Watch above: Mark McAllister reports on what police are doing to investigate the alleged bomb threat at city hall.
TORONTO – Rob Ford has apparently been given a choice to resign or let city hall be blown up.
The mayor told reporters at city hall Monday that his brother Councillor Doug Ford, and the deputy mayor’s office received an email demanding the Fords resign or “city hall will disappear from the map.”
The mayor however said he wouldn’t be deterred.
“This is disturbing and I just want to let the people of this great city know what’s going on. I’m moving on, it’s business as usual," the mayor said.
The mayor read the letter to reporters shortly before 2 p.m. Monday, though the email was allegedly sent late Sunday night.
The mayor said his office has contacted police.
“When I get something this serious sent to my brother’s office and to the deputy mayor’s office, it’s only proper as the mayor of this city [that I address] this,” the mayors said.
“If the police want to address this then that’s their prerogative. Police have been informed and from what I know, they are working as quick as possible to find the person who sent this and we cannot take this lightly.”
Police are investigating but have not located any explosives and the building has not been evacuated. The Toronto police canine unit could be seen searching the grounds soon after the mayor made his statement.
Councillor Paula Fletcher noted there is a protocol dealing with threats to councillors and city hall but it doesn’t prohibit anyone from revealing the threats.
“I hope [the mayor] followed what I would call the good rules, or good common sense,” she said. “And since we’re still here in the building I’m going to assume it was just an angry letter from a disturbed individual.”