On Saturday, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was filmed, sauced, at a street festival in the city’s Greektown neighborhood. While Ford later admitted to quaffing a few beers, there's a moment in the clip where he seems to mention some other substance. Possibly a mind-altering substance. Or perhaps eau de toilette. But which?
Today, we located the house where the infamous photo of Rob Ford with his arms around two kids who were later gunned down in a gangland-style shooting was taken. It's in Toronto's Etobicoke neighborhood, near the intersection of Windsor Rd. and Kingsview Blvd., in the shadow of the apartment towers where Ford told his staff the crack video was being kept. Here's a picture.
Before the Rob Ford Crackstarter—our crowdfunding effort to purchase and publish a video of Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine—reached its $200,000 goal last month, we let everyone know that we had lost contact with the people who have custody of the video. At the end of last week, after a long silence, the video's owner reached out to the intermediary we have been dealing with. He told him the video is "gone."
According to the Globe and Mail, Toronto police are investigating a tip that reportedly links Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's crack video to a murder in Toronto. Two sources told the Globe and Mail that police interviewed a senior staff member from Ford's office last week about the tip, which the staffer reportedly received shortly after Gawker published its report about the video earlier this month.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has smoked crack cocaine, read a statement to the press this afternoon purporting to respond to claims published in Gawker, and followed on by the Toronto Star, that a video of him smoking crack cocaine was being offered for sale by people involved in the Toronto crack trade.
A group of reporters gathered outside Rob Ford's house this morning asking for comment on a video— seen "not just by the Toronto Star, sir, it's also The Gawker"—that shows the mayor smoking crack. Said Ford, the "allegations are absolutely not true. I don't — it's ridiculous."
In a matter of hours, Robert Bruce Ford has gone from being known as "Toronto's conservative mayor" to "Toronto's crack-smoking mayor." But we're getting ahead of ourselves here. Before he was Rob Ford, Crack Smoker, he was Rob Ford, Canadian Football Fan. Or Rob Ford, Wildly Racist Bigot. You might even know him as Rob Ford, Wife Beater. To help us explore the Rob Ford of the past, we have compiled a compendium of Mayor Rob Ford's controversies—the scandals, the rage and outrageousness, the wit and witticisms—organized thematically below:
Rob Ford, Toronto's conservative mayor, is a wild lunatic given to making bizarre racist pronouncements and randomly slapping refrigerator magnets on cars. One reason for this is that he smokes crack cocaine. I know this because I watched him do it, on a videotape. He was fucking hiiiiigh. It's for sale if you've got six figures.