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Why Is a Shirtless Horde Following Toronto Mayor Rob Ford?

The protesters were inspired by bare-chested jogger who heckled the mayor after he came home from rehab.

Some Canadians are really baring their opposition to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. A spontaneous tirade by a shirtless jogger who happened upon the scandal-scarred politician at a parade has inspired a series of protests by topless demonstrators. The group — which calls itself the Shirtless Horde — has dogged Ford outside a radio station and at a news conference in recent days. The mayor's detractors have also been tweeting photos of themselves without shirts, holding signs with questions about his behavior.

Ford returned to work a week ago after a two-month stint in rehab for drugs and booze, insisting he is sober and plans to stay that way. He is running for re-election, even though the City Council stripped him of most of his powers after he admitted smoking crack and being drunk on the job. At one of his first appearances post-rehab, high-school teacher Joe Killoran, who was out for a jog without a shirt, began heckling Ford and became a sensation.



— Tracy Connor