Robert Bruce Ford, Toronto Mayor (2010 – )

1987

Rob Ford is charged with assault during a hockey fight at age 18. violence


1999

15 Feb
Mon

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.”

Ford denies the charges later during his mayoral campaign until presented with evidence. The National Post, The Toronto Sun drugs&alcohol


2001

13 Jun
Wed

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


2002

6 Mar
Wed

During a council budget debate, Ford calls fellow councilor George Mammoliti a “Gino-boy.” The Toronto Star bullying


17 Apr ’02
Wed

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


“And you want me to have a public meeting to discuss this? Why don’t we have a public lynching?”