TORONTO - The brother of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is being chastised on social media for reportedly saying a residential home for developmentally disabled youth has "ruined" a neighbourhood.
Coun. Doug Ford's comments have triggered an angry response on Twitter, with people including former Ontario premier Bob Rae blasting the Toronto city councillor.
The community newspaper the Etobicoke Guardian reported on Friday that Ford's office organized a public meeting on Thursday concerning the facility run by the Griffin Centre, described as a non-profit multi-service mental health agency.
The paper reported that some residents in Toronto's west-end complained about the facility's presence in their midst and that they weren't given sufficient advance warning.
Ford, whose ward is in the west-end, is quoted as saying it was unacceptable to have emergency vehicles parked on the street outside the home and that the home should be relocated.
"You’ve ruined the community,” Ford is quoted by the Guardian as telling the facility's staff.
“You can’t destroy a community like this. People have worked 30 years for their home...My heart goes out to kids with autism. But no one told me they’d be leaving the house. If it comes down to it, I’ll buy the house myself and resell it.”
The published comments attributed to Ford have drawn condemnation on Twitter, including Rae who weighed in with a tweet on Saturday.
"This is the opposite of leadership on mental health. Doug Ford should be ashamed of himself - hurting not helping," Rae tweeted.
Doug Ford did not immediately respond to an email asking for comment.
Deanna Dannell, a spokeswoman for the Griffin Centre said she was disappointed with Ford's comments but is heartened by the social response to his remarks.
"The positive support from the community has been overwhelming, she said in an email late Saturday.
"Not only have they been posting their support, they have been sending us letters of support and making generous donations."
The Griffin Centre had several contacts with Ford prior the residence opening and was upfront about who would be housed there and what services would be provided, Dannell said.
She added Ford hasn't been in touch since the meeting but has committed to having a follow up meeting in a week or so.
Ford has been an outspoken defender of his brother during the past year when the mayor made international headlines for his admissions of cocaine use, heavy drinking and repeated verbal gaffes.
Rob Ford announced late last month that he would seek professional treatment after another round of media stories about his after-hours activities.
Councillor Doug Ford and his brother Mayor Rob Ford gets into a shouting match with members of the public in chambers at City Hall in Toronto on November 18, 2013 during a special council meeting to limit more of his powers. (Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail)
Toronto City Councillor Doug Ford makes his way to the council chamber as councillors look to pass motions to limit the powers of his brother, Mayor Rob Ford, in Toronto on Monday November 18, 2013.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Councillor Doug Ford reads a prepared statement to the media outside his brother Rob's office at Toronto city hall on May 22 2013. Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, is at the centre of a scandal stemming from a video allegedly showing him smoking a crack pipe. (Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)
Toronto city councillor Doug Ford leaves a radio station where he has a program with his brother, Mayor Rob Ford, in Toronto on Sunday May 26, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim
Toronto City Councillor Doug Ford reads a statement to journalists at Toronto City Hall on May 22, 2013. The man who has most strongly defended Toronto Mayor Rob Ford against allegations he was filmed smoking crack cocaine is vehemently denying a claim that he himself once dealt in hashish. The Globe and Mail alleges in a story published Saturday that the mayor's brother, Coun. Doug Ford, was once a drug dealer in '80s -- a claim denounced by his lawyer as false. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
City councillor Doug Ford defends his brother, Mayor Rob Ford, at city council in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
UP NEXT: Renata Ford, Rob Ford's Wife
Renata Ford attends a news conference as her husband Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks to the media on Thursday November 14, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Mayor Rob Ford's wife Renata Ford, centre, is escorted to her car by staff after attending a press conference with her husband at city hall in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Mayor Rob Ford's wife Renata Ford, second left, is escorted to her car by staff after attending a press conference with her husband at city hall in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands at an elevator door as he tries to escort his wife Renata out of a news conference on Thursday November 14, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (centre) jostles with the media as he tries to escort his wife Renata (left) out of a news conference in Toronto on Thursday November 14, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Rob Ford on election day at his family's (mom and dad's) home in Toronto on October 25, 2010, watching as the results come up on the TV announcing him as the winner, and shortly afterwards, hearing that his brother Doug won as well. Hugs from his mother, Diane, and his wife Renata.This is when he found out his brother had won as well. Renata, Rob's wife, threw her arms up, as did mom, Diane, at left. (Photo by Peter Power/The Globe and Mail)
