage and not identifying himself accurately.
Price returns to work after his suspension but two weeks later disappears again for seven weeks after uttering a homophobic slur to CBC city hall reporter Jamie Strashin, who had broken the story about the anonymous calls. ethics
Shannon Everett is arrested after throwing a cup of juice at Ford at the Taste of Little Italy street festival. The charges are later dropped.
A letter of support written by Ford is made an exhibit during a sentencing hearing following Sandro Lisi’s conviction for threatening to kill a former girlfriend. “To whom it may concern,” reads the letter, which is written on official city letterhead and breaks several rules set out concerning reference letters in Appendix M of the city councilors’ handbook, “...I have known Mr. Alexander Lisi through his volunteer work on my 2010 election campaign. Mr. Lisi was an exemplary member of my campaign team, where he displayed exceptional leadership skills and worked hard in and out of the campaign office. Mr. Lisi has demonstrated to myself that he has a great work ethic and has always shown tact and diplomacy. I have known Mr. Lisi for several years, and he has always conducted himself in a courteous and polite manner.” ethics
A multi-city police drugs and guns sweep includes a Dixon Rd. apartment complex that is ground zero for the scandal. Police Chief Bill Blair says the law prohibits him from discussing evidence or the investigation.
Police raid addresses in Toronto, Windsor, and Hamilton, including the apartment building where the crack video was allegedly taken and the alleged crack house where Ford was photographed with Anthony Smith, Muhammad Khattak, and Monir Kassim; the latter two are arrested for trafficking offenses. Ford is unaware of the raid until after the fact, and police chief Bill Blair refuses to confirm or deny that Ford is under investigation. crackvideo drugs&alcohol
Two of Ford’s former campaign managers won’t help him campaign in 2014 unless he takes steps to clean up his “health and well-being,” the Star reports. drugs&alcohol disgrace
Ford ousts the sole woman on his executive committee, Councilor Jaye Robinson, who had publicly urged Ford to take a leave of absence. ethics disgrace
The Star reveals that the infamous photo of the mayor was taken outside 15 Windsor Rd., a home notorious for drug problems. One resident was convicted of trafficking cocaine. Police had recently been called there for an assault.
A young man was seriously injured after plummeting from an apartment building in Fort McMurray, Alta., where a man was arrested in the slaying of Smith. crackvideo
Gawker reports it has been told the video could be “gone.” crackvideo
Four new staff are hired for the mayor’s office. disgrace
Ford announces he will not be attending Pride for a third consecutive year. ignorance
More than 300 city hall demonstrators call on the mayor to resign. disgrace
A publication ban limits naming those involved in the Loki Lounge homicide, even after they’ve been widely reported. The Star and the CBC begin fighting the sealing of a warrant in Alberta related to one of the homicide arrests. crackvideo
Two more Ford staffers resign: Brian Johnston, Ford’s advisor on council relations, and Ford’s executive assistant, Kia Nejatian.
Premier Kathleen Wynne says she is “worried about the situation” at city hall. disgrace
The Star reports that Ford told senior aides not to worry about the video because he knew where it was, according to sources. Ford blurted out the numbers of two 17th-floor units, 1701 and 1703, at a Dixon Rd. building. crackvideo
Sources tell the Toronto Star that the phone and e-mail records of Mark Towhey, George Christopoulos and Isaac Ransom are in danger after city employees were directed to illegally delete them; other sources say this isn’t true and is in fact impossible. ethics
In the Project Brazen ITO wiretaps (released in December) two Dixon Bloods gang members talk about having “kidnapped” the seller of the video, Mohamed Siad to interrogate him about it.
“Siad was crying, saying he destroyed the video and his family is in trouble,” according to the wiretapped call. One of the men discussing this said he warned Siad that if he “saw him in Dixon he would kill him.” The Toronto Star crackvideo
The Toronto Star reports that Muhammad Khattak is also pictured in the photo being circulated of Ford with homicide victim Anthony Smith. Khattak was injured in the fatal Loki Lounge shooting.
The Toronto Star reports sources saying a meeting was held between police and Ford’s former chief of staff over concerns that staffers were trying to obtain the crack video. crackvideo
Press secretary George Christopoulos and deputy press secretary Isaac Ransom resign abruptly. Sources say both men resigned on principle because they felt they could not continue in good conscience after Ford's statement on May 24, which, according to Ford’s former press secretary, Adrienne Batra, was “barely recognizable” compared to a statement his staff had written for him and was written primarily by Ford’s family with only minor staff input.
