Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mayor Ford blowing more hot air out the back of his extra, extra large shorts!

'Rob Ford claims he has 'more than enough to eat at home.'

Warning: Graphic Language, details

The mysterious friend Alana?

Good Day Readers:

"Mayor Dufus" sue, sue, sue: Mark Towhey, Former Chief of Staff; George Christopolous, Former Press Secretary; Isasc Ranson, Former Communications Officer; the waiter at the Bier markt; .....

Perhaps the media will be able to identify "Alana" so she can give her side of the story. And the unnamed female staffer? How say she?
The Staffer?

And while your at it sue Ontario Superior Court Judge Ian Nordheimer who ordered the documents released.
But why stop there? The Toronto police officers who interviewed and took statements from the soon to be co-defendants?
Here's what Dufus doesn't get. Statements made to police in the course of an investigation are protected under Canadian law from defamation actions ("the defence of privilege"). The underlying principle? The justice system would not be able to function if witnesses faced civil action over statements given to investigators. Information contained in certain court documents (e.g. search warrants) is also considered privileged by the courts.

As for "having more than enough to eat at home," what did you say the size of your shorts is Mayor Dufus?

Clare L. Pieuk
Rob Ford launches legal action over prostitution and crack claims in profane media scrum

Josh Visser and Natalie Alcoba
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands with his wife Renata at a news conference on Thursday, November 14, 2013. (The Canadian Press/Chris Young)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he is receiving help from health-care professionals and apologized for profane comments made earlier Thursday, but defiantly said his former staffers were “lying” about allegations of escort and cocaine use.

Today's Ford developments

• Mayor Ford threatens legal action against former staffers over drug and prostitution claims
• Ford stuns media with ‘degrading’ comments about his alleged abuse of female city hall staffer
• Toronto Argonauts ‘disappointed’ Ford was wearing team’s jersey when he made the remarks
• Councillors turn back on mayor in city hall council chamber, renew calls for Ford to step aside
• Mayor admits to occasionally drinking and driving after latest claims in new police document

He said he would not offer specifics on what the health-care professionals are helping him with. Ford made the statement with his wife by his side, who stood silently.

“The revelations yesterday of cocaine, escorts and prostitution has pushed me over the line and I used unforgivable language and I apologize,” Ford said, referring to this morning’s sexually explicit comments. “This allegations are 100% lies.”

“I have tried to move forward. This has proven to be almost impossible. For the last six months, I have been under tremendous, tremendous stress. The stress is largely of my own making. ”

After the statement, Ford aggressively pushed his way through the crowded room of reporters with his wife, Renata Ford, in tow, rather than take the back exit.

Councillor John Parker said Ford was using his wife as a “convenient prop.”

Earlier, Ford said is taking legal action against the former staffers who made stunning allegations about the mayor in a police document, saying he consorted with escorts and used sexually explicit language to a woman working for him.

In a profane media scrum aired live on television that left journalists gasping, Ford, wearing a Toronto Argonauts jersey, denied many of the allegations laid forth in the court documents, although he admitted to occasionally drinking and driving.

He was particularly angry about his staffers telling police that they thought a young friend of his was a prostitute.

“I don’t appreciate people calling Alana a prostitute, I never had a prostitute here, I’m very happily married at home,” he said. “She’s a friend and it makes me sick that people are saying this.”

The mayor said he would be suing his former chief of staff, Mark Towhey, former press secretary George Christopolous and former communications officer Isaac Ransom for the comments they made to police in court documents made public Wednesday.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his office with his wife Renata at City Hall in Toronto November 14, 2013. (Tyler Anderson/National Post)

Ford then said he never said “I want to eat your pussy” to a former female staffer, an allegation contained in the court document.

“I’m happily married, I have more than enough to eat at home,” he said, drawing gasps from the reporters gathered around his office.

The mayor also said he is suing a waiter at the Bier Markt who thought the mayor was doing lines of coke on St. Patrick’s Day, 2012.

“That is outright lies, that is not true. It hurts my wife when they’re calling a friend of mine a prostitute, a prostitute, Alana is not a prostitute. She’s a friend. And it makes me sick how people are saying this,” he said. “Unfortunately I have no other choice, I’m the last one to take legal action, I can’t put up with it anymore. I’ve named the names, legal action will start shortly, I’ve had enough.”

