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Morning Brew: Integrity commissioner declines to probe crack scandal, reporters, a few councillors attend Ford's xmas party, and motion could re-open subway debate

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 12, 2013

toronto fairmont royal yorkThe city's integrity commissioner will not be investigating the Rob Ford crack scandal. Janet Leiper says in a report due to be presented to city council next week that the behaviour advice in the councillor's handbook is merely "aspirational in nature." She recommends no further action be taken against the mayor by council. Councillor Shelly Carroll, who filed the motion asking Leiper to investigate, says the decision shows the limitations of the code of conduct.

Last night a small group of reporters and city councillors attended a Christmas party at the home of Diane Ford, mother to Rob and Doug. The mayor told "childhood anecdotes and circled casually among city hall journalists," according to the National Post. No cameras or recording devices were allowed inside. Several of Ford's current and former staffers were also in attendance.

Toronto Star's Daniel Dale has spoken out after Rob Ford accused him of "taking pictures of little children." The reporter hasn't ruled out taking legal action against Ford, though he acknowledges wading into a legal battle could be seriously unpleasant. As for what the mayor said: "It's false. It's malicious. It's defamatory. It's mind-boggling. It's damn gross."

Meanwhile, Conrad Black says he won't be endorsing Ford for re-election "unless his opponent was somebody that was just really terribly unacceptable."

A motion by Councillor Josh Matlow could re-open the subway debate at the next council meeting. Matlow wants the decision about how to finance the extension to Scarborough put off until 2015 and the 0.5 per cent tax hike pencilled in to pay for it postponed. If approved, the motion would push yet another final decision on the line until after the election. Matlow says the city doesn't have all the answers it needs yet.

Yesterday's budget meeting mercifully didn't turn into a showdown between the Fords and Police Chief Bill Blair, perhaps because the mayor was otherwise occupied touring a Dawes Rd. housing complex. Outside the committee room, Chief Blair refused to respond to Rob Ford's "personal attacks." The current police budget asks for an increase of 3.1 per cent, approximately $29 million more than 2013.

Etobicoke residents have given the green light to a revised version of the controversial Humbertown Shopping Centre redevelopment. The details won't be released until after the council vote next week but local councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby told the Globe and Mail it will "vastly improve" the original proposal for 654 apartment units across three buildings and 28 townhouses.

Finally, just because: Here's video of Doug Ford interviewing a statue of Santa Claus.

IN BRIEF:

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

Image: Jason Cook/blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

56 Comments

James / December 12, 2013 at 08:08 am
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FORD popularity is growing again. Councillors are slowly starting to come back to his side!

Congrats Rob!
James / December 12, 2013 at 08:23 am
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Norm the puppet? What has he done? How can he even have an approval rating because he met with Wynne once?
Skye / December 12, 2013 at 09:08 am
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It also must kill Robbo that Conrad Black is refusing to endorse him.
Inanimate Carbon Rod / December 12, 2013 at 09:10 am
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At this point an inanimate carbon rod would have higher approval ratings than Ford, and probably make a much better Mayor.
G.E. Smith / December 12, 2013 at 09:11 am
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The problem for dale is that truth is an absolute defence in those kind of cases. And he wouldn't have a leg to stand on. Trying to convince anyone that he wasn't there to "spy" on fords family.
Al replying to a comment from steve / December 12, 2013 at 09:20 am
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There were no pics of kids. The police looked at his camera and exonerated him. There is, however, a video of Rob Ford smoking crack, despite his denials.
Jeff replying to a comment from Al / December 12, 2013 at 09:33 am
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It's easy to swap a memory card.
jen replying to a comment from James / December 12, 2013 at 09:34 am
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Norm was hand-picked for the job of Deputy by none other than Rob Ford himself. Rob thinks highly of him, quite obviously. Also, he has given several interviews and comes across as intelligent,rational and open to different viewpoints. Who wouldn't like that, when for the past 3 years all we have had to listen to is idiotic bluster and blather from Ford and Co.

