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Toronto Mayor’s Brother Says Newspaper Report ’A Lie’

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May 25 (Bloomberg) -- Doug Ford, a Toronto city councilor and brother of Mayor Rob Ford, said allegations by the Globe and Mail newspaper that he was a hashish dealer in the 1980s are untrue.

“That’s a lie. It’s an outright lie,” Doug Ford said today in an interview with the CP24 television channel. “As far as I’m concerned, that’s irresponsible journalism.”

The Globe and Mail, citing unidentified sources it described as drug users and dealers, alleged that Doug Ford was involved in the activity until he was about 22 years old. The newspaper, based in Toronto and distributed nationally, said it uncovered the information during 18 months of reporting on the Ford family.

The newspaper said it found no evidence that Doug Ford was ever charged with any illegal acts and didn’t implicate Mayor Ford.

Today’s story comes after The Toronto Star newspaper reported that two of its reporters watched a video allegedly showing Mayor Ford inhaling from a crack cocaine pipe. Bloomberg News hasn’t seen the video and can’t verify its authenticity.

Mayor Ford, 43, said yesterday that he doesn’t smoke crack cocaine.

Doug Ford and his lawyer, Gavin Tighe, didn’t respond to phone calls and e-mails seeking comment. Attempts to reach a Globe and Mail spokesman were unsuccessful.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Donville in Vancouver at cjdonville@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Scanlan at dscanlan@bloomberg.net

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