Ford brothers accused of mixing their political jobs with a private company

Reports say the Ford brothers intervened on behalf of Apollo Health and Beauty Care

There are allegations Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, intervened with staff at city hall on behalf of a company that buys product from the Ford family business, Deco Labels.

It is alleged that the brothers failed to inform city staff of this commercial relationship.

The Globe and Mail reports this transpired in 2010, just after the Fords were elected. 

The intervention was on behalf of Apollo Health and Beauty Care. 

It was trying to secure a generous property tax grant from the city but City Manager Joe Pennachetti refused.

What the Globe found under the Freedom of Information Act was a cache of e-mails, letters, and memos showing "a pattern of intervention by the Fords" on Apollo's behalf that extended to "a variety of municipal issues, from stop-sign designations to building permits."

City Manager Pennachetti and five other senior civil servants told the Globe they had no idea of a commercial relationship between Apollo and the Ford owned Deco Labels and Tags.

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  1. Doug Ford posted on 05/12/2014 07:31 AM
    Folks, this is real respect for the taxpayer, something that Rob promised when he got elected Mayor. Apollo is a taxpayer and we really respect their business, so Rob and I wanted to give them your money.

    You say that you don't feel that respect? Forcing you to pay more tax so that our clients pay less? No problem, become a Deco client and we'll send the city over to do your roadwork, reduce your taxes, and give you grants. Not a client? Then shut up and pay your tax.

    God Bless Toronto, if you're a Deco client, hop on the gravy train.


    Thank You

    ...and our mum and Rob's wife "The Pollack" as I call her on this radio station had a great Mothers Day, because Rob wasn't there.
  2. Adriane Taylor posted on 05/12/2014 07:58 AM
    And the beat goes on....while the left-wing spoilers continue to batter the Ford family on a personal level, a similar timbre resonates in their treatment of Mr. Hudak and the opposing voices. Kathleen Wynne exudes all the trappings of a Communist scheme. In Wynne's Ontario The People will be commanded how to think, feel, and speak. Privacy will be obliterated, truth controverted, opinion exterminated, and debate cancelled. Work and reward will be pooled to the benefit of "the greater good". Canada, the envy of the World, will begin its rapid slide into the darkness of the socialist abyss. Give Wynne a legitimate mandate at your supreme peril.
    1. Brief and to the Point posted on 05/12/2014 08:21 AM
      @Adriane Taylor Nice rant, deluded Con supporter


      Completely off topic.
    2. Townie posted on 05/12/2014 08:24 AM
      @Adriane Taylor 1. This is an article about the Fords. Why can't you stay focused on the topic? That's Fordite "logic" at work.

      2. There are 10 provinces & 3 territories in this great country. How would 1 premier's action cause the entire country to "slide?" That's grumpy old fart hyperbole.

      3. You're a fool. See #1 and #2 above.
  3. Suz58 posted on 05/12/2014 08:20 AM
    Yup, no monetary reward for the Fords! Whatever happens now, rehab or not, they deserve. Between this news and the latest audio reports, I think they have both buried themselves deep. About time!
    While in politics, your personal life spills over into your professional life and visa versa. While holding any kind of seat in politics, like any public personality, you will not earn the respect unless you respect yourself and the people you are suppose to be representing.
    I hope we are finally done with these jokers. Be careful Toronto, you saw how slogans and words steered the votes in the last election for mayor. My opinion is that just having brothers together in City Hall is a conflict of interest.
    As we have seen, you elect one Ford, you get them all! You elect Rob Ford for Mayor, you get undesirable attention, lies, untruths, bigotry, sexist thinking, homophobia, drug dealing and on the list goes.
    This will not be the end of it. I am sure there is more to come. I really did not think Rob Ford went to rehab because he felt he had a problem...he went to rehab to avoid the rubble yet to fall. He will return a few pounds lighter, only to say he is "healed". Too little, too late!
    1. Brief and to the Point posted on 05/12/2014 08:23 AM
      @Suz58 Well said ... and 100% accurate.
  4. Edwin posted on 05/12/2014 09:02 AM
    Wait. Where is Sir Karl on this issue. Speak up young fella. Waiting to hear your (highly) insightful ideas with your continued support of dumb and dumber.

    Can't wait. I know you are there.
  5. Karl Burgin posted on 05/12/2014 09:43 AM
    Geez....I comment, people want to run me out of town, or say my opinion doesn't matter.
    When I don't comment, people want to know where I am. Ugh.....

    As for this story, this is neither here nor there. This is just another attempt of the media trying to find more dirty laundry on the Fords, but coming up short.
    Fortunately, this topic isn't "sexy" enough for it to take hold with the general public, and gather steam. It most likely will die by tomorrow. I am not so confident however, in the media's ongoing saga, in overturning every rock, and dark crevice, to find some scoop of the Fords, to create headlines to run with. All for the sake of "public interest" as they would put it.

    Regardless, all of these "breaking" stories just goes to show:
    1.> The media suffering from separation anxiety + withdrawal symptoms with Ford temporarily out of the picture
    2.> None of these stories are informative- not even dredging the bottom ocean floor. Now its all about examining the specks, and seeing how to blow it out of proportion
    3.> The local media are the ones all along who are bent on embarrassing Toronto (as some would like to put it), and then blame it on Ford. Sure, when you had Ford out and about, and the media chasing and digging, it was hard to differentiate between the two, and who was the 'source' of said embarrassment. Now that Ford is out of the picture though, the media are still running stories. Sensationalized stories, that would no doubt spur interest in the media down south.
    The media are the driving force behind what's going on. It is becoming clearer and clearer with each passing day. And to those who think otherwise, are willfully sticking your heads in the sand.
    1. Brief and to the Point posted on 05/12/2014 09:55 AM
      @Karl Burgin And to think that some people have actually been waiting to hear from you ... only to see yet another re-hash of old, previously repudiated garbage from Rob Ford's chief apologist.
  6. Joe Smith posted on 05/12/2014 11:01 AM
    Gravy Train: Ford Brothers Edition.
  7. arthur posted on 05/12/2014 02:30 PM
    self entitled goofball cakes
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