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article imageToronto Mayor Rob Ford says he's target of bomb threat

By Marcus Hondro     Aug 11, 2014 in Politics
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told the media this afternoon that an email has been sent to him and his brother in which the sender threatens to blow up City Hall if he does not resign within 24 hours. Mayor Ford read the email sent to his brother to reporters.
“What’s wrong with your effing brother," Mr. Ford read inside City Hall. "I sent an email to him at City Hall. He has 12 hours to vacate otherwise City Hall will blow. I’ve already set up an explosive around. This is the message. You have 24 hours to vacate City Hall. You and your brother. No fuss, no argument, no whining, no nothing. If you ignore this warning, City Hall will disappear from the map. I’m not joking.”
Besides reading the email, the mayor showed a printout to cameras; it implies an earlier email was sent to him but that was the only email he read out. It appears the city's deputy mayor, Norm Kelly, may have also been sent the above email. Mayor Ford did not divulge exactly when the emails were sent and did not say exactly how much time was left.
In a brief story published by the National Post, the national newspaper said that police did not know if the email threat was a serious one but that they are investigating it. There's been no word as to whether the police have detected any explosive device around Toronto's City Hall.
As of this writing there's been no evacuation ordered.
This is the latest in a string of controversial events which have dogged the mayor over the past year or more, including drugs and rehab and inappropriate behaviour from Mr. Ford. He is running for reelection and his brother Doug is his campaign manager; Toronto goes to the polls on October 27.
The mayor was asked if he was advised by police to share the email and he said he was not but that he wanted to "let the people of this great city know what's going on." He also said that he was going to "carry on with business."
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