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Rob Ford Spotted in Bracebridge

Our mayoral Waldo has been found, and he's outside a BMO near Muskoka.

Rob Ford was spotted this afternoon in Bracebridge—he apparently took photos with people outside a bank and inside a dry cleaners’ before getting a ride in the cab of an 18-wheeler. The mayor is on a leave of absence from his duties in order to seek treatment for substance abuse issues. The fact that he’s able to run errands in the afternoon suggests that Ford has not checked in to an in-patient program—Ford’s doctors have told the CBC that his off-site excursion was considered essential, done with supervision, and necessary in order “to address an important matter which otherwise would have been a major distraction.”

Ford has allegedly been spotted many times—in areas such as the Junction, Richmond Hill, and Barrie—since he entered treatment. However, these proved to be cases of mistaken identity. On Twitter, the current sightings have led people to make Loch Ness Monster and Abominable Snowman comparisons—but there is also more than an undercurrent of concern, because many worry that the mayor is not taking his treatment seriously. He told the Toronto Sun‘s Joe Warmington that “rehab is amazing” and “like football camp.” After being scolded for giving Warmington an interview, he proceeded to speak with him for another one.

Ford’s family owns a cottage in Muskoka, near the treatment facility he is reportedly attending in Bala. There is no word on when his treatment is scheduled to finish. One journalist said the following about asking Ford lawyer Dennis Morris to comment on the situation:


  • dsmithhfx

    “he apparently took photos with people outside a bank and inside a dry cleaners’ before getting a ride in the cab of an 18-wheeler.”

    – script for new David Lynch project.

  • jdelve

    I’m not sure how the doctor can characterize dry cleaning and rides in an 18 wheeler as “an important matter which otherwise would have been a major distraction”.

    • Steveinto

      I do recall over the coarse of this tragic mans life in public office there were several people that stepped forward and defended him with many excuses some of which were not true. Am I to believe this doctor? This story is not over.

      • dsmithhfx

        The Ford family has a acquired a new leach.

  • rich1299

    Though it’d depend on the rehab and their evaluation of a client’s
    condition its common for rehabs to allow weekend passes for in-patients after two weeks, give or take. Usually the only supervision that’s done is a mandatory pee drug/alcohol test when they return, fail and you’re out though in some cases the group is allowed to decide if they stay or go. If they’re seen intoxicated by others in the group that’s an automatic out with no voting on it since it risks the recovery of others. You can also get kicked out of rehab for taking a lunch or supper tray that’s meant for someone else.

    The way the Dr spins this makes me
    more suspicious though, he’s saying way more than needs to be said which is usually a sign of lying. He makes it sound like Ford was annoying the hell out others in his group so was given a time out. It sure doesn’t sound like a run of the mill weekend pass.