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article imageMayor Rob Ford apologizes for incident at Ford Fest

By Marcus Hondro     Jul 27, 2014 in Politics
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford made an apology on a news station for an incident that occurred at his family's annual 'Ford Fest' celebration on Friday. Members of the LGBT community were there and were harassed by other attendees.
'Ford Fest' took place at Thomson Memorial Park in Scarborough and the 6 or 7 members of the LGBT who attended said they were there to protest what they called Ford's homophobia. They held placards and at one point were shouted at by others, told, among other things, to "go home." Someone shoved a hand in the face of one of the more vocal protestors.
The mayor's brother, Councillor Doug Ford, issued an apology for the incident Friday and on Saturday Mayor Ford, speaking to Toronto news station CP24, also issued an apology. “I apologize too," the mayor told CP24. "I didn’t personally see it. I was in the tent, but it’s terrible that things like that happen. I apologize and we have to move on."
Doug Ford, in addition to apologizing, had told CP24 that one person in particular from the LGBT community was involved, and he suggested it wasn't completely one-sided and put some blame on that man and the other members of the LGBT community who came to protest.
“I think 99 per cent it went really well. Everyone had a good time,” he said. “I think it’s just unfortunate what happened. Like I said we apologized to the gentleman. I don’t know. It’s tough for him to show up I guess. There was a little bit of taunting on both sides.
"I just wish it didn’t happen.”
Hundreds attended the yearly event in support of the mayor and his family. An organizing official of the event said it was not a campaign event but a family event and that he did not feel it appropriate for protestors to attend.
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