Mayor Rob Ford leaving Ford Fest on Friday night (Craig Robertson, Toronto Sun)
Ford Fest came and went on Friday night (story here) but there is still an unanswered question around what it was exactly: Was it a campaign event, a councillor event or a family barbecue?
Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Doug Ford have maintained it was a family barbecue for the community – a long-held tradition started by their father, Doug Ford Sr.
The city granted the permit to hold Ford Fest in Thomson Memorial Park on the belief it was an event similar to the more than 100 other events hosted by other members of council.
Rob Ford’s mayoral rivals maintain it was an election event – part of the mayor’s re-election campaign – and should not have been allowed in the park (city rules prohibit candidates from holding campaign events on city property).
Making things more complicated still, Mayor Ford put out a robocall inviting people to Ford Fest earlier this week and asking those receiving the call to indicate whether he can count on their “support.” (story here)
And then Doug Ford claimed the event will be an election “turning point” while still denying it was a campaign function (story here).
The city had bylaw officers at the event on Friday night and found the conditions of the permit were met (story here).
That would seem to close the book on Ford Fest.
But wait, there’s more.
As the fog of Ford Fest lifted on Saturday, Mayor Ford used his official Twitter account to direct people to fordfest.ca to see photos of the event.
To view the photos on the website you need to give your name, phone number and e-mail.
(I’m not sure why you have to do that, who is collecting the information and where it goes but I offered up my contact information to get a look at the website)
And what’s at the bottom of the Ford Fest page? This contact phone number: 416-751-3673 or 416-751-FORD.
That’s the same phone number for Mayor Ford’s re-election campaign office.
Ford Fest and the Ford re-election campaign – together at last.