Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair is firing back at City Councillor Doug Ford for comments the councillor made early in the day Friday.
During a media scrum at City Hall Doug Ford was asked about a report in the Toronto Star that stated that the mayor would soon be served with a subpoena to testify at the trial of Rob Ford's long-time friend Sandro Lisi.
"Releasing a subpoena to the media before they release it to the mayor, ah, you wonder why we need a change at the top. That's one of the reasons we need a change." said Councillor Doug Ford. Ford was referring to a decision made by the Toronto Police Services Board earlier this week not to extend the contract of Chief Bill Blair beyond April 2015.
"It's a little payback. You know exactly what I'm talking about. So it's disappointing again that the police chief in my opinion would condone this behaviour from his own department." said Ford.
Police Chief Bill Blair shot back releasing a brief statement through spokesperson Mark Pugash.
"Doug Ford is lying and I am prepared to take legal action."
Speaking to reporters outside his office Friday afternoon, the mayor had little to say about his brother's statements.
"That's his personal opinion. But, I'm here to talk about the warterfront," said Rob Ford before launching into a fresh attack on the Sugar Beach project, completed in 2010.
Having already protested the cost of umbrellas and decorative rocks, Ford now takes issue with the roughly $340,000 pricetag of the beach's sand. He remains incredulous at the project as a whole.
"Spending 14 million dollars on a friggin' beach?! Seriously, on a beach." The federal government picked up the lion's share of the Sugar Beach's $14-million pricetag. Toronto covered some $700,000.
The mayor, who has called for the resignation of Waterfront Toronto CEO John Campbell, said he would not give the agency "one red cent until there's a change at the top."
As reporters repeatedly tried to get the mayor to address potentially being compelled to testify under oath in the Lisi case, Ford dismissed their questions.
"What you guys are talking about is not news. Taxpayers' money is news," said the mayor.
Ford took the opportunity to blast councillors he says are using office expenses to pay for "self-promotion" flyers. The mayor says they represent "a huge advantage" to anyone running against an incumbent and that it allows councillors running for re-election to get away with not claiming the material as a campaign expense.
"You don't see me using my office budget, going out there, doing flyers about Rob Ford and all that using taxpayers' money," said Ford. "These councillors do that, and it's wrong. And I'm furious about it."
Ford did not answer when pressed by reporters about past instances of his staff helping run the football team he coached and his foundation. Ford was also silent on using the mayor's office as a backdrop for a re-election campaign video released this week.