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Ford Fest will go on, despite complaints
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The annual Ford family BBQ seems to be drawing the ire of many around Toronto this year.

 

Fiona Crean, the Toronto Ombudsman says they are going to push the complaints they receive over to the Integrity Commissioner, and so far, there have been lots.

Most of the issues surround the fact that it's being held in Thomson Memorial Park, which is a public park in Scarborough.

Candidates are not allowed to host campaign style events in public places.

Community events are allowed up until August 1st of an election year.

"It is a tricky situation because anything that is held during this period, someone can point to it and say this really wasn't meant for the community." said municipal law expert John Mascarin.

But he says the Fords and councillors shouldn't be cancelling events in their home ridings, or really anywhere in the city.

Mascarin says "Should they be a little bit more cautious? Yes, they should. Should they preclude all sorts of these activities? No, I don't think that's the answer."

Both Rob and Doug Ford have promised, this will not be a campaign stop.

The penalty for breaking the code of conduct in this case could range from something as simple as a slap on the wrist, to docking a councillor's pay.

 

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The annual Ford family BBQ seems to be drawing the ire of many around Toronto this year.

 

Fiona Crean, the Toronto Ombudsman says they are going to push the complaints they receive over to the Integrity Commissioner, and so far, there have been lots.

Most of the issues surround the fact that it's being held in Thomson Memorial Park, which is a public park in Scarborough.

Candidates are not allowed to host campaign style events in public places.

Community events are allowed up until August 1st of an election year.

"It is a tricky situation because anything that is held during this period, someone can point to it and say this really wasn't meant for the community." said municipal law expert John Mascarin.

But he says the Fords and councillors shouldn't be cancelling events in their home ridings, or really anywhere in the city.

Mascarin says "Should they be a little bit more cautious? Yes, they should. Should they preclude all sorts of these activities? No, I don't think that's the answer."

Both Rob and Doug Ford have promised, this will not be a campaign stop.

The penalty for breaking the code of conduct in this case could range from something as simple as a slap on the wrist, to docking a councillor's pay.

 

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