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  1. Rob Cypher
    Reporters from the Toronto Star newspaper claim to have seen video of conservative Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking a drug that appears to be crack cocaine.

    A report in the Star published Thursday details the investigation of the video, conducted by reporters Robyn Doolittle and Kevin Donovan.

    “Working with my colleague Robyn Doolittle over the last two months, I’ve been investigating Mayor Rob Ford and allegations that the mayor has a substance abuse problem of some kind,” Donovan explained in a video message.

    In the process of the investigation, the two reporters had “an unusual meeting” in the back seat of a car behind an apartment complex.

    “We were shown a shocking video which appears to be real,” said Donovan.

    According to the Star, the video “appears to show Ford in a room, sitting in a chair, wearing a white shirt, top buttons open, inhaling from what appears to be a glass crack pipe.”

    “I’m fucking right-wing,” Ford appears to mutter at one point. “Everyone expects me to be right-wing. I’m just supposed to be this great.…” and his voice trails off. At another point he is heard calling Trudeau a “fag.” Later in the 90-second video he is asked about the football team and he appears to say (though he is mumbling), “they are just fucking minorities.”

    Ford’s attorney Dennis Morris contacted the website Gawker.com, which has been heavily promoting the story since Thursday afternoon. Morris wrote that the allegations are “false and defamatory” and that the website “will be held accountable.”

    “Please govern yourself accordingly,” Morris wrote to Gawker’s John Cook.

    Canadian Broadcasting Company Radio also spoke to Morris, who said that he doesn’t know whether the video of the mayor is real or not.

    “I don’t know whether or not such a video exists, but I think it would be fair for the public to see such a video and make their own conclusions,” Morris said to CBC. “I can tell you he denies the allegations.”

    UPDATE: The Washington City Paper reached out to former Washington, DC Mayor Marion Barry, who was arrested after being filmed smoking crack in an FBI sting 1990, for comment on the allegations against Ford. Barry replied that the two situations are not comparable.

    “Unless he was entrapped by the government, it’s not similar,” Barry told the City Paper.

    UPDATE: Looking slightly bleary-eyed, but smiling, Ford ignored reporters’ questions Friday morning.

    David Ferguson
    Raw Story
    Friday, May 17, 2013

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/05/...mayor-reportedly-seen-smoking-crack-on-video/

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  1. Rob Cypher
    [IMGR="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=32974&stc=1&d=1368815342[/IMGR] A cellphone video that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine is being shopped around Toronto by a group of Somali men involved in the drug trade.

    Two Toronto Star reporters have viewed the video three times. It appears to show Ford in a room, sitting in a chair, wearing a white shirt, top buttons open, inhaling from what appears to be a glass crack pipe. Ford is incoherent, trading jibes with an off-camera speaker who goads the clearly impaired mayor by raising topics including Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and the Don Bosco high school football team Ford coaches.

    “I’m fucking right-wing,” Ford appears to mutter at one point. “Everyone expects me to be right-wing. I’m just supposed to be this great.…” and his voice trails off. At another point he is heard calling Trudeau a “fag.” Later in the 90-second video he is asked about the football team and he appears to say (though he is mumbling), “they are just fucking minorities.”

    The Star had no way to verify the authenticity of the video, which appears to clearly show Ford in a well-lit room. The Star was told the video was shot during the past winter at a house south of Dixon Rd. and Kipling Avenue. What follows is an account based on what both reporters viewed on the video screen.

    Attempts to reach the mayor and members of his staff to get comment on this story were unsuccessful.

    A lawyer retained by Ford, Dennis Morris, said that Thursday evening’s publication by the U.S.-based Gawker website of some details related to the video was “false and defamatory.” Morris told the Star that by viewing any video it is impossible to tell what a person is doing. “How can you indicate what the person is actually doing or smoking?” Morris said.

    Ford’s chief of staff, Mark Towhey, would not listen to questions by the Star on Thursday night and abruptly hung up when the Star called.

    The video was taken on a smartphone by a person who said he has supplied crack cocaine to the mayor.

    Throughout the video Ford’s eyes are half-closed. He lolls back in his chair, sometimes waving his arms around erratically. He raises a lighter in his hand at several points and moves it in a circle motion beneath the glass bowl of the pipe, then inhales deeply.

    The Star reporters (Donovan and Doolittle) were shown the video on the evening of Friday, May 3, in the back of a car parked in an apartment complex at Dixon Rd. near Kipling Ave. in the north end of Etobicoke. The reporters were allowed to watch and listen to the video three times. After, both reporters separately made written notes of what they saw and heard. Both reporters, prior to watching the video, studied numerous city-hall-related videos of Ford and, to the best of the reporter’s abilities, they separately concluded the man in the video was Ford.

    In the video, what appears to be afternoon sunlight is streaming through partially closed window blinds, lighting Ford’s face. The video ends with the ringing of a cellphone (it is not clear if it is the cellphone that is being used to video the scene). The ring tone, which is a song, startles the mayor, whose slitted eyes open a bit, and he is heard to say, “That phone better not be on.”

    The Star was approached with an offer to purchase the video shortly after the Star’s story on Ford’s removal from the Garrison Ball due to apparent intoxication of some sort. The story, published March 26 of this year, described a concern by unnamed associates and staffers at city hall that Ford had a substance abuse problem. Ford dismissed the Star story, called the Star “pathological liars” and invited the newspaper to sue him. Garrison Ball attendees interviewed by the Star did not say they smelled alcohol. One said, “He seemed either drunk, high or had a medical condition.”

    After the story was published the Star was contacted by two separate people who purported to have information on Ford abusing crack cocaine.

    One person, who described himself as an organizer in the Somali community, told the Star he had copies of a video that, he said, showed Ford smoking crack. This man was acting as a sort of broker for the person who had shot the video. What followed was a protracted discussion between the man and Star reporters. The broker said he represented two Somali men who had supplied crack cocaine to the mayor in the Dixon Rd. area. The Star was not able to verify those claims.
    The man said his two associates (one had been present when the video was made and had done the filming) wanted “six figures for the video.” At another point he said they had originally wanted $1 million, but he had convinced them to lower the price. Asked why they were selling the video, the man said the two who claimed ownership of the video wanted to make a change in their lives and use the money to move out west to Calgary.

    The Star did not pay money and did not obtain a copy of the video.

    Initially, the Somali man who contacted the Star said he had information about “a Toronto politician.” When the Star met him the first time, he showed a photo of Ford dressed in sweatpants, standing in the driveway of a brick house with three other men. The one on the left in the picture had apparently been killed the previous week on King St. near the Loki Lounge. The man, with his strong forehead and distinctive jaw line, looked like Anthony Smith, 21, who indeed had been killed recently.

    Over the last month the Star has had several meetings with the man who was acting as a broker, culminating with the May 3 meeting at the Dixon Rd. apartment complex.

    The reporters had told the man that they wanted to see the video. A meeting was arranged. First, the reporters were told to drive to the parking lot of an Etobicoke strip mall. They were told to leave their bags and cellphones in their own cars and get in his. The drive lasted less than five minutes. They pulled into the parking lot of the Dixon Rd. highrise complex.

    The man got out of his car and returned with his associate.

    The associate, also Somali, was a man in his early to mid-20s. He looked nervous and was shaking slightly. He had thick scabs on his arm.

    He pulled out an iPhone — he would not let the reporters hold it. At first he wouldn’t let the sound play, but then relented.

    In a video clip less than two minutes long, an incoherent and rambling Mayor Rob Ford can clearly be seen smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.

    He is sitting on a chair holding a glass pipe with a blackened top and a lighter. Ford is the only person on the video, but there are at least two other people in the room — one, a man who said he is his dealer, secretly recording him, and another, an anonymous voice asking him questions.

    The footage begins with the mayor mumbling. His eyes are half-closed. He waves his arms around erratically. A man’s voice tells him he should be coaching football because that’s what he’s good at.

    Ford agrees and nods his head, bobbing on his chair.

    He says something like “Yeah, I take these kids . . . minorities” but soon he rambles off again.

    Ford says something like: “Everyone expects me to be right-wing, I’m . . .” and again he trails off.

    At one point he raises the lighter and moves it in a circle motion beneath the pipe, inhaling deeply.

    Next, the voice raises the name of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. The man says he can’t stand him and that he wants to shove his foot up the young leader’s “ass so far it comes out the other end.”

    Ford nods and bobs on his chair and appears to say, “Justin Trudeau’s a fag.”

    The man taping the mayor keeps the video trained on him. Then the phone rings. Ford looks at the camera and says something like “that better not be on.”

    The phone shuts off.

    Robyn Doolittle & Kevin Donovan
    Toronto Star
    May 17, 2013

    http://www.thestar.com/news/city_ha..._rob_ford_in_crack_cocaine_video_scandal.html
  2. Rob Cypher
    Rob Ford crack scandal: Toronto mayor calls it ‘ridiculous’ but doesn’t issue denial

    Mayor Rob Ford is calling allegations that he was videotaped smoking what appears to be a crack pipe “ridiculous” but he has not outright denied the facts in a Toronto Star story.

    Ford emerged from his office Friday, said: “Anyways, like I said this morning, these allegations are ridiculous, another story with respect to the Toronto Star going after me, and that's all I have to say.”

    Ford ignored reporters questions and moved to an elevator to go to flag-raising ceremony held by parents of gays and lesbians.

    Councillors accustomed to Mayor Rob Ford scandals and gaffes are urging him to address this most explosive allegation head on.

    “It’s just shocking stuff,” said Councillor Josh Colle, an influential centrist.

    “You hope it’s not true but, either way, I just hope the mayor says something as soon as possible. Because it’s salacious, it will be a massive distraction and we’re dealing with important things.

    “I feel for him and his family but also for the city — we all thought the (downtown) casino was a big story but nobody is talking casinos today.”

    Councillor John Parker, a former Ford ally who broke with the mayor over transit expansion, said: “I would think the mayor would be wise to address the story head on and put it to rest.

    “We all hope that the inferences that are floating around are untrue and the only one who can set us straight on that is the mayor.”

    “I think the business of the city hall goes on regardless of all of this but certainly it’s in the interest of all of us that we stick to business and get on with the work that people want us to do.”

    Asked how shocked he is by the allegation, Parker said: “It’s at that point now that nothing seems to shock any of us around here any more.”

    Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday said he didn’t believe the allegation but hoped Ford would make a full statement as soon as possible.

    “Certainly we all know that videos can be altered and we certainly know that drug dealers can’t be trusted so we don’t know what we’re dealing with here and until we do I don’t have much to say,” Holyday said.

    Asked if he has full confidence in Mayor Ford, Holyday said: “I do at this point.” Asked what would shake his confidence, the veteran councillor said: “Well, if these accusations were substantiated. That would certainly change a lot of things, I think, but at this point as far as I know the mayor is denying it and until such things change my position doesn’t change.”

    Holyday also seemed to suggest Ford’s political enemies might be involved.
    “Well, there’s a large contingent of political people that want the mayor out of office. They don’t want him to make the changes that he’s been making,” he said.

    “I totally agree with the changes that he’s put forward and the agenda that he’s put forward and I’ve tried my best to support it and I will continue to support it whether he’s here or not here, but the people that are opposed to this seem to be willing to go to any lengths to make a change.”

    When the Star reported that Ford was asked to leave a military gala because he appeared impaired, Holyday said he had never seen the mayor impaired and had no reason not to believe the story.

    Adam Vaughan, Ford’s most vocal critic on council, said this is just the latest distraction for a mayor who seems disinterested in building a city.

    “We’ve been working around the mayor since the day he was elected an on most files we achieve a consensus when we move forward. Politics is tough when you don’t have a mayor who is full-time . . . ,” Vaughan said.

    “He’s a bad mayor because he makes bad decisions and he’s leading the city in a direction it shouldn’t be going.”

    Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby, a fellow Etobicoke representative who has known Ford more than a decade, called the allegations “mind-blowing” and urged the mayor to address them as soon as possible.

    “Come out with it,” Lindsay Luby said. “Be honest. Say, ‘Yes it happened,’ or ‘No it didn’t.’ That’s the only way to deal with something like this.

    “Don’t run away from it. Just deal with it.”

    David Rider
    Toronto Star
    May 17, 2013

    http://www.thestar.com/news/city_ha...andal_mayor_must_respond_councillor_says.html
  3. Rob Cypher
    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s political career has had some colourful moments prior to the allegation that he is the man seen in a cellphone video appearing to smoke crack cocaine.

    While today’s allegation tops the list, there have been some other remarkable moments:

    2. May 2013: Ford sprints out of a meeting of the Etobicoke York Community Council to slap “Rob Ford Mayor” fridge magnets on cars in the parking lot. He is investigated by city bylaw officers after a resident complains.

    3. April 2013: Saying “we need more females in politics,” Ford invites women to call him if they would like him to “explain how politics works” over coffee.

    4. April 2013: Ford walks face-first into a camera while attempting to evade reporters at City Hall. Grabbing his eye, he says, “Ah fuck man. Holy Christ. Holy — guys, have some respect. You just hit me in the face with a camera.” The incident is mocked by U.S. late-night host Jimmy Kimmel.

    5. March 2013: The Star’s Robyn Doolittle and Kevin Donovan report that staff members have tried to get Ford to seek help for alcohol abuse, and that Ford was asked to leave a military gala in February because organizers were concerned he was intoxicated. Ford does not address the specifics of the story, but he calls Star reporters “pathological liars” and the article an “outright lie.”

    6. March 2013: Former mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson accuses Ford of sexually assaulting her by grabbing her buttocks at a party held by a Jewish political organization. Ford denies the allegation; on his weekly radio show, he questions whether Thomson is “playing with a full deck.”

    7. March 2013: Ford tells Sun News that players on the high school football team he coaches at Don Bosco Catholic Secondary “just wouldn’t go to school” and would have “no reason to go to school” if not for football. “You can’t tell them to get an education,” he says. The comments anger the school’s teachers and prompt an investigation by the Catholic school board, which says Ford’s statements contain “a number of inaccuracies.”

    8. February 2013: The Star reveals that Ford is still asking registered lobbyists for donations to the Rob Ford Football Foundation — even though he had narrowly avoided losing his office after a legal saga that began with his decision to solicit such donations. His chief of staff says the new letters were sent in “error.”

    9. February 2013: A forensic audit of Ford’s campaign financial practices concludes that he overspent the legal limit and that he committed dozens of other “apparent contraventions” of elections law. An expert committee later votes 2-1 against prosecuting him.

    10. November 2012: A judge ousts Ford from office for violating conflict of interest law by casting a vote at council to excuse himself from repaying $3,150 to lobbyists and a company from which he had accepted donations for his foundation. He is granted a stay that allows him to keep his job pending his appeal, which he wins in January.

    11. November 2012: Paying TTC passengers are told to get off a bus in the rain so it can pick up Ford’s football team after an away game and drive them back to Don Bosco. After the police request the bus, Ford calls the TTC’s chief executive officer on his cellphone, then calls him again when the bus does not arrive immediately.

    12. October 2012: Under fire from the city’s integrity commissioner (for disparaging the chief medical officer) and ombudsman (for meddling in the civic appointments process), Ford says their jobs should be eliminated; the city should have a single accountability officer, he says, not three.

    13. September 2012: City officials acknowledge that Ford personally asked senior civil servants to approve a road and drainage project on the land beside the headquarters of his family’s business, Deco Labels and Tags, in time for the company’s 50th anniversary party.

    14. September 2012: It is revealed that Ford’s taxpayer-paid junior aides help coach high school football practices and help organize his summer football program. They sometimes use a city vehicle to travel to practices and games, an apparent violation of government rules.

    15. September 2012: Ford leaves a meeting of his own executive committee more than five hours early to coach his football team in a pre-season scrimmage “jamboree.”

    16. July 2012: In response to a shooting at a Scarborough block party that killed two people and injured 23, Ford calls for gun criminals to be exiled. “I want these people out of the city. And I’m not going to stop. Not put ’em in jail, then come back and you can live in the city. No,” he says. In response, the federal immigration minister notes that the proposal “obviously” violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    17. June 2012: A TTC driver confronts Ford after the mayor drives past the back door of a streetcar from which passengers were disembarking up front. Ford did not act illegally, the police say, but a staff sergeant advises the public that is “probably most prudent and safe” to stop before the back door.

    18. June 2012: Ford falls off an industrial scale and twists his ankle on the last day of a six-month public diet campaign, the Cut the Waist Challenge, in which he lost 17 pounds, 33 short of his stated goal. He had announced on his radio show in May that he had given up on the challenge three weeks early: “I’m not even dieting anymore. It’s gone! It’s water under the bridge.”

    19. May 2012: Ford charges at me with a raised fist in a park behind his Etobicoke house, demands that I surrender my phone, and calls the police to accuse me of trespassing. I had been researching Ford’s unusual application to purchase public land, which was later rejected. The police find “no evidence” to charge me.

    20. February 2012: Ford’s signature transit proposal is defeated by council after he fails to produce a funding plan. After the meeting, he says, “Technically speaking, that whole meeting was irrelevant.”

    21. February 2012: Ford and his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, are criticized by the integrity commissioner in separate reports released on the same day.

    22. January 2012: Ford calls centrist and progressive councillors “two steps left of Joe Stalin.”

    23. December 2011: Police are called to Ford’s house early on Christmas morning. Ford’s mother-in-law called 911 between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. to report that Ford had been drinking and was taking his children to Florida against the wishes of his wife, Renata. Police were also called to the home about a domestic situation in October.

    24. October 2011: Ford calls 911 on This Hour Has 22 Minutes actor Mary Walsh, who ambushed him in his driveway dressed as her character Marg Delahunty, “princess warrior.”

    25. July 2011: As he does every year, Ford votes against each of six widely popular grants programs that provide city money to community organizations. He loses 43-1 in votes on the first four programs, 42-2 on the fifth, and 41-3 on the sixth.

    26. July 2011: Ignoring a personal plea from Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, whose late son was gay, Ford skips the Pride parade to spend time with his family at their cottage. He also skips every other event at the 10-day festival.

    27. February 2011: Ford’s internal itinerary reveals that he held a city hall meeting with an impresario who was successfully sued for driving away with more than $500,000 in others’ money after the 2003 post-SARS benefit concert. Subsequent itineraries released by his office omit the names of his meeting partners.

    28. December 2010: Ford invites outspoken hockey commentator Don Cherry to deliver an inaugural speech at the first council meeting of his mayoralty. Cherry blasts “left-wing pinkos” and “left-wing kooks.”

    29. August 2010: The Toronto Sun confronts Ford about an arrest in Florida in 1999 for marijuana possession. Ford adamantly denies the charge: “I’m dead serious. When I say no, I mean never. No question, Now I’m getting offended. No means no.” He later acknowledges that he had “one joint in my back pocket.” The next day, he says his memory had been fuzzy because he had been charged with “failing to give a breath sample” that same night. But even that is not true: he was actually charged with driving under the influence, to which he pleaded no contest.

    30: August 2010: During a mayoral debate, Ford questions the value of immigration: “We can’t even deal with the 2.5 million people in this city. I think it’s more important that we take care of the people now before we start bringing in more.”

    31: August 2010: Ford tells the Sun’s editorial board that a council decision to grant a no-bid contract to a restaurant “stinks to high heaven.” He also says that private sessions of council involve “more corruption and skullduggery going on in there than I’ve ever seen in my life.” The owner of the restaurant sues him for defamation, but Ford wins the case.

    32: August 2010: Ford says he has the “same thoughts” as a Wendell Brereton, a pastor and city council candidate who believes same-sex marriage can “dismantle” democratic civilization and who says on his website that his “kind of Toronto doesn’t parade immorality and call it pride.” Upon receiving the pastor’s endorsement, Ford says he too supports “traditional marriage.”

    33: July 2010: Ford stops talking to the Star after it refuses to run a front-page apology for a story about a 2001 confrontation between him and a high school football player.

    34. June 2010: In a secretly taped phone conversation, Ford appears to entertain a request from an HIV-positive man to help him illegally purchase OxyContin. “I’ll try, buddy,” he says. “Leave this with me ... I have no idea. I don’t know any drug dealers at all ... I’ll bet my life I won’t be able to help you out,” Ford says.

    35. March 2008: Ford, then a city councillor, is charged with assaulting his wife and uttering a death threat. The charges are later dropped because of alleged inconsistencies in his wife’s story.

