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article imageToronto council votes to strip Rob Ford of certain powers

By Michael Thomas     Nov 15, 2013 in Politics
Toronto - Toronto mayor Rob Ford lost some of his mayoral power after city council voted in a vast majority to strip him of the ability to appoint key committee chairs.
Council also voted to transfer Ford's mayoral powers to the deputy mayor, Norm Kelly, in the event of an emergency, the Canadian Press reports. A third motion, to be debated Monday, will decide whether Ford's power is essentially transferred to Kelly altogether.
The first motion passed 39-3, the second 41-2.
Ford has already said he will challenge the motion in court.
"I have no other options but to challenge this in court," Ford said. "If people were in my shoes, anyone would do what I have to do."
Ford's laywer, George Rust-D'Eye, explained what he will specifically argue in court. In short, he said that council is punishing Ford based on allegations.
"There is no evidence before the council suggesting that the mayor has failed to exercise or abused his powers, or been unwilling or unable to fulfil them," he told the Canadian Press.
John Filion, who sponsored the motion to strip certain powers from Ford, says that council has the authority to do what it did, and that he is not worried about the threat of legal action.
The past two weeks have been especially tumultuous for Toronto's embattled mayor. On Wednesday, council passed a non-binding motion asking Ford to take a temporary leave of absence as mayor. That same day, newly-released details from Toronto Police's investigation came to light.
Interviews with former and current city staffers brought forward allegations that Ford brought a prostitute to city hall, and that he allegedly inhaled lines of cocaine. Ford has denied all allegations, calling them "100 percent lies."
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