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WATCH: Rob Ford talks with NEWSTALK 1010's Jerry Agar

Mayor Ford spoke to Agar while a group of protesters gathered outside the NEWSTALK 1010 studios

Mayor Rob Ford sat down with Jerry Agar this morning to discuss his return to City Hall, his stint in rehab and his campaign.

The one thing that really stood out is that Ford stopped short of saying he would come clean to Torontonians, in the event he fell off the wagon.

Nor would be guarantee he'd stay sober if he won re-election in October.

Rob Ford admitted though, it would be an uphill climb winning back the trust of the voters in this city.

``That's up to you,'' Ford said. ``You're going to have to look at my record and compare it to the people I'm running (against) and you're basically going to have to trust me.''

Ford said it was the professionals at the rehab facility he attended in Muskoka, who suggested he should stay in the race to be mayor again. 

"The worst thing for me to do would be to sit home and do nothing."

Since his return Ford has given a handful of interviews, but has refused to take questions from city hall journalists at large about the circumstances surrounding his alcohol and drug use, the company he kept and offensive remarks he has made.

A group of about 20 protestors gathered outside of our studios in the lead-up to the interview.

They were certainly a distraction to drivers along Richmond Street, as the collection of mostly-male demonstators removed their shirts and brought out protest signs.

Several women were in the crowd but they were a little more modest, wearing dresses or bikini tops.

The demonstators call themselves 'The Shirtless Horde,' in a nod to the shirtless jogger who gave Mayor Ford an ear-full at this week's Canada Day parade in East York.

Chants of "Rob Ford must go" rang out as the Mayor's SUV pulled into the parking lot.  Some protesters were disappointed that they couldn't get close to Ford but most were happy they were able to send a message.

Civic outrage bares some skin on Richmond St. as anti-Rob Ford protest grows.

"I hope the Mayor can see clearly that there are other people, aside from the shirtless jogger, who feel the same way," said Connie.

John Furr, one of the rally's organisers, says 'The Shirtless Horde' will likely make other appearances on the campaign trail as October's municipal election gets closer.

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      1. Karl Burgin posted on 07/04/2014 07:29 AM
        FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS
        1. J Ball posted on 07/04/2014 09:28 AM
          @Karl Burgin Get a life!
        2. Stephen posted on 07/04/2014 09:44 AM
          @Karl Burgin They really need to raise the age limit for posting on here.
      2. Mark7 posted on 07/04/2014 07:59 AM
        Will the other candidates be getting equal time on this radio station? I hope not, only Rob Ford deserves free radio time to campaign...well, maybe Olivia Chow should be allowed to speak, that way we'll be able to find the chink in her armor.

        Tory is a member of the 1%, just like Rob Ford so he can buy his own time. At least he resigned from CFRB when he announced that he was running, shows he has more integrity than Rob Ford...who still desires Stinz's butt.
        1. LMKane posted on 07/04/2014 10:30 AM
          @Mark7 Get a Bloody Life!! |At least Ford never stole from the city.
        2. dama posted on 07/04/2014 12:28 PM
          @Mark7 When Rob Ford was in rehab, John Tory, Olivia Chow, Karen Stintz was guests on CFRB 1010 live drive and each were given more than an hour to campaign.. so what is wrong with Rob Ford being on Jerry Agar this morning??

          If JT can stay at CFRB1010 and run for mayor, I bet JT would,, but the law doesnt allow that.. hey get your facts straight before posting your gibberish....
      3. Danny posted on 07/04/2014 08:22 AM
        I supported Ford because I love my city and Miller was going to bankrupt it. The majority of Torontonians polled are voting Tory / Ford. The right will be split and Chow will win. If Rob truly loves Toronto he will step aside and endorse John Tory. If Rob wins council will vote to strip him of his powers anyway, which will leave us being run by the left. The only hope for Toronto is for him to step aside.
        1. MichaelP posted on 07/04/2014 08:24 AM
          @Danny Danny,

          Not all Ford's votes are "conservative" votes. No reason to believe they would all move to Tory.
        2. art posted on 07/04/2014 09:46 AM
          @Danny if you really loved this city you wouldn't of been stupid enough to vote for him in the first place and fall for the bullsht Ford was spewing first time around
      4. Ron posted on 07/04/2014 08:57 AM
        Will Jerry ask the tough questions or will he soft peddle and be Rofo's fart catcher?
        1. Sonny posted on 07/04/2014 09:42 AM
          @Ron The latter for the fatter. Agar even emceed a Ford Fest and is a big defender right up there with the SUN writers which he is one of...
      5. Martin posted on 07/04/2014 08:57 AM
        It's nice that Jerry has agreed to only ask about the campaign. I can't imagine that's why he got the "interview".
        1. Suz58 posted on 07/04/2014 11:18 AM
          @Martin lol, I hear you. Rob would not have done the interview unless he thought it would benefit him in some way. I do not think it did benefit him though, he is the same old...answering only questions he wanted to and using his disease as an excuse and sympathy. Has anyone told Robbie that intelligent people do not give sympathy votes?
      6. Suz58 posted on 07/04/2014 09:31 AM
        Desperate times call for desperate measures...numbers just came out...60% of the people want Ford to step down as Mayor.

