TORONTO'S INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER URGED TO RENEW PROBE INTO POSSIBLE CONFLICT OF INTEREST BY FORDS

May 13, 2014

By Jane Brown

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Calls have been renewed for Toronto’s integrity commissioner to take action in light of new evidence that Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Councillor Doug Ford appeared to have a role in helping a client of their family firm gain access to top city executives.

The city’s integrity commissioner began an investigation earlier this year into allegations the mayor violated council’s code of conduct by using city paid staff and resources for personal benefit.  But this morning, the Globe and Mail says the work was put on hold earlier this month after Ford announced he was going to rehab.

The lawyer representing the Toronto man who lodged the original complaint is asking for the probe to be reopened and expanded to include Councillor Ford and new evidence in city documents uncovered by the Globe and Mail.

The newspaper investigation shows Mayor Ford and his brother helped to lobby Toronto’s most senior bureaucrats in the months after they took office.  They are said to have intervened on behalf of Apollo Health and Beauty Care on a range of issues from stop signs to tax breaks.  Apollo has been a client of the Ford family’s business, Deco Label and Tags Inc., for more than a decade.  City staff say they were never told this fact by the mayor and his brother.

Integrity Commissioner Janet Leiper has not responded to a request for comment.  Councillor Ford would not comment other than to say it’s a “witch hunt”

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