Two prominent Toronto insiders talk bluntly with Seamus

SEAMUS O’BRADAIGH –  Column

Toronto – I am sitting in my favorite Toronto watering hole. It’s a place where pundits and toadies meet to greet each other with warm pale ale and bullshit.

it’s an old bar and there are tables in dark corners where the more famous faces hang, occasionally glancing over their shoulders to see if anyone they know has popped into view.

I sit in the darkest corner with a full frontal view of the only entrance. I am sitting with my two cronies. Because I live in the kawarthas I do not get to the Smoke that often and when I do I always end up ensconced in an interminably long and drawn out harangue with the only two haranguers in this country that can outmouth me.

I’m happy to take a back seat because both these people (I’m not telling) are high rollers, heavy hitters. One works for the fourth or fith estate. I’ve lost count since I left a glowing sinecure with a prominent chain of media outlets only when I worked there they just called them papers.

Anyway the other guy is huge on the political tableau. He is an insider. And hs been for years. let’s call one of them Hearst and the other Tom Darcy.

Just to simplify and separate who’s who. Hearst is the Estate guy and Tom Darcy is our deep throat.

Both of them live in Toronto, but neither meddle or even dabble in provincial or municipal politics. These guys carry Uzis not pea guns. They also carry a lot of water. They know people. Nudge. They own people. Wink.

They know the municipal scene in Toronto. They just don’t give a shit.

I called on these two because I know that Tom Darcy knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a cop who is deep cover on the Ford File. Hearst knows a guy that knows a guy that is privy to some guys who know Sandro Lisi personally. These are guys who would not mind seeing their buddy Sandro Lisi take the rap and long fall into the depths of the penitentiary system.

“These guys are mean,” says Hearst. “My boy “Biggie Nose” says that Lisi has managed to piss a lot of the wrong guys off.”

“My guy, the dick,” says Darcy says that the Police Chief’s crew were working under extreme duress the whole three months they were on this gig.”

According to Darcy and Hearst, the video and the drug connections, are what prompted this investigation in the first place.

“Let’s face it, since Lisi started driving for Ford there were murmurs amongst a lot of police that Ford was not being hmm, too thoughtful about who he was hanging with,” says Darcy.

Hearst says: “Look, Ford had a rep as a hardball guy with some pretty heavy duty connections, and my guys say that Ford was so cocky that things just went south. I think when you’re the big man on campus and you’ve got a drug guy driving you around and you’re paying him, and you’re doing all of this shit  right in front of a lot of cops who know Lisi in another way… well, you are the bitch! These guys in the video thought that Ford was untouchable. Sadder yet, is the apparent disregard for any self-edit where Ford was concerned.

“You’re only too smart for the room, if… well, you’re too smart for the room. And it’s pretty well known that Ford isn’t anywhere near to being a Rhodes Scholar. I mean let’s face it the man is a walking pile of shit, who seems to be under the impression that he can do these things without any fear of repercussion. Well, when Karma comes back at ya’ it tends to chomp a hunk outta’ your rear end. Not that Ford couldn’t afford to shed a few.

“According to my guy,” says Darcy, “he’s fucked, because it ‘don’t matter what he’s smoking,’ says my detective, ‘it’s what the sonofabitch is sayin’.’  I’m at a loss to explain why Ford let his lawyer loose with that screed this morning.”

Just to keep you all up to date here here’s what Ford’s barrister, Dennis Morris, said on Friday morning: “In my view the reporters from The Toronto Star have probably never smoked crack cocaine as [have] probably 99 per cent of our citizenry,” said Morris. “For someone to approach them asking a large sum of money, would it make more sense to say ‘I have a video of the mayor smoking crack cocaine, or have a video of the mayor smoking perhaps tobacco, or marijuana? Which one would you be interested in if you’re going to buy a video?” Morris said in the same interview that both he and his client welcome the release of the video to the general public, prompting both of my guys to jump in.

“I heard that and I could not beleive what I was hearing,” says Darcy. “I know what’s there, and I think Dennis Morris needs to take a long sabbatical at the fucking Royal Ottawa Sanitorium!”

“Morris is an asshole and has been for a long time,” says Hearst. “Ford is involved by association with some well-known members of the Dixon City Blood. And I know what’s on that video. It’s absolutely incriminating and depicts the Mayor as a potty-mouthed boor and racist. Someone has got to let Dennis Morris know that this ain’t about cocaine.

“It’s about the personal and professional reputation of a man ostensibly trying to run the biggest city in Canada with an albatross hung on his neck. No cocaine conviction is needed here. The tape will prove that Mr. Ford shouldn’t be left in charge of anything bigger than a fucking lemonade stand. Period.”

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