Mayor Ford apologizes to Toronto’s medical officer of health over comments on radio
Mayor Rob Ford has cleared one more potential run-in with the city’s Integrity Commissioner.
In a report to next week’s council meeting, Integrity Commissioner Janet Leiper said Mayor Rob Ford had apologized to Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown, over remarks he and his brother councillor Doug Ford had made on their radio program in 2012.
The brothers had taken Dr. McKeown to task for commissioning a report entitled “Road to Health: Improving Walking and Cycling in Toronto.”
The report made recommendations including reducing speed limits on Toronto streets to prevent injuries and deaths.
Mayor Ford said on his April 29 radio program that Dr. McKeown’s salary was “an embarrassment,” and suggested he would straighten the situation out.
Leiper had originally reported to council in the fall that she believed Ford had violated city council’s code of conduct by disparaging Dr. McKeown’s professional reputation publicly.
The matter was put over until the decision on Ford’s conflict of interest charges was rendered, because it was unclear as to whether or not he would be able to speak on his own behalf at council.
The appeal decision in Ford’s favour indicates that he could. But it won’t be necessary in this case; on Monday, Dr. McKeown reported to Leiper that Mayor Ford had apologized, and Dr. McKeown had accepted the apology.
As a result, no sanction will be applied.
Councillor Ford had apologized to Dr. McKeown earlier.