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Mayor Rob Ford loses emergency power, right to appoint committee chairs
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Toronto’s City Council voted Friday to strip embattled Mayor Rob Ford of his ability to govern in an emergency and to appoint and dismiss committee chairs – unprecedented moves aimed at reining in the controversial politician.
Despite admitting last week that he had smoked crack cocaine in a “drunken stupor” about a year ago, Ford has defiantly said he will not leave his job and vowed to challenge the actions in court.
“Obviously, I can’t support this,” Ford told council members, warning that the legal fight will cost taxpayers “an arm and a leg.”