29 Unanswered Questions for Rob Ford

29 Unanswered Questions for Rob FordCBC Radio's Day 6 with Brent Bambury aired their year-end episode this morning and named Rob Ford their newsmaker of the year. In honour of the occasion, they assembled a list of unanswered questions from reporters following the story.

You can hear these questions asked here or read them below.

Don Peat, The Toronto Sun:

1. Do you not feel shame about what you have done?

2. What happened the night and early morning of April 20 at 15 Windsor?

3. What makes you think Toronto residents will ever trust you again enough to re-elect you in 2014?

4. Why won't you speak to Toronto Police investigators?

5. What does getting high on crack cocaine feel like?

Christie Blatchford, The National Post:

6. How could you have said, in front of all those TV cameras, what you did about your wife? Do you have any idea how coarse you sounded? And why did you then and do you always, offer a quick "I apologize" and expect to be immediately forgiven?

7. Do you have any friends who don't have criminal records and, without naming them, who are they in a general way?

8. Why do you think losing weight is your biggest challenge given your acknowledged binge drinking and occasional drug use?

Jonathan Goldstein, Wiretap, CBC Radio:

9. When was the moment you realized this whole thing might have gotten away from you?

Robyn Doolittle, The Toronto Star:

10. At the end of the so-called crack video, you look directly at the person filming and say: "That better not be on." What happened next?

11.  Wiretaps suggest you offered the dealer $5000 and a car in exchange for the footage and that he intended on asking you for between $100,000-$150,000. Were you being extorted?

12. If you had never gone into politics, what do you think your life would look like right now?

Jackson Proskow, Municipal Affairs Reporter, Global News:

13. What was in those packages you exchanged with Sandro Lisi?

14. How did you come to know the people who provided you with crack cocaine?

15. Have you ever drank or used drugs at work?

Greg McArthur, The Globe and Mail:

16. Between May 16 and 18, less than 48 hours after the Star and Gawker published stories about you smoking crack cocaine, 13 phone calls were made to Sandro Lisi from phones belonging to you. What did you discuss with him? Why did you need to speak with him so many times?

17. Over that same period Mr. Lisi also made a number of phone calls to two alleged drug dealers who had a copy of the video. Toronto police say that over those two days, Mr. Lisi told them they would harmed if they didn't hand over the video. What did Mr. Lisi tell you about his conversations with the accused drug dealers?

18. During those two days, Mr. Lisi also made five phone calls to the home of Fabio Basso, your longtime friend who lives in the alleged "crackhouse" where the video was made. And on May 21st, three days after he called Mr. Basso, someone burst into that home and assaulted Mr. Basso and his family members. Since then, have you spoken to Mr. Basso? If so, what did he say about the attack? If not, why not.

Jayme Poisson, The Toronto Star:

19. Mayor Ford, after the mass shooting on Danzig St. in 2012, you said that you had declared "war" on gangs in this city. On Project Traveller wiretaps, alleged members of the Dixon City Bloods street gang describe several situations involving you and drugs. The men who tried to sell the now notorious "crack video" are also alleged members of this gang, and are now facing gun and drug trafficking charges. Can you give us a complete and honest account of your association and dealings with these alleged Dixon City Blood gang members?

20. Did you, or anyone associated with you, offer $5,000 and a car or any other reward in exchange for videos or photos documenting your drug use?

Kevin Donovan, Toronto Star:

21. Mayor Ford, from the moment I saw the video of you smoking crack cocaine I have had a nagging question. Who is the man, a friend it seems, who is loudly goading you off camera into making rude, racially charged and homophobic statements? What is the name of that person?

22. Mayor Ford, when the Toronto Star exposed your involvement with Sandro Lisi, who had tried to retrieve the video and who had told people he was your drug dealer, you pointedly told the world you do not "throw my friends under the bus." Was this a message to Mr. Lisi in the hope that he would not turn police informant on you?

23. Mayor, you have described yourself as a family man and the best father there is. Do you think it was wise to have Sandro Lisi, a man convicted of threatening to kill a young woman, attend a child's soccer game? Would you please tell us what Mr. Lisi gave you that day and what you gave him in return.

