Rob Ford took his shitshow on the road this weekend.
The troubled mayor is in Vancouver to attend the funeral of former staffer David Price's mother. Ford's trip got off to a routine start after he touched down on the West Coast Friday morning with his wife and two young children: he posed for pictures with a few locals at the airport and then fled the media when they started to ask about the latest disturbing allegations against him.
But later that night Ford hit the town, and apparently had an eventful evening. At first Global News reported that the RCMP ticketed him for jaywalking and public intoxication, but the witness they spoke to later retracted that and said he only received a jaywalking citation. It was reportedly for $109.
As Ford often does when he finds himself in a tight spot, he quickly gave an interview to Joe Warmington, a supportive columnist at the Toronto Sun, to explain his run-in with the RCMP. He denied being intoxicated.
"All I have had here is a Diet Coke," he told Warmington.
But the mayor didn't just have a run-in with the cops. Throughout the night, video and photos began popping up online showing the mayor, who has publicly pledged to stop drinking and using drugs, looking bleary-eyed in the midst of a rowdy sea of people several years his junior. The images appear to be from the Foggy Dew, a popular local bar near the the Executive Plaza Hotel in Coquitlam. A recent Yelp review describes its clientele as "mostly 19-22-year-olds mixed in with some middle-aged [people]."