2006: An inebriated Councillor Ford berates an out-of-town couple at a Toronto Maple Leafs Game. Mr. Ford initially denies he was at the Air Canada Centre that night. “I wasn't even at the game, so someone's trying to do a real hatchet job on me, let me tell you,” he tells the Toronto Star. Mr. Ford later admits the story is true and apologizes for his lies.
2010:At the height of the mayoral campaign, a Toronto Sun reporter calls Mr. Ford to ask about a 1999 marijuana-possession charge . Mr. Ford denies it before admitting at a news conference the following morning that it had “totally slipped my mind” there was a joint in his back pocket the night he was picked up for drunk driving. (Mr. Ford claims he was only convicted of refusing a breath sample, but documents confirm he pleaded guilty to a DUI.)
FORD V. THE ROAD
2011: Caught talking on his cell phone behind the wheel, Mr. Ford allegedly gives the finger to a woman and her young daughter. The mayor’s office admits Mr. Ford used his hand-held phone while driving, but denied he made the obscene gesture.
2012:A streetcar operator berates Mr. Ford for allegedly driving past open streetcar doors. Mr. Ford complains directly to the CEO of the TTC about the driver’s behaviour and later tells reporters that he drove past the closed back doors, but stopped before the open front entrance.
2012:Mr. Ford is photographed reading a speech while driving on the Gardiner Expressway. Asked whether it was him, the mayor replies, “Yeah, probably.” He refuses calls – including from Toronto police and his own brother – to hire a chauffeur.
FORD V. THE INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER
2009: The integrity commissioner concludes Mr. Ford broke council’s Code of Conduct when he took to talk radio to wrongly accused his political nemesis, Councillor Adam Vaughan, of misusing his influence to appoint a campaign donor to a city committee. Mr. Vaughan wasn’t present at the appointment meeting. Mr. Ford’s on-air apology satisfies the integrity commissioner, who recommends no further punishment.
2010: The integrity commissioner finds Mr. Ford breached the code, this time for revealing confidential details of a city real-estate transaction on the radio. Council agrees with the integrity commissioner’s recommendation that the then-councillor be reprimanded.
2010: The integrity commissioner rules – again – that Mr. Ford violated the code by using his city staff and his councillor letterhead to solicit donations for his private football foundation. The commissioner reveals that lobbyists, their clients and one corporation doing business with the city donated to the foundation, prompting the commissioner to recommend Mr. Ford repay out of his own pocket $3,150 in improper donations. Council agrees to impose the penalty.
2012: After Mr. Ford ignores six requests for proof he paid back the money, the integrity commissioner sends another report to council. Mr. Ford, now mayor, speaks passionately in his own defence and votes with the council majority to drop the sanction altogether. That decision leads to even more trouble for the mayor.
FORD V. THE COURTS
2012: Mr. Ford’s speech and vote on the football issues prompts a Toronto resident to take the mayor to court for allegedly violated the Municipal Conflict-of-Interest Act. If found guilty, the mayor automatically loses his job. The judge could also choose to bar him from running again for up to seven years. A decision is expected this fall.
2011/2012: Mr. Ford tries to block an audit of his campaign finances. After two legal losses, he gives up and the audit goes ahead. Auditors are now examining whether the mayor accepted an improper loan of about $77,000 from family company, Doug Ford Holdings, among other alleged transgressions.
- Kelly Grant
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