Toronto - Toronto's City Council votes overwhelmingly to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers.
The debate followed yet another day of shocking antics from Ford that
outraged city councilors, anti-drunk driving advocates and even
Toronto's football team. Most city councilors are frustrated by Ford's
refusal to step aside since he admitted last week to smoking crack, but
they lack the authority to force him out of office unless he is
convicted of a crime.
In the span of a few hours Thursday, Ford
used obscene language to deny that he pressured a female employee for
oral sex, admitted that he had driven while drinking and then apologized
for his vulgarity and said he was seeking professional help, though he
refused to give details.
"We need to take away his power for the
good of the city," said Councilor Denzil Minnan-Wong, a former ally.
"The tide has turned and there are very few people that are prepared to
defend him given his vulgar comments and his admission that not only
does he takes drugs but that he seems to be comfortable drinking and
getting behind the wheel."