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Rob Ford returns to Toronto from rehab

Posted by Chris Bateman / June 30, 2014

Rob Ford rehabLast night, as the sun set on WorldPride, a beautiful double rainbow arced over the city. It was the crowning moment of a weekend spent celebrating sexual, gender diversity, and the things that unite us all. Today, Rob Ford returned to City Hall.

At a controversial invite-only press conference that excluded NOW magazine, Toronto Community News, and several other members of the city hall press gallery, an emotional Ford read a prepared statement and declined to take questions.

Speaking for a little over 17 minutes, Ford admitted that he has "uncontrollable cravings" for drugs and alcohol and described the events of the last few months as "some of the darkest moments of [his] life."

"When I look back at some of the things I have said, and some of the things I did when I was using, I am ashamed, embarrassed, and humiliated. I was wrong and I have no-one but no-one to blame but myself."

Ford also apologized to city council, the media, and Karen Stintz, who he drunkenly said he wanted to "fucking jam" at an Etobicoke bar in May. He said that his addiction is a chronic disease that will require treatment for the rest of his life.

Earlier, City Hall spokesperson Wynna Brown condemned the mayor's decision to hold his press event inside his office, where space is limited. "From a city point of view, this is not reflective of the approach or the collaborative relationships we have and value with members of the media, particularly our colleagues in the city hall press gallery," she told the Star.

David Nickle, President of the Toronto City Hall Press Gallery, also lamented the decision in an open latter to Ford's press secretary. "Choking off access to any one of those outlets or journalists is a disservice to Torontonians, by their duly elected mayor. It thwarts democracy."

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Discussion

29 Comments

nbn / June 30, 2014 at 04:34 pm
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Go away Rob, nobody wants you here. Go home.
Ling Gu / June 30, 2014 at 04:38 pm
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Looks like the strategy is to try to sound sorry; confess to general failings but without admitting to specific and documented instances of illegal, unethical, questionable, or deeply troubling acts; and play the sympathy card. I genuinely hope Toronto does the right thing this October and vote this monstrosity out of office.
W. K. Lis / June 30, 2014 at 04:43 pm
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The later part seemed to be more of a campaign speech. Watch the other candidates demand equal time.
Toronto Resident / June 30, 2014 at 04:44 pm
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Who?
Pants Go Brown / June 30, 2014 at 04:46 pm
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I thought he'd be thinner.
Sandman / June 30, 2014 at 04:51 pm
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Comedy RoFo gold is baaaaaack!
John Meadows / June 30, 2014 at 04:56 pm
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Let's not call it a press conference: when you control the guest list, and and don't take questions, he was just looking for free airtime to promote himself.
McRib / June 30, 2014 at 05:11 pm
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he was away?
Freddy F / June 30, 2014 at 05:49 pm
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Same ol' Robby: talk, pseudo-campaign, and walk away without answering any of the many questions that should be answered.

Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice...
#FordMoreDrek / June 30, 2014 at 06:02 pm
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What a (Word used by Ford to describe Police Chief Bill Blair) that starts with a "c" and ends with "sucker"
Geoff / June 30, 2014 at 06:03 pm
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Well said butternuts.
iSkyscraper / June 30, 2014 at 06:25 pm
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The SNL version of Ford, which was at first pilloried for being lazy and boring, is looking more accurate all the time. Do something, say you're sorry while standing at the podium, repeat. I don't really see anything changing.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/560099

Ryan / June 30, 2014 at 06:31 pm
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He should have resigned.
Irwinn Mimico / June 30, 2014 at 06:34 pm
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Sycophantic Mimicokans like me, Mimicokans I'd like to Fuck (MILFS) support Mr. Mayor! Lie, cheat, GET HIGH, Go2Rehab, rinse, REPEAT!
Albert / June 30, 2014 at 06:39 pm
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I hope the people of Toronto reelect this idiot. They deserve him (and I need the comedy)
Steve replying to a comment from Butternuts / June 30, 2014 at 06:41 pm
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You referring to Rob Ford? He whined whined about the mdeia and how everyone is out to get him and he was the junkie liar
Ashhad / June 30, 2014 at 06:43 pm
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I am sorry, but this man must go. He involved his children in a lie and story regarding child molestation and paedophilia - and it was all a lie. Anyone that supports such a person needs to take another look in the mirror
Moneesh / June 30, 2014 at 06:54 pm
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What a waste of 500 yards of skin.
DL / June 30, 2014 at 07:10 pm
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He still comes off only slightly worse than the nincompoops running for his office, sadly.
Brent / June 30, 2014 at 07:40 pm
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A stump speech after all that. What a degenerate.
Shana / June 30, 2014 at 07:42 pm
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Do his supporters love him because he is a millionaire or because he is a right-winger? It clearly is not because he has dignity, integrity or has any susbstance
Butternuts 'n Geoff / June 30, 2014 at 08:05 pm
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Walking Dead Ford Nation is us. We ARE the 4% who will still vote Ford. Us two, Irwin Mimico, #FordMoreYears...we're lonely! Wah!Wah!!Wah!!
Robford4eva...Say No More! / June 30, 2014 at 08:08 pm
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Rob Ford is the HERO OF THE STUPID!
LC / June 30, 2014 at 08:20 pm
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The rest of the media should have refused to attend unless the venue was changed.
Joe / June 30, 2014 at 08:22 pm
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If history teaches us anything: our politicians have to hit a real low before we do anything about it. hasn't the bar been lowered enough? #lies
Steven / June 30, 2014 at 09:17 pm
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Welcome back Rob Ford. Prove everyone wrong from this moment on. Lead the way. Not many people get a second chance.
Rah Abasd / June 30, 2014 at 09:40 pm
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Rob Ford is a hero who doesn't have a problem. This other Rob Ford should stop criticizing Rob Ford. When you are elected Mayor, everyone has to obey you, and newspaper writers are only allowed to praise you. This speech was all lies meant to discredit the greatest Mayor in Toronto's history. It was also racist against Rob Ford.
p replying to a comment from Steven / June 30, 2014 at 10:12 pm
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38th chance
captain syphilis / July 1, 2014 at 12:26 am
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Rob ford: I'm back baby, I'm back.

Long and strong. Ford more years. I'm back in football camp.

Montgomery triangle is awesome
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