    36. March 2008: During a debate about whether to allow stores to open on holidays, Ford says, “Go to the Orient, go to Hong Kong ... You want to see workaholics? Those Oriental people work like dogs ... they sleep beside their machines. The Oriental people, they're slowly taking over ... they’re hard, hard workers.”

    37. March 2007: Ford says: “Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks, not for people on bikes. And, you know, my heart bleeds for them when I hear someone gets killed, but it’s their own fault at the end of the day.”

    38. June 2006: During a debate on HIV/AIDS prevention spending, Ford says, according to a National Post transcript, “Why are we catering to one group with a disease that's preventable? It's very preventable. If you're not doing needles and you're not gay, you won't get AIDS probably. And I don't know why we're spending $1.5-million on this.”

    39. April 2006: Ford berates a couple at a Maple Leafs game with such comments as “Do you want your little wife to go over to Iran and get raped and shot?” When the couple complains, Ford denies even being at the game — though he had given them his business card. He eventually concedes and apologizes, saying he had been “pretty well acting like an idiot.”

    40. July 2005: Ford calls Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby, a fellow Etobicoke conservative, a “waste of skin.”

    41. June 2005: During the annual grants debate, Ford says, according to the Globe and Mail: “I don’t understand. Number one, I don’t understand a transgender. I don’t understand: is it a guy dressed up like a girl or a girl dressed up like a guy?”

    42. March 2002: During a budget debate, Ford refers to Giorgio Mammoliti – a fellow councillor of Italian descent – as “Gino boy.” He denies making the remark."

    Daniel Dale
    Toronto Star
    May 17, 2013

    http://www.thestar.com/news/city_ha...kable_moments_from_toronto_mayors_career.html
  4. Rob Cypher
    Gawker Seeks To Buy Video That Allegedly Shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Smoking Crack

    A political firestorm was ignited after a secret video was shown to reporters that allegedly shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack, and now Gawker has started a crowdfunding campaign to make the video public.

    Although Ford called the allegations ridiculous, and Ford's lawyer has called Gawker's report "false and defamatory" and threatened legal action, the website is pushing ahead to bring the video to light.

    The only problem? It's going to cost $200,000.

    That's because the video's owners, who were described to the Toronto Star as Somali men involved in the drug trade, are asking for six figures before they'll hand it over -- purportedly so that they can skip town and move west to Calgary.

    The video's owners are apparently not going to take less than that sum for the tape: They've already refused a $40,000 offer from an unnamed Canadian news outlet, an anonymous tipster working with the video's owners told Gawker.

    Here's where you come in: If you donate $1 to Gawker's crowdfunding campaign -- and 199,999 other people also donate just $1 (although you can donate as much as you like) -- you'll help to bring the mysterious crack-smoking video to an inquisitive public. (Or that's the hope, anyway.)

    As with most crowdfunding efforts, if the $200,000 mark isn't reached, you'll get your cash back.

    While the ethics of this whole situation are admittedly pretty shady, as things stand, Gawker's effort is certainly a novel way to bring the evidence before the public so that we can judge for ourselves whether it's Ford in the video or not.

    Huffington Post
    May 17, 20130

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/17/buy-rob-ford-crack-video_n_3293146.html

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    EDIT: Here's a computer-animated take on the news from a Taiwanese animation company. (via YouTube video))
  5. MikePatton
    If there is a list of 42 incidents in which this man acted completely inappropriately SOME of these incidents MUST be true. It is impossible that these are all lies made up by his opponents, this guy obviously isn't a martyr who suffers for his beliefs but a crook. Even if the crack smoking video isn't true, those 42 incidents are sufficient evidence that something fishy is going on, and this man shouldn't be in a public position after facing THAT many allegations.
  6. Rob Cypher
    Who Said It: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford or Simpsons Mayor Diamond Joe Quimby?

    [IMGR="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=33011&stc=1&d=1368926707[/IMGR] On Thursday, Gawker’s John Cook reported the existence of a video that allegedly shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine.

    Since entering public service as a city councilor in 2000, Ford has been known for his odd and improper public behavior and comments, a habit that only got worse after he was elected mayor in 2010. Whether he’s accosting out-of-towners at a hockey game, offering to help procure OxyContin for a constituent, or railing against streetcars and anti-poverty activists, Ford has consistently tested the limits of “mayoral behavior.”

    In fact, the public servant Ford most closely resembles is the fictional mayor from The Simpsons, Diamond Joe Quimby. Both men are heavyset. Both are often at odds with constituents, colleagues, and the press. And both are prone to saying outrageous things in public.

    I’ve prepared a 20-question quiz of quotes from Ford and Quimby. Which mayor said which wildly inappropriate thing? Answers are at the bottom.

    1. “Are these morons getting dumber or just louder?”

    2. “It’s hard to hide 300 pounds of fun.”

    3. “People don't want to see their mayor stuck in an office all the time, they want to see him right at their door.”

    4. “We'll blow up our dams, destroy forests, anything! If there's a species of animal causing problems, nosing around your camera, we'll have it wiped out.”

    5. “Demand? Who are you to demand anything? I run this town. You’re just a bunch of low-income nobodies.”

    6. “Let’s call a spade a spade. The left would have taken it and just wanted to spend it on crazy, stupid things like more social programs ...”

    7. “Oh my god, I never want to hurt a bike. That’s the last thing I want to do, precious little bikes.”

    8. “I ordered the re-opening of this prison to send a message to the criminals of [name of city]. If you commit a violent crime in my town, you are going to end up here. To demonstrate what you're in for, I will now strap myself into this electric chair, which was deactivated over 30 years ago, and, I can only assume, still is.”

    9. “Water is the healthiest form of liquid.”

    10. “By the way, this woman is not my wife, but I am sleeping with her. I'm telling you this because I'm comfortable with my womanizing."

    11. “I'm sick of you people, you’re nothing but a pack of fickle mush heads.”

    12. “Tuesday, Nov. 27, I’m going to be playing hooky from City Hall.”

    13. “Those Oriental people work like dogs. … They're slowly taking over.”

    14. “Now on to the next item, the proposal for putting term limits on public office. All those in favor say, ‘I have sex with animals.’ ”

    15. “I’d love to see us sell the zoo and make money on it if we can. ... Keep the elephants here and take it from there.”

    16. “You don't scare me, that could be anyone's ass. Now beat it! I'm calling the shots.”

    17. “I will retract the word ‘ass.’ ”

    18. “Very well, if that is the way the winds are blowing, let no one say I don't also blow.”

    19. “You are tampering with forces you can't understand, we have major corporations sponsoring this event.”

    20. “I’m as clean as the days are long.”

    Justin Peters
    Slate
    May 17, 2013

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/20...ayor_diamond_joe_quimby_or_toronto_mayor.html
  7. Docta
    WE SPOKE TO A FORMER CRACK ADDICT ABOUT ROB FORD

    As everyone in Toronto (and now the planet) knows, Mayor Rob Ford has been accused of smoking crack cocaine. There's apparently video evidence of him getting high while talking shit about Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau and immigrants. But the world still hasn’t seen that video and Rob has not officially addresed the issue. And while Gawker’s crowd-funded Indiegogo campaign to raise money to buy the iPhone footage from the drug dealers who took it is closing in on its $200,000 goal, they can’t even find the aforementioned drug dealers. On top of all that, Mark Towhey, Robbie’s former chief of staff, was fired for telling him to “get help.

    With all of this insane bullshit clouding Toronto’s municipal politics, we decided to talk to someone who knows firsthand what crack addiction and crack smoking looks like: a former crack addict named Rick. Here’s what he thinks of the allegations against poor ol’ Robbie.

    VICE: Like everyone else, you’ve heard the story of Rob Ford’s crack video by now. Do you think the mayor could be a crack smoker?
    Rick: If you’re asking my opinion, I suppose it’s possible that he might have tried it, but there is no way he is crack addict. I will go out on a limb and say it is impossible to be a crack addict and maintain any kind of lifestyle, let alone be a mayor. I doubt he’s even a drug addict at all.

    Can people smoke crack casually?
    No. I don’t think so. I’ve never heard of a casual crack smoker. That doesn’t mean they don’t exist, but I’ve never heard of it.

    Would crack ever be the first drug people use?
    [laughs] No. Absolutely not. Usually people don’t move right to crack cocaine. People like the mayor don’t decide to have a glass of wine with dinner and then go buy a bag of crack. It doesn’t usually go that way. I know it’s readily available and cheap, but you aren’t just trying it with your friends out of nowhere when you’ve never touched another drug.

    So do you think it’s safe to say that the mayor, if he has smoked crack, would have had problems with drugs before this?
    Yes. I mean, I can’t say for sure, because I don’t know the guy, but it’s very likely that there would be a history of drug abuse.

    How would someone on crack behave?
    Crack makes you extremely paranoid. In no way do I believe the mayor is leaving City Hall and going into the garage and looking over his shoulders and smoking crack. [laughs] It’s just not happening. There is honestly, very severe paranoia associated to being high on crack—and the more you smoke, the more paranoid you get. To me, it just doesn’t seem like he is walking around like he’s paranoid. If anything, he walks around pretty calm.

    I’ve never smoked crack, what’s it like?
    Well, immediately, you are super alert and super anxious. You’re off your chair and you’re walking around, you’re not leaning back in it. You’re paranoid. Someone who has just smoked crack is not relaxing in any chair. Trust me, it never happens like that.

    So you’re not calm and talking coolly about life?
    [laughs] No.

    Is it possible that someone could smoke crack and then engage in a conversation about things like political figures or sports teams?
    Absolutely not. For a while after, you’re not saying anything. Maybe 40 minutes or an hour later, but not right away. You aren’t saying anything when you first smoke. You’re silent. If they are saying Ford was holding the pipe and talking about Trudeau, it wasn’t crack in that pipe. Maybe it was something else. It’s highly unlikely that it was crack. It’s possible that later on, having a couple beers, sure, you can talk about stuff. But it takes time.

    From your experience, if someone is smoking crack, how does his behavior change and how does it affect his life?

    Eventually you will lose everything: your family, your friends, your job. Everything. You will sell everything, lose all your money, for sure. Nothing else matters but the drug. You become a totally different person. You lose everything. Guaranteed. That’s the nature of a crack addiction.

