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Duly Quoted: George Christopoulos, Rob Ford’s Press Secretary

Why did the mayor leave the first fall meeting of his executive committee early?

“It’s extremely rare that his football duties conflict with his council responsibilities. There were no contentious issues remaining on [the executive committee] agenda and the mayor felt comfortable leaving the meeting in the hands of other committee members.”

—The mayor’s press secretary to the Globe and Mail‘s city hall bureau chief, Kelly Grant. Rob Ford left the meeting—the first of the fall calendar—at approximately 2:30 p.m. The meeting ran until about 8 p.m., and in the mayor’s absence, council debated the City’s anti-discrimination policy (ordering staff to tie Pride funding to a prohibition of the term “Israeli Apartheid”), the future of Casa Loma (deciding not to sell it), and several budget matters.

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