Toronto

Councillor sorry for 'hot chicks' tweet

Toronto Coun. John Parker is apologizing for a tweet in which he said he enjoys his job because it affords him the opportunity to meet 'hot chicks.'

Toronto Coun. John Parker is apologizing for a tweet in which he said he enjoys his job because it affords him the opportunity to meet "hot chicks."

"I understand that offence has been taken to remarks that were not intended in an offensive way. But nonetheless, I'm unhappy that offence has been taken and I'm unhappy that I was the cause of it, and I apologize for that," Parker said Tuesday, one day after he said he had no intention of apologizing for his actions.

"I think I'll be aware of the hazards of slow news days," he said when asked if the incident would temper his enthusiasm for tweeting.

Parker sent out the offending tweet after attending a Heritage Toronto event Monday to unveil a number of plaques honouring some of the city's notable past citizens, including Marshall McLuhan.

"Delighted and honoured to help unveil eight new Toronto heritage plaques and meet hot chicks in the bargain," he wrote. "I love my job."

The tweet was erased despite his initial refusal to apologize. Parker, known for his light-hearted tweets, blamed the media for making city hall a place where fun won't be tolerated.

Mayor Rob Ford, however, was not impressed, calling the tweet "inappropriate."

"I'll talk to John and I'm sure he'll apologize," Ford said Monday.

Ford called Parker about the tweet, but the mayor's staff couldn't say for sure if he spoke to the councillor.