Mayor-elect Rob Ford being greeted by his supporters and making his speech at theToronto Congress Centre in Toronto on October 25, 2010, after winning the election. This is where he said the win was for his father. Mom, Diane, is left and wife Renata is right. (Photo by Peter Power/The Globe and Mail)
Rob Ford on election day at his family's (mom and dad's) home in Toronto on October 25, 2010, watching as the results come up on the TV announcing him as the winner, and shortly afterwards, hearing that his brother Doug won as well. Hugs and kisses immediately followed with his wife Renata. (Photo by Peter Power/The Globe and Mail)
Mayor Rob Ford gets a kiss from his wife Renata at city hall council chambers as he was officially sworn in as new mayor of Toronto Dec. 7, 2010.(Photo by Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail)
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Next: Rob Ford's Biggest Gaffes
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/08/sarah-thomson-rob-ford-facebook-photo_n_2836245.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">In March, former mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson accused Rob Ford of grabbing her behind</a> while at an event. She <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/11/sarah-thomson-rob-ford-cocaine_n_2853183.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">later suggested the mayor was so out of it that she wondered if he was on cocaine. Ford has denied the accusations.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/26/rob-ford-court-ruling-toronto_n_2191814.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">In November of 2012, an Ontario Superior Court Judge ordered Rob Ford to be removed from office</a> for violating Toronto's Conflict-of-Interest Act. The ruling stemmed from Ford's participation in a council vote to recommend he repay donations that he solicited for his private football foundation using official city letterhead. After weeks of uncertainty about who would replace Ford, the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/01/25/rob-ford-appeal-granted_n_2547358.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">mayor won his appeal</a>, allowing him to remain in power.
<A href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/rob-ford-football">Ford's role as coach of a high school football team</a> has repeatedly landed him in hot water. From a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/05/rob-ford-ttc-bus-football_n_2076761.html">city bus used to ferry the team home</a> after a reported brawl, to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/16/rob-ford-to-testify-today_n_2143353.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">missed council meetings and court appearances</a>, Ford's gridiron exploits have made headlines again and again. Despite the controversy, Ford has maintained that he's not giving up his other job to focus on running the city.
Winnipeg, Windsor, What's The Difference?
On a trade mission to Chicago, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/19/rob-ford-chicago-winnipeg-windsor_n_1896249.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">Ford infamously confused Winnipeg and Windsor</a>, a verbal stumble that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/25/22-minutes-rob-ford-video_n_1913744.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">prompted chuckles on both sides of the border</a>.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/21/rob-ford-fall-gif-video_n_2170653.html">A video clip of Ford falling</a> while attempting to throw a football at a Grey Cup event was quickly turned into GIF image that went viral.
Driving Mr. Ford
In October of 2012, a photo hit the web of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/08/14/rob-ford-reading-driving-car-gardiner_n_1776183.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">Ford reading while driving</a>. The mayor admitted to doing it, but <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/08/21/rob-ford-driver-toronto_n_1819165.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">refused to hire a driver</a>, despite pleas from the police and political allies. The incident was far from the first Fordian fail on the road. The mayor has also been <a href="http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/07/26/ford-calls-alleged-middle-finger-incident-with-motorist-a-%E2%80%98misunderstanding%E2%80%99/">accused of giving a motorist the finger while driving</a> and has admitted that he <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2010/08/19/ford-marijuana-possession-charge489.html">pleaded guilty to refusing to provide a breath sample</a> after driving under the influence of alcohol in Florida.
A photo hit the web in September of 2012 of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/07/26/rob-ford-nazi-photo_n_1707326.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">Ford posing with a neo-Nazi</a> dressed in a foreign military uniform. Ford explained that he was unaware of the man's political beliefs. At least <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/07/26/rob-ford-neo-nazi-picture_n_1708329.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">one major Jewish group said it was satisfied the mayor meant no harm</a>.