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UPDATE: Mayor Rob Ford says he will NOT resign
Ford says he has no reason to step aside as calls for his resignation get louder
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      Mayor Rob Ford says he will not resign, saying he has 'no reason to.'

      Ford spoke for only a minute, following a day of repeated bombshells, all involving the Mayor.

      First, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair says investigators have recovered a copy of a video file that depicts images of Mayor Rob Ford that are ``consistent with those previously reported in the press.''

      Blair made the comments just hours after the release of a police document that showed the alleged video was the subject of a police probe that led to the arrest of Alexander Lisi, Ford's friend and occasional driver.

      Blair would not go into detail about what the video shows, but he says he has viewed it an that he is "disappointed" by what he has seen.

      Lisi -- who was originally charged with four drug offences -- now faces an additional charge of extortion.

      He was set free on $5,000 bail on Friday morning.

      The latest revelations about the Mayor Ford made waves on social media across the world. Out of 73,319 related tweets, 80% came from Canada and the rest -- about 15,000 -- came from outside the country.

      Allegations of a video appearing to show Ford smoking crack cocaine surfaced in May when reporters from the Toronto Star and the U.S. website Gawker reported they were shown the video.

      When asked whether Ford could face charges, Blair said there's nothing in the video that would allow police to ``form reasonable grounds'' to support the laying of a criminal charge.

      The mayor has repeatedly said he does not use crack cocaine and the video does not exist.

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      Earlier Thursday morning, it was revealed through unsealed court documents that the alleged Rob Ford crack video was target of police surveillance.

      Hundreds of pages of censored paperwork shed light on how Rob Ford is linked to Lisi.

      The unredacted documents relate to search warrants for Lisi, who has been referred to as a 'friend' and a 'good guy' by Mayor Rob Ford.

      Lisi was charged earlier this month, with various drug trafficking offences, and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

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      In all, there are more than 450 pages contained in the 'Information to obtain', with more than 300 pages available in full.

      The information was sealed, but media lawyers argued it should be unsealed because it's in the public interest to know what information the judge used to grant the search warrants.

      The documents show that the investigation was launched shortly after the story broke about Ford allegedly showing up in a cellphone video where it's been claimed he was smoking crack cocaine.

      It was at that time, a homicide detective with Toronto Police, was assigned to “investigate the existence of a cellular phone containing a video of Ford smoking crack cocaine.”

      Essentially, what has been unsealed, shows a relationship between Mayor Rob and Lisi. That the two had more than 100 meetings over the course of the investigation.

      In the documents, it's mentioned that Lisi allegedly tried to evade Police, by using "counter surveillance measures."

      The documents also say that Mayor Ford takes Lisi to Toronto Maple Leafs games, events where Lisi would be Ford's driver.

      A former Ford staffer, Chris Fickel, was interviewed back in June and told investigators that Ford and Lisi spent a lot of time together, until the release of the alleged video.

      Fickel admitted to Police, that he'd once seen Sandro Lisi smoke marijuana.

      Police also show phone records between Ford and Lisi, in the moments after the Gawker.com story about the alleged crack video was posted. In the half an hour or so after the story went 'live', Lisi texted an unknown number 9 times, and called that number 4 more times.

      Police also suggest that Lisi contacted Mohammed Siad, the person believed to be the one attempting to sell the alleged video.

      The portions of the document that will remain under sealing order, at least until lawyers make further arguments next month, refer to innocent third parties not related to the essential narrative of the Lisi investigation. The Crown says those sections should not be made public.

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      1. Karl Burgin posted on 10/30/2013 03:58 PM
        A little advice to the media maggots, and the accompanying hovering vulture lawyers: don't hold your breath- wouldn't want you all to asphyxiate.
        1. RickC_1236 posted on 10/31/2013 09:40 AM
          @Karl Burgin Hey Karl you’re always here defending the Mayor I hope you’re not in hiding today
        2. RickC_1236 posted on 10/31/2013 12:39 PM
          @RickC_1236 Well Karl I guess its all over for you and the crack nation now
          as I said .

