.Supporters of Mayor Rob Ford are given T-shirts as they check in to Fordfest, the annual Ford family BBQ, held at Thomson Memorial Park in Scarborough today. Three city park staff and three by-law enforcement officers will be in attendance at tonight’s event to ensure that it does not break any rules, including campaigning during the event.
According to a spokesperson for Ford, city officials have already informed the mayor that he will not be allowed to make any political speeches or hand out any material that says ‘Ford for mayor.’Ford will, however, be allowed to hand out 'Ford Nation' merchandise as he has does in the past.
Ford, who has vowed to remain in the mayoral race despite his drug and alcohol scandals, says staying on in the post would help his recovery. This is expected to be the first alcohol-free Ford Fest, since the province turned down the organizers' application for a liquor licence.