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...
    2. john posted on 03/28/2014 10:39 AM
      @Sonny i hope those people who did that illegal move do get kicked out we voted for ford and he got in not them . thay messed with voters wishes and should pay the price ford is the mayor . i would say the same thing if miller was still in power the same all the others . the fed liberal before Justin turd catcher pulled the same thing kept forcing elections then we blasted the liberals back into the stone age . man thats was a alsome day .
    3. Sonny posted on 03/28/2014 10:45 AM
      @john They had no choice because Ford would not tell the truth or seek help! The Media films him strolling into City Hall in the aft.
      24 of those councillors are running for reelection which is enough to do it again of 44 seats.
      P.S. One day Justin will be PM
    4. tanjo posted on 03/28/2014 04:32 PM
      @john Even best case scenario: let's say a majority of Ford-friendly councillors get voted in. I give it about a year before they come to the same conclusion as everyone else who has tried to work for him: "Great guy, but we can't work with him." ... and take away his powers again.
    5. dama posted on 03/31/2014 02:50 PM
      @tanjo If Rob Ford is re-elected again,, he will NOT make the same mistake of APPOINTING someone like Norm Kelly as acting mayor.

      Norm Kelly is a power hungry councillor, if Norm really enjoys being a mayor, which he is NOW be fault ,, throw his name in the race.. but he KNEW, he will not win,, he just loved to be appointed and Rob Ford made that mistake and he was back stabbed by Norm,.. .

      It will not happen again..
  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.

    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).
    2. arthur posted on 03/28/2014 09:11 AM
      @Correcting Scrappy's Nonsense that's an insult to fifth graders
  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. sam posted on 03/28/2014 09:09 AM
      @Karl Burgin true! they are uneducated. they have an iq of a weasel just like Ford the weasel
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 03/28/2014 09:21 AM
      @sam Judging by your answer, your education seems to have been stunted at middle school.
    4. 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 !
    2. john posted on 03/28/2014 11:54 AM
      @john's mom man i know my spelling sucks but your spelling makes mine look really good .
    3. john's mom posted on 03/28/2014 11:57 AM
      @john u wish !
    4. john posted on 03/28/2014 02:20 PM
      @john's mom and yet u showed up .
    5. dama posted on 03/31/2014 02:55 PM
      @john can you and your mom stop fightng? , and behave please !!!
    6. Karl Burgin posted on 04/04/2014 09:53 AM
      @dama Someone needs to call Children Aid Society, and remove John from his "mom"...who the hell puts down their child on a forum?
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