What will remain sealed are portions that refer to Mayor Ford’s wife, who, according to Justice Nordheimer, “had some personal issues during the course of the time covered by the ITO.”
Remaining censored in the newly released documents is a section titled, “Project Traveller and the Rob Ford connection.”
Project Traveller was a year-long guns and drugs investigation that culminated with dozens of arrests in mid-June. Two men arrested in the police operation tried to sell the Ford video to several media organizations.
The video has not surfaced publicly, but police have a copy. Mr. Ford’s friend, Mr. Lisi, has been charged with extortion in connection with the video.
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly said he will wait a day before he comments on the latest revelations. “I want to take a day to reflect,” he told The Globe on his way to his office from council late Wednesday afternoon.
Councillor John Parker said what he finds most disturbing is the pattern of behaviour that the latest details reveal. “There is a terrible pattern of absolutely unforgivable behaviour. That gives us a measure of the character of the man who holds the office,” Mr. Parker said. “And frankly, he is unfit to hold the office and that has been demonstrated time and time again.”
As well, Mr. Parker said he does not understand how Mr. Ford can continue as mayor while refusing to co-operate with police. “That troubles me possibly more than anything else,” he said.
Meanwhile, Councillor Adam Vaughan raised questions over why, with all the mounting accusations and admissions from the mayor, no charges have been laid by police. “I think we need to take good stock of that and make sure that the mayor – with his office and his privilege and his trust fund – is being treated the same as every other person in the city who finds himself in the same circumstance,” Mr. Vaughan said.
Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash said the force has been accused of both targeting the mayor and shielding him, which is “one of the indications that this is going right down the middle.” He added that police have taken legal advice and consulted with the Crown along the way.
On the question of why the mayor has not been charged, Mr. Pugash said, “This applies to anyone: Where there is evidence to charge, people would be charged.” Mr. Pugash said Mr. Ford’s admission at City Hall today – that he purchased illicit drugs in the past two years – has been passed to investigators.
With reports from Kathryn Blaze Carlson, Jill Mahoney, Renata D’Aliesio, Elizabeth Church and Karen Howlett