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Toronto Mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson also faced charges

Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson.

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On the same day Rob Ford came under fire for a 1999 drunk-driving and marijuana possession incident, mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson's campaign admitted she faced assault charges the same year.

The Crown did not proceed with the charges, according to an e-mail from her senior adviser, John A.D. Tory.

"In 1999, Sarah was involved in a dispute with a female ex-employee," Mr. Tory, the eldest son of former provincial political John H. Tory, wrote. "Said employee was disgruntled and was believed to be stealing company property. After confronting the employee, Sarah called the police and the employee was arrested.

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Shortly thereafter, the police informed Sarah that the employee had filed assault charges against her. The charges were not proceeded with by the Crown."

The employee was working for Ms. Thomson at the Hamilton Examiner, the newspaper Ms. Thomson owned before starting her current publication, The Women's Post.

Ms. Thomson was never arrested. The police phoned her about the charges and delivered a court summons by mail, according to Mr. Tory.

Ms. Thomson, who managed a string of gas station before entering the publishing world, started the campaign as an unknown. Her gender, pluck and promise to implement rush-hour road tolls to pay for an expanded system have made her one of the five legitimate contenders to replace David Miller.

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