The statements made to police in the course of a police investigation are protected under Canadian law from defamation actions under the defence of privilege. The principle behind the defence is that the justice system would not be able to function if witnesses faced civil action over statements given to investigators.

Information contained in certain court documents, such as an Information to Obtain a search warrant, is also privileged.
National Post staff photographer Tyler Anderson, right, is held against the glass by city hall security guards as media await a press conference with Mayor Rob Ford in Toronto on Thursday, November 14, 2013. Anderson was soon released.

However, witnesses who provide false statements to police could face criminal charges such as obstruction of justice or perjury.

Asked later about allegations of drinking and driving, Mayor Ford said he “might have had some drinks and driven, which is absolutely wrong.”

Asked by a reporter how he can still be mayor with that admission, the mayor retorted: “I’m not perfect.. I know none of you guys have ever, ever had a drink and gotten behind the wheel. I know that.”

When asked by another reporter as the elevator doors closed if he is going to take a leave of absence, the mayor said: “You guys can take a leave of absence.”

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair was asked about whether charges could be laid after Ford’s admissions, but he deferred from commenting directly.

The mayor’s language drew sharp condemnation from members of council, some of whom stood in objection as a meeting resumed Thursday.

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong spoke angrily after the mayor’s media scrum, demanding that he resign because of the language he just used.
Councillors turn their backs on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as he speaks during a council meeting at City Hall in Toronto November 14, 2013. (Tyler Anderson/National Post)

“The mayor has got to go, after admitting drinking and driving and the absolutely vulgar language,” said Minnan-Wong.
“He’s crossed the line, no apology would suffice in this circumstance… he has to resign. There is no doubt in my mind that he should not be mayor of this city.”

Minnan-Wong said he hoped the premier was watching. Council has no power to remove Ford, but the province does.

Councillor Janet Davis called the mayor’s comments “repugnant” and “distasteful.”

“They were degrading to a former staff person. His own wife. It was disgusting,” she said.

“We want him to go away, leave. Take a leave, quit, whatever. Stop speaking on behalf of the city, stop participating in our council meetings and committee meetings as though you have some kind of stature.

“I think the veneer has finally come off Mayor Rob Ford. You’re now seeing the real Rob Ford.”
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks angrily to council about new allegations released yesterday during the start of a council meeting at City Hall in Toronto November 14, 2013. (Tyler Anderson/National Post)

Even the mayor’s beloved Toronto Argonauts were upset by the comments — made while wearing the team’s jersey.

“The situation with respect to the Mayor and his leadership is unseemly at best. These latest remarks, while wearing our team’s jersey are particularly disappointing given our organization’s work in the community to help youth deal with issues of bullying prevention,” the Argos said in a series of tweets posted Thursday morning.

“We hope for the benefit of the wonderful citizens of Toronto and this great city that this situation is resolved expeditiously.”

Ford, appearing in city council a few minutes after he made his comments, refused to apologize.

“I’m not apologizing. Put yourself in my shoes,” he said. “Enough is enough. That’s it.”
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks to media in front of his office announcing that he will sue a number of former staffers and issuing vulgar statements on live television. (Tylor Anderson/National Post)

Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, a top Ford ally, said that Ford needed to step aside and he wanted to get him into rehab by the end of the day.

“You need treatment, go now,” he said. “If you don’t do that by the end of the day, you’ve lost me as well.

“Nobody whether they are an addict…it’s no excuse to treat women the way I am seeing this unfolding.

That’s not the way for any mayor… to be acting.”

Ford returned to council late Monday morning (still wearing the football jersey), questioning costs about the BIXI bike-sharing program.

A number of councillors literally turned their backs to mayor as he spoke.

Councillor Josh Matlow seemed resigned that Thursday was going to be another wild day in city council.
“The mayor has returned. The Council agenda’s slowing down now. And he’s wearing a football jersey.” he said on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Sun News announced that they would be featuring a new show called “Ford Nation,” hosted by the Ford brothers, who had their radio show cancelled earlier this week.

With files from Scott Stinson, National Post


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