Police chief accepts apology from mayor's brother

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair held a news conference at headquarters Thursday to officially...

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair held a news conference at headquarters Thursday to officially accept Coun. Doug Ford's apology for recent comments. (CHRIS DOUCETTE/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:10 PM ET

TORONTO -- Mayor Rob Ford's brother said uncle to Chief Bill Blair on Thursday.

Doug Ford apologized for a second time in two days to Blair moments before Toronto's top cop came out and accepted the apology.

In a press conference at Toronto Police headquarters, Blair said he accepted the second apology „Ÿ delivered as a signed statement to his lawyer. Ford's letter included an apology, a retraction and an offer to donate $1,000 to Covenant House.

"All of that resolves this matter satisfactorily," Blair said on Thursday.

Speaking publicly about the issue for the first time, Blair went on to explain why he served Ford with a defamation notice earlier this week.

"Anyone in this job has to be prepared and to expect criticism and attacks „Ÿ those come with the turf," Blair said. "But lies that go to the heart of your integrity cannot be tolerated. They can never be part of an acceptable public dialogue.

"The law does not protect lies or the people who tell them. They must be held accountable."

Blair explained that he had asked for Ford's apology and retraction to be in writing. Ford's public remarks to the media on Wednesday were "neither clear nor unequivocal.

"It was important to me to get a retraction and apology in writing so that there could be no confusion among those who had heard or read about Mr. Ford's false statements," Blair said.

Blair acknowledged he had received Ford's second apology, this time in writing, through his legal counsel on Thursday morning.


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