TORONTO - A Toronto Mayor Rob Ford staffer was left “furious” after coming up in a Globe and Mail story about Councillor Doug Ford’s alleged drug dealing past.
David Price, the mayor’s director of logistics and operations, fired off an angry e-mail on May 25 — the same day the Globe published a story about the Ford family’s alleged history with drugs that included details about Price himself.
In a media blitz immediately after the story hit the newsstands, Ford denied he was involved in the drug trade. An e-mail obtained by the Sun — with the subject line “And I thought Friday was a tough day ...” — features Price blasting the Globe story as “an absolute hatchet job”.
A paper copy of the e-mail only contained Price as both the author and recipient of the document but a source confirmed the e-mail — which Price marked as “proprietary” — was sent to several staffers in the mayor’s office at the time.
Price starts off outlining the Globe story entitled, “Globe investigation: The Ford family’s history with drug dealing,” as he sees it.
“(The story) which alleges amongst other b-------, gossip, and innuendo that I was a ‘hash dealer’ 25-30 years ago (in my teens), according to four unnamed drug dealers who described me as a ‘participant’ in Councillor Doug Ford’s (made up) hash business,” Price wrote.
“This ‘alleged’ piece of journalism is 100% fabrication and pure unadulterated b-------! Not true!”
The Globe continues to stand by the story which is now the subject of an Ontario Press Council complaint and a September hearing.