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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stripped of some powers

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 - 01:29

Nov. 15 - Toronto city council votes to strip scandal-plagued Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers but Ford, who admits he smoked crack cocaine while in office, promised to challenge the moves in court. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**NO ACCESS CANADA, NEWS USE ONLY, MUST COURTESY TORONTO STAR, NO LIBRARY, NO RESALE BROADCAST**~ He's admitted to smoking crack cocaine. And he's been making international headlines with his - quote - "drunken stupors," obscene outbursts and combative exchanges with reporters. Now, Toronto City Council has voted to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some powers, in a system that has very few legal means to remove him from office. (SOUNDBITE)(English) TORONTO MAYOR ROB FORD, SAYING: "I completely understand the situation that my fellow colleagues are in and if it wouldn't cost the taxpayers an arm and a leg which obviously it's going to, I would have done the same thing. If I had a mayor acting the way I conducted myself I would have done the exact same thing." Council voted 39 to 3 to suspend the mayor's ability to appoint and dismiss the deputy mayor and the heads of council committees. Council also voted 41 to 2 to give the deputy mayor, rather than the mayor, special powers during emergencies such as natural disasters. Only Rob Ford and his brother, Doug, voted no. Councillors are expected on Monday to consider slashing his budget. The mayor says he plans to challenge Friday's moves in court. He says he was elected to do a job. And he won't step down. In fact, he has vowed to run for mayor again in next October's election.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stripped of some powers

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 - 01:29

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