        This is where we are going to see how sincere Ford is. You are going to see every dirty tactic known to politicians plus some to get himself re-elected.

        Message to Rob Ford and his Family...admit defeat, step down, get some sound education, rid your mind of the bigotry, sexist, and negative beliefs and try again in four years.
        You did not go to rehab to lose weight, rehab was just the beginning of your journey to drug and alcohol abuse. Take a good look at your life, it is clear to see that the conflict of trying to have one belief system and live another is most likely the cause of your problems. This tells me you do have some kind on conscience. Break the cycle and teach your children that morals and ethics are important. I don't know of many people that can beat drug or alcohol abuse while being with people that engage in that behaviour while it is clear that most of your family and friends do.

        Time to break away, give up this election...Toronto deserves better!

        Then, if you can prove yourself I wish you luck.
        1. MichaelP posted on 07/04/2014 10:07 AM
          @Suz58 60% wanted Wynn to step down as premier and she just got elected for 4 more years.
        2. frank posted on 07/04/2014 10:44 AM
          @Suz58 Only 20% of the electorate gave Premier Wynn her majority with 40% not even voting and 13% voting PC.

          Mayor Ford has pushed the subway agenda to free us of middle-of-traffic LRTs. Bravo. Plus he stopped much silly spending at city hall, saved nearly $1B ($500 per citizen, familyt of 4, that's $2,000), negotiated good labour deals and contracted out to the enormous benefit of Torontonians.
      7. herman posted on 07/04/2014 10:06 AM
        FUNNY....... HOW COME NOBODY'S WORKING?????????? ARE WE PAYING FOR THESE PEOPLE TO BE THERE THROUGH WELFARE? SEEING HOW THEY HAVE THE TIME TO PROTEST, MAYBE THEY SHOULD SPEND THEIR TIME LOOKING FOR A JOB A GET A FUTURE.
        1. MichaelP posted on 07/04/2014 10:08 AM
          @herman I think your Caps Lock button is stuck Herman
      8. Anna posted on 07/04/2014 10:12 AM
        Fordo Go Away - we do not trust you!
        1. john posted on 07/05/2014 12:52 PM
          @Anna go away anna we do not trust you .
      9. ThorDude posted on 07/04/2014 10:16 AM
        Love how Rob takes credit for his rehab...THANK GOD THE STAR WAS THERE FOR YOU ROBBIE!!!!
      10. frank posted on 07/04/2014 10:17 AM
        Same signs, same uniform. An organized protest as opposed to individuals?
      11. Anna posted on 07/04/2014 10:19 AM
        RoFo - the city is not supposed to run like a business. Besides, what the hell you know about running a business? You cannot even run a lemon stand.
        1. Sonny posted on 07/04/2014 10:28 AM
          @Anna That's why he is taxing property owners more than Miller to spend on his administration's $9.6 Billion budget
          Also he was not running his father's business.
          Weird that Agar is standing through out the interview?!
        2. Al posted on 07/04/2014 02:25 PM
          @Anna Anna - you and all your left-wing bums are wrong Toronto should be run like a business. The citizens are the shareholders of that business. I for ones want the head of that business which I am part owner of to have my best interest at heart and keep the costs to a minimum. If the head of that business does not do that. FIRE HIM. Mr. Ford can run my lemon stand anytime he wants to.
      12. luisduo posted on 07/04/2014 10:29 AM
        Can't wait until the brothers Fraud are finally kicked out of office and are quickly forgotten. Doug is now saying there's a jihad against him and Rob. Well I say let's charge them with terrorism as they've been holding the city of Toronto hostage for the last 4 years.
        1. john posted on 07/04/2014 10:36 AM
          @luisduo dude when u make a point try to stop mistaking unions to politicians unions hold people hostage . the fords hold bumbassess like u at bay .
      13. Bitmetal posted on 07/04/2014 10:35 AM
        More empty promises from a liar. He's already made Toronto a laughing stock globally...what's his next trick?
        1. luisduo posted on 07/04/2014 11:22 AM
          @Bitmetal A sex tape? We all know he's a real man's man and he makes all the ladies moist. lol
      14. Ron posted on 07/04/2014 10:37 AM
        Shame on you Jerry Agar. That was pathetic.
        1. tanjo posted on 07/04/2014 12:47 PM
          @Ron I know Agar can go on the attack pretty agressively, but here, what is the point?

          I heard the first 10-15 mins of the interview. Ford pretty much hung himself and all Agar had to do was feed him the rope.
      15. SojBee posted on 07/04/2014 10:40 AM
        Jokers!! Do these people even work?! How is it that able bodied men have time to protest the Mayor's presence, when the rest of us are working?!

