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Toronto City Council votes to strip crack-smoking mayor of some powers

Published:Saturday | November 16, 2013 | 2:16 PM


The Toronto City Council has voted overwhelmingly to strip embattled mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers.

Ford has admitted in recent weeks that he has used crack cocaine and bought illegal drugs during his tenure as mayor and has used lewd language on television.

The city council voted 41 to two yesterday to transfer emergency powers to the deputy mayor in the event of a natural disaster.

And the council voted 39 to three to suspend Ford’s powers to appoint and dismiss the deputy mayor and the chairmen of its standing committees, including the executive committee which controls the budget.

The moves come as part of the council's latest attempt to rein in Ford, who has refused to step down.

The embattled mayor initially indicated that he would challenge the moves in court, but later signalled that he would not follow through on that threat.


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