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article imageToronto Mayor Rob Ford to return to work from rehab on June 30

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 18, 2014 in Politics
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been in rehab since early May but his date of return to his job has been finalized. Monday the Toronto city clerk received a note from the mayor that he'll be back to the grindstone on the afternoon of Monday, June 30.
Ford, in rehab at GreeneStone rehab facility in Bala, Ont., took the leap into getting help for his substance abuse issues after a series of missteps that included his much ballyhooed foray into crack cocaine smoking, a bevy of drunken escapades and unusual press conferences. More recently another drug video was alleged to have surfaced and an audio tape of a drunk Mayor Ford became public.
In Ford's absence, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly had the access codes to the mayor's office changed. Toronto City spokeswoman Jackie DeSouza said this was done to “keep his office secure while he was away on his leave and to ensure it remained in exactly the same state as when he left.” Kelly's office said there was concern that a number of people had access to the codes and they wanted to ensure that the office remained undisturbed in the mayor's absence.
In his brief letter informing the city clerk, Ulli S. Watkis of his return date, Mayor Ford asked Watkis to "Please make the necessary arrangements for my office locks to be restored to their state prior to my departure."
While much of his power has been stripped by Toronto city council he continues to have a variety of duties. Before his departure for rehab, the mayor's re-election campaign was in full swing; the municipal election in Toronto takes place on October 27.
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