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Mayor Rob Ford's brother has publicly apologized to Toronto's police chief for comments made earlier this month.

Councillor Doug Ford's retraction of his comments comes two days after Chief Bill Blair filed a defamation notice against him.

The councillor suggested two weeks ago that Blair helped leak information that police were preparing to subpoena the mayor in an ongoing investigation as ``payback,'' although he declined to elaborate on what he meant.

At the time, Blair said the councillor was lying and warned he was prepared to take legal action.

Doug Ford says he ``personally called'' Blair this morning to offer his apology and to take back what he said.

Blair's legal action against Ford was a personal pursuit and did not involve taxpayer money.

But a spokesman for Toronto's police chief says Bill Blair isn't yet accepting an apology from Mayor Rob Ford's brother.

Mark Pugash says the apology does not meet the terms of a notice of defamation served on Doug Ford because it was not worked out with Blair and his lawyer before it was issued.

Ford, a city councillor, told reporters at city hall he decided to take the ``high road'' two days after Blair filed a defamation notice which demanded he take back his words in an agreed upon forum.

Pugash says that while Ford called Blair to say sorry, he did not provide a written version of the apology and retraction to be sent to Blair's lawyer as agreed.

The spokesman says the notice of defamation remains in effect until that is done.

Ford had suggested two weeks ago that Blair helped leak information that police were preparing to subpoena the mayor in an ongoing investigation as ``payback'' -- without elaborating.

At the time, Blair said Ford was lying and warned he was prepared
to take legal action.

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Mayor Rob Ford's brother has publicly apologized to Toronto's police chief for comments made earlier this month.

Councillor Doug Ford's retraction of his comments comes two days after Chief Bill Blair filed a defamation notice against him.

The councillor suggested two weeks ago that Blair helped leak information that police were preparing to subpoena the mayor in an ongoing investigation as ``payback,'' although he declined to elaborate on what he meant.

At the time, Blair said the councillor was lying and warned he was prepared to take legal action.

Doug Ford says he ``personally called'' Blair this morning to offer his apology and to take back what he said.

Blair's legal action against Ford was a personal pursuit and did not involve taxpayer money.

But a spokesman for Toronto's police chief says Bill Blair isn't yet accepting an apology from Mayor Rob Ford's brother.

Mark Pugash says the apology does not meet the terms of a notice of defamation served on Doug Ford because it was not worked out with Blair and his lawyer before it was issued.

Ford, a city councillor, told reporters at city hall he decided to take the ``high road'' two days after Blair filed a defamation notice which demanded he take back his words in an agreed upon forum.

Pugash says that while Ford called Blair to say sorry, he did not provide a written version of the apology and retraction to be sent to Blair's lawyer as agreed.

The spokesman says the notice of defamation remains in effect until that is done.

Ford had suggested two weeks ago that Blair helped leak information that police were preparing to subpoena the mayor in an ongoing investigation as ``payback'' -- without elaborating.

At the time, Blair said Ford was lying and warned he was prepared
to take legal action.

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