Apr 30, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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Councillor Rob Ford has responded to a scathing report from Toronto ombudsman Fiona Crean that says security guards at City Hall helped to cover up – or failed to fully investigate – incidents involving former mayor, Rob Ford.

In a statement released this afternoon Ford says – “a number of the ombudsman’s findings are subjective and not based on fact.”

It continues in part: “Of course we made requests of security, as we would of any staff member from any division – as any member of council does on a day to day basis.”

Ford also stated: “The fact that members of the media were acting in an outright disrespectful and dangerous manner, threatening the safety of myself and my staff, other members of City Hall, members of the public and each other, is incomprehensible and unacceptable – and senior members of the administration essentially left both me – and the front line guards – to fend for ourselves.”

Part of Crean’s report says security staff didn’t have the proper training and policies to deal with the “unprecedented demands” created by the attention on Ford – and at times appeared to act as the former mayor’s bodyguards.

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