TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Today's stunning police announcement of a
recovered video that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack
cocaine vindicates the hard and courageous work done by Toronto Star
reporters, among others, says the union representing journalists across
"Our members have been called liars and frauds, and have been much
abused in public," said Paul Morse, president of Unifor Local 87-M
Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild.
"But what goes around comes around," Morse said. "Chief Bill Blair's
revelation that Toronto police have recovered a digital video file he
says is consistent with what had been described in previous media
reports shows what great journalism can accomplish."
The union also singled out the stellar in-depth investigative work done
by Globe and Mail journalists who reported on Toronto Councillor Doug
Ford's alleged ties to the drug world. Earlier this month, the Ontario
Press Council dismissed complaints about the Globe and Mail and Toronto
Star's reporting concerning the Ford brothers.
Reporters at both the Star and the Globe are members of Unifor Local
"Imagine what ends up hidden from view without the efforts of our
professional journalists," Morse said. "Journalists have demonstrated
once again that they are a pillar of our democracy."
SOURCE: Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild (CEP Local 87-M)
For further information:
Paul Morse, 905-536-5650