Doug Ford’s actual property agent advised to cease utilizing his identify in adverts promoting his home

In actual property, there’s curb attraction — and an attraction to curb the aggressive gross sales pitch.

The Etobicoke realtor promoting Premier Doug Ford’s home has been requested to cease utilizing his identify and {photograph} in her commercials.

Actual property agent Monica Thapar distributed hundreds of flyers round Toronto boasting that “we simply listed Premier Doug Ford’s residence in Princess Anne Manor!”

Together with an image of the home, there’s a snapshot of the premier and his spouse, Karla Ford, apparently signing some paperwork of their eating room beneath a headline: “Transferring Ontario!”

Clutching a maple leaf, a cartoon model of Thapar sports activities a yellow T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan: “Agent to the Premier!”

After the Star inquired with Ford’s workplace Tuesday concerning the pamphlet, the realtor was advised to stop the leaflet blitz.

“The premier didn’t authorize the advert and has instructed the actual property agent to take away it instantly,” stated Ivana Yelich, his govt director of media relations.

Reached by telephone, Thapar was reluctant to remark.

“Can I simply name you again? I’m getting on an elevator,” she stated at 9:34 a.m.

However she didn’t ring again. Hours later, after a followup e-mail from the Star looking for remark, she replied, “please e-mail me what you have been calling about,” however didn’t reply to detailed questions by the afternoon.

Sources near the household say the home, which has not but been listed on MLS, will formally go up on the market subsequent month. The asking value was not accessible, however its assessed worth for property tax functions is $1.84 million.

Insiders say the Fords, who’ve 4 grownup daughters, shall be shifting close by.

Property information present the couple purchased the home — on a 63.85 ft by 120.47 ft lot — on July 30, 1998 for $535,000.

Over the previous two years, protesters rallying towards COVID-19 vaccines and lockdown measures have incessantly demonstrated outdoors of the household’s residence.

Final June, a 44-year-old man with a butcher’s knife was disarmed by an Ontario Provincial Police officer on the Fords’ doorstep. They weren’t at residence on the time.

George Niras, a former Caledon mayoral candidate, was charged with one depend of possession of a weapon and 11 counts of mischief after neighbours reported their tires have been slashed.

One neighbour, talking confidentially so as to talk about native issues, stated an agitated man was yelling threats on the premier’s entrance door earlier than the OPP officer, a member of Ford’s safety element, disarmed him.

The resident famous there may be incessantly a circus-like environment on the road due to the protests.

“They’re anti-lockdown, they’re anti-vax, they’re anti-everything. One man even had a ‘No 5G’ signal. That is the underside of the barrel,” he stated earlier this 12 months.

“There are cops right here on a regular basis they usually’ve put in CCTV (closed circuit tv cameras) on a phone pole proper in entrance of (Ford’s) home.”

Final fall, the premier urged demonstrators to take their grievances to Queen’s Park or metropolis corridor, the place such rallies are often held.

“I’m asking the protesters (that) present as much as my home each Saturday morning. This isn’t about me. I’m out of there, I’m not there … my neighbours, they’re annoyed,” Ford stated in October.

“They didn’t join this … I signed as much as be the premier.”

Robert Benzie is the Star’s Queen’s Park bureau chief and a reporter masking Ontario politics. Comply with him on Twitter: @robertbenzie


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