His drug and alcohol-fuelled antics made world headlines and
engulfed a city in unprecedented controversy. Toronto mayor
Rob Ford's personal and political troubles have occupied
centre stage in North America's fourth-largest city since news
broke that drug dealers were selling a videotape of Ford appearing
to smoke crack cocaine.
Reporter Robyn Doolittle was one of three journalists to
view the video and report on its contents in May 2013. Her
dogged pursuit of the story has uncovered disturbing details
about the mayor's past, and embroiled the Toronto police, city
councillors, and ordinary citizens in a raucous debate about
the future of the city.
Even before those explosive events, Ford was a divisive
figure. A populist and successful city councillor, he was an
underdog to become mayor in 2010. His politics and mercurial
nature have split the amalgamated city in two.
But there is far more to the story. The Ford family has a
long, unhappy history of substance abuse and criminal
behaviour. Despite their troubles, they are also one of the
most ambitious families in Canada. Those close to the Fords
say they often compare themselves to the Kennedys and believe
they were born to lead. Doolittle says that regardless of
whether the mayor survives the current crack-cocaine scandal,
the Ford name will be on the ballot in the mayoralty election
Fast paced and insightful, Crazy Town is a
page-turning portrait of a troubled man, a formidable family,
and a city caught in an astonishing scandal.