Star filing complaint over Rob Ford's press restrictions
Published Friday, December 2, 2011 10:26AM EST
TORONTO - A dispute between Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and the Toronto Star is headed to the city's integrity commissioner.
Ford has refused to talk to Star reporters since a 2010 article in the paper concerning his conduct as a football coach.
The Star says that's the mayor's prerogative, but adds the paper is also being denied notification of public events, briefings or announcements from Ford's office.
Ford told radio station AM640 this morning that releases are sent to the City Hall press gallery and "everybody gets" them. He calls the issue "ridiculous."
Torstar chairman John Honderich says in a statement that "the blatant attempt by the mayor to block the flow of public information to one newspaper" cannot go unchallenged.
Honderich says the Star will file a formal complaint with the city's integrity commissioner and ask for a ruling.
"Quite simply, the mayor must be held to account for this," Honderich says in the statement published Thursday in the Star.