Plus, I don't think Norm smokes crack. Two big thumbs up for that!
iSkyscraper / December 12, 2013 at 09:34 am
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The fact that Dale had, that very morning, published an article about the insane land deal Ford had proposed (sitting Mayors don't normally try to buy parkland around their house) makes it rather clear he was there to follow up on the land issue rather than enact some grassy-knoll conspiracy theory to peer into Ford Family Quality Time. There was no peering, no photos, no kids, and no skulking/spying/sneaking of any sort. How stupid do you have to be not to understand that?

Oh, right, 44% of all high school dropouts support the boorish, anti-intellectual crack-smoking Mayor.

Logic and fact have no place here. Just lies, bullying and slander.
mike in parkdale / December 12, 2013 at 09:35 am
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and it wasn't really "dark", but you know.... facts.
iSlumdweller replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / December 12, 2013 at 09:40 am
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Oh shut up and stick to New York you irritating overbearing child.
Jahn / December 12, 2013 at 09:48 am
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Good to see that Matlow is actually looking after our dollars at City Hall. As much as I shudder at the thought of re-opening the Scarborough transit debate, that part of town does not need a 2 stop stubway nor do we need a tax increase to pay for it. Build the LRT and be done with it. Put the tax money towards a relief line.

As for Ford's Christmas party, it's evident that his support has dried up. Only 2 councillors out of 44 showed up? Ford invited the media after calling them maggots? Stick a fork in this porker cause he is way overcooked! What a joke.
Al replying to a comment from Jeff / December 12, 2013 at 09:49 am
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Wrong again. Ford took it off of him so he didn't have any opportunity to switch cards. Ford handed it over to the police.
Jahn replying to a comment from Jeff / December 12, 2013 at 09:51 am
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Ford's home surveillance videos were reviewed as well. The police found no evidence of Dale trespassing on Ford's property. Again, Ford is full of BS.
Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 10:06 am
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LMAO-So Shelly Carroll is at it again? "The behavior advice in the councillors handbook is aspirational in nature...Take no further action..." Soooo, Rob was right? What they (city council) did was illegal.

Daniel Dale-Take your best shot. You shouldn't be out spying on people, standing with your nose to their fence. That's how people draw wrong conclusions. There's a time and a place for responsible research. This wasn't one of your finest moments. Live and learn. Don't you think what you did was defamatory, malicious, mind boggling? I do. You, The Star, and left leaning city councillors like Shelly Carrol and Joe Mihevc got this ball rolling. Enjoy.

Conrad Black-A convicted felon, who worked for The Toronto Star says he won't endorse Rob! LMAOROTF

Josh Matlow-Wow did I over estimate you. Don't worry slick, it won't happen again. Hey deRoche! Is this what you call advantageous to all Torontonians? I'm just waiting for city council to make shite up about CEO Gene Jones, so they can let him go (he was hired by Rob), so Councillor Augimeri can start playing the stock market again with what's left of our maintenance dollars (or maybe she'll keep it simple this time and just sink it into the on-line provincial liberal gambling sites). Josh , you guys NEVER have all of the answers, because not a one of you seems to know how to run a city outside your own interests! Putz!

Stan / December 12, 2013 at 10:27 am
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Daniel Dale if you want to be TMZ move to Hollywood or NYC. We don't want that kind of ambush reporting here. Resign. You are no longer a respected journalist
Skye / December 12, 2013 at 10:33 am
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Glad to see Matlow revisit the Scarborough LRT debacle. The thing is fully funded, cancelling it will cost us $100 million, so just put it through already.

Plus, imagine the shade of vermilion RoFo's face will turn when the Scarborough LRT gets built after all...
Surely replying to a comment from Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 10:37 am
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Ah, Shirley! I see you're off your meds and foaming at the mouth again.

