Toronto Star reporter says he was not in Mayor's backyard
The big story in Toronto tonight is that Mayor Rob Ford had a trespasser in his backyard. That's not exactly what happened, according to a Toronto Star reporter.
Reports of Ford
calling the police were confirmed to be true by Constable Tony Vella earlier this evening.
It is true that Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale was behind Ford's home but he was working on another story and not taking pictures of the family, Dale says.
Dale told his side of the story
just after 10:00 p.m. tonight on the Toronto Star's website.
A reporter with the Star since Ford took office, Dale was investigating the story about Rob Ford asking to buy a parcel of land from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.
Ford wants to build a better fence on the land to protect his children, according to his letter to the executive committee at TRCA.
The land Ford wants to buy is filled with mature trees and public property. Dale says he was on that land Wednesday evening to investigate if Ford already had a fence.
Dale says he arrived on the parkland after 7:30 p.m. Walking toward the mayor's residence, he noted the trees and Ford's wood fence that encases his property. Dale was in contact with his editors until his phone died at 7:47 p.m. while he was taking pictures of the trees and fence.
According to Dale that was when he was encountered by Ford who appeared to be angry and yelling. Ford asked Dale if he was spying on him and Dale said no and told him he was writing about the TRCA story.
Ford continued toward Dale, again questioning if he was spying and Dale said he again answered that he was not.
Dale tried to turn on his phone to be able to record Ford, at which point Ford demanded he drop the phone. Dale felt threatened by the mayor at this point and dropped the phone before fleeing.
Dale has not been charged as a trespasser and is at the Toronto Star office.