Ford names as new special assistant communications Amin Massoudi, whom former chief of staff Nick Kouvalis reportedly fired from Ford's campaign in 2010 over a marijuana-possession incident and was then rehired by Ford as a constituency assistant at his council office, infuriating Kouvalis.
Gawker’s crowd-sourcing campaign raises its $200,000 goal. disgrace ethics
Ford blasts the media as a “bunch of maggots” during his weekly talk radio show with his brother Doug; he expresses regret immediately afterward and apologizes to reporters the next day.
A female caller asks him to explain the photograph of himself with Anthony Smith; Ford explains that he takes photographs with “everybody” and comments “That’s very sad, that she’s a racist,” afterward, referring to the fact that the other men in the photo are all minorities. Ford also finally definitively denies the existence of the video. crackvideo
The Globe & Mail reports that the mayor’s brother and right-hand man, councilor Doug Ford, was a mid-level drug dealer in the 1980s dealing large quantities of hashish. Allegedly also involved in this criminal enterprise was Ford’s former high-school football coach and current director of logistics and operations, David Price. Despite repeated inquiries, Price’s duties remain unclear, as do his qualifications except for—according to Doug Ford—his “loyalty.” crackvideo drugs&alcohol
After a week of silence, and only after his executive committee writes an open letter urging the mayor to address the allegations publicly, Ford finally makes a public statement: “I do not use crack cocaine nor am I an addict of crack cocaine. As for a video, I can’t comment on a video I have never seen or does not exist.” Ford takes no follow-up questions, and his choice of words is widely perceived as less than an unequivocal denial that he has ever previously used the drug. crackvideo
Ford fires Chief of Staff Mark Towhey.
In a phone conversation on the evening of May 22, Ford orders Towhey to go to Don Bosco and retrieve football equipment Ford has previously donated to the school. Towhey tells Ford this is a bad idea and repeats advice he has offered several times before: that the mayor go to rehab and deal with his substance-abuse problems.
Ford loses his temper and tells Towhey: “If that’s all you’ve got for me, then you might as well leave and don’t come back.” Towhey returns to City Hall the next day, and Ford asks him to help arrange a pizza party for Don Bosco players.
Towhey urges him not to drag the players into the situation and suggests that the mayor’s office has more urgent business at hand.
A furious Ford fires Towhey again and has him escorted from the building by security. Doug Ford later comes out the front door to address waiting reporters while Rob sneaks out the back door. ethics bullying drugs&alcohol disgrace
Ford staffers hand out “Rob Ford: Mayor” promotional magnets at the funeral of Toronto Sun founding editor Peter Worthington. When questioned about the allegations of his drug use by reporters as he exits the funeral, Ford tells them, “Have some respect.” ethics
Ford is dismissed as head football coach at Don Bosco, reportedly over his comments that his players would be dead or in jail without him. Bruce Rodrigues, the Toronto’s Catholic school board’s director of education, states, “This decision was based on what is best for our students, our school and the Don Bosco community.” This marks the second time Ford has been ousted from a volunteer football coaching position amid controversy. ethics
Doug Ford makes a statement, praising his brother’s accomplishments. He says he believes Rob when he says the stories are untrue, but doesn’t take questions. He says the mayor has denied the allegations three times. crackvideo
According to the Toronto Star, a nonfatal shooting takes place in the same apartment complex where the Star viewed the video, the news of which alarms people in the mayor’s office. crackvideo
According to the Toronto Star, after director of logistics and operations David Price contacts chief of staff Mark Towhey with information about the video alleged to show Ford using crack cocaine, including both its location and that Anthony Smith may have been murdered for its value, Towhey takes this information to police due to concerns that Price is trying to obtain the video.
Councilor Doug Ford tells Newstalk 1010: “I have never seen my brother involved with anything like coke.” crackvideo
According to The Toronto Star, Ford tells senior aides not to worry about the crack video, because he knows where it is, specifically citing two 17th floor units at a Dixon Rd. apartment complex.
At Toronto City Hall, Ford issues a brief statement, saying the allegations are ridiculous and the Star is “going after” him. Police say they are monitoring the situation. crackvideo
Gawker publishes a story alleging the existence of a recently taken video of Ford smoking crack cocaine while making homophobic comments and slurs against minorities. Accompanying the Gawker article is a photograph of Ford with his arm around Anthony Smith, who was fatally shot in the head outside a King St. nightclub on March 28; in the same photo and injured in the same shooting is Muhammad Khattak. The Toronto Star runs a front-page story reporting that two of its reporters have also viewed this video. Ford calls the reports “ridiculous.”
