Mayor Ford ignores media, Dale at public appearance
Published Tuesday, May 8, 2012 8:17PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, May 19, 2012 8:15AM EDT
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford refused to speak to the media as reporters, including the Toronto Star's Daniel Dale, asked him questions at his semi-weekly weigh in on Tuesday.
Ford and Dale have not had contact since the mayor confronted the reporter while he was reporting on parkland near Ford's Etobicoke home.
Ford emerged from his office on Tuesday and walked past reporters and media cameras, stepping briefly on the scale before quickly returning to his office.
"I gained four pounds, that's really good isn't it?" he asked his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, after tipping the scale at 314 pounds.
Police were called last Wednesday, when Ford chased down and confronted Dale while he was in a park behind the mayor's house. Ford claims Dale was spying on his family.
Dale says he was behind Ford's house, on public property, researching a plot of land the mayor was trying to buy from the region's conservation authority when the confrontation took place.
Tuesday's public weigh-in -- part of a weight-loss challenge the Fords launched in January -- was the first time Rob Ford and Daniel Dale have crossed paths since the incident.
Doug Ford, who weighed in at 247 pounds, singled Dale out of the gathered media on Tuesday to offer a brief greeting.
He then said he personally held no hard feelings toward the city hall beat reporter, suggesting it was the Star's fault for sending him to the mayor's house.
"I feel sorry for Daniel Dale. In my opinion he was thrown underneath the bus from his own company," Doug Ford told reporters.
"It is not Daniel Dale so much, when he is told to go hide in the bushes at the mayor's house. No one single person in this press gallery would do that."
Dale later expressed his disappointment with Ford's comment and reiterated that he was in a public space writing about a legitimate story when the mayor charged at him.
"The Star has been incredibly supportive of me. Throwing under the bus usually means they have not been supportive, so I am not sure what he meant there," Dale said.
"As I have said repeatedly I was never hiding, never in any bushes. I was on public land, not skulking around. I was walking around in plain sight in broad daylight.
"It's time to get back to work."