Forest native Robyn Doolittle, a reporter with the Toronto Star, speaks at Sarnia's Strangway Centre about her book
Forest native Robyn Doolittle, a reporter with the Toronto Star, speaks at Sarnia's Strangway Centre about her book "Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story.
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was in Sarnia
recently to speak about the experience of writing the book and to answer questions from residents - many of whom she
pointed out as former teachers and family members.
told the audience that she
start in journalism locally - she
way into a regular column in The Sarnia Observer after realizing that she
would need to build a portfolio to pursue journalism at Ryerson University
Getting that gig was "one of the luckiest moments of my career," she
"Within the first year, it became obvious that this was more than just an usual politican," said Doolittle
, explaining that he
stopped showing up for work and she
began hearing about frequent calls to the Ford house for domestic incidents.
One Christmas, she
got a tip that his
in-laws had called the police, alleging that he
was drunk and was driving his
children to the airport with the intention of leaving the country with them.
got deeper into the Ford story, she
also learned about his
ties to drug dealers and a violent street gang.
"It took a full year to really put it all together," she
In May, she
and another reported revealed that they had been shown the now infamous video of the mayor smoking from what appeared to be a crack pipe.
explained that there were plenty of details to tell that hadn't had a place in any Toronto Star
story - details that sometimes required more careful treatment than what could be given in a 1,000 article.
struggled with how much information to include in the book about Ford's family members - especially those who are not publically elected officials.
"Their kids are going to Google
him some day, and there's nothing I can really do about that," she
said, but added what the children (and the public) need to know about their mother is a more sensitive topic, since she
did not place herself in the public spotlight.