In the Project Brazen ITO wiretaps (released in December) Mohamed Siad (late revealed to be the person trying to sell the video) called his sister at 12:47am (16/17 May) and told her the phone was in a red pencil case and asks her to safeguard it for him. The Toronto Star crackvideo
Minutes after arriving at a community council meeting debating the controversial Humbertown condo proposal, Ford leaves to join David Price, his director of operations and logistics, in wandering around the parking lot and slapping “Rob Ford: Mayor” fridge magnets on cars. Following a citizen complain about a possible bylaw infraction, Ford is investigated by the city’s municipal licensing and standards department and faces a potential $150 fine. ethics buffoonery
Ford hires Xhejsi Hasko, one of his former assistant coaches and players at Don Bosco, as a special assistant in the mayor’s office. Hasko is the third former University of Toronto Varsity Blues player Ford has added to the city payroll since becoming mayor; Ford used two other special assistants to help him coach at Don Bosco. ethics
Maple Leafs great Johnny Bower receives an ovation when he is shown on the Jumbotron at the team’s first playoff home game in nine years. Cheers turn to boos as Ford jumps into the shot for a handshake, and the camera abruptly cuts away. buffoonery
Prince Philip visits Toronto to present a new regimental colour to the Third Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment. Despite having been recently briefed on all the proper protocols for meeting the Duke of Edinburgh, Ford apparently has more important things to do; a chair reserved for the mayor sits conspicuously empty. ignorance
Ford offers on his radio show to explain to women how politics work, an offer that many women in Toronto regard as patronizing. Councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam co-organizes an event to give an explanation of politics from a woman in politics, and offers to explain to Ford how politics work for women. ignorance bullying buffoonery
At 11:37am (according to the Project Brazen police wiretaps) Sandro Lisi makes a series of calls in an attempt to get Mayor Ford's cellphone, which the Mayor believed had been stolen during his all-night partying at 15 Windsor Rd.
Lisi threatened that if he did not get the phone back that the Mayor would put heat on Dixon,” according to a summary of a call from Lisi to Siyad.
Lisi, it is clear, was at the house with Ford. “Lisi called Siyad and stated he was one of the guys at Elena’s house last night. Lisi accused Siyad and his friend of stealing the Mayor’s phone.”
Calls shoot back and forth over the next hour. Siyad, speaking to a man nicknamed “Juiceman,” tries to concoct a story explaining why they have Ford’s phone. Lisi’s threat is recalled in one conversation. “Siyad advises he didn’t like being threatened and that they have a picture of Rob Ford on a pipe,” according to the police wiretap information, which notes that detectives believe he means a “crack pipe.”
An unknown man comes on the line and states: “(we) love and respect Rob Ford but (we) have Rob Ford on a lot of fucked up situations and (we) don’t wanna say anything.”
A plan is hatched to say one of the younger men took it by accident.
Later that day, Lisi arranged to meet Siyad at a Country Style doughnut shop in the area, promising to bring him some “spliffs” (marijuana). The Toronto Star drugs&alcohol
Meanwhile, Mayor Ford leads a community cleanup at an Etobicoke park, which is reported by CP24.
At 12:52am, according to the police wiretaps published in the Project Brazen ITO (and made public on 4 Dec ’13), Elena Johnson calls Dixon Blood gang member Liban Siyad from her home at 15 Windsor Rd, the house in the infamous photograph of Ford with Anthony Smith.
However, wiretaps over the next few hours that Saturday in April reveal a number of calls between 1 a.m. and 6 am that indicate Ford is at the house with gang members, doing drugs.
Gang member Harun is heard saying “he had Rob Ford smoking on the ‘dugga.’ He said he has so much (sic) pictures of Rob Ford doing the hezza (a slang sometimes used to describe heroin).”
Siyad is heard telling Harun, who is at 15 Windsor Rd., to “take a picture of that because of what it would be worth.” Later, just before sun-up, Siyad is heard calling someone and saying, “the mayor of the city Rob Ford was smoking his rocks today.” Later, in an almost hour-long chat, Siyad tells someone (no name is given) that he was at Princess’s house when all of this happened and he plans to put a photo on Instagram.
There is no indication in the wiretaps and accompanying documents as to how long the party at 15 Windsor lasted. The Toronto Star drugs&alcohol
Ford walks face-first into a television camera. “Ah fuck, man. Holy Christ!” Ford yells, bending over and grabbing his eye. “Holy. Guys have some respect, you just hit me in the face with a camera.” buffoonery
Ford pretends to vomit when asked at a press conference about the Metrolinx wish list of taxes and tolls to fund transit. buffoonery ignorance
Anthony Smith dies from his wounds in the afternoon. crackvideo
Parents from Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School meet to discuss whether they want Ford to continue coaching football there.
