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Toronto mayor apologizes for 'mistakes'

Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 - 01:29

Nov. 3 - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford urged his police chief to release a video that media reports say show him smoking what appears to be crack cocaine and issued a broad apology for mistakes in his past. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Sunday (November 3) urged his police chief to release a video that media reports say show him smoking what appears to be crack cocaine and issued an apology for unspecified "mistakes" in his past. But Ford, who has previously said he does not use crack, and who did not discuss the content of the video, also said he would not step down and planned to run in the next election. "...This video, I want the police chief, Bill Blair, to release this video for every single person in the city to see. That is the right thing to do. And, Chief, I'm asking you to release this video now. Whatever this video shows, whatever this video shows folks, Toronto residents deserve to see it, and people need to judge for themselves what they see on this video," said Ford on his weekly radio show, Newstalk 1010. "...Friends, I am the first one to admit, I am not perfect. I have made mistakes. I have made mistakes and all I can do right now is apologize for the mistakes. I sincerely, sincerely apologize...," Ford said. The mayor's apology comes after Toronto police said last week they had recovered a copy of a video that was "consistent" with one reportedly seen by journalists at the Toronto Star newspaper and by media blog Gawker earlier this year. Both the Star and Gawker said the video shows the mayor smoking what appears to be crack cocaine. Ford's lawyer said on Friday (November 1) that his client was not smoking crack in the video, which has dominated Canadian headlines for months, even though it has been seen by only a few people.

Toronto mayor apologizes for 'mistakes'

Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 - 01:29

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