    How quickly could this change in a person start to occur?

    Crack addiction happens pretty fast. If someone has started smoking crack, it won’t be long before everyone around them is aware this person has become completely different. Lying, sneaking around, stealing. It’s not an addiction that you can maintain without people noticing… not for long anyways.

    What are some telltale signs that people could look for if they suspect someone is smoking crack?
    Well, there are lots of things. Showing up late, being unreliable, lying. But the only real, and truly physical, sign that someone is smoking crack is a total loss of weight. Crack will make you lose weight, guaranteed. I joke now with my friends that when I smoked crack, I never had a potbelly. [laughs]

    If you could say anything to mayor Ford right now, what would it be?
    I couldn’t say much. Like everyone else, I really don’t have enough information. We don’t know if it was crack or if it was even Ford. I think we should really all be sticking to the golden rule: innocent until proven guilty.

    By Angela Hennessy
    24 May 2013
    http://www.vice.com/en_au/read/we-spoke-to-a-former-crack-addict-about-rob-ford
  8. Rob Cypher
    I don't. "Casual" users (ie, once every few months) don't usually fuck up like the way he did, IMO.

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    They do exist, they just don't like revealing themselves to most known crack addicts for various reasons (mostly to do with "guilt by association") unless the addict happens to be relatively trustworthy to help 'cop' for them (somewhat uncommon but it happens) and able to keep a secret. At least from my experience in the bad old days.

    Uh...yeah they do. I've met people who've done this very thing, in fact.

    No...but there's an established history of erratic behavior that comes clear with the purported revelations of crack smoking...

    "Rick" needs to speak for himself - I've seen crack smokers who were perfectly calm doing it in public and walking around like it was nothing special, as well as 300 lb. folks who had been smoking crack for a decade straight and never lost weight. Rob's probably both types - especially because he always has the money to eat like a king after the fact.

    I really appreciate the effort in keeping this thread going, Docta...but I must say VICE really dropped the ball in regards to the way this interview was handled, IMO. I'll also bet ten American dollars (that's 25 'loonies' in their funny money, I think) that "Rick" is a Canadian Conservative party member trying his best at performing damage control for his brand of politics.

    That being said, all views should be considered (not necessarily accepted though) and it's interesting to read a relatively pro-Rob Ford article because it's currently rarer than hen's teeth. ;) VICE could make amends for this sloppy interview by following up with Rob Ford about what it's like to smoke crack. Wonder what his take on it is. :smoking:

    Good job, Docta; always a pleasure to read your posts on the D-F news section. Have a 1up. :thumbsup:
  9. Rob Cypher
    Original owner of Toronto mayor’s alleged ‘crack’ video may have been killed

    [IMGR="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=33176&stc=1&d=1369719415[/IMGR] Police in Toronto, Canada are investigating whether the original owner of a video allegedly showing Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine was killed over the footage, the Globe & Mail reported on Monday.

    The newspaper reported that two separate sources said authorities interviewed a senior member of Ford’s staff regarding the possible link between the video and the killing of 21-year-old Anthony Smith (pictured), who is believed to appear in the video with Ford. Smith was shot dead in March.

    The video’s original owner was reportedly killed because of the potential value of its contents. Both the Toronto Star and Gawker reported on the footage on May 16, saying Ford can be seen calling himself “fucking right-wing” and using racist and homophobic language. Gawker subsequently began a “Crackstarter” online campaign to raise the money to buy the video, which had collected more than $184,000 as of Monday morning.

    Ford denied the existence of the video in a short statement on May 24, saying, “I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine.” According to CBC-TV, he and his brother, City Councillor Doug Ford, excoriated the media on their weekly radio show on Sunday.

    “80 percent of them are nasty son of a guns,” Doug Ford said, at which point the mayor cut in, calling reporters a “bunch of maggots.”

    Rob Ford also doubled down on his denial of the video after being asked about it by a caller.

    “There’s no video, so that’s all I can say,” he said to a caller. “You can’t comment on something that doesn’t exist.”

    He also complained that it was impossible to please the local media.

    “You can give them 10 bars of gold and they’re going to want — why don’t I give 15 bars of gold?” the mayor said on the show. “Well, you know what, folks, that’s the media that we have, unfortunately.”

    While Rob Ford left the show early, Doug Ford stayed on and accused Toronto media members of smoking cocaine while also denying a Globe and Mail report that he was a drug dealer in the 1980s.

    Arturo Garcia
    Raw Story
    May 27, 2013

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/05/...ors-alleged-crack-video-may-have-been-killed/
  10. Rob Cypher
    Murder Was The Case?

    Should We Add a Murder to Toronto's Crack Smoking Mayor Scandal?

    The video of Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack doesn't exist, according to the mayor, but that didn't stop one of his staff members from meeting with homicide police detectives this week to discuss the tape, and where it might possibly be located, and how it might be connected to a murder.

    The Globe and Mail reports Monday morning that a senior staffer in the mayor's office met with police earlier this week to discuss the alleged crack tape and how it might relate to a homicide investigation. This is what the staff member allegedly knows:

    When Gawker and the Toronto Star reported the video showing Ford smoking crack, they included a picture of the mayor standing with Anthony Smith, a 21-year-old killed in front a Toronto night club in March. The implication here is the guys who have the video now, who are allegedly Somali drug dealers, may have killed Anthony Smith, or paid someone to do it for them, so they could sell the crack video to the highest bidder.

    But that's not all. Toronto Staff Inspector Greg McLane told with CP24's Katie Simpson the interview with mayor's staff member was not about a homicide investigation. "McLane tells me the reason homicide investigators conducted the interview, is they have expertise other officers may not have," Simpson reports. The officer would only say the interview was about an "ongoing investigation in the media," without elaborating further. The implication here is that the Toronto police may be investigating the existence of the tape, or the Somali drug operation in general. Remember: Gawker's John Cook reported these guys sell cocaine (rock and powder) to "a lot of prominent people in Toronto," and that is usually something the police would be interested in.

    That's all the bad news in the world of mayor Ford. The good news? At least his poll numbers can't get any worse. He would still be soundly defeated by his biggest competition (New Democratic Party MP Olivia Chow) if there was an election held today (Chow polls at 56% to Ford's 36&).

    So someone in the mayor's office knows where the video is. Or, at least, they think they do. It's hard to know where a video is when that video doesn't exist. And his boss, mayor Ford, said the video doesn't exist yesterday during his weekly radio show. But the guys who are selling the video have gone underground and no one has heard from them in over a week. And Gawker's "Crackstarter" campaign to crowdfund the video is now 17 hours away from finishing and $15,000 dollars short of its goal. This whole thing is coming down the wire but, with new information coming out every day, we suspect this will wrap up sooner than later.

    Ford also called the media "a bunch of maggots" on his radio show yesterday, though he didn't offer an opinion on snitching staff members. His brother, city councillor Doug Ford, also denied being a hashish dealer in the 1980s. These Ford brothers refuse to go up in smoke.

    Update, 2:57 p.m.: Mayor Ford's entire communications staff resigned Monday. The Toronto Star's Daniel Dale and the Globe and Mail's Elizabeth Church and Jill Mahoney reported the mayor's press aides, George Christopoulos and Isaac Ransom, both resigned around lunch time. The mayor confirmed their departures in a statement to the press. The CBC's Jamie Strashin reports they resigned "on principle." The Mayor's chief of staff Mark Towhey was fired last week. Despite not having a communications staff, the mayor is expected to speak with reporters shortly.

    Update, 4:51 p.m.: Gawker crossed the $200,000 plateau for its "crackstarter" campaign to buy the tape within the last hour. Rob Ford briefly spoke Monday afternoon to apologize for calling reporters "maggots" on his Sunday afternoon radio show and to announce the departures of Christopoulos and Ransom. He refused to answer questions about why three people in his office have quit in the week since the crack scandal erupted.

    (Correction: This originally said Ford was polling favorably in the mayoral race. In fact, the poll shows him losing, but the crack story hasn't affected his position at all.)

    Connor Simpson
    Atlantic Wire
    May 27, 2013

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/glob...r-torontos-crack-smoking-mayor-scandal/65616/
  11. Rob Cypher
    The Ford Family's Long History Of Drug Dealing Drama

    [IMGR="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=33181&stc=1&d=1369721329[/IMGR] Globe investigation: The Ford family’s history with drug dealing

    (pictured: Toronto City Councillor Doug Ford Jr. (Ward 2/Etobicoke North))

    In the 1980s, anyone wanting to buy hashish had to know where to go. And in central Etobicoke, the wealthy Toronto suburb where Mayor Rob Ford grew up, one of those places was James Gardens. In the evening, the sports cars often wound along Edenbridge Drive, past the gated homes and the lawn-bowling pitches, until they reached the U-shaped parking lot. By nightfall, the public park was a hash drive-thru. One former street dealer, whom we will call “Justin,” described the scene as “an assembly line.”

    There were usually a number of dealers to choose from, some of them supplied by a mainstay at James Gardens – a young man with the hulk-like frame and mop of bright blond hair: Doug Ford. “Most people didn’t approach Doug looking for product. You went to the guys that he supplied. Because if Doug didn’t know you and trust you, he wouldn’t even roll down his window,” Justin said.

    Today, Mr. Ford is a member of Toronto’s city council – and no ordinary councillor. First elected in 2010 as his brother was swept into the mayor’s office, he has emerged as a truly powerful figure at City Hall –– trying to overhaul plans for Toronto’s waterfront less than a year after arriving. He also has higher aspirations, and has said he wants to follow in the footsteps of his father, Doug Ford Sr., by running in the next provincial election as a Conservative.

    Meanwhile, he serves as his brother’s de facto spokesman. As Toronto is gripped by allegations that its mayor was captured on a homemade video smoking what appears to be crack cocaine and his office descends into disarray – his chief of staff was fired on Thursday – Doug Ford has been the only person to mount a spirited public defence of his largely silent sibling. On Friday, after the Mayor finally made a statement about the accusation, he was the one who fielded questions from the press.

    Well before the events of the past week, The Globe and Mail began to research the Ford brothers in an effort to chronicle their lives before rising to prominence in Canada’s largest city. Over the past 18 months, it has sought out and interviewed dozens of people who knew them in their formative years.

