Mayor Rob Ford says he's made some mistakes but says he won't be resigning or taking a leave from city hall.
"I'm the first one to admit I am not perfect, I have made mistakes,'' he said Sunday on Newstalk 1010's The City. “Unfortunately, I cannot change the past, I can just move forward and learn from the past, which, I assure you, I'm doing.''
He issued an apology to his family, to Toronto taxpayers and to his colleagues, but didn't make clear what exactly he was apologizing for.
He gave some examples later in the show.
Referring to the YouTube video of him at the Taste of the Danforth this summer, “it was pure stupidity,” he said. "I shouldn't have gotten hammered down at the Danforth."
He also addressed security reports of him drinking at city hall on St. Patrick's Day, "it got a little out of control," he said.
He says from now on, if he has a couple of drinks, he’s going to stay home. “I can assure people, hopefully it doesn’t happen again.”
His brother, councillor Doug Ford chimed in, “You’re going to curb your drinking, at the end of the day - especially in public.”
The mayor also confirmed he would be getting a driver. “That’s a positive change,” said the councillor.
On the video
The mayor called on police Chief Bill Blair to release the video, saying it will give Toronto residents a chance to judge for themselves.
"That is the right thing to do and chief, I'm asking you to release this video now," he said. "Whatever this video shows, Toronto residents deserve to see it."
On Thursday, the police chief told reporters the video would be submitted as evidence in the case against of Sandro Lisi, friend and occasional driver of the mayor.
Blair has said it is up to the courts to decide whether evidence is released to the general public.
When asked about what’s on the video, the mayor reiterated a familiar line, saying he can’t comment on a video he hasn’t seen. He did say he would do his best to explain it.
On resigning or taking a leave
Despite calls for him to resign or take a leave, the mayor was adamant, he is not going anywhere. “I'm going to ride the storm out and keep doing what I was elected to do,” he said.
No question, his name will be on the ballot for the next election. He says there are still things to do in the city and “I need a second term to do it.”
On the media
The mayor pleaded with the media not to come to his front door, saying he worried about his wife and kids. "I will meet you anywhere," he said.
When leaving the Newstalk 1010 studios, he refused to answer any questions, making a beeline for his car and bolting out of the garage.
You can see the video at the bottom of the story.
Newstalk 1010 reporters were out on the streets to find out what residents think of what the mayor said.
"I don't accept it. I think it's absolutely hideous," says Caroline from the mayor's Etobicoke ward. "I think he's going to drop dead, the way he looks. He doesn't look after his health at all and he's not a good example of what Toronto is."
“I have a hard time believing it’s an honest apology,” says Anna, who is also from Etobicoke.
John used to be one of the mayor’s supporters, but says now, he’s a joke. “It’s like Chris Farley got a job as mayor, you could almost see it as a movie.”
People in Scarborough seemed to be a little more forgiving. “He’s just a normal person,” says one Scarborough resident. “He’s really good for Scarborough and making the subway,” said her husband.
Susana, who calls herself a Ford-neutral says the mayor should take some time off. “Talking as a human being, we’re not perfect.”
See more resident reaction below.
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly met with the mayor the day before he took to Newstalk 1010's airwaves. He says he’s satisfied with the mayor’s statements.
“I’ll be urging my colleagues on council and on the executive committee to support him,” adding that four of the concerns he and other councillors had were addressed: his drinking, getting a full-time driver, the impact his behavior has had on the city and apologizing.
Councillor Mike Del Grande says Ford was too vague and was short of him seeking professional help.
Listen to more councillor reaction here:
(With files from Katie Franzios, Justine Lewkowicz, Russ Courtney and James Moore)