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article imageRob Ford issues written apology and Daniel Dale drops libel suit

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 19, 2013 in Politics
If at first your apology doesn't work then try again - only do it properly the second time. That appears to be the case with Rob Ford's apology to Daniel Dale. Ford's first apology wasn't accepted but on Wednesday, his second try, was.
Ford tried an apology in council on Tuesday but Dale pointed out Ford didn't address the issue of Ford's slandering of his good name but rather blamed the media for its interpretation of his words. It would seem Ford has one or more lawyers advising he comply with Dale's wishes because, despite last week saying he stood by his remarks, he tried another apology on Wednesday.
Mayor Rob Ford apology to Daniel Dale
This time Ford issued a lengthy written statement, released by Dan Jacob, his chief of staff. Parts are included herein: “There was no basis for me to say that Mr. Dale was ever in my backyard or on my property and I should not have said that. Accordingly, I apologize to Mr. Dale for the inaccurate manner in which I described the incident of May 2012.
“I am unaware of any pictures Mr. Dale took with his phone of land near my property, and therefore I apologize to Mr. Dale if the words I spoke to Mr. (Conrad) Black left the impression that Mr. Dale had taken photographs of my backyard.
"I should not have said what I did, and I wholly retract my statements and apologize to Mr. Dale without reservation for what I said. I sincerely hope that Mr. Dale will accept my personal apology for my comments and all harm my words may have caused him.”
Daniel Dale: "back to work"
That statement, appearing to have been written for Mayor Ford, was enough for Daniel Dale. His response has in essence ended the matter: “I sincerely appreciate Mayor Ford’s complete retraction and unqualified apology, and I’m very glad the truth is no longer in dispute,” Dale said. “I won’t be taking legal action against the mayor, and I’m looking forward to getting back to work.”
While Dale goes back to work with the Toronto Star, Ford can concentrate on his job as Mayor, though much of his duties have been stripped from him by council.
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