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Police chief serves Doug Ford with defamation notice

Posted by Derek Flack / August 12, 2014

Doug FordThere's never a dry moment in the land of Rob and Doug Ford. Police Chief Bill Blair served the elder Ford (that's Doug, by the way) with a defamation suit this morning in relation to comments the Ward 2 councillor made that suggested Blair had leaked information regarding an investigation into Mayor Ford to the press. The Chief immediately denied the claims and threatened legal action, which is what has brought us to this latest bit of drama from Ford Nation.

It might not even be altogether that newsworthy that a Ford was served with legal notice (it's certainly not the first time), but the fact that it comes from the chief of police and pertains to an investigation involving the mayor is a measure of just how dysfunctional Toronto politics have become in recent months (but let's be honest, it's a lot longer than that). Blair's suit calls for a complete retraction on the part of Ford. What are the odds that he will comply?

Photo by BruceK in the blogTO Flickr pool

Discussion

44 Comments

Chester / August 12, 2014 at 11:21 am
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Oooooo the plot thickens..... One day CBC will make a Tv movie about these last four years and no one will watch it. Unless they get Megan Fox to play Alana.
Van / August 12, 2014 at 11:23 am
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Get that Deco money
Ryan / August 12, 2014 at 11:29 am
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I dislike the Fords as much as anyone, but this story is barely newsworthy. Whether that's because news surrounding the Fords is usually some bombastic (bombaclot!) or because of this story really is minimalistic, is debatable. The reason I feel this way is because it seems that this is a case of a politician lying, which is pretty normal in modern politics.
If you want to spin this as part of the Fords', "we are above the law" mentality, then this is another brick on the wall of that argument. I just don't think this is any worse than anything Harper, Obama, or any other politician has said.
Davy Gravy / August 12, 2014 at 11:35 am
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Oh, yeah? Well, I heard Olivia Chow used to jaywalk on her way to and from her taxpayer-funded penthouse and Kathleen Wynne something-something-something gas plants and David Miller is a latte-drinking commie and this city is being ruined by downtown elites and people with funny accents and hippies and radical gays parading around naked and why can't Blog TO just leave the Fords alone so they can keep saving us trillions of dollars and building ferris wheels and monorails and subways in every direction and getting an NFL team?

There. I think that should cover it.
Jacob / August 12, 2014 at 11:39 am
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I'd love for Doug to dig in his heels and go down in flames, but honestly, he's just gonna shrink and give an empty apology like any bully does when stood-up against.
Ryan, Ryan, Ryan.... / August 12, 2014 at 11:45 am
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A councillor running for reelection gets served a defamation suit by the outgoing Chief of Police, and you think it is "barely newsworthy"? What planet are you on? Are people so enured by the antics of the Fords that they can't see this is important? Give your head a shake.
Jacob replying to a comment from Ryan, Ryan, Ryan.... / August 12, 2014 at 11:47 am
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Dougie's not running for reelection.

But he is Robbie's campaign manager.
chester replying to a comment from Ryan, Ryan, Ryan.... / August 12, 2014 at 11:48 am
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He's not running for reelection???
Ryan, Ryan, Ryan.... / August 12, 2014 at 11:51 am
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True, that. My mistake. But he is still an active councillor, so this is definitely newsworthy.
Doug Ford Official Statement replying to a comment from Jacob / August 12, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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I'm sorry the chief misunderstood me and the media blew it out of porportion.
Whitey / August 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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This time, I believe Doug Ford is correct.
mike in parkdale / August 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm
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When are charges going to be pressed against whomever made the fake bomb threat yesterday? You have to figure that someone with a 2nd grade writing level wouldn't be able to hide their identity from the Police IT department.

