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LISTEN: Crack, public drunkenness, drug dealers at forefront of mayoral event

Ford, Tory, Stintz, Soknacki took part in discussion at Ryerson

Questions around Rob Ford's drug use, public drunkenness and criminal buddies were front and centre at a mayoral get to know you session at Ryerson University Thursday.

The discussion came 24 hours after the first debate between the five leading candidates for mayor of Toronto. At Ryerson, Rob Ford, John Tory, Karen Stintz and David Soknacki took questions from the crowd of 400 students and from members of the public. Organizers say Olivia Chow turned down her invite because of a scheduling conflict.

While candidates drew criticism for only dancing on the edges of Ford's scandals the night before, Tory dove right in as he took the microphone for the first time on Thursday.

"It’s not acceptable to have a mayor who often shows up late and sometimes doesn't show up at all", said Tory. “And most troubling and unacceptable of all--a mayor who has eventually admitted to multiple and continuing relationships with convicted criminals and gang types."

Ford was asked by a student why he continues "to act in a way that attracts negative attention", pointing to a video of a swearing, seemingly intoxicated mayor outside City Hall just before St. Patrick's Day.

"I'm not perfect", replied Ford. "And I never said I was", he went on as the audience laughed. As he tried to return focus to his fiscal record, Ford was peppered with more questions from the audience and gave up on answering.

Later, moderator Ralph Lean took another shot at Ford's behaviour after-hours. "You appear to hang out with drug dealers",Lean noted. "Shouldn't the mayor of Toronto have a higher standard? Shouldn't the mayor of Toronto and Chief of Police be locking up this bad guys".

"I couldn't agree with you more", answered Ford. "I don't condone drug dealers. I don't condone crack cocaine. I don't condone that stuff." "I condone being the best mayor the city's ever had", Ford went on, garnering a combination of laughs, hisses and boos from the crowd.

A handful of people heckled the mayor as he again, tried to trumpet his economic record and to criticize his opponents, with Lean attempting to keep the peace.

In a separate discussion, John Tory dropped a one-liner that drew the loudest cheers of the night.

Asked by Lean about his less than stellar election track record versus his success as a businessman, Tory replied, "The mayor’s taking joy in the fact that I lost. You’ll have the experience soon enough."

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  1. Alex posted on 03/28/2014 05:25 AM
    Rob Ford 'the only candidate with a proven crack record,' Jimmy Kimmel.
  2. Alex posted on 03/28/2014 05:28 AM
    Rob Ford lacks the moral authority to govern this city.
    1. Sonny posted on 03/28/2014 10:27 AM
      @Alex He already has been stripped of his powers! In the TV debate will be going after the councillors that did it, except the 5 Italians...
  3. Mark7 posted on 03/28/2014 07:43 AM
    I live and work in Burlington but can't get enough of Rob Ford and the Toronto election. a great way to fill a boring day sitting in my cube.

    Thanks, Rob, keep up the good work.

    FORD MORE YEARS, FORD MORE YEARS, FORD MORE YEARS, FORD MORE YEARS,
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 03/28/2014 09:04 AM
      @Mark7 Still having trouble registering your own ID, huh?
  4. Scrappy posted on 03/28/2014 07:54 AM
    Looking at the past history of anyone at Ryerson, from top to bottom, the way this "debate" would go was no surprise.
    This left wing "think" college has made no secret of the way they lean. Sorry, they have tried to keep it a secret.
    1. Correcting Scrappy's Nonsense posted on 03/28/2014 08:37 AM
      @Scrappy Perhaps you were thinking of York U or U of T.
      Or, perhaps because you don't know the obvious differences.

      What you saw in this audience's reactions to the lying mayor were the reactions of a group with more than a grade school education (meaning most of Ford Nation).
  5. leslie posted on 03/28/2014 08:52 AM
    Aside from rehashing old cheap shots, the opposing candidates have nothing.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 03/28/2014 09:05 AM
      @leslie Yep.....and so goes the notion that all Ford supporters are uneducated.
    2. arthur posted on 03/28/2014 03:10 PM
      @leslie they other candidates have credibility/ ethics/ self respect/ common sense/ integrity.... and so on ...but you're right outside of that they're the same as Ford just not as fat and stupid
  6. arthur posted on 03/28/2014 09:07 AM
    Rob Ford is a freakin joke. a pig with no ethics. you might as well just wind up the pig at the back because he repeats the same bullsht over and over and over. if the pig had any credibility he would of resigned long ago. that's ok we get to laugh at him for 7 more months then we turf the bum
    1. john posted on 03/28/2014 11:37 AM
      @arthur i would say the same thing about the liberals .
  7. john posted on 03/28/2014 10:31 AM
    i like john tory i am going to tell him this . STOP TALKING ABOUT ROB FORD NOBODY GIVES A SHIT WHAT HE DOS IN THIS PRIVATE LIFE . WHAT PART OF THAT DO U NOT UNDERSTAND ? . who cares about chow she needs to go back to ruing her restaurant . thay make good food after all . people like that bring that stuff up loose my vote cause thay dont bring to the table what thay are going to do if elected and it makes ford look good . he is going to win this for that reason . i wanna hear how the other people who are ruing are going to screw us out of our hard earned money . got to love it man these guys are soooooooooo stupid .
    1. john's mom posted on 03/28/2014 11:47 AM
      @john john yor grade 2 tooter is here for yor english lessen . come on uot of yor room now and get away from the puter !
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