          Oh the chief is disappointed over the footage investigators discovered.

          I told all you Mayor Lovers before they guys in the video are real, the guy that was murdered in the video is real
          The guy that was attacked in jail for bringing heat to the Dixon community is real.
          Nothing else to say just watch as this ass grabbing, crack smoking, drunken liar goes down in flames.

          Saying SUBWAYS SUBWAYS SUBWAYS won’t help any anymore
        3. RickC_1236 posted on 10/31/2013 12:51 PM
          @Karl Burgin Hey Karl did you here the video is real. pluse wire taps hahahahahahahaha
          all day buddy all day.
        4. Scott posted on 10/31/2013 01:49 PM
          @RickC_1236 I hope this leads to talking about legalizing all drugs
        5. Don posted on 10/31/2013 11:49 PM
          @Karl Burgin I'm convinced your fords friend price or a cousin of his. I refuse to believe there's anyone as stupid as this out there or who would defend a crack head mayor lol. Now makes me question the call his wife made that he beat her up, the 1000.000 allegations against him that are probably true

          I'd respect him and you Stan's more if you admit he needs, force him to get help than run again, rather than keep up this charade. Lying through his yellow teeth and acting like a drugy at every important event. I'm always waiting for the next bozo thing for him to do. Is this what you want for a mayor? Then again you don't live in Toronto smh. Lets focus on getting support for John Tory to run and get this disgrace out of office it's embarrassing
        6. Karl Burgin posted on 11/01/2013 12:36 AM
          @Don The major fault in your argument is that you're calling him a crack-mayor when it's still all very-alleged.
          Two things still going for Ford:
          1.> All this is still before the courts- so the final verdict lies there. Especially since he has even being charged or even questioned by police. The chief of police said he was disappointed, and he alluding to the video, but yet Mr. Ford is charged with any criminal activity. If the chief of police say the video, and Rob Ford was doing something criminal, then wouldn't it make sense that at the very least he shod be taken in by police for questioning. Because the mayor hasn't been touched by police yet, only leads me to believe that he is only guilty by association thus far in contacting Mr. Lisi numerous times- that's all.
          2.> Things are shown in a better light when they are presented before the courts. So far all we have is evidence and little context to go on. I'm at least willing to wait to see how this is worked out in court before I deem they or unworthy of the office. That much is at least fair.
        7. Alex posted on 11/01/2013 05:34 AM
          @Karl Burgin Time to get your head out of the sand and get back to reality.
        8. Karl Burgin posted on 11/01/2013 12:29 PM
          @Alex Time to get your head out of your @$$, and move out of your folks basement.
        9. Alex posted on 11/01/2013 05:19 PM
          @Karl Burgin Karl is getting angry just like Rob Ford did in his driveway.
        10. Karl Burgin posted on 11/01/2013 08:48 PM
          @Alex Yes because that tends to be the common response when dealing with idiots- especially when they think they know better but still live in their mom's basement.
        11. Mark posted on 11/02/2013 01:40 PM
          @RickC_1236 Rick, I suggest as to not show your young and immature age that you learn to spell. At least then you will only look half the ingrate that you usually do.
      2. REALITY BITES posted on 10/31/2013 07:26 AM
        Try your best to get ready, Thug Nation.
        Today it continues to unravel for the Thug brothers.

