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article imageIll health prevents Mayor Rob Ford from attending Remembrance Day

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 10, 2014 in Politics
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is not up to Remembrance Day ceremonies after all. Ford, who hasn't missed a Remembrance Day since becoming Mayor in 2010, is still in hospital and can't count on having the energy to attend, his chief of staff said.
“He didn’t want to leave it to a last-minute decision in the morning,” Ford’s chief of staff, Dan Jacobs, told media on Monday. Jacobs said that the mayor had reached out to Councillor Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, who will speak in his place at the Old City Hall’s cenotaph ceremony. The mayor-elect, John Tory, will also be at the ceremony.
In September, Ford was diagnosed with a rare form of soft-tissue cancer in his abdomen called liposarcoma. He is undergoing his third round of chemotherapy at Mount Sinai Hospital. To date the cancerous tumors have not shrunk, but Ford recently told media that his doctors told him that neither have those tumors grown any larger.
The ailing 45-year-old's energy levels vary from day to day, Jacobs said, and it's not possible for him to know one day if he'll have the health to do something as strenuous as speak at an event the next. The decision was not an easy one for the mayor, who last week spoke about the importance of Remembrance Day to him.
“I have a couple of events and I just hope I’m here, if I’m not in the hospital," he said. "Remembrance Day is a big event for me. I really want to be there for Remembrance Day. If I can’t, I can’t.”
It may have been the last chance for Mr. Ford to make a public appearance as mayor. Tory becomes mayor on Dec. 2, at which time Ford will become a Councillor of Ward 2. It's not known if his health will permit him to begin his new job as a councillor right away.
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