Council removes some powers from mayor


Associated Press

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 15 at 3:33 PM

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto City Council hasn't been able to get Mayor Rob Ford to quit or take a leave of absence because of his drinking and drug habits -- so now, the council is starting to take away some of his powers.

It voted today to suspend his authority to appoint and dismiss the deputy mayor and his executive committee, which runs the budget process. And the council also voted to give the deputy mayor the power to handle any civic emergency.

Ford has refused to step aside despite erratic behavior including the use of crack cocaine.

An unusually subdued Ford said today that he had no choice but to fight the council action in court. But he also said he understood why the council was taking that action.

He said, "If I would have had a mayor conducting themselves the way I have, I would have done exactly the same thing."

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164-a-13-(Mayor Rob Ford, adressing City Council before the vote)-"years to come"-Before the vote went against him, Mayor Rob Ford warned that stripping him of some of his powers would be precedent-setting. (15 Nov 2013)

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163-w-36-(Diane Kepley, AP correspondent, with Toronto City Councilor John Filion and Mayor Rob Ford)--The Toronto City Council can't oust misbehaving Mayor Rob Ford --but it's taken a step to rein him in. AP correspondent Diane Kepley reports. ((opens with actuality)) (15 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO NY131: FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2013 file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford addresses the media outside office in Torontoafter the release of a video showing Ford in a rage. Ford remains in office, resisting all attempts to force him out over his admitted crack use, drinking problem and appearance in a video that caught him threatening to "kill" someone. His powers were curtailed by the City Council on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Nathan Denett) (7 Nov 2013)

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