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article imageToronto Mayor Rob Ford refuses to resign or take leave

By Ken Hanly     Nov 3, 2013 in Politics
Toronto - Rob Ford's strategy seems to be that if he just stays in his job the whole storm surrounding his personal life will go away in time.
There have been many close associates of Ford recommending that he either resign or take a leave of absence to sort out problems in his personal life. However, today on his weekly talk show he said that he would not resign. He admitted that he had done some stupid things but that he won't resign just because the Toronto police chief reported that police have images from a video that purportedly shows him smoking a crack pipe. As shown on one of the appended videos in this report , Ford earlier had said that he could not comment on a video that he had not seen or did not exist. The wording is quite careful in that Ford does not deny that there is such a video. Now it turns out that the police have it.
Ford did apologize for "making mistakes" and he also admitted that he had to make changes in his personal life: "Friends, I'm the first one to admit I am not perfect. I have made mistakes. I have made mistakes, and all I can do right now is apologize for the mistakes. I want to move forward, but I also know to move forward I have to make changes in my life, which I can assure you that I will do. I love the work I do, and I'm going to keep doing it." In response to a question later he said that one of the stupid things was appearing to have been drunk in a public place.
In August he appeared at the Taste of Danforth street festival quite drunk. Ford said: “That was pure stupidity. I shouldn’t have got hammered down at the Danforth. If you are going to have a couple of drinks, you stay at home and that’s it. You don’t make a public spectacle of yourself”. In 2012 Ford also had troubles as city hall security guards saw a "very intoxicated" Ford having difficulty walking and swearing at aides.
Ford also called on the police chief William Blair to release the video immediately so that all Torontonians could view it and make up their own minds. "That is the right thing to do, and Chief, I'm asking you to release this video now. Whatever this video shows, folks, Toronto residents deserve to see it, and people need to judge for themselves what they see on this video." The chief has refused to release the video and no doubt could not legally do so as it is to be presented as evidence in a court case.
Ford has many loyal supporters often referred to as Ford Nation and his tax cuts are popular with many as is his populist style. However, even many of his supporters suggested in calls to his show that he should take a medical leave However, others urged Ford to hang tough because he was being railroaded by a "corrupt media".
The police recovered the video images from deleted files on a computer hard drive seized during a drug raid and investigation of a gang, according to a 465-page report the Toronto police disclosed. The evidence will be used in a case against a friend and sometimes driver of Ford, Alexander Lisi, who has been charged with extortion to retrieve a recording.
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