Rob Ford was trying to steal public land from the city to build himself a castle. Dale went to see what the fuss was all about which is his job. Ford got scared, just as he does when he sees a woman in costume on his driveway, and called the cops. The cops came and found no evidence of wrongdoing. Ford was again caught lying through his crooked, yellow teeth.
duder replying to a comment from Stan / December 12, 2013 at 10:44 am
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Haha asking Daniel Dale to resign?! He's an award-winning journalist respected by nearly all of his peers (both from left and right-wing media). Why on earth would he do that, when a majority of the public and colleagues support his point of view - while anything that RoFo says is almost certainly bullshit?
Al replying to a comment from Stan / December 12, 2013 at 10:44 am
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Ford ambushed him, not the other way round. He was not taking any pictures of Ford, or Ford's family. He was taking pictures of the parcel of land. He was reporting on a legitimate story.
Steve / December 12, 2013 at 11:02 am
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Man Ford Nayshun really gathered up the troops today! Stay-at-home moms and dropouts galore!
Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 11:18 am
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Steve-I notice you're here all day.
Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 11:23 am
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Jahn-Well there's a new piece of information I haven't heard before. Decided to have a look see on the internet for it and couldn't find it. Do you have the link? Thanks

Jen-Norm was the only one willing to take the job. There's slim pickings at city hall these days, Norm was just picked from what was there.
Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 11:31 am
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SKYE-Yeah, I KNEW this news would give you a hard-on.
Dr. Acula replying to a comment from Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm
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Shirley
Here's a link from the National Post explaining that Rob Ford refuses to release his security video from that night. Video that convinced the Police the accusations were false.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/03/mayor-rob-ford-wont-release-video-of-incident-with-toronto-star-reporter/
jen replying to a comment from Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 12:15 pm
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Norm was the only person OFFERED the job, not willing to TAKE the job.

“He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role,” Ford said on Twitter

Facts. They get in your way, don't they?
Sarah / December 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm
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“He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role,” Ford said on Twitter

SO ARE WE NOW SAYING WE TRUST WHAT ROB SAYS OR NOT. So Norm was endorsed by Ford same as Lisi. We need a background check on Kelly ASAP!!!!!!
The Police replying to a comment from Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm
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Links as requested:

Police have the surveillance video and are reviewing it, Fords won't release it:
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/03/mayor-rob-ford-wont-release-video-of-incident-with-toronto-star-reporter/

Police drop investigation against Dale:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/star-reporter-faces-no-charges-in-rob-ford-confrontation-1.1155071

Ergo, it is fair to state that the police reviewed the video and found nothing to support charges of spying. Jahn is correct.
Jules / December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm
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Just cause someone has security cameras does not mean that the act was caught on them. Security Cams are often pointed in one direction and get get a full 360 degree view.
Dr. Acula replying to a comment from Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm
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Shirley
Feel free to correct me, but I think the Deputy Mayor would automatically be next in line for a case like this. A man chosen and trusted by Rob Ford. Are you already not happy with Norm Kelly? What sort of criminal activity would Rob Ford have to be involved in for you to question your support? Sincere question.
Dr. Acula replying to a comment from Jules / December 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm
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Jules
Then why won't Ford release the security videos?
Jules replying to a comment from Dr. Acula / December 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm
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Why won't the cops release the Crack Smoking video yet. Rob has called them out and said release it, nothing has come out.

You wanna play fair or not.
QED replying to a comment from Dr. Acula / December 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm
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Probably because the video (which let's assume was shot from the top of the house and can therefore see partly over the fence) shows a grainy half image of a distant Daniel Dale strolling past the fence, 10 ft away from it, nothing more, followed by half-images of Rob Ford charging him and him fleeing. It won't be sympathetic to their case at all. Therefore, once the police reviewed it Dougie never mentioned it again and now pretends it does not exist. He simply believed Rob, as is his wont, only to find out it was all a lie.

