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Mayor May Not: we rundown Rob Ford’s recent (and lucky) close calls in court

Between a libel suit, a conflict-of-interest case and an election audit, Rob Ford is spending more time in court than Lindsay Lohan. But with news yesterday that the mayor won’t be prosecuted for improper campaign spending, Ford is free of serious legal challenges for the first time in more than a year. (That said, don’t shelf the #FordCourt hashtag just yet—he still has almost two years left in office, after all.) Below, we look back on the mayor’s biggest legal snafus and why he always seems to get a little lucky when it comes to the law.

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A forgotten audio tape could make or break Rob Ford’s libel suit

Rob Ford is in court this week over a $6-million defamation suit filed by Boardwalk Pub owner George Foulidis, a high-profile case in which David Miller,  Toronto Sun columnist Sue-Ann Levy and deputy mayor Doug Holyday are all potential witnesses. Those big names, however, have been completely eclipsed by the appearance of a lowly audio tape otherwise forgotten in the home files of former Sun writer and editor Rob Granatstein. Until yesterday, everybody involved with the inquiry believed no recording remained of a pivotal 2010 meeting between Ford and the Sun’s editorial board—everybody except Granatstein, who left the paper last year. He had a copy all along and had been anxiously deliberating about whether or not to come forward with the evidence. (He catalogued his painstaking struggle to make a decision in a column for Canada.com that’s so heady it almost seems like it could’ve been ripped from the pages of a Dostoyevsky novel.) After talking it over with lawyers, he eventually turned the tape over to the Sun, and it’s scheduled to be played in court tomorrow. Sure, the whole fiasco isn’t on par with the Watergate tapes, but it does feel like a twist worthy of a courtroom TV drama.

(Images: Rob Ford, Christopher Drost; recorder, redjar)

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Least surprising political endorsement ever: John Tory supports Sandra Bussin’s opponent

John Tory’s clashes with Sandra Bussin are hardly news, but would he go so far as to endorse her opponent? Apparently, yes. In what is perhaps less of a straight-up approval than a mischievous attempt at retribution, John Tory is giving the thumbs up to Ward 32 challenger and Beach busybody Mary-Margaret McMahon. And if that news doesn’t shock, perhaps this will: Tory feels strongly enough about unseating Bussin that he’s willing to spend his Saturday morning canvassing the Beach with new-found political gal pal McMahon.

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Boardwalk Pub owner pulls the trigger, sues Ford for libel

The battle for the Beach is heating up. It all started back when the city extended Tuggs Inc.’s monopoly on selling food and drinks on the eastern Woodbine Beach, and has since become a symbol (for Rob Ford, among others) of everything that’s wrong at city hall. Ford has used some pretty harsh language regarding the deal, including the words “civic corruption,” which finally got the owner of the pub, George Foulidis, to threaten Ford with a defamation suit if he didn’t retract his allegations and apologize. Shocking everyone nobody, Ford has refused to retract his statement or apologize, and so Foulidis has pulled the trigger and filed a lawsuit against Ford.

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Boardwalk Café owner giving Ford a choice: apology or lawsuit

The long-running drama over the city’s decision to grant George Foulidis a 20-year monopoly on selling food and drinks along the Beach got more interesting this morning. After Rob Ford’s repeated accusations that the deal was an example of corruption, Foulidis is now threatening to sue Ford for libel if he doesn’t retract his claims and apologize. The Star broke the story this morning:

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Showdown at the Boardwalk Café: Tuggs owner gets an earful from local candidate

There are many reasons readers might be familiar with Sandra Bussin, councillor for Beaches–East York. Some may remember the time she called in to John Tory‘s radio show and called him a “three-time loser.”  Others will remember her part in getting the city to renew a monopoly agreement with the Boardwalk Café, the only business permitted to sell food and drinks on the beach in the city’s east end. The cushy deal made against the advice of city staff (where have we heard that before?) guarantees that the restaurant won’t face any competition until 2028.  Well, yesterday, the issue blew up in the open as a local candidate challenging Bussin argued with the owner of the Boardwalk Café, George Foulidis.

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The Boardwalk Pub could dominate refreshment sales along Toronto’s eastern beaches

Sandra Bussin (Image: toronto.ca)

As any visitor to Woodbine Beach knows, there is only one spot nearby to grab a bite: the Boardwalk Pub. If city council approves a new proposal, reports the Globe, the refreshment monopoly will remain in place until 2028—and the owners will pay $50,000 less in yearly rent.

The Boardwalk Pub, which opened in 1986, landed its sweet deal in the mid-2000s when owner George Foulidis asked the city about extending the lease beyond 2007. The council rejected competitive bids, with Beaches–East York councillor Sandra Bussin going to bat for the pub, saying that its existence prevented fast-food chains from opening in the area.

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