“The material you provided appears to reflect a much broader mandate for TPH than the mandate TPH itself describes…. I agree it may be interpreted to include increasing public awareness of ‘road and off-road safety’ as part of a broader goal to prevent injury. With that in mind, I retract my public comments regarding Dr. McKeowan. [sic]”
—Mayor Rob Ford, misspelling the last name of Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s medical officer of health, in a letter to City Integrity Commissioner Janet Leiper. Ford, at Leiper’s request, was attempting to apologize for some disparaging comments he and his brother made about the doctor on their weekly radio show in April. The Fords were incensed over a recommendation by McKeown that councillors consider lowering speed limits across Toronto, as a way of improving road safety.
“The features of the letter which are listed above, create an overall impression of someone who is blaming others and minimizing his own behaviour. It does not connect the retraction to the specific conduct. There is no sincere expression of regret.”
—City Integrity Commissioner Janet Leiper, rejecting Ford’s attempted apology in a report [PDF] that will go before council at its meeting tomorrow. Leiper is recommending that councillors vote to reprimand Ford for violating council’s code of conduct by first demeaning, then failing to make amends with, McKeown.