LISTEN: Doug Ford wants football stadium named for late brother
It is the place we saw some of Rob Ford's happiest public moments, where he seemed most at ease in his kelly green and golden yellow bomber jacket: at the edge of a football field in Etobicoke's Centennial Park.
A year after his death from cancer, the late mayor's family says it would to like to name the 2,200 seat venue known simply as Centennial Park Stadium in his honour.
"We were thinking of going with Rob's passion," Doug Ford said. "We don't want to name the park after him, we just want that one football stadium that he played in high school, he played with the Don Bosco Eagles and other teams that he coached. So we wouldn't mind calling in the 'Rob Ford Stadium'."
Doug Ford expressed frustration that mayor John Tory has not reached out to the family to ask about their wishes for a memorial.
Speaking with Moore in the Morning Wednesday, John Tory did not explain why he hadn't been in touch but expressed dismay at Ford's criticism of him.
"It's not a day to engage in this kind of thing I'm surprised he is frankly. It is a day to honour Rob Ford's memory and extend condolences again to the family."
Tory said he had not heard of the Ford family's stadium naming pitch until he heard it on NEWSTALK 1010. The mayor says he met Rob Ford's nephew councillor Michael Ford for lunch a week ago and it was not mentioned.
Tory says a month ago, the family rejected a plan being considered to name a city park for Rob Ford.
Now knowing the family's wishes, Tory says the stadium proposal will be dealt with as quickly as is responsible.
"But I don't think this is about speed. I think it's about finding the proper way in which to honour the memory of a former mayor."
Tory did issue a statement on the anniversary of Ford's death
"A year ago a family lost a treasured son, brother, husband, father and uncle and the City of Toronto lost a former Mayor and an outspoken voice on City Council.
Rob Ford left us far too soon and again today my thoughts are with his family - Renata and their two children, his mother, Diane, his brothers Doug and Randy, his sister Kathy and the rest of the Ford family including Councillor Michael Ford - as they continue to cope with this tremendous and heartbreaking loss.
On behalf of the people of The City of Toronto, I once again offer my sincere condolences to those who counted Rob as a friend and loved one as they mark this sombre anniversary."
Doug Ford is touched that strangers continue to show support and admiration for his brother, including leaving flowers at his grave.
Doug Ford says his late brother's children continue to gush about their dad. While he concedes widow Renata, has had challenges", Doug Ford says she is "100 per cent better".
Renata Ford was charged with impaired driving in late December. Doug Ford she is now living with her mother and has the help of a nanny.
The Ford family is hosting a celebration of Rob Ford's life from 6-9 p.m. at Woodbine Banquet Hall near Rexdale Blvd and Hwy 27.