24. Mayor Ford, many of the people you surround yourself with have criminal records, some for drugs, some for violence. Do you intentionally seek these people out and if so, for what reason?

George Stroumbolopoulos, George Stroumbolopoulos Tonight:

25. Why is your brother always there in interviews?

26. If you were in City Council and a Mayor acted like you did, would you call for their resignation?

Natalie Alcoba, The National Post:

27. Mayor Ford, your former press secretary, George Christopoulos, told police that you said you knew Anthony Smith, the man pictured with you in the notorious photo taken outside 15 Windsor Road. Smith was a suspected member of the Dixon City Bloods who was gunned down outside a down-town nightclub in March. You've commented on the photo before - but I want to ask you specifically, did you know Anthony Smith? Do you know anything about why Anthony Smith was killed?

28. Mayor Ford, since you were elected, how often did you go to the house on Windsor Road that police believe to be a crack house? What did you do there?

Mary Walsh, This Hour Has 22 Minutes

29. Why do you always lie first and tell the truth later, why not simplify your life and tell the truth first?

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I pray your obsession doesn't last through to 2014.

December 29, 2013 @ 3:20 PM


Don't worry Elvis, elections are in October.

December 29, 2013 @ 3:27 PM


Ten more months of some suddenly realizing politicians are liars.

December 29, 2013 @ 3:39 PM



The worst thing we can do as a society is throw up our hands and give up. Once we allow politicians to lie and stop expecting more, we're done.

December 29, 2013 @ 4:06 PM


Yep, 10 more months and Mayor Ford is back in.

December 29, 2013 @ 4:28 PM


Anonymous was me.

December 29, 2013 @ 4:30 PM


@Charron -

Politicians have been lying to us since...well, forever.

December 29, 2013 @ 4:33 PM


Ford lies, Wynne lies, McGuinty lies, even Harper lies.

Quoting Strombo - really???

December 29, 2013 @ 4:55 PM


Daniel Dale got his apology. I would have expected Robyn Doolittle to ask for one too. In the Conrad Black interview, Ford accused her of following his 80-year old mother around and badgering her friend at her own home. Surely she can't be happy with being portrayed as a stereotypical skulking, weasel journalist.

December 29, 2013 @ 5:20 PM

Out West

@elvis I don't get the obsession either...if it was pure indignation, then surely we'd see it directed at other, comparatively & figuratively bad politicians

December 29, 2013 @ 8:34 PM

Bottom Feder

There's no way Ford gets reelected. No chance, no how.

December 29, 2013 @ 9:59 PM


I'm with Elvis. Please ease off on the Rob Ford obsession.

December 29, 2013 @ 10:01 PM


I love Boon. Even if he is a left wing witch hunting left winger who plays on my hockey team.

I hope Ford gets in again. Everyone loves a comeback ;)

December 29, 2013 @ 10:17 PM


Ford's a liar, a fool, and has an effed up personal life. This has been long established. The question is, how exactly does that affect me? What matters most is how he does his job, not if he's an upstanding individual or a person with impeccable character.

I like the way he runs the city, and I'd much rather a lying fool who builds subways and controls spending be mayor than a tax-and-spend disaster like Olivia Chow.

December 29, 2013 @ 10:26 PM


@Out West

Which crack-smoking, drunken, pathological liar politician should Mike aim his indignation at next?

December 29, 2013 @ 11:05 PM


@Justin: The first subway that Toronto actually needs is a relief-line for Yonge. Anything else compounds the problem and is just gravy. Ford (and Wynne and Stintz) are pandering assholes.

December 30, 2013 @ 12:09 AM

Lyn Guine

I would still rather have a crack smokin',fat drunk guy whom braggs about havin'pussy at home who has improved city services,saved every tax payers in Toronto $$ all while dealing with a bunch of "Holes" on city council.

As opposed to

A NON-ELECTED premier dyke who was and still is involved with pissing away BILLIONS yes BILLIONS of hard earned dollars out of every persons pocket in Ontario.

