Why is this even news? Surely just a private matter! [UPDATED]

I imagine the Mayor of Toronto will quickly shield himself from scrutiny by claiming the “Brown Defence”.

This case is surely just a private matter between the mayor and his drug dealer.

Toronto police say they have recovered a video deleted from a computer that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking from a crack pipe.

Police Chief Bill Blair said he was “disappointed” after viewing the video, but that there was nothing in the video that would provide grounds to press charges against the mayor of Canada’s largest city. 

Ford addressed reporters this morning (NZT), saying he couldn’t comment on the latest allegations.

Ford faced claims in May that he had been caught on video puffing from a glass crack pipe. Two reporters with the Toronto Star said they saw the video, but it has not been released publicly. Ford maintains he does not smoke crack and that the video does not exist.

Just like there are no other women…private…not affecting his job…demand privacy and respect for family…yada yada yada.

UPDATED: As predicted the Mayor has used the “Brown Defence”….and won’t be resigning. Watch the video…media asking if it is acceptable behaviour for a mayor…and the ratbag stating he won’t be quitting.

Speaking outside his office door, Ford said with a smile: “I have no reason to resign.” He said he couldn’t defend himself because the affair is part of a criminal investigation involving an associate, adding: “That’s all I can say right now.” Toronto police discovered the video while conducting a huge surveillance operation into a friend and sometimes driver suspected of providing Ford with drugs.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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