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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford returns to work after rehab

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 - 01:19

An apologetic Toronto Mayor Rob Ford returns to work after two months of substance rehabilitation. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) An apologetic Toronto Mayor Rob Ford spoke to press on Monday (June 30) upon returning to the office after spending two months in rehab for alcohol abuse. "I had convinced myself that I did not have a problem, but it soon became obvious that my alcohol and drug use was having a serious, serious impact on my family, and on my health, and on my job as mayor," Ford said, his voice quivering. He also apologized to the people of Toronto and to all those who were negatively affected by his actions. "When I look back on some of the things I have said, and some of the things I did when I was using, I am ashamed, embarrassed, and humiliated," he said. Ford went on leave from both his job and his re-election campaign in May to seek treatment for alcohol abuse. He shot to prominence last year after admitting to smoking crack, buying illegal drugs and driving after drinking, after he insisted for months he did not have a problem. He said he was now committed to "living clean." The mayor was nearly moved to tears during the press conference as he thanked those who stood by him over the last year. Even before taking leave, Ford had been performing only some of the duties of mayor. City council stripped him of much of his power late last year and gave it to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. Ford's popularity has risen since his two-month stint in rehab, which is critical for the incumbent ahead of the October mayoral election.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford returns to work after rehab

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 - 01:19

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