The rightwing rag we've come to know as 'The Toronto Sun' - a subsidiary
of Sun Media, has taken it upon itself to destroy tapes that would
confirm Rob Ford's accusations of corruption.
The Toronto Sun is home to such radicals as Andy Donato, Barbara Amiel
(Conrad Black's wife), Rachel Marsden (sex scandal fame), David Frum
(advisor to George W Bush) and Ezra Levant (mouthpiece for all things
["Editorially, the paper frequently follows the positions of
neo-conservatism in the United States on economic issues and traditional
Canadian/British conservatism."] - Wikipedia
CBC News - Posted: Nov 13, 2012
Rob Ford libel trial hears he never referenced 'corruption'
Taped recording of key interview erased
A Toronto restaurant owner is accusing Mayor Rob Ford of libel, citing
the politician's comments about how a lease was awarded to the businessman.
The lawyer representing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in a libel trial claims
the mayor never said a city deal to give a restaurateur a 20-year lease
extension "smacks of corruption."
Ford is facing a $6-million defamation lawsuit over comments he
allegedly made during his 2010 mayoral campaign.
At the time, Ford was incensed that the city gave an untendered 20-year
lease extension to the operator of the Boardwalk Cafe along Woodbine Beach.
The restaurant's owner, George Foulidis, is accusing Ford of defamation,
saying the mayor suggested he won the contract as a result of illegal
Much of Tuesday's opening statements focused on the wording of a story
that stemmed from a meeting Ford had with the Sun newspaper's editorial
board in August 2010.
The story paraphrases Ford as saying the contract "smacks of civic
corruption," but the mayor's lawyer, Gavin Tighe, denied Monday that his
client ever said those words. He told the court that a recording of
Ford's conversation with the Sun has since been erased, and that the
reporter's notes are no longer available.
The only record that does exist is a reporter's email describing the
comments, Tighe said.
Ford told the Sun the deal "stinks to high heaven." He also agreed with
a radio interviewer on a separate occasion when asked: "Is someone
getting money under the table?"
Tighe argued that because Foulidis ended up getting the lease extension,
none of Ford's comments hurt the restaurateur financially. Tighe also
said that Ford had the right to make his views known on a key issue
ahead of the municipal election in October 2010.
In his opening statement, Foulidisâ€™s lawyer, Brian Schiller, said the
case is "not about politics," and insisted the damage to his client is
"extensive and malicious."
Foulidis had also begun to testify on Tuesday afternoon, with Ford
scheduled to appear in the witness box either later in the afternoon or
'They're coming after him,' Ford's brother says
Coun. Doug Ford, the mayor's brother, has said the lawsuit is
â€œWhat did he do wrong? Theyâ€™re coming after him,â€ said Doug Ford.
The mayorâ€™s brother also said the case could take on a circus-like
atmosphere with the number of high-profile witnesses scheduled to be
called as witnesses, including former mayor David Miller.
â€œIt's just a big Hollywood show in my opinion,â€ said Doug Ford.
â€œThey are calling everyone but [U.S.] President Obama, and Iâ€™m
surprised he hasnâ€™t been called. It's a big show and this will
continue until the next election.â€
The trial is expected to last four days.