Jules - the cops don't have the ability to release the crack video. That's a court matter and the court said not yet. Apples to oranges.
Alex / December 12, 2013 at 01:24 pm
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Kudos to Matlow for trying to stop this ridiculous Scarborough subway and go back to the original fully-funded plan. I hope he succeeds.

I doubt Dale would sue Ford over this. It's too much expense for no real gain. Everyone knows Ford is a liar and nobody believes him anyway. This whole thing just makes Ford look even worse. I keep thinking it isn't possible for that to happen, but then he does something even stupider or worse than before.
Dr. Acula replying to a comment from Jules / December 12, 2013 at 01:28 pm
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Why won't the cops release the Crack Smoking video yet. Rob has called them out and said release it, nothing has come out.

You wanna play fair or not.

It's not up to the police Jules, it's currently evidence in a criminal trial. I hate waiting to, but be patient it will come out. Ford is free to release the security video any time, yet refuses. Thoughts?
Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 01:30 pm
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Surely-I'm going to do this because you and your friends provoked me.

The following links are news stories regarding Daniel Dale and the Mayor. Draw your own conclusions and as we go along I'll share what's inside my head.

The following link is a Toronto Star news report in Daniel Dales own words. It clearly states that Daniel Dale knew Mr. Ford was fearful for his family and his children BEFORE he went to the house under the cover of darkness (he's lying abour how light it was, it was dark). He claimed his phone died (I'll get to this in my conclusions), I believe TRCA Land was his excuse for being there (not the reason) The article does not state where Mr Dale was standing when Rob caught him.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2012/05/02/daniel_dale_on_what_happened_near_the_mayors_home.html

This next article, shows the Mayor WAS helping his daughter with homework. I also like the play on words used in this article as it states "Mr.Zravko didn't see the reporter...in Fords backyard", leading the public to draw their own conclusions on the definition of backyard. Good one. I couldn't get all of the URL, but if you type it in manually, I'm sure it will be enough to bring you to your destination.
http://newsnationalpost.com/2012/05/04/what-the-happening-the-night-rob-ford-confronted-reporter/

This next article clearly states Dale carried more than one digital device. Also want to quote Mr Dale as saying, he wasn't scared in Jamaica, he wasn't scared on the WestBank, he wasn't scared by extremist threats, but he WAS scared of Rob. Mr.Dale is a liar. Judge for yourselves.
http://thestar.com/news/cityhall/2012/05/03/daniel_dales_story_responding_to_mayor_rob_ford.html

In conclusion, Mr. Dale KNEW our Mayor (a person he had a personal vendetta against), applied for land to secure the safety of his family. Mr. Dale, (with mallious intent) did go to Mayor Fords home under the cover of darkess, taking photographs of the area surrounding the Mayors home (of what exactly we will never know), which was corroberated by witness accounts (that's how Rob knew about it and was able to confront Mr.Dale). When Mr. Dale knew that he'd been caught he hid his first cellphone in a bush, and produced two digital devices, one that was dead (you know the one Mr.Dale claims he was taking photographs with?) for police scrutiny. Yes, I know that part is speculation, but this is a tactic commomly used by gang members and organized crime. They carry a minimum of three cellphones on their persons (just ask the police), why do you think so many are stolen in the city of Toronto?. I wonder if organized criminals learned this tactic from the media or the other way around?

I don't think Mr.Dale is a wuss at all. I think he knew why he was at Robs' house, and what kind of reaction he would get from Rob, because he knew that the Mayor and his family were fearful (justified). Trying to gain public sympathy with that story of your 5 second childhood fight was a nice touch. I'm not buying into it. No you're no wuss, but your definitely a WEASEL (just like Edward Snowden).

This was my first time trying to post a link at this website, and I don't know if it will work. The addresses are accurate (I hope). I'll be back with more information and links. I strongly encourage you to read them, so that you can make well informed choices.

