Did it go far enough?
Mayor Rob Ford stood in the council chambers at Toronto City Hall, on a personal point of privelidge, and apologized to Toronto Star reporter Daneil Dale.
Ford says he did not mean to suggest Dale was a pedophile.
Dale served a libel notice last week, demanding the Mayor retract the comments.
But Toronto Star editor Michael Cooke, suggested to Newstalk1010 that the apology needed to be sincere.
Daniel Dale is crafting a response and is expected to deliever it Tuesday afternoon.
At issue is the comment made about Dale when descirbing the scene behind his house at the time Dale was researching a story on a chunk of land the Mayor was trying to buy.
In that interview, Ford had referenced the case where Dale was reportedly near the backyard of the Mayor, and Ford claims he was taking pictures.
"When a guy is taking pictures of little kids... I don't want to say that word... but you start thinking, what's this all about?"
Mayor Ford was asked about the comments on Tuesday, the day after the interview aired, but refused to retract them.
Here's the apology:
Mayor Rob Ford's apology:
“I want to take this opportunity to clarify my comments made in an interview with Conrad Black and to apologize to Daniel Dale for the way in which the media interpreted my comments. I never called Mr. Dale a pedophile I have never used that word to describe Mr. Dale. I do not believe Mr. Dale is a pedophile, nor did I intend to suggest that in my comments. My comments to Conrad Black were in context of my worst experiences with the incredible assault by media, in particular the Toronto Star, on me and my family. My comments related to the fear I had for my family when my longtime neighbour told me that someone was lurking at my fence and appeared to be taking pictures of my family home over the fence. To be clear, I never personally saw Mr. Dale peering over the fence or taking pictures. My neighbour told me however that he did see someone doing this. Mr. Dale apparently denies that. At that moment I honestly believed, I honestly believed my neighbour’s account of the events. I had no idea at the time who the person was my neighbour told me was leering over my fence. At that moment I had the same fears and concern that I believe many people would have with such a report from a neighbour that they’ve known for over 15 years and I ran to the area as quickly as I could to accost the person in an attempt to protect my family. When I arrived at the corner of my home, very far from the land Mr. Dale advises he was researching a story about, I indeed find an individual beside my fence in the general area my neighbour advised me. This confirmed my fears at the time. I accosted this person as I believed he was a threat to my family. This individual turned out to be Daniel Dale on assignment from the Toronto Star. I have no issue with Mr. Dale personally. I understand that he is an employee in the very competitive news business and must do as his superiors instruct him. I do take issue with his bosses at the Toronto Star to put him and I into this situation. I do not mean to insinuate anything about Mr. Dale personally in my interview with Mr. Black. I certainly did not intend to suggest that he is a pedophile. I was merely commenting on the thoughts that went through my mind on the night of May 2012, before I had any idea that that person my neighbour told me he saw peering over my fence was a reporter on assignment from the Toronto Star. It is unfortunate that the word I did not say has been ascribed to me by the media but I wish to sincerely apologize again to Mr. Dale if my actual words have caused him any harm or personal offence. And if Mr. Daniel Dale is here I want to personally apologize to him.”