    What has emerged is a portrait of a family once deeply immersed in the illegal drug scene. All three of the mayor’s older siblings – brother Randy, 51, and sister Kathy, 52, as well as Doug, 48 – have had ties to drug traffickers.

    Ten people who grew up with Doug Ford – a group that includes two former hashish suppliers, three street-level drug dealers and a number of casual users of hash – have described in a series of interviews how for several years Mr. Ford was a go-to dealer of hash. These sources had varying degrees of knowledge of his activities: Some said they purchased hash directly from him, some said they supplied him, while others said they observed him handling large quantities of the drug.

    The events they described took place years ago, but as mayor, Rob Ford has surrounded himself with people from his past. Most recently he hired someone for his office whose long history with the Fords, the sources said, includes selling hashish with the mayor’s brother.

    The Globe wrote to Doug Ford outlining what the sources said about him, and received a response from Gavin Tighe, his lawyer, who said the allegations were false. “Your references to unnamed alleged sources of information represent the height of irresponsible and unprofessional journalism given the gravely serious and specious allegations of substantial criminal conduct.”

    There’s nothing on the public record that The Globe has accessed that shows Doug Ford has ever been criminally charged for illegal drug possession or trafficking. But some of the sources said that, in the affluent pocket of Etobicoke where the Fords grew up, he was someone who sold not only to users and street-level dealers, but to dealers one rung higher than those on the street. His tenure as a dealer, many of the sources say, lasted about seven years until 1986, the year he turned 22. “That was his heyday,” said “Robert,” one of the former drug dealers who agreed to an interview on the condition he not be identified by name.

    Upon being approached, the sources declined to speak if identified, saying they feared the consequences of outing themselves as former users and sellers of illegal drugs.

    The Globe also tried to contact retired police officers who investigated drugs in the area at the time. One said he had no recollection of encountering the Fords.

    Another, whose name appeared on court documents in relation to allegations of assault and forcible confinement committed by Randy Ford, said he could not recall the incident. Several did not respond.

    Since entering public life, both Fords have been ardent supporters of Toronto police and have campaigned, over the years, on increasing the police presence on Etobicoke’s streets. In December, 2011, Doug Ford showed up, unannounced, at a police press conference to trumpet the force’s crackdown on a network of drug dealers who were selling, among other things, marijuana.

    Doug, like Rob, frequently promotes the Ford family as a type of brand – one that started with their late father’s four-year tenure as an MPP in the government of former Ontario premier Mike Harris. Doug Ford is fond of invoking his family’s contributions to the community. Through his involvement with the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, he has helped to organize events like the Etobicoke Fall Fair. He frequently mentions the many sports teams that the Ford family business, Deco Labels and Tags, has sponsored over the years. He also cites the many football teams his younger brother has coached, and the hordes of people – he puts the figure at 25,000 – the Fords have entertained at their annual backyard barbecue.

    But long before he took over the family business and pursued public office, Doug Ford’s circle of friends was a group of young people who called themselves the RY Drifters, after the Royal York Plaza, a strip mall many of them frequented.

    The Fords’ neighbourhood was paradoxical in some respects. It teemed with wealth; families who settled there after the Second World War, such as the Fidanis and the Brattys, would become known as the biggest players in Toronto-area land development. As his sticker and label business flourished, Doug Ford Sr. was featured in the society pages of The Globe, rubbing elbows with cabinet ministers, senators and members of the Eaton family.

    But the prosperity disguised a disturbing trend among many of the area’s young adults – an attraction to crime that went beyond typical teenage rebellion. Former Ford associates interviewed for this story identified at least 10 RY Drifters who became heroin addicts, some of whom turned to break-ins and robberies to support their habits.

    In recent years, the Ford family home has become known for the annual barbecue, attended by hundreds of neighbours and a Who’s Who of Conservative luminaries – including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. But in the 1980s, the finished basement at 15 Weston Wood Rd. was one of the many places Doug Ford did business, the sources said.

    “Justin” recalled descending to the basement on one occasion to buy hash from Mr. Ford, and on numerous other occasions watching as it was sold.

    He said he couldn’t recall exactly how much hash he purchased that day, but that it was enough to require a triple-beam balance scale – the kind used in most high-school science classes. Normally, street-level dealers in that era relied on Pesola scales, the compact tubes often used by fishermen to weigh their catch. “If you went over [a quarter-pound], you had to go up to the three beamers – because you could get up to a few pounds on it,” he explained.

    As a dealer, Doug Ford was not highly visible. Another source, “Tom,” who also supplied street-level dealers and has a long criminal record, said his girlfriend at the time would complain, whenever he was arrested, that he needed to be more calculating “like Doug.” Mr. Ford’s approach, sources said, was to supply a select group that in turn distributed smaller amounts across Etobicoke.

    As well as James Gardens, a popular place to buy hash was the Royal York Plaza, also known as The Drift, because it offered a clear line of sight down Royal York Road and fair warning of any approaching police cruisers.

    The mall is located steps from the Fords’ childhood home. “If [Doug] wasn’t going out, someone would go down to the house and pick it up and bring it down to the Royal York Plaza,” said “Sheila,” adding that she was an RY Drifter who bought small quantities of hash from Mr. Ford, and knew him to supply street-level dealers. “If Doug wasn’t around, people … would sell it for him. It was an operation.” The quantities that Mr. Ford handled were, at times, substantial. “Michael” said he remembered buying hash from Doug Ford at least half a dozen times – before he found a cheaper source – and that each time he bought between one-quarter and one-half of a pound. He said that a quarter-pound sold for between $400 and $425.

    Like many of the street-level dealers interviewed, he said he sold hash in order to support his own smoking habits. When asked where Mr. Ford fit in the hierarchy of dealers in their neighbourhood, he replied: “He’d be at the top.”

    Turf wars were rare. Relations between dealers were so good, in fact, that in times of short supply, competitors turned to each other for help. “Robert,” a former high-volume seller of hash, said he had an arrangement with Mr. Ford. “He would buy off me, sometimes I would buy off him.”

    “Tom,” the high-volume hash dealer who admired Mr. Ford’s ability to avoid scrutiny, also said he and Doug helped each other out during shortages. “We had all figured out that that kept the cops away. ‘Let’s keep things low-profile. Why start fights? There’s enough money in it for everybody.’ And most people agreed with that. Once the fights start and the guns come out, then the cops will be in and it will ruin it for everybody.”

    But the shunning of strong-arm tactics was not universal.

    Marco Orlando had thick, curly black hair and round cheeks. He and his parents, Italian immigrants, lived in a bungalow on a quiet cul-de-sac a short walk from the Ford family home.

    He was also supplied a lot of drugs on credit but was notoriously unreliable when it came to paying for them. Among his suppliers, the suspicion was that Marco was sharing his illicit proceeds with his parents and feigning poverty. So two weeks before Christmas, they hatched a plan, said “Tom,” a drug dealer who said he was involved in the scheme.

    On a Tuesday night, with the usual throng of young adults outside the Bank of Montreal at the Royal York Plaza, Marco was jumped, beaten and thrown into a car. He was driven more than 30 kilometres to a basement in Bolton, where someone called his parents, demanding they hand over the money. For 10 hours, Mr. Orlando was captive, but his parents didn’t panic. Instead, they called the police. Within three days, all three men allegedly involved in the plot were under arrest. (“The powers-that-be blow things all out of proportion, and I guess technically it is kidnapping, but in our world, he owed us $5,000,” said Tom.)

    One of those arrested was Randy Ford, who was 24 at the time. Court records retrieved from the Archives of Ontario show that he was charged with assault causing bodily harm and the forcible confinement of Mr. Orlando. The records do not disclose how the case was resolved. Randy Ford’s lawyer at the time, Dennis Morris – currently representing Rob Ford in the controversy over the alleged crack-cocaine video – said he did not recall the incident. He questioned the allegations surrounding the Ford family’s past: “What’s the point, other than a smear campaign?”

    Since his brothers became leaders of Canada’s largest city, Randy has largely remained in the background. Like them, he has blond hair and a wide frame; he also drives a Cadillac Escalade. One of the few times he has been photographed by the media was for a Toronto Star article during the 2010 election campaign. He posed with his brothers in front of a portrait of their father at the family business, where Randy oversees manufacturing. During the election-night speeches at the Toronto Congress Centre, he stood silently behind Doug, wearing a dark cowboy hat.

    But in the past, he was much less low-key. Whether on his motorcycle or at the helm heel of the family sailboat – The Raymoni – he always went full throttle. When he fought, which was often, it was usually a one-sided affair.

    “He was a terror,” said Leo, another former associate of Doug Ford.

    Numerous sources identified Randy Ford as former drug dealer, including one who identified himself as former partner, but he and Doug maintained distinctly separate operations. “Doug, being savvy as he was and as business-minded as he was, knew his brother was just too volatile,” said “Justin,” the street-level dealer who said he was supplied by Doug Ford.

    The eldest Ford sibling, Kathy, has been subjected to media scrutiny over the years, primarily because she has been linked to a number of bizarre, violent and sensational incidents.

    Most recently, in January, 2012, her long-time boyfriend, a convicted cocaine and hash dealer named Scott MacIntyre, was charged with threatening to murder the mayor at his Etobicoke home. He eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser offence and was given credit for time served.

    (In a brief interview with CBC after the alleged death threat, Doug Ford said: “To be honest with you, I really don’t know Scott MacIntyre.” Photographs and video taken on the night of the 2010 election show that Mr. MacIntyre was part of the small group of family members celebrating with the new mayor, his wife, Renata, and Doug.)

    Ms. Ford’s relationship with Mr. MacIntyre is even more perplexing because of an earlier incident: In 2005, he and another man were accused of shooting her in the face during an altercation in her parents’ basement. She survived the blast and was rushed to hospital, while Mr. MacIntyre fled in her mother’s Jaguar. Crown prosecutors later dropped numerous charges against him, while his co-accused, Michael Patania, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a handgun.

    But even before that, there was gunplay – and it was fatal. Seven years earlier, Ms. Ford’s lover was fatally shot by her ex-husband, a drug addict named Ennio Stirpe. At his trial, Mr. Stirpe testified that his victim, Michael Kiklas, was a martial artist, which forced him to bring along the shotgun as “an equalizer.”

    Not mentioned in the press at the time was the fact that Mr. Kiklas was a white supremacist – a group with which Ms. Ford associated in the 1980s.

