Rob Ford mum on libel case, while brother Doug lashes out at media

Councillor Doug Ford at City Hall on Dec. 13, 2013. (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)

Councillor Doug Ford at City Hall on Dec. 13, 2013. (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:17 PM ET

TORONTO — Mayor Rob Ford was staying mum Friday about a notice of libel from a Toronto Star reporter, but his brother had plenty to say.

Daniel Dale, the Star’s acting City Hall bureau chief, served the mayor with the notice on Thursday over comments Ford made about him in an interview with Conrad Black.

Dale has also sent a notice of libel to ZoomerMedia’s Vision TV — the channel that aired the interview twice on Monday. Dale’s notice asks Ford and Vision TV to “immediately retract the false and defamatory statements in their entirety and apologize to Mr. Dale.”

Ford and his office have yet to respond to media requests about the libel notice. The mayor arrived at City Hall just before noon on Friday and ignored several questions about the legal action as he led a group of schoolchildren into his office for a tour.

Coun. Doug Ford said the mayor doesn’t owe Dale an apology.

“No, not at all,” Ford told reporters at City Hall on Friday.

“Folks, this is all about the Toronto Star — it is very simple, a hurting newspaper ... this is all about selling newspapers.”

He claimed the newspaper was using Dale as a “pawn.”


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