MAYOR ROB FORD, in his continuing battle with the TORONTO STAR, wants award-winning reporter DANIEL DALE banned from City Hall. “I will not be talking to any reporters if he’s part of that scrum. They have to take him out of City Hall,” Mayor Ford told JOHN OAKLEY on AM640 Thursday morning.
Dale was working on a story about Ford’s attempt to buy a slice of a city park for an enhanced security fence. He was spotted by a neighbour in the vicinity of the mayor’s property line. The STAR, Canada’s largest circulation daily, says Dale will remain on the City Hall beat. MICHAEL COOKE, Toronto Star editor: “Mayor Ford is not in a position to be dictating the assignments of reporters who cover him. We have no plans to restrict Daniel Dale from attending any press conferences or scrums he would normally cover as a City Hall reporter.”