        Do they think focusing on this Man's personal life follies distracts the rest of us working class, shirt wearing people, from the actual fiscal issues facing the city and it's tax payers?! That is what I am concerned about, and I am scared shitless of Ms. chow!!
        1. luisduo posted on 07/04/2014 10:43 AM
          @SojBee It's called a smart phone, and not everyone works during the day. Go towards the light SojBee.
        2. Thom posted on 07/04/2014 12:48 PM
          @SojBee Hey SojBee. I work. I'm fully employed and have been for the past 30 years. If it matters, my income puts me somewhere around the 97% of yearly earnings in Toronto and my property taxes, provincial and federal taxes reflect that.

          I was able to make it today because much of my work is quiet analysis, number crunching and writing, which is best done at home. I got early and got a jump on the day, and I will be staying late today to make up for my time at the protest.

          I also have some fears about Chow. But when Doug Ford called a working, healthy, engaged, polite and articulate teacher a "bad apple" and misused the word "racest", I couldn't take it any more. These clowns have played fast and loose with every rule in the books and they've been disrespectful of everyone they disagree with. That's my story.
      16. john posted on 07/04/2014 10:43 AM
        U DUMB ASS LIBERAL SLAVES GO BACK TO WORK !!!!! u are nothing more then slaves . if u dont thay are going to pull out the whips .
        1. luisduo posted on 07/04/2014 10:44 AM
          @john You should go back to work too John, otherwise Doug will fire you for not meeting your hash quota.
      17. Anna posted on 07/04/2014 10:47 AM
        News stations need to start hiring educated and higher level staff. Agar needs to go.
        1. arthur posted on 07/04/2014 10:58 AM
          @Anna should of been fired long ago.
          played softball with Ford for 30 minutes.
          Ford is nothing but a coward
        2. john posted on 07/04/2014 11:03 AM
          @Anna pttt like u can do better ? good luck on that sweetheart . people like him he tells it like it is . and he dont care what people think . we need more people like in news talk shows .
      18. herman posted on 07/04/2014 11:44 AM
        STAY WITH THE COURSE ROB. STAY WITH THE COURSE. MAKE EM WORK AND EARN THEIR PAY LIKE THE REST OF US. AND FOR YOU PROTESTERS WHO HAVE THE TIME TO STAND OUT THEIR WITH YOU THUMBS UP YOUR ARSS INSTEAD OF WORKING......GO GET A JOB LOW LIVES........MAYBE THEN OUR TAXES CAN GO DOWN, HEALTH CARE UP INSTAED OF PAYING FOR YOUR SORRY ASSES STAYING HOME DOING F-ALL.
        1. Doug Ford says posted on 07/06/2014 01:59 PM
          @herman Doug Ford says "you need anger management'.
      19. Byron posted on 07/04/2014 12:20 PM
        My god he's an idiotic liar. Sugar Beach opened in 2010. Pan Am planning has been going on for years and he talks like it all happened while he was in rehab. Sell the streetcars and get rid of all of them? He has no idea what he's talking about when it comes to transit. Unemployment is up not down! If the city can afford to get rid of the transfer tax, why are we being taxed $1 billion or more for his Scarborough subway to no where. Whose property taxes have gone down?!!! If he returns to office, he will destroy everything good about this city.
      20. Timio posted on 07/04/2014 12:44 PM
        Why did the interview stop at 7.36 minutes? Rob was still speaking!! C'mon 1010, get professional!
      21. Not an Etobi-COKE Resident posted on 07/04/2014 02:02 PM
        "I'm not an addict of any sort"

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDBVcmvrNn4

        We are so well served by the Fords!
        1. herman posted on 07/04/2014 02:40 PM
          @Not an Etobi-COKE Resident hey Coke, there's a saying we say in rexdale (which is a part of etobi-Coke,,, (free first geography lesson, next one will cost you), anyway the saying is F-OFF. Your welcome.
      22. Ford talks posted on 07/04/2014 04:34 PM
        Ford talks about 'the disease'.
        We talk about 'character'.

        Rob Fords talks and talks and talks and says less than the last time.
      23. Mark posted on 07/04/2014 06:46 PM
        Yes! Thank you people, thank you for supporting me!
        Now everybody please join me in shouting...

        FORD MORE YEARS, FLORD MORE YERS, FLIRD MOR YAERS, FLOD MOER.....

        Damn it! Where did I put my beer down!!!!!
      24. Barrett R. Blackwood posted on 07/05/2014 01:14 AM
        Its seem we finally have an interview of ROB FORD where the interviewer was just being a neutral reporter and not out to get the Mayor.
        Ask the tough questions but no need to be vindictive aboot it
        1. Ron posted on 07/05/2014 08:58 AM
          @Barrett R. Blackwood You must be joking. Jerry lobed a couple of soft balls and then sat there and caught his farts. All Jerry did was give him a platform to campaign on.
      25. If we can posted on 07/05/2014 06:14 AM
        If we can all get together and vote back in Rob then I predict the city has probably the best chance to win 'Stupidest City in the World' status.
        1. john posted on 07/05/2014 10:31 AM
          @If we can thay already proved that when we put the liberals in power not to long ago .
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