The mayor's crack opera: a timeline
In recent months, the substance abuse and pathological lying that are inextricable parts of Mayor Ford’s tenure have been increasingly revealed. Time and time again, Ford proved himself to be unreliable and incapable of being entrusted with the title of Mayor of Toronto.
the newspaper compiled a timeline highlighting Ford’s repeating pattern of lies—which morphed from allegations to facts—that prevent him from doing what he was elected to do.
May 3, 2013
The Toronto Star reporters, Robyn Doolittle and Kevin Donovan, meet with Mohammed “Soya” Siad, an alleged member of the Dixon City Bloods, in a parked car where the reporters are shown a cellphone video of Ford smoking crack.
Siad offers to sell the video for a “six figure price,” prompting Buzzfeed to launch a fundraising campaign to purchase the video.
May 16, 2013
Gawker and the The Star release reports on the Rob Ford crack video.
May 17, 2013
On his way to City Hall, Ford firmly denies the allegations by The Star that he ever smoked crack-cocaine.
May 23, 2013
Mayor Ford fires his Chief of Staff, Mark Towhey.
May 24, 2013
After pressure from City Council executive committee, Ford reads a prepared statement to the press at City Hall: “I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine.” He also denied the existence of the video.
May 27, 2013
Ford’s press secretary, deputy press secretary, policy advisor, and executive assistant resign.
June 4, 2013
The office of the Mayor pens a character reference for Alexander “Sandro” Lisi.
June 13, 2013
A Toronto Police raid as part of Project Traveller enters the home of Muhammad Khattak, one of the men posing with Ford in a photograph of Ford outside 15 Windsor Rd. Monir Kassim, another individual in the picture, is also arrested.
June 14, 2013
Monir Kassim is charged with “trafficking in weapons and drugs (cocaine and marijuana) for the benefit of a criminal organization.”
October 1, 2013
Sandro Lisi and another man are charged with possession of and trafficking in marijuana, possession of the proceeds of crime. He is also charged with conspiracy.
October 31, 2013
Released court documents indicate that Toronto Police investigated the Ford video and the attempted recovery of the video by Lisi. On the same day during a press conference, Police Chief Bill Blair confirms that the police has seized a copy of the video from the hard drive of a computer obtained in Project Traveller raids. Chief Blair confirms the content of the video is consistent with media reports.
November 5, 2013
Mayor Ford admits to smoking crack cocaine. When asked why he lied, Ford replies, “I wasn’t lying. You didn’t ask the correct questions.”
November 7, 2013
A new video of Ford is bought by The Star for $5 000. The video depicts the allegedly intoxicated mayor yelling threats such as “I need fuckin’ ten minutes to make sure he’s dead!”
November 13, 2013
Judge Nordheimer orders release of the details of the police report on Ford (an earlier version had large portions redacted). The report revealed that Ford regularly drove drunk, engaged in sexual harassment, had staffers buy liquor for him, took Oxycontin, and cajoled with prostitutes. The same day, Ford admits to having purchased illegal drugs during the past two years. Thirty of the 44 City Councillors enter a petition asking Ford to step down.
November, 14, 2013
Using profane language, Ford denies allegations of sexual harassment by former staffer Olivia Gondek and admits to “driving after taking a drink.” Later in the day, he apologizes for his earlier language while speaking about the allegations of Gondek.
November, 15, 2013
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne declares that the Government of Ontario is ready to intervene if City Council requests it. Toronto City Council votes to strip Mayor Ford of executive committee and emergency powers. Ford states he will challenge the action in court.
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Mayor Ford’s deception, substance abuse, and brazen disregard for law and public opinion represent a recurring pattern of behaviour. Such repeated offences cannot be taken to be isolated mistakes, but rather need to be addressed for what they are: a chronic disregard for legality, decorum, and the Office of the Mayor.