He was Toronto’s most infamous mayor, and now the video that started it all is available to the public.
In case you need a refresher, in early 2013 the late Rob Ford was at the centre of an international scandal when both Gawker and the Toronto Star reported that they had seen a cellphone video that showed the former mayor of the biggest city in Canada smoking crack cocaine.
Ford denied the existence of the damning evidence for months before admitting to smoking crack during one of his “drunken stupors.”
Very few people had ever seen the video. Until today.
After the court agreed to drop the extortion charge against Alexander “Sandro” Lisi, Ford’s occasional driver, the publication ban on the video was lifted.
In the video, you can see the former mayor clear as day, slurring his words, swearing a bunch, and waving around a crack pipe.
Unfortunately we all know how the Rob Ford saga ended, so to see the video now is more depressing than shocking. This was a dark chapter in the city’s history, but Toronto has long shed its reputation of being “the city with the crack smoking mayor.”
With the video now brought to light and Ford laid to rest, all we can do is wish his family the best and move on.