Rob Ford’s staff e-mails in wake of crack scandal released

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks to media in front of his office at City Hall in Toronto on Monday,...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks to media in front of his office at City Hall in Toronto on Monday, January 20, 2014. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 4:55 PM ET

TORONTO — What were Mayor Rob Ford’s staffers saying to each other when news of his crack cocaine video first broke?

The City of Toronto finally released more than 7,000 of pages of e-mails to QMI Agency on Monday. Although 743 pages have been cut from the document release due to municipal freedom of information legislation, the e-mails provide a glimpse of the media storm that encompassed the mayor’s office in the wake of the crack scandal.

Ford denied the crack allegations at the time but has since admitted to smoking the drug while in a drunken stupor.

In the wake of Ford’s crack cocaine scandal, QMI filed freedom of information requests for e-mails sent in May and June from the mayor’s staffers including his chief of staff Mark Towhey, press secretary George Christopoulos, spokesman Isaac Ransom and David Price, his then-director of logistics and operations. All four staffers no longer work for Ford.

Among the revelations uncovered in the documents so far, the mayor’s office had been planning a business mission to Boston in June. A draft agenda for the two-day trip had Ford travelling to the city on June 18 and 19 and signing a friendship agreement between the two cities.

The trip was never formally announced and never did happen.


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