    Her friends included Gary MacFarlane, a founding member of the short-lived Canadian chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as the late Wolfgang Droege, perhaps the most notorious white supremacist in Canadian history, a former Klansman told The Globe in an interview. Two other former associates of Ms. Ford confirmed her association with known white supremacists.

    Among Mr. Droege’s numerous criminal endeavours, he also sold cocaine and marijuana, which led to his death in 2005 when he was killed by a customer. Mr. Droege was incarcerated for much of the 1980s in U.S. prisons – both for drug trafficking and for his role in a bizarre plot to overthrow the government of Dominica in the Caribbean.

    The former Klansman, who agreed to answer questions by e-mail on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Kathy Ford was close to the movement, but he said he couldn’t recall meeting any of the Ford brothers. He described hanging out in the Fords’ basement and being snubbed by Doug Sr. when Ms. Ford invited him to a party on the family boat. Her father, the former Klansman said, clearly did not approve of his beliefs, while she was engaging and fun but hardly a committed soldier in the race war.

    “Some people are real ‘believers’ and know all the history, dates, facts etc… Others just join to piss off their parents, or carry out some other act of personal rebellion,” he wrote. “Clearly [Kathy] was the latter camp.”

    It remains unclear how much Mayor Ford was exposed to his siblings’ escapades and their issues with illegal drugs. He is considerably younger – Doug, the closest, is five years older. But at least one of Doug’s closest and oldest friends has become an official adviser to the mayor’s office. Several sources have identified David Price as a former participant in Doug Ford’s hashish enterprise.

    The morning after the Toronto Star and the U.S. gossip website Gawker alleged that journalists with both organizations had viewed a homemade video of the mayor smoking crack, a throng of reporters waited outside his home. Mr. Ford walked past them, uttered only four words – “these allegations are ridiculous” – and hopped into his SUV.

    After driving only a few feet, he pulled to the side of the road and rolled down his window to chat with a man in a sunglasses and a blue shirt, Mr. Price. Moments later, Mr. Price appeared again, this time standing between videographers and Mr. Ford as they tried to film the mayor at the gas station at the end of his street.

    Since he arrived at City Hall, the mayor’s office has said almost nothing about what Mr. Price, called director of logistics and operations, is there to do. Concerning the hiring of Mr. Price, Doug Ford told Globe and Mail city hall reporter Elizabeth Church that “you can’t teach loyalty.”

    Mr. Price first appeared in the office mere days after The Toronto Star revealed that the mayor had been asked to leave a military benefit gala by Councillor Paul Ainslie allegedly because he appeared intoxicated.

    A few months before Mr. Price became a public official, he was approached by a Star reporter covering a football game being played by the high-school team coached by Mr. Ford. The reporter quoted Mr. Price as saying that he had coached the mayor in high school, and ever since he has been described in media reports as Rob Ford’s former football coach turned aide.

    However, four former dealers who spoke with The Globe described Mr. Price as a participant in Doug Ford’s hash business in the 1980s.

    Both men attended Scarlett Heights Collegiate Institute, where they played football and hockey. “Michael,” a former street-level dealer, said he recalls being approached by a young David Price, who told him that Doug Ford had come into a large supply of hash. “I remember buying a quarter-pound,” he said.

    “Robert,” once a large-scale supplier, called Mr. Price “Dougie’s close ally” and described their hash business as “a partnership.”

    “Justin,” a former street dealer, said: “They were two peas in a pod. They were both big, tough boys. It just became a natural thing.”

    He added: “Doug brought the supply, and Dave brought the demand.”

    According to Mr. Price’s LinkedIn page, which has been taken down since he joined the mayor’s office, he was Doug Ford’s campaign manager in 2010, and graduated from York University in 1987 with a degree in economics and international relations.

    Following that, he worked for decades at State Street Canada, a financial services company that provides investment management for institutional investors, such as pension and mutual funds. One former colleague described him as hard-working, very oriented toward customer service, and extremely opinionated when it came to politics. He left the company in 2011.

    Mr. Price did not respond to several requests for comment.

    Rob Ford was not a player in the Etobicoke drug trade. Several sources said they saw him around his brothers as they were doing business, but they said he didn’t seem to be involved in a significant way.

    It is difficult to determine what it was like for him growing up in this environment. His spokesman did not respond to requests for interviews. His closest friends from high school declined interview requests. Generally, it was only people who were on his periphery who agreed to speak.

    As a teenager, the future mayor committed to football like it was a religion. He co-captained his junior team at Scarlett Heights Collegiate, which went a dismal 1-5 in the regular season one year, but shocked the league in the playoffs by making it to the championship and upsetting undefeated Etobicoke Collegiate. A yearbook photograph shows that “Robbie” – as he was known then – wore his leather championship jacket for at least three years after that victory.

    He once played on Etobicoke’s all-star team, a mixed bag of players from different high schools that was assembled in the summer to face off against all-star teams from Toronto’s other boroughs.

    It was a short and intense two weeks of back-to-back practices, which was necessary to inject cohesion into a mixed bag of young men who didn’t know each other. Before each practice, they were told to run a mile. If they completed the run in under six minutes, they didn’t have to complete it again for the rest of training camp. But if they failed, they had to keep running it at the start of every practice until they came in under the mark.

    After a few days, there was only one person left chugging around the track.

    “I remember Rob, who was about the same size as he is now, running this thing every day for like two weeks until he was the only guy running – but still giving it 100 per cent at the beginning of every practice until he finally made it,” said Mike Lawler, a former Scarlett Heights coach.

    “I just thought it took a lot for a kid to do that and not say ‘to hell with it.’ ”

    Another former Scarlett Heights football coach, Art Robinson, described young Rob as a leader, who was regularly the foreman in his shop class. There were even a few occasions, Mr. Robinson said, that Rob alerted him to students smoking pot on school grounds.

    He went on to attend Carleton University. where he played football but never left the bench, one former teammate said. He dropped out in 1990, the end of his first year, he has told the online news service Openfile.

    After that, he joined the family business, but unlike Doug, who ambitiously worked to grow the company, helping it expand to Chicago, his heart was not in it, several former employees said.

    “Robbie just did not have the passion for labels,” one long-time employee said. “He did what he had to do because it was the family business, but he did not show true passion until he got into politics.”

    His first run for public office came when he was 27, a council election that he lost. Undeterred, he became involved in several civic-minded campaigns – including one that targeted drug dealers and buyers.

    In 1998, he teamed with his father and Toronto police for an unorthodox project, he later told The Etobicoke Guardian. In what would be the start of his unwavering tough-on-crime platform, he – at the time, 29 and unelected – and Doug Sr. – a backbencher at Queen’s Park – travelled to Scarlettwood Courts, an Etobicoke public-housing complex, to rid it of illegal drugs.

    “When people would drive through to buy drugs, we’d send the owner of the car a letter. It would tell them not come back to the area,” Mr. Ford told the Guardian after he was elected to City Council in 2000. He said his crime-fighting campaign had helped him win the election and promised to take the battle to other low-income neighbourhoods.

    But his personal war on drugs was short-lived. The year after their letter-writing campaign, he was arrested in Florida after being pulled over for impaired driving. Police also found a joint in his pocket – an offence not revealed until his 2010 mayoral campaign.

    Throughout the reporting of this story, Doug Ford made several phone calls to Globe managers and reporters to complain about the questions being asked.

    In November, 2011, he called a reporter in the evening to complain about the newspaper’s “yellow” and “gutter” journalism.

    “I’m getting calls from people I haven’t talked to in 20 years,” he said. When asked why he was so upset, he responded that he objected to “the type of questions” being asked.

    “This is going to get ugly,” he said, explaining that he was too “hot” at that moment to consider setting up a formal sit-down interview.

    His call appeared to have been prompted by a brief interview The Globe had conducted that day, when a reporter asked a former associate about the RY Drifters – a group that he said never existed.

    “It’s like a folk tale,” he said.

    GREG MCARTHUR AND SHANNON KARI
    Toronto Globe and Mail
    May 25, 2013

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news...y-with-drug-dealing/article12153014/?page=all
  12. Rob Cypher
    Toronto mayor rode wave of conservative discontent

    Mayor Rob Ford stomped to victory in Toronto's elections three years ago on a wave of discontent simmering in the outlying neighborhoods of Canada's quiet, efficient financial capital.

    Now, stories of excessive bad behavior by Ford, a burly populist who refers to his conservative supporters as "Ford Nation," have transfixed North Americans following published accounts of a video that apparently shows him puffing from a glass crack pipe.

    The groundwork for Ford's election was laid back when Toronto quadrupled in size by merging with five suburbs in 1998. Twelve years later, the fiery former city councilor rode a conservative backlash to City Hall, after initiatives like downtown bike lanes were seen by suburbanites as wasteful, elitist intrusions.

    The result is that North America's fourth-largest city is governed by a man who has shown evidence of troubled behavior long before he ran for mayor.

    The controversies range from the trivial to the serious: Walking face-first into a television camera. Falling over in the middle of a photo-op — for no apparent reason. Being asked, according to the Toronto Star, to leave an event for wounded war vets because he appeared intoxicated. Being forced, after repeated denials, to admit he was busted for marijuana possession in Florida in 1999. Various altercations with a city transit worker and a reporter. Rude gestures at Torontonians from his car.

    Ford was fired last week from his cherished side-job as a volunteer high school football coach. A school board spokesman, John Yan, told The Associated Press the dismissal was not because of the crack allegations, but because of disparaging remarks Ford made to a TV network about parents and their kids at the school.

    Ford, 44, now faces his greatest test. The Toronto Star has reported that two reporters watched a video that appears to show the 300-pound (135-kilogram) mayor, sitting in a chair, inhaling from what appears to be a crack pipe. The Star said it did not obtain the video or pay to watch it.

    The video has not been released publicly. Reports on gossip website Gawker and in the Toronto Star said it was taken by men who said they had sold drugs to Ford. The AP hasn't seen the video.

    Gawker and the Star said the video was shown to them by a drug dealer who had been trying to sell it for a six-figure sum. The Star also reported that Ford made an anti-gay slur against a federal political leader and made a racist remark about the students he coached.

    Ford has said there is no video and has called the allegations ridiculous, but he has refused to take questions from the media and still has not said whether he has ever used crack.