        Rob Thug's 20% plunge in approval rating this past month is just the beginning.
        1. Sonny posted on 10/31/2013 02:42 PM
          @REALITY BITES It was more like 10% going from 49% to 39% and dropping trend line.
          Happy Halloween Ford and his "nation!"
          P.S. champagne time..
        2. REALITY BITES posted on 10/31/2013 03:56 PM
          @Sonny His approval rating dropped 10 points from almost 50 to almost 40.
          Not to be too critical (because you're also on the right side of the Rob Thug issues) ... but that IS a 20% movement.(10/50 = 20%)

          Speaking of "movements", I'm betting he had a really big one this morning.
        3. Sonny posted on 10/31/2013 04:10 PM
          @REALITY BITES OK the plunge amount was around 20% When the Occupy Movement was in Toronto, I went to City Hall to march against Ford 3 times. Themes; Don't Sell Social Housing, Stop the Cuts & Evict Ford(smile)

          P.S. like any criminal organization it falls apart from within, hopefully Lisi will turn and give Police the fat cat
      3. Crack Nation posted on 10/31/2013 09:10 AM
        The only mayor in the world to call an election process a bloodbath. Only a crack would respond like that. Well this guy and his brother is a total mess. I can't believe we voted him in. This is a mayor without a plan, he broke all his promises. Time to kick this crack out of city hall and bring in someone with a brain!
        1. Daniel J. Christie posted on 10/31/2013 09:29 AM
          @Crack Nation Yabut....Doug is quoted in this morning's Globe&Mail as saying Rob "is the most honest politician in Canada" and that he, Doug, isn't the least bit worried about the documents and that, gee whillikers, he hadn't even HEARD of the existence of the 480-page police document until -huh?- "Tuesday night". So....if someone of Doug Ford's much-vaunted integrity and hard-earned respect from people of all walks of life isn't worried (Oh, knock it off already! -ed) then why should anybody be worried?
        2. Karl Burgin posted on 10/31/2013 09:34 AM
          @Crack Nation Yeah...because that makes plenty of sense, right?!?!

          You people are so hopeful that he could be connected to SOMETHING, it's clouding your judgement worse than a bad hang-over.
          I doubt this will harm the mayor in the least. Because if he was guilty of anything, he would have been called in by the police at least.
        3. Crack nation posted on 10/31/2013 09:48 AM
          @Karl Burgin I don't care even if Ford is connected to any of this. It's simple, the mayor just throwing numbers out there but nothing adds up or make sense. The Mayor promised no more tax increase, but just to keep his subway agenda alive, he wants to tax us to pay for the subway. The subway will cost the tax payers $10 for each rider. Well the recent polls show that his approval is at 39%. Almost all of his own people (, people who he hand picked)left his "nation". The people who still support him are those who are in denial because they do not want to agree that they made a mistake.
        4. Karl Burgin posted on 10/31/2013 11:08 AM
          @Crack nation ...numbers go up and down all the time. And I'm betting this new 'fiasco' isn't helping. But you have the media lawyers to thank for drudging all this up..
          As for the tax hike, he's ONLY going to commit to that as an ultimate last resort. So let's not ring the warning bells for it's time.
        5. Mike posted on 10/31/2013 12:11 PM
          @Karl Burgin Karl Burgin is the spin doctor for Ford Nation. Karl, you should get a job with the infamous Republican Party spin doctors in the U.S.
        6. Karl Burgin posted on 10/31/2013 12:57 PM
          @Mike So, when the numbers in the polls are up, it's considered non-official- that its similar to a taste test of public opinion.
          And when the numbers are down in the polls, its taken as official- which you interpret that he should be removed from office.

          So which is it MIKE? And make sure you don't put your foot in your mouth before you answer...
        7. Alex posted on 10/31/2013 10:08 PM
          @Karl Burgin Bet you with the mayor was a Liberal eh Karl?
          But guess what!
          HE ISN'T!!!
          He's one of you guys, like Mike Duffy, Pam and Steven Harper.
          Corruption, corruption, corruption.
        8. Karl Burgin posted on 11/01/2013 12:42 AM
          @Alex No Alex. I'm not one-sided like you. At least I have the sense to know right from wrong without having political ties.
          For instance, I believe Duffy is in the wrong for deceiving. Harper is in the wrong for lying and suffering from a "throwing under the bus" mentality. I believe Pam is the most innocent of all involved.

          And back to the topic at hand, there is still more to this Ford story than what is being let on. That is why I am willing to wait and see before I cast judgement.
        9. Alex