December 30, 2013 @ 2:29 AM


Who would you rather handle a Billion dollars of tax payer money - Rob Ford or Kathleen Wynne??

December 30, 2013 @ 7:10 AM


Memo to those clueless lefties (you know who you are),

Just because one prefers a goofy, fatty who likes to drink more than the average guy over the alternative, does not make that individual a card carrying member of Ford Nation.

Enough with the "Ford Nation" nonsense. People who want Ford back are simply voters who prefer a fiscally responsible mayor in charge over the idiots who previously ran this city and who currently run this province.

December 30, 2013 @ 8:32 AM

4x4 Time

Political and personal differences aside, from what I saw and heard, Ford was pretty solid and visible keeping residents informed during the power outage problems.

December 30, 2013 @ 8:34 AM


@Lyn Guine

Why was it necessary to include the description of "dyke" in your comment? Do you think that's relevant to the job she's doing as Premier?

December 30, 2013 @ 8:52 AM


@ Corey- Thank-you...beat me to it. No need for the dyke comment.

December 30, 2013 @ 10:22 AM

this guest

We need to replace the Canadian flag at Toronto City Hall with the mayor's grey sweatshirt, the centre of solemn ceremonies raising and lowering the kaleidoscopic vision Mr. Ford has for this great city & the subways we caress in our bosoms like warm mother's milk.

December 30, 2013 @ 12:41 PM


As for question for Ford. I think I'm starting to fall under what AM640 ultra-conservative evening drive host Bill Carroll opinion, of what's the point. My radio highlight of the year was Carroll saying "I don't want to talk to either of the Fords". What would be the point, they lied in the past, they will spin and lie again, what benefit would you get. Unless it's under oath or by a lie detector, it's pointless. Ford not even that interesting, just a spoiled brat who gets away with a lot of sh*t but finally being exposed when there's the spotlight of being the Mayor. But there's a bunch of elite brats just like Ford all over this country.

I know Argie is going to hate this, but after all said and done, I think the Ford Nation cult that's in this city is much more disturbing and interesting. (like most documentaries on cults, the background of the followers are more interesting than the leader) His supporters and him have always had a very unhealthy relationship. Hell the term "Ford Nation" actually came and continued to be pushed by Ford himself. People who still repeat it's a non-story even though it breaks every local web-hit record, makes national and international news and year end "most outlandish stories" yet people are still think Mike is "over-reacting" on it. Ford Nation lives in an alternative reality.

In my entire life I've only heard one type of person who keep saying "Crack not so bad" and that's crack mammas. We see them in front of the courthouse when their "precious boys" get busted & claim "But they're good guys" "Everybody does it" "They are being picked on". Sound familiar? At least that's a mom trying to defend her kid, which is more understanding than a citizen trying to defend a politician. If that wasn't bad enough I heard many Ford supporters saying Dale should just "move on" & not sue after Ford accused him of the worst act ever. Again I NEVER heard people thinking somebody getting slandered like that, is "no big deal" before. But Ford did it, standards change.

Speaking of the Dale incident, I talked to a lawyer friend during the holidays and he said Dale would have certainly won his case. There are three major points in a slander case you have to hit, and Ford hit all three. Ford would have been screwed for sure and finally @Justin: "builds subways and controls spending" is that like dating a prudish whore?

December 30, 2013 @ 6:01 PM


TV host and writer Michael Coren had this to say about the media double standard. God knows, its so true:
"George Smitherman's tragic loss is dreadful, and we should all feel for those concerned. But would the media and establishment be showing the same respect if it were a member of Rob Ford's family? And, with all due respect, why was a couple with a shared history of drug addiction and profound mental illness allowed to adopt? Almost unheard of! We can empathize and care but also be realistic and genuine."

December 30, 2013 @ 6:44 PM


@ Argie - Very true. I'd be very interested in learning the circumstances around that adoption. Cause Lord knows 2 average slobs with drug abuse history wouldn't be allowed to adopt....

December 31, 2013 @ 8:35 AM

Teena in Toronto

I can't believe people would still vote for this clown after everything that's happened.

December 31, 2013 @ 10:33 AM

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