So... who's getting charged?
bdpd / August 12, 2014 at 01:32 pm
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Doug Ford is not correct about any aspect of this. These guys (Rofo and DoFo) let comments fly all the time and they're very often reckless, irresponsible, and defamatory. They need to learn a sense of propriety, decency, and good conduct. They're public officials. It's the price of fame. If they can't handle that they need to leave public life. Character matters. Blaming others for their misfortune is getting so old you can carbon-date it. It's not a media conspiracy. It's a couple of guys who are in way over their heads and have been since they started feeding from the public trough, which in Rob's case is quite awhile.
danR replying to a comment from Whitey / August 12, 2014 at 01:54 pm
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That is why defamation is such a serious civil offense. People believe the falsehood and it spreads and multiplies.
danR replying to a comment from mike in parkdale / August 12, 2014 at 01:55 pm
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Whoever had the most to gain from the free publicity, I suppose. And who would that be?
Trudy / August 12, 2014 at 02:03 pm
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I love our tax dollars being spent on this school yard fight. The Chief should be above this, how was his reputation harmed in these claims?

Both of these guys are not hero's and the public is not huge fans of either from their own actions.

Kathy Ford / August 12, 2014 at 02:21 pm
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Rob has always been stupid. Doug is stupid too, but developed street smarts to sell drugs. Beats me why people vote for them. Guess they're stupid too. I mean, doing nothing and saying "IdidwhatIsaidIwoulddo" and then pretending it means something? WTF!
Doug BlogFord / August 12, 2014 at 02:29 pm
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I was born rich and have sold drugs, IDB* and done politics on Daddy's coat tails. I don't know anything about anything, I'm quitting, so don't bother me.
Doug BlogFord / August 12, 2014 at 02:30 pm
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*In Daddy's Business
Dan / August 12, 2014 at 02:34 pm
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So what Doug can't express an opinion? Should the Fords be censored from speaking, its their job as politicians to communicate with the public. Think about it this is like trying to censor Ted Kennedy.
Steven / August 12, 2014 at 02:56 pm
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Sit back and enjoy the show.
ScarboroughStudent replying to a comment from Ryan / August 12, 2014 at 03:08 pm
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I really dislike it and find it so trashy when people feel that their opinions are facts or present their opinions as facts. "This is not newsworthy". - to you it is, but doesn't mean that it is the fact, it's just your opinion.
iSkyscraper / August 12, 2014 at 04:21 pm
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It's interesting that Rob's outlandish claims - saved a billion, wants to bury the LRT, build a subway on Finch, thinks transit it only for workers, etc. - aren't even newsworthy anymore as he spouts them on the campaign trail. It takes a special something, like a defamation notice from the Chief of Police, to rise above the daily lies and ignorance.

Amazing.
David replying to a comment from Trudy / August 12, 2014 at 06:33 pm
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Chief Blair has stated that he is funding the notice of defamation from his own resources and I presume Councillor Ford will be funding his own defense (unless he apologizes and retracts his statement), so no cost to the taxpayer.
Irwin Mimico / August 12, 2014 at 07:03 pm
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Fudgepacker??? What does THAT mean, my (twin) brother with the same name?
Dan, Dan, Dan / August 12, 2014 at 07:07 pm
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"Express an opinion"? So lying is expressing an opinion? Defamation=Opinion? I presume you are being satirical. FordfuckerNation won't get it...Ted Kennedy=Fordfucker is funny!
Re-dick / August 12, 2014 at 07:16 pm
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This is really just ridiculous. On one hand we say Doug Fords a constant liar and no one believes him, on the other hand we say one claim by Doug Ford has tarnished Bill Blairs image. In order to tarnish Bill Blairs reputation that means that we do trust and listen to Doug Ford. Which is it?

My image of Bill Blair is the image that I have perceived from the actions and behaviours of Bill Blair himself and how the Police force has been run under Bill Blairs leadership. Do you make up your own mind about people or do you listen to and make your impressions by listening to people like Doug Ford. Grow up Bill Blair you litigate when you have something to go on, what is this nonsense.

