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Councillor Doug Ford defends his ‘workaholic’ mayor brother
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Diana Zlomislic
Staff Reporter

While Rob Ford The Mayor lobbed candy canes at Santa Claus parade watchers on Sunday afternoon, Doug Ford The City Councillor launched into a defence of his little brother’s work ethic during a two-hour radio show.

There is nothing naughty about Mayor Ford’s commitment of “a couple hours a day” to his other job as a high school football coach, Councillor Ford told listeners of the weekly program he usually co-hosts with his brother on CFRB 1010.

Ford prefaced his soliloquy by thanking “you guys”— presumably his producers — for letting him “off the leash.”

“They usually try to muzzle me up,” he said.

“Yes, I’m his brother but I’m also his biggest critic next to the Toronto Star,” the councillor said.“A few of the people that didn’t vote for him in the first place have a problem with him giving back a couple hours — a couple hours — a day for, what is it, two months, to coach football, help kids and mentor ’em.

“And if they’re questioning Rob’s work ethic? Rob Ford is a workaholic.”

Constituents, council members and a taxpayer advocacy group have called the mayor out in recent months over his devotion to football.

In September, Mayor Ford missed most of a committee meeting to coach a scrimmage. Later, he refused to answer questions about his alleged use of city staff and resources to manage his three teams.

Earlier this month, Toronto police ordered a TTC bus to shuttle Etobicoke’s Don Bosco Secondary School Eagles — the mayor’s team — home after the opposing coach was ejected and the game ended early.

And last week, lawyers in Superior Court had to reschedule Mayor Ford’s testimony at a $6-million libel trial while Don Bosco played in a Metro Bowl high school football championship quarterfinal. The Eagles won 31-0.

Sit-in sidekick, Councillor Frances Nunziata, filling in for the mayor on the radio show, stayed relatively quiet after Ford introduced her by referring to an off-air comment she made about her “men problems” over breakfast that morning at Perkins.

About an hour and a half into the show, Nunziata, who scored an A to the mayor’s B in a new report from the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition, chimed in to defend the mayor’s work ethic.

“Unfortunately, with all the negative press,” she said, it clouds his accomplishments.

The Metro Bowl final is Nov. 27 at Rogers Centre. The timing overlaps with a council meeting. Ford, who has been coaching for 19 years, said he’s going to the game

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