There is no doubt in my mind, that members of city council, the public and the media did set out malliously to destroy the reputation of not only the Mayor, but the Conservative Party as a whole. I also believe Rob Ford was set up by those gang members (and whoever hired them). Date rape drugs are often employed in cases like these (what you think Rob is the only one, someone should have a chat with Smithermans partner, I think we'll see some disturbing similarities) and it may be why Rob Ford doesn't remember the incident. His admittance of using crack cocaine is solely based on that video, and what Rob saw in it. That's why Rob has said time, and time again "I don't know, I guess I did." in response to media questions surrounding the crack video. Something is being kept under wraps here by the police and I want to know what it is. Don't you? Whoever is taking people, drugging them and video taping them in comprimizing situations; are obviously allies of people on the left (I'm leaning towards the Liberals).
Jahn replying to a comment from Dr. Acula / December 12, 2013 at 01:38 pm
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Hey, Jules! Don't ask why the police won't release the crack video. Ask Ford why he doesn't release the crack video himself. It's well documented that Ford's pal, Lisi, was sent to crack some skulls and get the video. Lisi was even charged with extortion in relation to the incident. Ford has the video. Get him to release it! There's nothing stopping Ford from letting the public see the video of him smoking crack other than the fact that he will be shown to be a liar once more.

While we're asking Ford to release evidence, why don't we also ask him to release his home surveillance footage of Dale in his back yard photographing his kids? Surely this would be easy to do, as well? I mean, Ford has repeatedly said that he has it on video and all his neighbours saw Dale trespassing. If that's the case, release the video! At the very least, it would prove that the Ford kids were in the backyard at the time, another crucial aspect of Ford's story that has changed at least a dozen times.

And on another related note, why didn't Ford allow the police to release the 911 recording of him crying for help when Marg Delahunty was on his driveway? Oh yeah, because when faced with indisputable evidence, Ford is always proven wrong.

Rob and Doug Ford lie all the time. That's a proven fact.
Dr. Acula replying to a comment from Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 01:39 pm
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What sort of criminal activity would Rob Ford have to be involved in for you to question your support? Sincere question.
Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 01:44 pm
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The Police-This is new information, but 'm comfortable with Dougs statement. Why haven't the police released a statement to the media as to what they saw? There can be no reason for doubt in this case, and I have plenty (as I'm sure other people do). That's why I asked for all information to be released, and just not the stuff they want us to see. Thanks for the link.
MirrorShirley / December 12, 2013 at 01:50 pm
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In conclusion, Mr. Dale KNEW our Mayor (a person he had reported on in the past for lying, abuse of office and other questionable actions), applied for land to expand his property because, as with repaving the street at Deco Labels, the mayor had no problem using his influence to get what he wanted for his family. Mr. Dale, (with due diligence) did go to the parkland adjacent to Mayor Fords home before darkness, taking photographs of the area behind the Mayors home (of what turned out to be the wrong parcel of land, but investigating the land was his reason to be there after all), which was corroberated by witness accounts (that's how Rob knew about it and was able to confront Mr.Dale, 10 ft from his fence). When Mr. Dale knew that he'd been caught by a belligerent Ford he gave up his cellphone (you know the one Mr.Dale claims he was taking photographs with?) to Ford who checked it first then gave it to the police for scrutiny. Yes, I know that part is speculation.

I don't think Mr.Dale did anything wrong at all. I think he knew why he was at Robs' house, and what kind of reaction he would get regardless from Rob, because he knew that the Mayor and his family were irrational and hated the media (unjustified given his office but true). Ford trying to turn this into a Princess Di paparazzi martyrdom story to gain public sympathy was a nice touch. I'm not buying into it. The mayor may have misunderstood the situation, as he often does, but is definitely a BULLY (just like his brother DOUG FORD).