    Both opponents and allies of Ford have questioned whether the mayor has told the truth. Some have called on him to step down, but Ford has refused to resign and vowed to seek re-election next year.

    Nelson Wiseman, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, said Ford's refusal to address questions implies guilt.

    "He's giving Marion Barry a run for his money," Wiseman said, referring to the 1990 arrest of then-Washington Mayor Marion Barry, who was videotaped smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room during an FBI sting operation. Barry served six months in federal prison on a misdemeanor drug possession conviction. He then won a fourth term as mayor in 1994.

    In Toronto, city councilors say the mayor's office is imploding. Ford fired his chief of staff last week, while the mayor's press secretary and deputy have quit. Two other staff members left Thursday, bringing the total to five departures in a week.

    The mayor's older brother Doug Ford, an influential city council member, also faces drug allegations after another leading Canadian newspaper published the results of what it called a lengthy investigation into the Ford family's past. The Globe and Mail revealed "a portrait of a family once deeply immersed in the illegal drug scene." The Fords deny the allegations.

    Pollster Nik Nanos said polling showed voters knew about past Ford controversies, but that they weren't a factor in Rob Ford's election in 2010. Nanos noted Ford was the only right-wing candidate from the suburbs and said two other candidates split the downtown liberal vote, helping him win. Ford was known for his obsession with customer service and efficient use of taxpayer money, and many conservative voters wanted to punish City Hall for gridlock and waste, Nanos said.

    Grant Allardyce, 42, a resident of Ford's Toronto suburb, said his track record of not spending money on frivolous things appealed to him. "He just seemed to come across as more of a people's mayor," Allardyce said.

    Ford and his family host hundreds of fans and supporters at an annual summer barbecue at the family's home. Guests have included Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

    Doug Ford, 48, an influential adviser to the mayor, is battling his own scandal.

    The Globe and Mail, citing anonymous sources who were involved in the drug trade, alleged that the mayor's older brother Doug sold hashish for several years in the 1980s in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke, where the family grew up.

    Doug Ford denied the allegations and said that journalists were "lower than a bunch of f---- politicians."

    Rob Ford had a different term for the media that has unearthed one scandal after another.

    "A bunch of maggots," he said.

    Wiseman, the University of Toronto professor, said suburban homeowners relate to Ford's blunt style and penchant for penny-pinching.

    "He was this weird guy who didn't even pay for his own staples," Wiseman said. "He would submit an expense claim for next to nothing. He was a real maverick. He just seemed unlike anybody else on council.

    "He seemed like a bit of a buffoon, but for a lot of people that was very appealing because he was anti-elite."

    ROB GILLIES
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    MAY 31, 2013

    http://www.newsdaily.com/article/46...to-mayor-rode-wave-of-conservative-discontent
  13. originalgangsta
    Did you hear that gawker has raised the $200,000 to buy the video!?

    But they can't get a hold of the guy that was initially trying to sell it.

    I bet Ford had him off-ed.

    He's in bed with some kingpins no doubt
  14. SmokeTwibz
    [imgr=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=33526&stc=1&d=1371229592[/imgr]
    Toronto police net $30 million in drugs at complex linked to Mayor Ford’s ‘crack video’

    Toronto police raided a Dixon Avenue appartement allegedly linked to Mayor Rob Ford’s rumored crack problem and found more than $30 million in drugs and 40 firearms on Thursday morning, according to the Toronto Star.

    In a video published to the Star‘s website, reporters tracked Ford to his home asked him about the raid. The mayor simply said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” then got in his car and drove away.

    “I have nothing to hide,” the Star reported that Ford told reporters at city hall later that day. “They can investigate and you can do whatever you want.”

    Police Chief Bill Blair refused to say whether Ford was linked to the raid in a press conference. “All of the evidence has been secured and it will come out in court, where it belongs,” Blair told reporters.

    As reporters again confronted Ford outside his office, Ford said, “You guys can’t get it through your thick skulls. I’ve already answered all these questions. I have nothing to do with this.”

    City councilman Josh Matlow told the Star, “There is still a dark cloud hanging over city hall and at the heart of it is the mayor … When the mayor suggests that he has answered all the questions posed to him, we know that to be factually untrue. We all know there have been honest questions put to him and he has not replied with honest answers yet.”

    The Star reported last month that they had seen a cell phone video that depicted Ford smoking what appeared to be a crack pipe. The Star reported that Ford allegedly says in the video, ““I’m f—ing right-wing. Everyone expects me to be right-wing. I’m just supposed to be this great …”

    Ford has denied the allegations to the press, but reports indicate that he acknowledged the video’s existence to his staff. Ford also fired his chief of staff Mark Towhey who reportedly urged the mayor to seek help for his addition.

    The video is believed to be made by 21-year-old Anthony Smith, who was shot to death in March.

    June 14, 2013
    Kay Steiger | The Raw Story
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/14/toronto-police-net-30-million-in-drugs-at-complex-linked-to-mayor-fords-crack-video/

  15. Rob Cypher
    Anonymous On Rob Ford's Alleged 'Crack' Video: It's In Our Crosshairs

    While Toronto Police stay silent on what they may have netted in a massive drug raid Thursday, the hacking collective known as Anonymous appears to be on the trail of the alleged Rob Ford video.

    A tweet from the group's news feed suggests the video, purportedly showing the Toronto mayor smoking crack cocaine, is in Alberta.

    Last month, news site Gawker dropped a bombshell, claiming to have seen a smartphone video of the Toronto mayor smoking what the site described as crack cocaine from a glass pipe.

    Additionally, two Toronto Star reporters also say they have seen the video -- which was being peddled to media, apparently by drug dealers who had secretly produced it. The alleged video has since disappeared, along with its creators, according to Gawker.

    For his part, Ford has repeatedly denied the video's existence and says he does not use crack.

    But the allegations have continued to dog the mayor, especially in light of this week's mass arrests in Toronto's west end.

    According to the Toronto Star, police descended on six towers lining the north side of Dixon Rd., just east of Kipling Ave early Thursday morning -- not far from where Ford was photographed with three young men in front of a house at 15 Windsor Rd.

    The photo is contentious for several reasons: It was provided to Gawker and The Star reporters who viewed the alleged crack video by the same men trying to sell the footage. The photo shows Ford with three men. One of them, Anthony Smith, was shot dead outside a Toronto nightclub two months ago.

    The other two men in the photo were among 43 people arrested Thursday. Seizures included 40 firearms, $3 million in drugs and more than half a million dollars in cash. And a certain much-talked about video?

    “All of the evidence has been secured and it will come out in court where it belongs,” Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair told reporters Thursday afternoon. “We will not jeopardize this case.”

    The police chief was pressed repeatedly on the possible tape at the presser, fielding question after question about its existence -- and, in another twist, the possibility that Ford's name came up in police surveillance recordings from the targeted neighbourhood.

    CTV News has cited a highly placed, unnamed source claiming the tape's existence was known to Toronto police before Gawker story broke.

    CTV suggests police overheard suspects discussing the video in detail over wiretaps, during the year-long prelude to the raids.

    Blair refused to comment on any evidence, citing the law and his hope for a clean prosecution. But he also made no effort to exonerate the mayor, which left several media outlets to read between the lines.

    "I don't answer to the mayor," he told reporters during a post-raid press conference Thursday.

    For his part, the mayor spoke briefly to reporters before going into a city council meeting, the National Post reports.

    "Okay, my cable was out, I know as much as you guys know," he said. "I got into the car this morning, reporters were at my house. I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about until I got into the car."

    The raids also involved other Ontario cities, including Windsor, Guelph and Waterloo.

    The Toronto Star reports on another potential wrinkle in this saga -- one developing in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

    That's where police arrested a man linked to the alleged video in May, the newspaper reports. It's also where another young man fell six storeys from the same apartment on the day of the Toronto raids. That man, Hanad Mohamed of Toronto, was charged with first-degree murder in the March 28 fatal shooting of Anthony Smith (who appears in the photograph with Rob Ford), the Globe and Mail reports.

    If there is an Alberta connection to the alleged video, Anonymous claims to be zeroing in on it -- perhaps looking to be a little more forthcoming with the results of their hunt than law enforcement seems, so far, to be.

    It wouldn't be the first time, the hacking collective has intervened in Toronto politics.

    During the Occupy movement in 2011, Anonymous issued Ford a warning about cracking down on protesters.

    "The brave citizens of Toronto are peaceful and well-mannered occupiers, and we will not let the City or the mayor that uses vulgar language in public get involved," a computer-generated voice said in a YouTube video. "You have said by next week, the occupiers shall be removed. And we say be next week if you do not change your mind, you shall be removed from the Internet. We have already planned for this."

    Huffington Post [Canadian edition]
    June 14, 2013

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/14/anonymous-rob-ford-video_n_3441260.html
  16. Alien Sex Fiend
    i really hope ford doesnt get reelected. his cituation is totally not like that washington mayor`s and the only way ford can get out of this without charges is the lack of evidence. he is such a fuckup of a mayor. he lied about weed and alcohol illegal use, addiction, charges before. the guy broke laws and other things any mayor shouldnot have done many many times. he fired people he hired himself to help him work for simply being concerned about his health, blood pressure or his obese weight. for once, the guy got drunk at work ten times and yelled unbelievably racist and rude thing at his own voters. on the job he drunkely grooped some chick. he was elected because of his dad and the gossip goes that his brother sold pot in highschool and you know how much healways needs his brother to back him up. the only reason he got elected was because the got mostly suburbian people to vote for him. he himself lives in a different city with its own mayor.... the funny thing is all poor people, most of them addicts living on welfare in coops voted for him because he promised to lower taxes and fight corruption. what did he do, he cut huge huge money from social services. thats what he does to them. but thats politics. the thing the video was only seen by 3 journalists, two local and that gawker guy. and the dealer guy who owns the video received the death threats and ran. possibly his buddies, were shot around the time video was filmed, a while back but probably not for the video itself
  17. [éS]Infinite
    Scandalous mayors of the Greater Toronto Area that might as well be characters from The Simpsons. Rob Ford is Mayor Quimby and Hazel McCallion is Mr. Burns. Though it may be a bit unfair, Ford might actually be worse than his cartoon counterpart, and old Hazel was cleared of her wrongdoing recently.
    Love the collection of articles in this thread, it was very enjoyable to look through!
  18. Rob Cypher
    A Pipe-Wielding Thug Stormed the Rob Ford Crackhouse, Seeking Video

    [IMGR="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=33623&stc=1&d=1371825436[/IMGR] (Recently), Gawker identified the house in Toronto's Etobicoke neighborhood that was the backdrop for a photo of mayor Rob Ford standing with two men who were later gunned down in a gangland-style shooting.

