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Toronto police chief faces investigation after complaint by Councillor Doug Ford

Bill Blair

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Toronto's police chief is under investigation by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director.

The complaint against Bill Blair is in two parts and was submitted by Toronto city Councillor Doug Ford.

Ford's criticism involves a fishing trip that Blair allegedly went on last year with Police Services Board member Andy Pringle.

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The second part came out of an Oct. 31, 2013, news conference at which Blair said he was disappointed in Mayor Rob Ford.

At that news conference, Chief Blair indicated that the police had possession of a video that media reports alleged showed Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine.

The police board has concluded the actions "may constitute misconduct" and that's why the director has been asked to investigate them.

Mark Pugash, a police spokesman, declined comment and said Chief Blair also won't be addressing questions related to the investigation.

With a report from Jill Mahoney.

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