He alleged Ford's wife's behaviour was "irrational
and out of control" upon his return and called the
CUSTODY OF CHILDREN
Morris said there is a "virtual mandatory arrest
policy" in Ontario when it comes to allegations of
spousal assault, insisting police automatically lay
charges when a wife accuses her husband of domestic
He said he has not been informed of any specifics
about the allegations against his client.
Ford's wife was unavailable for comment.
Speaking at his City Hall office, Ford said
yesterday he is now living at a residence owned by
another family member and maintains custody of his
3-year-old daughter and 6-month-old son.
The councillor for Etobicoke North (Ward 2) said
he will stay at his job and expressed a desire to
look for spending cuts when city council tackles
this year's $8-billion budget next week.
"It's challenging. Every family has their
problems. Mine are a little bit more exposed because
I'm in public life," Ford said. "That's what you get
with this job. If you want to be a politician, be
prepared to have an open book."
Mayor David Miller said it's up to Ford, one of
his critics, to decide whether he can keep doing his
job with charges hanging over his head.
"Past that, I really can't comment. He has been
charged with some very, very serious offences and
it's up to the courts to decide whether those
charges are upheld," Miller said.
Most councillors asked by the Sun were reluctant
to comment or shared Miller's view that it's up to
Ford to decide whether to step down.
However, Councillor Doug Holyday argued that
there's no reason for his colleague to step aside.
"That would be pre-judging him," he said.
A family member at the couple's Etobicoke home
said Renata has been extremely distraught since the
incident and she plans to fight to get her children
The modest house, in an upscale area near
Scarlett Rd. and Eglinton Ave. W., is surrounded by
A sign hanging on the front door yesterday read:
"Love will conquer all." Several clothes hangers lay
in a snowbank on the lawn with men's dress socks
clinging to them.
Meanwhile, a Facebook group called "We Support
Councillor Rob Ford" had attracted dozens of members
as of last night. Many of the messages complained
about media coverage of the arrest.
"See how they are trying to make Rob look like
some sort of beast so they can sell papers," wrote
Shaun Empire, of Los Angeles, listed as the creator
of the group.