Ottawa police kept tabs on Rob Ford during visit

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks with members of the media after attending the Big City Mayors' Caucus...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks with members of the media after attending the Big City Mayors' Caucus meeting in Ottawa, Feb. 26, 2014. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:54 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Security staff and cops kept tabs on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford during his day at Ottawa City Hall last February.

According to e-mails obtained by QMI Agency through access to information, Ottawa police wanted their presence to be low-key around the scandal-plagued political celebrity during the Big City Mayors Caucus meeting Feb. 26.

At the same time, the city wanted to be prepared for a Ford circus.

"We will require increased security for that day as we anticipate a considerable amount of media as Mayor Ford may be attending," wrote staffer Patricia Kent in the city manager's office, noting the importance of confidentiality.

Ford's presence was a factor in planning for the day-long meeting.

The police's special events branch was given a "situational awareness" heads-up the day before the meeting that Ford was planning a press conference.

Ford himself had his own requirements.


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