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Daniel Dale Drops Lawsuit After Rob Ford Issues Second Apology

Mayor concedes his recollections and descriptions had been "inaccurate."

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Mayor Rob Ford made his first attempt at an apology to Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale in council on December 17. Dale had announced that he would be pursuing legal action against both Ford and Vision TV over comments made by the mayor during an interview on that station with Conrad Black.

Ford’s first apology managed to be both aggressive and conditional: he worked in shots against the Star (“I do take issue with his bosses at the Toronto Star to put him and I into this situation”), and peppered his statements with if’s (“It is unfortunate that the word I did not say has been ascribed to me by the media, but I wish to sincerely apologize again to Mr. Dale if my actual words have caused him any harm or personal offence”).

Saying the mayor’s apology “didn’t come close,” Dale determined to continue with his lawsuit, although he did invite the mayor to “try again.”

And he did. Ford’s latest attempt was lengthy and in writing, and noticeably lacking in if’s and in accusations about media meddling. He retracts his claims that Dale was on his property: “There was no basis for me to say that Mr. Dale was ever in my backyard or on my property and I should not have said that.” He also addresses his insinuation that Dale might be a pedophile:

Finally there was absolutely no basis for the statement I made about Mr. Dale taking pictures of children, or for any insinuations I made. I should not have said what I did and I wholly retract my statements and apologize to Mr. Dale without reservation for what I said.

The apology runs nearly a page and half, and features the mayor admitting that his recollections had been “inaccurate” and that his descriptions had been “imprecise and inaccurate.”

Dale has since announced he’ll be dropping his defamation suit. “I sincerely appreciate Mayor Ford’s complete retraction and unqualified apology, and I’m very glad the truth is no longer in dispute,” he said. “I won’t be taking legal action against the mayor, and I’m looking forward to getting back to work.” (He also indicated he will not be proceeding with a lawsuit against ZoomerMedia, after it issued a statement of apology Wednesday night.)

And we’re left to consider the number of months it took Rob Ford to acknowledge that his statements had no basis and his recollections no accuracy.


  • vampchick21

    You get the feeling that his lawyer ripped him a new one.

    • Lee Zamparo

      Right after he wrote him a new one.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        I wonder if Ford even read it.

    • Mark_G56

      And/or his bros decided not to waste any more of Daddy’s $ on little bro.

  • dsmithhfx

    Translation: “I lied, I lied, I lied some more.”

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      “Mr. Ford, why did you lie about smoking crack and about Daniel Dale taking pictures of your children in your backyard?”

      • HotDang

        If he ever answered questions from the press he would have had to face many equally embarrassing questions years ago.

      • OpportKnocks

        Ans: Because it is not a lie until I am faced repeatedly with irrefutable evidence that I lied. Also, there has to be an angle whereby I can lay most of the blame for the lie on the Toronto Star.

  • FundamentalAttributionError

    Dang it, and here I thought this entire thing was some brilliant strategy by Ford to sucker his opponents into suing him so that he could portray himself as David against the vast left wing conspiracy/media goliath. no, it’s just Ford impulsively, blindly flailing from one controversy to the next

    • rich1299

      It looks like Ford is getting some good legal advice at least, notice his lack of legal action against his now former staff members for talking to the police and his lack of legal action over council’s removal of his council appointed powers. Now this apology that I have no doubt wasn’t written by Ford himself but which at least will help Dale’s reputation in years to come when everyone has forgotten about this incident or in places where they never heard of it. Before if he had applied for a job somewhere in future and they googled his name they’d have found plenty of Ford’s insinuations he was a pedophile, at least now they’ll also find Ford’s retraction and apology.

  • Angie Mac

    My father used to give me money every Christmas and it drove me up the wall. My son, when he was 5 years old, forced grandpa to go out shopping for me one year. My dad wasn’t really into it, and according to my son, the experience was a nightmare. They never did find anything they could agree on to get me. My son told me the story before Christmas. “Sorry mom. I tried to get grandpa to get you a present for Christmas. We couldn’t find anything.” I was touched that my son, at that age, had the insight and the thoughtfulness to think of and try that.

    Christmas Day, expecting a cash handout, I was surprised to walk in the living room and see a giant fruit basket under the tree. Certainly not as much as the cash he’d hand out, but he thought of something that I’d like. I was touched. It’s still one of the most special Christmas memories I have.

    Not all women love money, not as a gift. I prefer anything that was thought out and comes from the heart to show me how much they care. And I do the same for the special people in my life.

    • dsmithhfx

      The interesting thing about this is that Mrs. Ford is entitled (ouch! there’s that word) to whatever amount of their money she sees fit to spend, so he’s actually giving her nothing. Still, I suppose it’s better than a case of vodka…

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        Or a “fall down the stairs”.