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Mayor Ford defends holding "Ford Fest" event at city park
His mayoral campaign opponents argue that holding the BBQ on Toronto property before an election breaks city rules
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Mayor Rob Ford is defending holding his annual BBQ, Ford Fest, at Thomson Memorial Park this week. 

The Olivia Chow and John Tory campaign teams are pointing to city rules, saying it would be an abuse of the law to hold a political event on city property during an election campaign. 

Mayor Ford and his brother councillor Doug Ford, though, argue that Ford Fest is a community event, not related to the campaign. 

"Whoever wants to make this into a political issue, obviously that's their intention," mayor Ford says. "This is going to be for Scarborough." 

Mayor Ford says the event has been held by his family for 19 years, and they will continue to host Ford Fest. 

City officials say the permit request is legitimate.

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Mayor Rob Ford is defending holding his annual BBQ, Ford Fest, at Thomson Memorial Park this week. 

The Olivia Chow and John Tory campaign teams are pointing to city rules, saying it would be an abuse of the law to hold a political event on city property during an election campaign. 

Mayor Ford and his brother councillor Doug Ford, though, argue that Ford Fest is a community event, not related to the campaign. 

"Whoever wants to make this into a political issue, obviously that's their intention," mayor Ford says. "This is going to be for Scarborough." 

Mayor Ford says the event has been held by his family for 19 years, and they will continue to host Ford Fest. 

City officials say the permit request is legitimate.

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