Juice! Juice, please, Saturday. And then some news: the Ford family history with illegal drugs, Rob Ford denies allegations and ends no confusion, the elephants denied boarding, Metrolinx revenue tools unveiled, and a warning for Fast and Furious fans.
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Earlier today Rob Ford broke eight days of silence regarding allegations that he’d been captured on video smoking what appears to be crack cocaine, convening a press conference to address the matter. He read from a prepared statement and took no questions, and as soon as he was done councillors from across the political spectrum began commenting. Their consensus: this isn’t over.
A round-up of some initial reactions from councillors and political observers:
Eight days after two outlets, Gawker and the Toronto Star, published reports that they’d viewed a video that shows Toronto’s mayor smoking what appears to be crack cocaine, Rob Ford has finally broken his silence about the allegations. “I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine,” a surprisingly jovial-seeming Ford said to dozens of journalists crowded inside his City Hall office. He maintained his stance that the story was the product of one outlet, the Toronto Star, which is out to get him, and failed to address Gawker’s role in the situation. Ford also declined to take questions from the press, leaving as soon as he was done reading his prepared remarks.
Rob Ford was flanked by Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre), and his brother, Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North), who was stony-faced throughout the mayor’s speech. Doug Ford remained after his brother and answered a few questions; video of that exchange follows.
Toronto's deputy mayor sends contradictory message, simultaneously saying that Rob Ford needs to address crack allegations for the city to move on, but also that business at City Hall is proceeding normally.
For the second time this week someone other than the mayor held a major press conference in response to allegations that Rob Ford has been captured on video smoking crack cocaine and making racist and homophobic slurs. On Wednesday it was the mayor’s brother Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North); today it was deputy mayor Doug Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre). At times looking frustrated, Holyday spoke with reporters in an attempt to reassure the public that work continues at City Hall despite the controversy surrounding the mayor. He also confirmed that several members of council’s executive committee—a cabinet–like group that consists of the mayor’s closest allies—are drafting an open letter that will ask the mayor to address the allegations directly and clearly. That letter is expected later this afternoon.
Well, that was some week in city politics, huh? In the news: Towhey fired for urging Rob Ford to go to rehab; Gawker's Crackstarter campaign hits a significant snag; the mayor's executive committee apparently has a plan; gay-straight alliances are still allowed at Catholic schools; and another councillor cops to impaired driving.
Ah, Thursday. There's nothing quite like it—by which we mean just end it already. In the news: a casino could spring up in the suburbs, a new arrest in the Tim Bosma case, the figures are in for the Grey Cup, and something terrible happened yesterday morning.
Hey Wednesday, fancy meeting you here. In the news: Caribbean Carnival get’s parade fences; Premier Wynne tells everyone why Paul Godfrey was fired; Wynne wags her finger (without naming names *wink*); and Lake Ontario is not getting skinnier, yet.
"We’ve worked hard to deliver results. It’s not everything we wanted. It’s not everything people have told us they need. But we’re proud to deliver results that will make people’s lives better and government more accountable."
Why do weeks that include a day off for a holiday always seem so long? In the news: councillors will likely formally reject a downtown casino today, Rob Ford will face his council for the first time since crack allegations emerged, York U students use an unlikely medium to raise awareness about rape, and the Raptors will need a new GM.
If you're feeling pretty good about the fact that you don't have to go to the office for three days, think about how happy a certain elected official must be about that. Hurray for holidays! In the news: More from the Star on how they got a piece of this week's biggest story, Rob Ford's proposed solution to dealing with illegal drug users, the end of Magnetgate, a music video debut, and a big day at Marineland.