First anniversary of Mayor Rob Ford's crack scandal

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is seen posing with Anthony Smith, left, who was gunned down outside a King...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is seen posing with Anthony Smith, left, who was gunned down outside a King St. W. club, in a photo released by Gawker. Mohammad Khattak is seen on the right and Monir Kasim is second from the right.

Don Peat, City Hall Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 3:53 PM ET

TORONTO - News of Mayor Rob Ford’s crack video broke a year ago Friday.

The event, first reported on U.S. website Gawker.com, threw Ford’s mayoralty into turmoil, sparked the ongoing Toronto Police investigation focused on any criminality involving the mayor or the mayor’s office and eventually led to Ford’s admission — almost six months later — that he had smoked crack cocaine and purchased illegal drugs since being elected.

Councillor Doug Ford — the mayor’s re-election campaign manager — shrugged off the fact it has been a year since the crack video story broke.

“I can’t look backwards on what Rob has done or if he was or wasn’t under the influence of anything,” Ford told the Toronto Sun Thursday. “My number one priority is to make sure Rob is healthy.”


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The mayor took a leave of absence for a “problem with alcohol” on April 30 and said he’s been in rehab since May 1.

Councillor Ford said there is no time frame for when the mayor will return from rehab.


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