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Everything above is true and verifiable. Everything Shirley wrote is lies and conspiracy theory even when she tries to claim otherwise. Drop mic, exit.
Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 01:53 pm
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Jen-Not really. The way they get twisted does. So did you think Rob was going to say negative things about Norm? No. Norm is an okay councillor, but he's no Mayor. I stand by my statement.
Dr. Acula / December 12, 2013 at 01:59 pm
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Sorry to be a pest on this, but I'd really like to know. What sort of criminal activity would Rob Ford have to be involved in for you to question your support?
Donnie replying to a comment from Dr. Acula / December 12, 2013 at 02:03 pm
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The actual contents of the crack video have nothing to do with the extortion case. We all know its a crack video, we all know Lisi tried to acquire the video unsuccessfully.

Showing the contents at this point will not jeprodize the case at all UNLESS THERE IS NO VIDEO!
Jules replying to a comment from Dr. Acula / December 12, 2013 at 02:06 pm
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He'd have to actually be charged with something.
Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 02:12 pm
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Dr.Acula-One that hurts the taxpayer (and I don't mean their feelings).

Skye replying to a comment from Jules / December 12, 2013 at 02:16 pm
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Then the Fraud Nation holdouts would just snivel and whine that the Liberals had ganged up on Ford, and why wasn't Justin Trudeau charged too, and wahwahwah we still love Ford!!!!11!1
Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 02:32 pm
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Jahn-Are you speaking as a member of the TPS, or as a witness?

MirrorShirley-LMAO, Feel better now?

Donnie-I believe Rob has seen it.

Jules-The crack video is evidence in the crminal case against Lisi. The tape will be released eventually.
Donnie replying to a comment from Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 03:00 pm
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My point exactly if the courts can take their time. Our boy Robbie can take his time with the security video as well.

The contents on the crack video do not need to be shown in court. Release it and stop making excuses, UNLESS the police chief is having some film and animation Sheridan students create the video so he has something to show.
Shirley replying to a comment from Donnie / December 12, 2013 at 03:52 pm
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Actually, that wasn't my point exactly, but it is true that anyone with experience can alter digital images and pass it off as the real deal. Do you remember the online video of a hawk snatching a baby from it's fathers arms (or was it the mothers)? It was a fake. Further more, once you copy the file there's no way of knowing if it's a fake, without the original. I always was quite fond of Kodak paper myself.
Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 04:16 pm
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Sarah-LMAO, Good point! Rob tells the truth when it's convienient to the left, but he's a liar as a conservative, and Mayor of the City of Toronto.

Jules-Wow, we are on a roll today. You're right, just because all of the evidence isn't on the tape doesn't mean it didn't happen. Kinda wondering why the media didn't pursue Robs' security tape, like they did with those 2 other video's, and the wire taps. For that matter why didn't Dale release his cellphone history, and what was on his tape recorder for public scrutiny. Well I guess it doesn't matter now.

Just want to correct something I wrote earlier, it was lighter that time of year when Dale was on the Ford property. I was sidetracked by my memory the date incident occurred,
Dr. Acula replying to a comment from Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 06:07 pm
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Anything come to mind?
Surely replying to a comment from Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 06:39 pm
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Wow, Shirley! Do us a favour and please don't share any more of your thoughts with us. What's inside your head is a paranoid and delusional conspiracy theory on par with the worst of them. I can tell that you believe in alien abductions and anal probes and quite possibly have been a victim of them yourself.

Get some help and please spare us from the conspiracy theories. You're even worse than the Fords themselves.
Shirley / December 12, 2013 at 08:11 pm
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Dr.Acula-I already responded to your post.

Surely-Truth hurts doesn't it? Bitch all you want, I'm just getting started. Fasten your seatbelt...
Brandt replying to a comment from Shirley / December 13, 2013 at 02:41 am
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Hey Shirley,

Good to see you're keeping up with trolling on the city dime. Though maybe you should clear this activity with Norm Kelley first? Just sayin'
Jesus replying to a comment from Mayor McCokehoover / December 13, 2013 at 09:38 pm
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Kathleen Wynne syndrome? He's queer?

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