Past midnight into the 28th, Anthony Smith is shot outside of the Loki Lounge on Toronto’s King St. Mohamed Khattak is wounded in the same incident. It is later revealed (May) that Smith and Khattak were once photographed with Rob Ford. crackvideo
At around 7pm (nearly three hours after official visiting hours) Mayor Ford arrived at the Toronto West Detention Centre, at first asking for a tour of the jail, which was denied. Mayor Ford then asked to meet with an inmate named Bruno Bellissimo, and this request was also denied.
In the Globe & Mail article reporting on the incident, Bellissimo’s mother is quoted as saying that he and the Mayor have been friends since childhood. Bellissimo was in the jail at the time awaiting trial on charges of assault and uttering threats. He was later convicted in May and sentenced to two years probation less time served. The Globe & Mail ???
Rob Ford calls into Closing Arguments with Steven Skurka, a legal affairs radio show on Newstalk 1010, to criticize Richard Kachkar’s legal defence in his trial for the first-degree murder of Sgt. Ryan Russell on the night before the jury is set to deliberate.
Ford says Kachkar will walk if he’s found to be not criminally responsible. The panelists cut Ford off repeatedly to explain that he won’t. Concerns are raised that Ford's comments may result in a mistrial. ethics ignoranceThe National Post, The Toronto Star
Ford gives a rousing but widely criticized as inappropriate pro-casino speech to an audience of orthodox Jews at a religious event. The Toronto Sun ignorance
Ford allegedly propositions and gropes former rival mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson. Thomson speculates that his sweaty, fast-talking, out of it, arrogant manner suggests that Ford may have been high on cocaine at the time. drugs&alcohol
Ford claims that former Don Bosco football players would be dead or in jail without his coaching are disputed by former Don Bosco football players. ignorance
The number of lobbyists registered at City Hall in 2012 is triple the 2010 figure; the number of subjects being pushed has doubled; allegations of misconduct have tripled; daily communications between lobbyists and public office holders have increased tenfold. ethics
A complaint is filed with the City’s Integrity Commissioner that Mayor Ford had solicited donations to his football foundation from two registered lobbyists and the President of the CNE. This follows the previous decision that he be remove from office (Nov ’12) for doing the same which was later overturned on appeal. City of Toronto conflict of interest
Ford arrives late to the Toronto Garrison Ball, a gala event celebrating the Canadian armed forces, speaking in a rambling, incoherent manner that alarms guests. He is asked to leave because organizers are concerned he is impaired.
It is later reported (Nov ’13) in the Project Brazen ITO that Ford’s Chief of Staff Mark Towhey warned Ford that attending the ball in the state he was in would ruin his career. The Globe & Mail drugs&alcohol
The Gardiner Expressway revealed to be nearly unsafe for use; it turns out a study on what to do about it was shelved two years ago. ethics
Ontario Superior Court Judge Hackland finds that Ford has violated the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act by participating in the council debate and voting on whether he should repay $3,150 raised after he used official letterhead and other council resources in fund-raising letters for his football foundation and declares the mayor's seat vacant, the decision to take effect in 14 days.
This decision is later reversed on appeal. Jan 2013 conflict of interest trial
Ford stumbles and falls while demonstrating a football play before television cameras; an animated GIF of the incident goes viral. buffoonery
Ford skips out on his own trial early to coach football. Now libel trial
Ford stands trial for the Boardwalk Pub libel case.
“George Foulidis launched the lawsuit two years ago, shortly before the 2010 municipal election. Foulidis’ lakefront restaurant in the Beach became a political lightning rod during the campaign. His 20-year lease with the city was renewed in 2006 without taking outside bids. Sole-sourced contracts were a hot topic and point of contention during the last election. [...]
In Aug. 2010, Ford told the Toronto Sun the city contract Foulidis had won smells of civic corruption. He went on to say: “it’s confidential and I wish you guys knew what happened behind closed doors.”
Ford also told a radio station: “I truly believe” someone is getting money under the table in connection to the contract.
Foulidis hired a lawyer and demanded Ford apologize or face legal consequences. Ford’s campaign team told the media he would not be backing down.” The Toronto Star
A picture of Ford’s Escalade with newly and possibly illegally tinted windows is posted online. ethics
Ford skips 2½ hours of a council meeting to coach a semifinal football game.
