Toronto Mayor Rob Ford suspends staffer David Price

Dave Price, Mayor Rob Ford's director of operations and logistics, walks out of the mayor's office



TORONTO -- Mayor Rob Ford had nothing but kind words Wednesday for the senior staffer he suspended a day earlier.

As QMI Agency revealed first Wednesday, Ford suspended Dave Price -- his director of logistics and operations -- on Tuesday afternoon.

The suspension came shortly after Ford learned Price called a QMI Agency reporter, refused to identify himself and complained about an online headline on a story about Price misrepresenting himself when he called in to the mayor's radio show.

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"We all make mistakes. He's made a mistake and that's it -- I'm not getting into anything else," Ford said Wednesday.

Asked by a CBC reporter if he'll welcome Price back with open arms, Ford brushed off the question.

"Guys, he's hard-working, I'm not going to get into personnel matters," he said.

Price called around 2 p.m. Tuesday to register the complaint. He was concerned about a headline on an online story about his habit of calling into the mayor's radio show claiming to be "Dave" from different parts of the city and showering Ford with compliments.

Those calls to the mayor's Newstalk 1010 radio show were made before Price got his taxpayer-funded gig in the mayor's office.

Tuesday's call came from a blocked number but the voice sounded similar to Price's voicemail and to that of "Dave" - the caller to the mayor's radio show.

"‘Staffer pretended to be caller to Toronto mayor's radio show,'" Price began. "Pretended?"

Asked if it was David Price speaking, the caller laughed.
"Pretended? I know you don't write the headlines but that's out and out wrong," he said.

When asked if he said he was "Dave from Scarborough" when he called the radio station, Price said "no."

Price was then asked to clarify what happened.

"What do you mean what happened?" he asked.

"No. 1, it wasn't me, and all I'm asking you to do is correct the headline."

Price was asked if he was denying he made the calls to the mayor's show.

"Yeah, anyway, just the headline's wrong - that's all I've got to say," he said before hanging up.

Minutes after the mayor's office was asked about the incident, Ford asked to hear the recording of the phone call.

Hours later as he left City Hall, Ford confirmed he'd suspended Price for a week.

Price started working in Ford's office in April.

He was Ford's high school football coach when the mayor was a student at Scarlett Heights. A longtime friend of Coun. Doug Ford, Price worked as campaign manager for the mayor's brother in the 2010 election.


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