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Rob & Doug Ford face new conflict-of-interest complaint
Complaint filed by watchdoug group alleges the Ford brothers mix their family business with their work at City Hall
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The government transparency group Democracy Watch has filed a complaint asking Toronto's Integrity Commissioner to investigate the conduct of Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug in their dealings with companies connected to the family-owned printing company, Deco Labels and Tags.

This flows from last months allegations by the Globe and Mail that the Ford's used senior city bureaucrats to help Apollo Health and Beauty Care and R.R. Donnelley Canada.  

In the case of Donnelley, the allegation is that the company was planning to build a commercial relationship with Deco and the Ford's tried to get Donnelley in at city hall to contract out the city's $9-million a year printing business.   

In that instance, the Globe claims, the Ford's made no mention of the relationship with senior bureaucrats.

Democracy Watch spokesman Duff Conacher, in filing the complaint to the Integrity Commissioner, says "the key question is how much can a city councillor be a lobbyist for a private interest and what are the restrictions on that."

Mayor Ford is scheduled to return from his stint in rehab Monday afternoon, when he is scheduled to make a statement but will answer no questions.  

NewsTalk 1010 will carry his comments live.

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Rob and Doug Ford host a show on NEWSTALK 1010 (file photo)
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The government transparency group Democracy Watch has filed a complaint asking Toronto's Integrity Commissioner to investigate the conduct of Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug in their dealings with companies connected to the family-owned printing company, Deco Labels and Tags.

This flows from last months allegations by the Globe and Mail that the Ford's used senior city bureaucrats to help Apollo Health and Beauty Care and R.R. Donnelley Canada.  

In the case of Donnelley, the allegation is that the company was planning to build a commercial relationship with Deco and the Ford's tried to get Donnelley in at city hall to contract out the city's $9-million a year printing business.   

In that instance, the Globe claims, the Ford's made no mention of the relationship with senior bureaucrats.

Democracy Watch spokesman Duff Conacher, in filing the complaint to the Integrity Commissioner, says "the key question is how much can a city councillor be a lobbyist for a private interest and what are the restrictions on that."

Mayor Ford is scheduled to return from his stint in rehab Monday afternoon, when he is scheduled to make a statement but will answer no questions.  

NewsTalk 1010 will carry his comments live.

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