Jan 22, 2014

By Jane Brown

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Many Toronto City Councillors are reacting to a new Rob Ford video by saying, “here we go again.”  It shows the mayor at a Rexdale restaurant going on a rambling, incoherent rant using Jamaican profanities.  See the video by clicking here.

When news of the video broke yesterday afternoon, Ford admitted to reporters that he drank alcohol before the video was taken on Monday night.  But he defended his behaviour.  “I met some friends,” Ford explained, “If I speak that way, that’s how I speak with some of my friends and I don’t think it’s discriminative at all and no I didn’t drive.  It’s my own time, it’s my own time, it’s my own time.”

It was back on November 19th, that a defiant Rob Ford told CP24 Ford guaranteed he would never have another drink.  Councillor John Parker says Ford has simply returned to the behaviour that garnered international headlines.  “This is one more story that’s consistent with a whole string of stories.  That is certainly not a performance that anyone should be proud of.”  Other councillors, including Denzil Minnan-Wong admitted to feeling bad for the mayor.  “I’m just disappointed to hearing the admission today that he did fall off the wagon.”

The mayor admitted last year that he smoked crack cocaine in one of his “drunken stupors” after police said they obtained a copy of a tape that appears to show him smoking crack. On this most recent video, Ford is critical of Police Chief Blair’s surveillance of him last year.  A second video from Monday night’s visit to the same Rexdale restaurant shows Ford sitting across the table from a man who appears to be Alexander Lisi.  Lisi is facing a charge of extortion in relation to the video which appears to show Ford smoking crack.  He was released on bail November 1st.

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