Two TTC buses are then diverted to pick up his football team following a post-game brawl, leaving passengers stranded in the rain in rush hour.
Ford uses his influence to expedite drainage and road repairs in front of Deco Labels, his family-owned business, in time for its 50th anniversary party. ethics
Reports indicate Ford uses city staff and taxpayer-funded cars and cellphones to assist him in his football coaching duties. ethics
Mayor Ford testifies at his conflict of interest trial. Questioned by Clayton Ruby, Ford admits to not having read his councilor handbook. When Ruby asked Ford about his knowledge of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act by partially reading from it, Ford said, “You've read it to me, but I’ve never read it.” In referencing another occasion when Ford did declare a conflict and abstain from a vote, Ruby asked, “On that day you understood the simple principle is that if the report is about Rob Ford, [you can’t particpate.] I heard you speak the words. Did you understand what you said?” “No,” Ford answers. Torontoist CTV CBC Toronto Life
In the summary of the day’s events, John Lorinc wrote:
Ruby was going hard at Ford, raising his voice and telling the judge that his intention was to show a pattern of deceit and lying.
I must say I saw something slightly different: a pattern of almost pathological inattentiveness to the more nuanced details of the job of representing the interests of public. He admitted he didn’t read the councilor handbooks; didn’t bother going to councilor orientation sessions (his father, Doug Sr., he explained, had been an MPP, therefore he, Rob, knew what it meant to serve on a municipal council); didn’t bother informing himself of the legal framework of the position; didn’t seek to understand what circumstances would prompt the city’s legal staff to remind him, unbidden, to declare conflicts. So many questions left unasked.
Indeed, on the stand, as in the cross-examination conducted in the summer, he came across profoundly, even tragically, incurious, and more than a little passive. Spacing ignorance conflict of interest trial
Ford gets lost while looking for a washroom and blunders into the Calgary Stampeders’ dressing room at halftime. The Calgary Herald buffoonery
Photos appear on Twitter showing Ford reading documents while driving on the Gardiner Expressway. Ford admits to reading work documents. CBC ignorance
Mayor Ford is admitted to the Humber River Regional Hospital after complications from asthma.
“Councilor Mike Del Grande, the city’s budget chief and an ally of the mayor’s, said people close to Mr. Ford have indicated the irritation was linked to the mayor’s inhaler, a device used to treat asthma.” National Post ???
Clayton Ruby cross examined Mayor Ford at a Toronto law office, and Ford claimed that he didn’t know he could seek legal council when he was the subject of an integrity commissioner investigation. This despite this fact being included in the city council handbook available to all councilors on their first day.
This raises the question of whether the Mayor was willfully ignorant and if he’d even read his councilor’s handbook. Digital Journal conflict of interest trial
Ford has a verbal altercation with a streetcar driver after allegedly driving past the streetcar’s open front doors, an illegal and dangerous act. The Globe & Mail bullying ethics ignorance
Ford skips a Pride flag raising ceremony on City Hall’s green roof, immediately outside his office. The Toronto Star ignorance
Having missed several previous weigh-ins and endured both ridicule from his brother Doug and a viral video showing him being heckled while entering a KFC, Ford falls short of his stated goal in his “Cut the Waist” challenge, losing no additional weight in his final weigh-in and then stumbling off the scale and twisting his ankle. The National Post, LiveLeak, YouTube buffoonery
Around this time, a photograph circulates online of a bleary-eyed and disheveled Ford posing with a bachelorette party. TwitPic drugs&alcohol
Ford asks council to scrap the bylaw forcing retailers to charge five cents for plastic shopping bags. Council does so, but also spites mayor by voting to scrap the bags entirely as of Jan. 1 (a decision that is later overturned). The Globe & Mail ignorance
Ford applies to buy a 2,800-square-foot publicly owned parkette adjacent to his house. His stated aim is to build a better fence to ensure his family’s security; his agent says they have no plans to build on the land, though this is contradicted by a interview taped on July 15, 2010 in which Ford declares his intention to tear down his bungalow in a few years and build a “nice” house.
