The Toronto Star takes feud with Mayor to integrity commissioner
TORONTO – The Toronto Star is taking its long standing feud with Mayor Rob Ford to the city’s integrity commissioner.
Currently, the Mayor’s office does not communicate with The Toronto Star. According to the Star, “the specific order by Mayor Rob Ford that all official notices and pronouncements from his office not be provided to this newspaper [The Toronto Star].”
Though Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told radio station AM640 on Friday morning that releases are sent to the City Hall press gallery and “everybody gets” them. He calls the issue “ridiculous.”
In an article posted on The Star’s website on Thursday, John Honderich, Chair of the Board at TorStar, writes that the “Ford Freeze” started during the 2009 Mayoral campaign when the newspaper published an article about Rob Ford’s conduct as a football coach for a local high school.
When the article criticizing the Mayor’s conduct was originally published, the Mayor filed a notice of libel, but according to The Toronto Star, “he never followed up, as required, and his suit has now lapsed.”
John Honderich writes that the practice of freezing The Toronto Star out official notices and pronouncements has forced the newspaper to go to the city’s integrity commissioner and seek a ruling.