Report: Staffer in Ford's office has called into radio show
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford arrives at a radio station in Toronto on Sunday, May 26, 2013, for his weekly radio program with his brother Doug. (The Canadian Press/Aaron Vincent Elkaim)
Chris Fox, cp24.com
Published Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:26PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:31PM EDT
Coun. Doug Ford is dismissing a media report that suggests a member of the mayor’s staff has made repeated calls into his weekly radio show under a pseudonym.
The CBC report claims that the mayor’s director of operations and logistics David Price has made six calls into the show Doug and Rob Ford host on Newstalk 1010 to trumpet the mayor’s agenda and lash out at his critics.
The calls, which were made using the aliases “Dave from Scarborough” and “Dave from Etobicoke,” occurred prior to Price joining the mayor’s office and were shuttered afters members of Ford’s staff found out the callers identity, the CBC report said, citing unidentified sources.
“They are trying to say that (that the mayor is planting softball questions), but we have Ford nation people calling in every single week and by the way we encourage everyone to call in good or bad,” Doug Ford told CP24 Tuesday morning. “No employee from his office calls in.”
According to the report, Price made his calls between March and May of last year, criticizing everything from a 5 cent plastic bag fee to a report from the medical officer of health calling for lower speed limits.
Speaking with CP24 Monday, Newstalk 1010 program director Mike Bendixen said his station screens all viewer calls but has to take people at their word when it comes to their identity.
Bendixen added that the station does not have caller ID and would have no way to identify the source of viewer calls.
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