Ford shouts at, then raises his fist and chases Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale, who is standing on public property, examining the public property Ford is attempting to purchase. Ford succeeds in mugging Dale for his cellphone and tape recorder. The Toronto Star bullying
Ford announces his intention to skip the Pride parade for a second straight year. The Toronto Sun ignorance
A St. Patrick’s Day reveler reports seeing Ford “stumbling down the street ... inebriated and sweaty but in a jovial way” and tells him “You’re the worst mayor ever.” Ford allegedly walks over, kissed her on the forehead, and responds, “I know, but I try.” Ford then heads into a private room in the Bier Markt on the Esplanade, where a staffer describes him as “incoherent” and “hammered.” The DJ working that night reports Ford is fighting and carrying on “like an idiot.” After “storming the dance floor,” Ford is asked to leave and escorted out by his own staff and members of the restaurant’s security team. The Toronto Star
An internal email written by City Hall security is later released, detailing the Mayor’s drunken behaviour later that night at City Hall.
In the Project Brazen ITO, made public 19 months later (Nov 2013), interviews conducted between police and staff present this night make the claim that Mayor Ford called a taxi driver “paki” and mocked his speech, called other staff “Liberal bitches”, and made sexually suggestive comments toward a policy advisor, Olivia Gondek. Gondek denied this claim. The Toronto Star buffoonery drugs&alcohol disgrace
While TTC chair Karen Stintz vacations out of town, transit commissioners call a special meeting and vote 5-4 to fire TTC chief general manager Gary Webster two weeks after Webster testifies to council that he cannot justify Ford’s vision of running the entire Eglinton LRT line underground, raising the cost of the line by $2 billion.
Webster’s contract stipulates he is to be paid more than $560,000 in salary (plus benefits) over two years, in compensation for being fired without just cause, about $160,000 more than if he had been allowed to work until his planned retirement in July 2013.
Frank Di Giorgio, a Ford ally and one of the five voters behind Webster’s firing, suggests that more senior transit managers may lose their jobs for not “respecting the office of the mayor.” CBC, Cp24, The National Post, The Globe & Mail ethics
Council votes 25-18 for a plan by TTC chair Karen Stintz to resurrect the Transit City light-rail scenario approved by the city, the TTC and the province in 2009 under former mayor David Miller, and killed by Ford shortly after he assumed office.
Ford dismisses city council’s will, calling their defeat of his alternative transit plan “irrelevant.” The Toronto Star ignorance
Council votes to rescind the Aug 25, 2010 recommendation to make Ford repay illegal donations.
Rob Ford speaks during the debate on the matter and votes on the relevant motion; it is later alleged he broke the Municipal Conflict-of-Interest Act by doing so. conflict of interest trial ethics
A report by the law firm Cavalluzzo, Hayes, Shilton, McIntyre & Cornish says Ford exceeded his legal authority when he canceled Transit City without city council approval. The Toronto Star ethics
Ford writes a character reference on City of Toronto letterhead vouching for Douglas Sedgewick, a tow truck operator with a serious speeding conviction and other violations, after municipal staff refused to reinstate his license, deeming him a potential public danger.
Scott MacIntyre, a long-time common-law partner of Ford’s sister, Kathy, is charged with two counts of threatening death, forcible entry and possession of heroin and cocaine after he forces his way into the mayor’s house.
MacIntyre is known to police, having been charged with drug – and gun-related offenses after a 2005 altercation in which Kathy Ford was shot in the face in her parents’ basement.
Court documents later quote MacIntyre as yelling “You owe me money, your sister owes me money, if I don’t get it, they will kill me” at Ford. The Toronto Star violence
Ford is photographed at the 2012 New Year’s Levee with his arm around Jon Latvis, a member of neo-Nazi band RAHOWA (Racial Holy War), who is attired in the uniform of the Latvian Homeguard. ignorance
Ford’s mother-in-law calls 911, claiming that Ford has been drinking and is taking his children to Florida against his wife’s wishes. CBC bullying
TTC chief general manager Gary Webster reports that canceling Transit City in favour of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s subway-focused plan will cost $65 million in penalties. CBC ignorance
Ford flees into his house and calls 911 three times after a crew from CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes including Mary Walsh in character as Marg Delahunty approaches him in his driveway. Multiple sources claim Ford verbally abuses the 911 dispatcher, yelling, “You ... bitches! Don’t you fucking know? I’m Rob fucking Ford, the mayor of this city!” Ford’s wife, Renata, reportedly places another 911 call at 10:17 the same evening, this time in regard to a verbal altercation between herself and Ford. bullying
Mayor Ford participated in a Rosh HaShana ceremony at City Hall and brought such dignity to the sacred ceremony someone felt compelled to commemorate it with a GIF. buffoonery
During public hearings for the city's Core Services Review, Vikki VanSickle reads a statement in support of the Toronto Public Library, ending by saying she’s a published children's author, of a book called Words that Start With B.
