Integrity commissioner investigating Mayor Ford over ‘racial slurs’: report
TORONTO – The city’s integrity commissioner is asking Mayor Rob Ford to respond to a citizen’s complaint that he violated the city’s code of conduct by using racial slurs, according to a report in the Toronto Star.
The newspaper said the citizen who wrote the letter cited numerous media reports and recordings of the mayor using slurs that targeted “the multicultural communities of Toronto.”
In a pair of media interviews Ford conducted after returning to work from rehab, the mayor blamed his substance abuse issues for his lying, homophobia, sexism and racial slurs.
Toronto’s integrity commissioner Janet Leiper has given the mayor until July 29 to issue a written response to the allegations.
Under city rules, council can choose to reprimand the mayor or dock his pay if the commissioner finds Ford guilty of violating the code of conduct.
Toronto council recently voted 37-2 in favour of docking councillor Giorgio Mammoliti of three months pay after an integrity commissioner’s report indicated he breached the city’s code of conduct by receiving $80,000 from a fundraising event last year.
Mammoliti said he will be responding to the pay suspension with legal action.
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