Hundreds of Rob Ford staffer e-mails kept secret

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (R) and Chief of Staff Mark Towhey leave after attending a gay rights flag...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (R) and Chief of Staff Mark Towhey leave after attending a gay rights flag raising event at Toronto City Hall in this May 17, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Brett Gundlock/Files

DON PEAT AND SHAWN JEFFORDS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:19 PM ET

TORONTO -- Hundreds of e-mails sent by Mayor Rob Ford's staffers around the time the civic leader's crack video scandal broke last May are being kept secret.

More than 743 pages of e-mail messages obtained by QMI Agency through freedom of information legislation have been withheld entirely or were partly redacted.

A total of 313 pages were severed in full from the request.

QMI Agency requested copies of all e-mails sent or received by former top Ford staffers George Christopoulos, Isaac Ransom and Mark Towhey for the months of May and June 2013. E-mails sent and received by former staffer David Price were also requested for April, May and the beginning of June 2013.

More than 7,200 pages were released by the city on Monday after QMI Agency paid the city's required fees to cover the cost of severing information covered by privacy legislation.


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