Mayor Ford’s microphone (at 3:30) picks up him saying, “I can think of another word for her.” bullying
Ford is seen driving while using his cell phone; he makes an obscene gesture at woman and six-year-old daughter after the mother tells him to get off his phone. The Toronto Star bullying
Ford announces his intention to skip the Pride parade in favour of a Canada Day family weekend at his cottage, becoming the first mayor of the mega-city to miss the event. “We’ve been in Huntsville for the past 30 (years), as long as I can remember, since I’ve been a little boy. I’m carrying on a tradition my father had. Last year I was there during the campaign, we’re there every year,” he claims, although photos later surface of Ford at a Canada Day event in East York in 2010. The Toronto Sun ignorance
An audit is ordered for Mayor Ford's campaign expenses. The audit is to look into whether Ford violated election campaign spending rules in three areas: (1) improperly paying for his campaign expenses (2) wrongly borrowing money from his family’s holding company (Doug Ford Holdings), and (3) exceeding the campaign spending limit and accepting corporate contributions. The Toronto Star
The Audit found (Feb 2013) the Mayor did violate the spending limit by about $40,000, and the loan from Doug Ford Holdings was illegal. The Toronto Star ethics
Responding to suggestions made by Doug Ford that the Mayor should have more powers (like mayors in the United States) Mayor Ford said, “I was always happy with the power I have. I don’t know, I think my brother might be spending too much time in Chicago. To each his own.”
“Doug Ford (Etobicoke North) stood behind his proposal Thursday, noting the Mayor should be able to overrule council in order to get things done more efficiently. He clarified that he is not advocating “absolute power,” but rather a situation where the Mayor would be able to quash council decisions that do not align with his agenda.”
When asked why his brother seemed to be the spokesman for the Mayor’s office, Mayor Ford laughed and said, “Doug is not a mouthpiece. I’m always available. It’s pretty hard to hide 300 pounds of fun.” The National Post
A Toronto Star story hides that Ford and his aides made misleading statements about his academic career implying that he attended Carleton University for three years (dropping out two credits short) and played varsity football for the Carleton Ravens. In fact, he dropped out of Carleton after one year, and former Carleton Ravens players are doubtful that he ever dressed for a game. York University confirms that Ford took six continuing education courses, completing “some, but not all” of the first-year courses. ethics
On his first day in office after being sworn-in as Mayor, Ford found himself unable to get out of his new office.
It was hard to know what was going on in the mayor’s office; during the Miller years the door to the office was always unlocked, but today Ford’s people are keeping it locked.
Mr. Ford apparently had no appetite for gravy, though. At about 10:30 a.m. he appeared on the inside of the locked glass door to his office. He apparently doesn’t know how to open the door, though; someone had to come and press the little green button beside the door, so he could get out. The National Post buffoonery
The day after being elected Mayor, Ford participates in an inept interview with CBC’s As it Happens, continually interrupting himself since he’s at football practice. buffoonery
Rob Ford is elected Mayor of Toronto
Ford argues for a cap on immigration in the city of Toronto: “We can’t even deal with the 2.5 million people in this city. I think it’s more important we take care of the people now before we start bringing in more. There are going to be a million more people – according to the Official Plan, which I did not support – over the next 10 years coming into the city. We’re not in the fiscal shape, we’re not in the social shape, to be taking any more people into this city right now.“ The National Post
Previously, in March 2003, Ford had suggested Toronto be declared a “refugee-free zone.” ignorance
The City’s integrity commissioner finds Ford had violated council’s code of conduct by using his official letterhead to solicit donations totaling $3150 from lobbyists and corporations for his private charitable organization, the Rob Ford Football Foundation.
Council recommends he repay this money at its next meeting on Aug 25. Ford does not do so. Torontoist conflict of interest trial
Ford tells The Toronto Sun that in-camera council meetings have “more corruption and skullduggery going on in there than I've ever seen in my life.” He also says council's decision to award an untendered 20-year contract to a pub operator “stinks to high heaven.” libel trial
Toronto District School Board director of education Chris Spence states that Ford was asked to stop coaching high school football after he reportedly had a violent physical confrontation with student player Jonathan Gordon at Newtonbrook Secondary School in 2001.
