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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.

      NEWS & VIEWS: No matter what you think of him, Rob Ford needs your help

      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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          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.

          NEWS & VIEWS: No matter what you think of him, Rob Ford needs your help

          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.

          CLICK THE IMAGE TO READ

          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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