I don't care if he's using his own money or the $300,000 goodbye severance he's getting from the taxpayers when his contract is up next year.
Re-dick doesn't get defamation / August 12, 2014 at 07:23 pm
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You are confusing damages with the act of defamation. Blair is asking for an apology and retraction, not damages...for now. Public officials like Dougass Ford have a higher duty of care than members of the public.
Re-dick 2.0 / August 12, 2014 at 07:26 pm
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Come on they're both big boys they are both public figures, they should be able to take this, sounds like whining. It's childish "You take that back, or I'm gonna get my big brother to beat you up"

Bill Blair should've been fired after the G20 and if not then, then after Sammy Yatim.

Bill Blair is taking a big risk in doing this, this issue was long gone and no one even thinks twice about it. Now Bill Blair is bringing this back up, there is already a public record on Bill Blair and Doug Fords behavior. Why can't Bill Blair speak up for himself? Why do we always need to hear from his handlers or lawyers and not him.
G20 / August 12, 2014 at 07:32 pm
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Bill Blair is still on the job. There are 2.9 Million other citizens in Toronto that the police should be looking after. Why bring this up. This is the biggest news from our Chief of Police? Is this what the remaining months of Bills contract are going to be about? Fighting Rob and Doug? I thought he wanted nothing to do with Rob and Doug or is this just a distraction to the recent news that innocent people were strip searched and were video recorded while being stripped by our police dept?

The Toronto Police Videotaped Strip Search Chambers During the G20
https://news.vice.com/article/the-toronto-police-videotaped-strip-search-chambers-during-the-g20
Irwin Mimico / August 12, 2014 at 08:18 pm
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Fudgepacker versus Fordpacker? I'd vote Fudgepacker!
Amy / August 12, 2014 at 08:40 pm
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Ok So I see Doug Ford in the lead photo is that Bill Blair in the toque?
Irwin Mimico Clone / August 13, 2014 at 09:42 am
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Fudgepacker??? Are you trying to shove your Mimico lifestyle down my...well, where ARE you trying to shove it, Irwin the Visigoth?
Aim-E / August 13, 2014 at 09:45 am
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Not Bill Blait, it's me! Sandro Lisi! The Sandman on the street. BTW-Rob Ford is using!
Speak up / August 13, 2014 at 09:52 am
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So if we are to believe that this is a private matter and no tax dollars are being spent on this then why is Bill Blair issuing all of his statements through the Police Services Mark Pugash?

We pay Bill Blair $367,719.94 per year and he rarely addresses the public unless he's humming and hawing his way through a speech. Is this why we pay Mark Pugash $190,198.32 a year? For $367,719.94 a year Bill Blair shouldn't need a spoke person.
Speak up? / August 13, 2014 at 12:32 pm
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Silly, silly, silly. Why does Doug speak for Rob? Why do ALL CEOs have their own spokespeople. Grow up!
kn / August 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm
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In the Atkinson Co-op,, there's plugged toilets. They won't tell me why.
kn / August 13, 2014 at 02:48 pm
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Adam Vaughn sang a song of sixpence. Why? Olivia Chow doesn't sing. Why? Plugged toilets in co-ops?? Why do people in co-ops shit? Why do they need toilets when the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain, lefties!
Doug Ford / August 13, 2014 at 05:08 pm
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SorrySorrySorry...sort of...well, not really...yeah, sorry...what?
Bill Blair & People of Toronto minus Ford Dumbnation / August 13, 2014 at 05:09 pm
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Fuck Off Doug!!!
jen replying to a comment from Speak up / August 13, 2014 at 05:59 pm
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Hi Doug.
Doug Ford / August 14, 2014 at 08:13 am
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Soooo Sorrreeeee! Rrrreeaallly sorreeeeee! Sorry for being right, that is! I'm never wrong! Wrong is Right!
No-life Fudgpacker / August 14, 2014 at 09:57 am
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I have now legally changed my name as above, nicknamed N.L.F. My thanks to the immortal Irwin Mimico for the suggestion/inspiration. Irwin is a mouse among men, a true coward and weakling who has a brain that simply doesn't function. It must be the cement dust, as Irwin IS mutating.
No-life Fudgepacker / August 17, 2014 at 10:57 pm
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Irwin, how did you know I pack candy for a living? Are you a fudgepacker too?

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