“A report in The Toronto Star says the Toronto District School Board asked Mr. Ford to stop coaching high school football after possibly roughing up a student player in 2001. Mr. Ford’s campaign vehemently denies the report, saying he quit voluntarily. Mr. Ford files a notice of intent to sue The Star. Jonathan Gordon, the former student, later tells The Globe and Mail that Mr. Ford never laid a hand on him.” The Globe & Mail bullying
Ford offers to help an ill man “score” the powerful painkiller OxyContin in a taped phone conversation: “I’ll try, buddy, I’ll try. I don’t know this shit, but I’ll fucking try to find it. Why don’t you go on the street and score it? Fuck, you know, I don’t know any drug dealers at all.” The Globe & Mail drugs&alcohol
According to Rob Ford, cyclists are a pain in the ass. ignorance
Ford is charged with assaulting his wife and uttering a death threat. The charges are later dropped (May 2008) because inconsistencies in Renata Ford’s accounts make a conviction unlikely. violence
Ford comments about Asians during a holiday shopping debate: “Those Oriental people work like dogs. They work their hearts out. They are workers non-stop. They sleep beside their machines. That’s why they’re successful in life. I went to Seoul, South Korea, I went to Taipei, Taiwan. I went to Tokyo, Japan. That’s why these people are so hard workers (sic). I’m telling you, the Oriental people, they’re slowly taking over.” ignorance
Ford comments about cyclists: “My heart bleeds for them when I hear someone gets killed, but it’s their own fault at the end of the day.” ignorance
Security guards remove a drunken and belligerent Ford from a Maple Leafs game. After being asked to be quiet, Ford yells, “You right-wing communist bastards,” and “Who the fuck do you think you are? Are you a fucking teacher? Do you want your little wife to go over to Iran and get raped and shot?” urbantoronto.ca bullying
During a council debate over a pothole, Ford calls fellow councilor Gloria Lindsay Luby “a joke. She’s a waste of time. A waste of skin.” The Toronto Star bullying
Ford questions the utility of grant programs for transgendered and transsexual people during a council debate. “I don’t understand. No. 1, I don’t understand a transgender, I don’t understand, is it a guy dressed up like a girl or a girl dressed up like a guy? And we’re funding this for, I don’t know, what does it say here? We’re giving them $3,210?” ignorance
After reporter John Barber demands “Answer the question, you fat fuck!” in frustration, Ford and councilor Giorgio Mammoliti angrily and repeatedly demand Barber explain why he said this and pursue him when he leaves the council chamber. Ford accuses Barber repeatedly of verbal assault while physically blocking him from getting into an elevator and leaving. Ford eventually chases Barber out of City Hall. Video of the confrontation is widely circulated. bullying
When the city council decides to ban pesticides, Ford is quoted saying:
“[It] is the worst thing that could happen. This whole city is going to be weeds, mice, rodents. It’s already dirty as it is. We have to clean it up. We’re losing our rights in this city. You can’t do anything and it’s your property. That’s dictatorship.” The Toronto Star (archived on OurStolenFuture.org), Eye Weekly /The Grid buffoonery
Councilor Ford calls a fellow councilor a “slithering snake” who “belongs in a zoo”. bullying
During a council debate on whether there should be homeless shelters across the city, rather than only downtown, Mr. Ford says: “This is an insult to my constituents to even think about having a homeless shelter in their ward. And you want me to have a public meeting to discuss this? Why don’t we have a public lynching?” ignorance
During a council budget debate, Ford calls fellow councilor George Mammoliti a “Gino-boy.” The Toronto Star bullying
Ford questions a grant for a video about homosexuality in Toronto’s South Asian community, telling The National Post: “I have no problem giving money out to physically or mentally handicapped children or seniors, but spending $5,000 on this video is disgusting, it is absolutely disgusting to spend this amount of money on this, whatever it was called, video.” ignorance
Ford is arrested in Miami, Florida, for DUI and pleads guilty to failing to provide a breath sample. Ford is also charged with marijuana possession; the charge is later dropped. “The [defendant] approached me and took all of his money and threw it to the ground,” reads the arrest affidavit. “The [defendant] was acting nervous. When the [defendant] spoke to me I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on this breath. His eyes were blood shot.”
Rob Ford is charged with assault during a hockey fight at age 18. violence
Content up to November 8th 2013 mostly from The Rob Ford Incident File, with some additions.
Also thank you to the readers who have sent in suggestions.
Rob Ford, Toronto Mayor, Has Had A Few Regrets
... A Few Denials
A chronology assembled by The Huffington Post, 8 Nov 2013
History of Violence
The Toronto Sun, 9 Aug 2013
Developments in the Rob Ford Crack Video Scandal: a timeline
The Toronto Star, 13 June 2013
A History of Formal Complaints Against Rob Ford
Torontoist, 19 Nov 2012
Rob Ford and a decade of controversy
The Globe & Mail, 19 Aug 2010