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Ford defies calls for leave of absence of latest drug incidents

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 01:30

Nov. 13 - The Toronto City Council votes to urge Mayor Rob Ford to take a leave of absence after drug-related incidents surface. Nathan Frandino reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) TORONTO MAYOR ROB FORD, SAYING: "I really effed up. And that's it." Up against the Toronto City Council, an embattled Mayor Rob Ford continued his apology tour on Wednesday. But defied the council's call to take a leave of absence after a string of drug-related incidents has surfaced in the media. Instead, he indicated he'd run for re-election. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TORONTO MAYOR ROB FORD, SAYING: "There is no need for me to take a leave of absence. I'm returning my calls. I'm going to committees. I'm watching every single dime that's being spent here. I've done it for 13 years. I'm going to continue doing for five more years-- one this time and four more after October 27." During the meeting, Ford insisted on having a zero tolerance for drugs and gangs, but admitted to buying illegal drugs in the last two years. The incidents began earlier this year when it was reported Ford was seen on video smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine. He finally admitted last week having smoked the drug in a quote "drunken stupor," appearing to be the latest straw for some of his colleagues. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JAYE ROBINSON, TORONTO CITY COUNCIL MEMBER SAYING: "Over the past six months, and especially the past few weeks, we have grown increasingly concerned by the seemingly endless cycle of allegations denials and belated admissions about your behavior." The council has no power to force the mayor to step down or take a leave of absence unless he is convicted of a crime.

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Ford defies calls for leave of absence of latest drug incidents

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 01:30