TORONTO -- "It's over."
Two words from a Toronto Police source in the investigation of Mayor Rob Ford.
There will be machinations, spin and attempts to save face but in the end, the source said, there are just no grounds to charge the mayor.
So just like that it's over?
Perhaps millions spent on surveillance and no charges against the mayor following his alleged crack smoking escapades?
Not so fast, says the Toronto Police detective who is heading the Project Brazen 2 probe.
"What I am seeing on the news is not overly accurate," Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux told the National Post. "It's my investigation, and my investigation is still going."
So it's not over?
Someone has to say it, so I will. If the investigation that Giroux said is continuing involves Mayor Ford, in the interest of fair and proper justice, as well as impartiality, it should not be Toronto Police conducting it.
Toronto Police should relinquish, or be forced to turn over, the case to the more neutral OPP or another service.
For the integrity of all future investigations it must be done now.
It's time for Chief Bill Blair to step up and do what's right. Either end the case and let the election campaign go ahead without this shadow cast over it or walk away and let the OPP decide what is the right thing to do.
It's so bloody obvious.
Throw in that OPP sources say there is a division between the forces, it's clear the whole thing is a giant mess from top to bottom.
Although Mayor Ford said Thursday, "I could have told you there was nothing to it months ago and in fact I did tell you," and that it was "a witch hunt from the beginning" he said he doesn't believe it's over at all.
"They won't (announce the end of the probe because) they are hoping to get their guy in" as mayor.