From the Toronto Star on Rob and Doug Ford’s radio program today.
Two Star reporters viewed the video three times, a Gawker journalist once. The video appears to show Ford smoking crack and uttering an anti-gay slur. However, the Star could not verify its authenticity.
Doug Ford, as he did on Saturday, vehemently denied a Globe and Mail article that reported he had been a dealer of hashish in Etobicoke when he was in his teens and early 20s. â€œI was not a dealer of hashish in the 1980s,â€ Doug Ford said.
Rob Ford fired his chief of staff, Mark Towhey, without public explanation on Thursday. He said Sunday that he would not discuss â€œpersonnel issues.â€ He did deny a Star report that he had fired Towhey in part because Towhey had rejected his demand to seize thousands of dollars of football equipment he had donated to Don Bosco Catholic Secondary.
Rob Ford was dismissed Wednesday as Don Boscoâ€™s volunteer football coach. He said on the show that he had Don Bosco players â€œover at the houseâ€ after his dismissal. Though council loyalists have long advised him to quit coaching to focus on government, he also said he will now consider coaching offers from other schools.
â€œPeople keep coming up to me, saying, â€˜Have you retired from coaching? Are you getting another coaching job?â€™ As of now, I donâ€™t have a job. So if something comes up, you never know. But I really want to concentrate on getting, basically, our platform through,â€ he said.
Rob Ford read out the names of councillors who handed him another legislative defeat last week by voting against allowing expanded gambling at Woodbine racetrack. Doug Ford said the â€œvast majorityâ€ of councillors â€œcouldnâ€™t get a jobâ€ outside politics. He also pledged to reveal damaging information about any councillors who criticize him and his brother.
â€œI can go through all 44 councillors right now, folks â€” and Iâ€™m sure I could do it, but Iâ€™m not going to. But I have a message for the councillors: you want to keep throwing stones, Iâ€™m going to throw boulders right back at you. Itâ€™s very simple,â€ Doug Ford said.
The Ford’s aren’t happy with the media either.
The mayor called reporters a “bunch of maggots,” describing them as relentless and telling listeners “no matter what you sayâ€¦ youâ€™re never going to make them happy.”
His brother, Councillor Doug Ford added that only “80 per cent of them are nasty son of a guns.”
As for the denial of the video, Warren Kinsella’s column reminds us of this
Arrested in Florida for drunk driving and drug possession; pleaded no contest on the former charge; denies it during the 2010 Toronto mayoralty race, until presented with the evidence by the Toronto Sun.
He has denied his past behaviour before.
As someone quipped on Twitter, Toronto is stuck in an abusive relationship with its mayor.