Friday, April 11, 2014

Fact #12: On the weekend he was filmed smoking crack, Rob Ford skipped five official city events


It's true. The infamous Rob Ford crack video was filmed just before 8:00pm on Sunday, February 17th, 2013. That was Family Day weekend, and as expected the mayor had a number of public events planned.
According to previously released freedom of information requests, the mayor had two scheduled events that evening: a calligraphy and paintings exhibition at 5:00 p.m. that was attended by Councillor Chin Lee (Ward 41, Scarborough-Rouge River), and a Lunar New Year gala in Richmond Hill at 7:00 p.m. The mayor did not attend either event, and also did not do his Sunday radio show, citing Family Day weekend. He had three events scheduled for the holiday Monday on February 18: accepting a donation to Riverdale Farm with Norm Kelly (Ward 40, Scarborough-Agincourt), a Toronto Waterfront Family Day event, and a Black History Month event at Mackenzie House. He did not attend any of the events. 

Why should I care?

Rob Ford loves to say that he is the hardest working mayor in Toronto history, and that he has never missed a day of work. He says that being mayor is a full-time job, while simultaneously demanding privacy when he is "off the clock". Supporters say that they don't care what he does on personal time, as if there were no overlap between Mayor Rob and Junkie Rob. However, it's clear that Rob's hobbies are a major distraction to his work.

The range of skipped events is particularly telling. “There’s no one that helps black youth more than Rob Ford,” said his brother Doug. And nothing says helping black youth like skipping a Black History Month celebration because you have a gangster-fueled crack hangover.

How do I know you're not lying?


  1. Feedback - Don't know if you'll see this, but here goes. I appreciate the effort and have been following. For me, very important to keep all statements within the realm of fact, as your blog title implies. Increasingly disappointed to see opinion entering into your "why should I care" section; even more disappointed to see invective such as "dick" included. Everyone else is doing that; you don't have to. Please stick to the facts - they speak for themselves.
    Dunstan Morey
    dunstan at weddingmusictoronto dot com

    1. Hi Dunstan,

      Thanks for your feedback! We appreciate hearing from our readers. Don't forget that you can submit your facts & commentary for inclusion in the blog.


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