    Days after we published that photo—along with an account of having watched a video of Ford smoking crack cocaine—a resident of that home and his girlfriend were attacked by a man wielding a metal pipe, who had come looking for the video, Gawker has learned.

    We have also learned that the video of Ford smoking crack cocaine was recorded inside that home on the same day the photo was taken.

    The home, at 15 Windsor Rd., was identified last night in separate reports by Gawker, the Toronto Star, and the Globe and Mail. According to the Star, it is owned by an elderly retiree named Lina Basso and occupied by her children Mario Basso, 40; Fabio Basso, 45; and Elena Basso, 51. Citing residents familiar with the home, the Star reported that Fabio Basso and Ford "knew each other from high school."

    The Star and Globe and Mail both reported that, according to neighbors, the Basso home has been a frequent site of suspected drug activity for years—a crackhouse, essentially. "Four neighbours from different houses," the Star wrote, "told the Star that they have for years had concerns of drug activity at number 15. They say the house seems to be the centre for drug activity spilling over from the nearby apartments and that young men have been seen coming and going from the house."

    A source who knows both Basso and Ford tells Gawker that the men are longtime friends, and that Ford has been a frequent visitor to 15 Windsor over the years. According to this source, the video of Ford smoking crack was recorded there at some point six to eight months ago during one of Ford's "binges." "He's been doing it for years," the source said of Ford's trip to the house. "They go down in the basement and party." The source said he would frequently hear Fabio complain, after Ford's visits, "Rob and my sister kept me up all night."

    On the day the video was recorded, the source said, Basso's mother was out of town. Ford came over, and "some kids from the neighborhood"—by which the source meant the nearby housing complex at 320 Dixon Rd. where Ford would later tell his staff he believed the video was being stored—were called over to supply the group with crack. At one point, the group—which included Anthony Smith and Muhammad Khattak, who were later shot in March outside a Toronto nightclub—asked Ford for a picture. (I should note here that one of our sources on this story has repeatedly insisted that Smith was not personally involved in the drug trade.)

    When Fabio objected to a photograph being taken inside his home, someone suggested they go outside. "Ford ran outside like a schoolgirl to have that picture taken," the source, who was not present but heard about the evening's events later, told Gawker.

    Flash forward to last month, after Gawker broke the story of the video and published the photo. On or about Friday, May 17, the source said—the day after we published the story—two large men knocked on Fabio's door. "They told him that he needed to get the kid who sold them the crack that night to come back to the house," the source said. "That he needed to induce him to come over." Fabio reached the dealer, who told him that he was out of town, in Windsor, Ontario, and would not be coming over. (Gawker was aware that the owner of the videotape had indeed left Toronto in the immediate aftermath of the story; this detail had not to our knowledge been previously made public.)

    The men returned to 15 Windsor on several occasions over the next few days, the source said, trying to get Fabio to lure the dealer back to his house. After attempting to cooperate without success, the source said, Fabio told the men to stop dropping by. "He told them, 'Look, leave me alone,'" the source said. "'This is my mother's house. Rob got himself into this situation. It's his problem, not mine.'"

    Several days later, the source said, one of the men returned to Fabio's house, forced his way through the door, and beat Fabio and Fabio's girlfriend with a steel pipe. "He spent the night at [nearby Etobicoke General Hospital]," the source said. A photograph of Fabio (at left) published this morning by the Star doesn't show any visible injuries.

    Last night, both the Star and the Globe and Mail reported that police cars were spotted at 15 Windsor Rd. on the evening of Tuesday, May 21—five days after the crack video story broke—in response to an "armed home invasion." This morning, Toronto Police Department spokesperson Mark Pugash confirmed to Gawker that on that evening, at approximately 11 p.m., officers responded to an "assault in progress" at 15 Windsor Rd. "A male forced his way into the house and assaulted two people with a weapon," Pugash said. "The suspect fled on foot, and two victims were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No arrests have been made, and the investigation continues." Asked if the department believed the assault to be connected to Mayor Rob Ford, Pugash replied: "We don't speculate." He also declined to identify the victims.

    A spokesman for Ford did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and nobody answered the phone at a number associated with the Basso residence. At the time our source relayed the story above to us yesterday, none of the details that were subsequently corroborated—the location of the house, the name and relationships of the owners and residents of the house, the fact and details of the May 21 assault, and the fact that the owner of the video had fled Toronto immediately after the story broke—had been made public.

    Another detail, gleaned from comments on a Toronto web site that pre-date the breaking of the crack story, also tends to corroborate the source's story. On March 26, Toronto blogger Toronto Mike linked to a podcast with Star reporter Kevin Donavan discussing a recent Star report about Ford's public drunkenness at an event. A commenter going by the name "Rinse" responded to the post with the following:

    As commenters on Reddit pointed out last night, an Elio Basso passed away in 2009. His obituary described him as "Beloved husband of Lina. Loving father of Enzo, Elena, Fabio and Mario. Cherished Nonno of Jasmine and Lisa."

    Update: The CBC reports that the victims in the attack were "a 31-year-old female and a 44-year-old male" and that they "suffered minor injuries, including a cut on the left cheek and a blow to the head." (The Star has Fabio's age as 45.)

    (up top, right - picture of one of the beating victims)

    John Cook
    Gawker
    June 6, 2013

    http://gawker.com/a-pipe-wielding-thug-stormed-the-rob-ford-crackhouse-s-511642073
  19. Rob Cypher
    [IMGR="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=32974&stc=1&d=13688153%20%2042[/IMGR]For a minute, forget about the video, or alleged video, or whatever you allegedly want to allegedly think it allegedly is or may be.

    Whether it turns up or not, whether the mayor appears in it or not, whether it shows what it is reported to show or not, there’s reason to believe at this point that, even if the video comes out, it will change almost no one’s mind. When it comes to Rob Ford, and his relationship with the media, and his relationship with drugs, people seem more informed by faith than by facts. Maybe we’ve all made up our minds, and any evidence that does come out—whether exculpatory or damning—will just cause the same people to argue the same sides in a slightly different way.

    Anyhow, forget the video for at least a moment. Think about the photograph. In the picture above, there are four men. One is dead, two are under arrest, and one is the mayor of Toronto.

    Anthony Smith, the man on the left of the photo holding the bottle and giving the finger to the camera, was gunned down outside a nightclub in March in an apparent targeted killing. The man who shot him was offered and accepted a highly unusual plea deal to manslaughter before Crown discovery even took place. (Another man charged as an accessory in Smith’s murder is now out on bail.)

    Muhammad Khattak, the man with the red laces on the right-hand side of the photo, was shot the same night as Smith, but survived with minor injuries. He was arrested in a massive drug raid called Project Traveller and faces gang-related and drug trafficking charges. He’s out on bail awaiting trial.

    Monir Kassim, the man in the centre with the hat on, was also arrested during the massive drug raid, charged with gun and drug trafficking, illegal gun possession, and theft, among other things. He’s out on bail, too.

    The fourth man, the one with the grey sweatshirt on, is our city’s chief magistrate, Rob Ford.

    There’s a house in the background: that’s 15 Windsor Road. None of the men in the photo live there. It is reported to be “notorious for drug problems.” A few days after the photo was published in the newspaper and online, two of its residents were beaten with a lead pipe by assailants who forced their way in, in an episode reportedly related to the publication of the photo. That house was also subject to a warrant in the massive Project Traveller drug and gang raids. One of the men who lives in the house, Fabio Basso, was a good friend of Rob Ford’s in high school.

    The man who provided the photo—directly or indirectly—to the Toronto Star and Gawker is Mohamed Siad. He was arrested in those massive drug raids, too, charged with gun and drug trafficking and gang offences. After his arrest, he was stabbed in the Don Jail, and is now in protective custody. His association with the photo getting published reportedly provided the motive for his jailhouse stabbing.

    So pretty much everyone and everything in the photo has a direct link to brutal violence and the gun and drug trades, or both. The setting, the person who is the source of the photo, all of the people in it. Except one: the mayor.

    This raises some pretty serious questions that we might reasonably expect him to answer. So far he has refused to explain the circumstances in which the photo was taken, except to repeat that he takes photos with a lot of people. That’s true, and besides the point. Very few of the thousands of photos in which he poses raise any questions about criminal activity. This one does, and it was taken in the driveway of his friend Fabio’s house.

    The circumstances of the many thousands of other photos in which he poses are often self-evident, or easy to understand. The circumstances of this one are not. The longer he remains silent, the more answers emerge from other sources, the more incriminating the picture seems.

    One murder, two shootings, one stabbing, one home invasion and beating with a pipe, four arrests, many search warrants, and the mayor of Canada’s largest city.

    Forget the video. The photo provides enough troubling questions on its own.

    Edward Keenan
    The Grid (Toronto, Canada)
    August 5, 2013

    http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/the-photo-that-gets-more-incriminating-all-the-time/
  20. MoreMoreMore
    I love your post, Rob Cypher. It really begs the question(s).

    It addresses not only this sole incident but the entire system of corruption--which seems to be running rampant at present and accelerating at an unprecedented rate.

    This, as a fellow Canadian, reeks of something fishy. Uh-oh Canada. It's like something out of the Bush administration.

    As for Ford. Who gives a flying fuck if he drinks, smokes crack, does whatever. We all know (unless we're complete asshats) that most--if not all of these 'politician's (puppets imo) are up to some of the most despicable acts behind closed doors.

    At least Clinton was smiling after his bullshit impeachment and continues to play the sax and w/e else gets his rocks off. I wonder if Trudeau mainlines horse manure.

    The separatists are certainly drinking kool aid.

    As for the hits and assassination (attempts), I do not for one second believe that they were coincidental. Power protects power, and let's face it: if democracy existed and voting actually did anything, it would quickly be made illegal. We have lost our civil liberties. The 'government' can do whatever, whenever to whomever it chooses.

    Scary shit and brilliant post, once again.
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