Mayor Rob Ford appeared intoxicated at city hall on St. Patrick’s Day two years ago, according a report by city staff.

A newly revealed email by city hall security on March 18, 2012 – the morning after St. Patrick’s Day – outlined interactions between city hall security and Ford that had taken place hours earlier.

A record of the email has been made public as Ford faces intense scrutiny over his involvement in a drug investigation by Toronto Police.

The email stated that:

  • Ford arrived city hall around 8:30 p.m. and was “on site” with several city staffers, including his current chief of staff, Earl Provost, for a few hours.
  • Just after 11:30 p.m., the mayor and his associates left city hall.
  • Upon Ford’s return to city hall at 2 a.m., “It was quite evident that he was very intoxicated as he had problems walking, was sweating profusely and was swearing at Provost as he walked by the Security desk.”
  • Around 2:30 a.m., Ford visited the security desk alone with a half empty bottle of St. Remy French Brandy.
  • Security staff eventually put Ford in a cab to be taken to his residence.

Media reports from that time indicate Ford made an appearance at a downtown bar during St. Patrick’s Day 2012 festivities.