UPDATE: Rob Ford, Hospitalized With Tumor, Drops Out of Torontos Mayor’s Race

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Ford had decided to run for re-election even after admitting to a string of misdeeds, including smoking crack and being drunk on the job. He did a stint in rehab over the summer.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who is hospitalized for a suspected tumor in his abdomen, is dropping his bid for re-election, but has decided to run for councilor. Meanwhile, Ford’s brother, Doug, has added his name to the list of mayoral candidates. A spokesman said the campaign would issue a statement later on Friday.

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Toronto Health Officials: Mayor Rob Ford Hospitalized With Suspected Tumor

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Health officials say Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been admitted to a hospital and is believed to have a tumor.

“Ford appeared to be in good spirts during a debate on Tuesday night.”

“Humber Regional Hospital said in a statement Wednesday that Ford had been complaining of abdominal pains and that an examination has resulted in a working diagnosis of a tumor.

“The mayor became an international celebrity last year after he acknowledged using crack in a “drunken stupor” following months of denials.”

The statement said Ford had been suffering from stomach pains for at least three months and that they worsened in the last 24 hours. Read the rest of this entry »


The Man, the Myth, the Mystery of Rob ‘Der Crack-Burgermeister Von Toronto’ Ford

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The riveting psychodrama of Toronto city politics

For the Toronto StarJohn Barber  writes: Now that Rob Ford has so abruptly left town, fate has arranged for an interlude to divert our attention until the fateful day he returns, fully rehabilitated after a quick turn in some spin-dry drunk tank, to scare us once again into believing he might actually get re-elected. It so happens we have a provincial election to amuse us until that fateful day — after which, if past is prologue, all attention will return to the riveting psychodrama of Toronto city politics.

[See also: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Missing: A Week After Trip to Rehab, Disappears After His Plane Lands in U.S. ]

Would NDP Leader Andrea Horwath have had the nerve to bring down Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals had Rob Ford not been whisked into guaranteed oblivion mere hours before the budget came down? Attention to any provincial theatrical would have been divided at best as long as Rob Ford remained lurching in the wings, threatening at any moment to swing across the stage scattering cluster bombs of scandal. They are lucky to have it to themselves for the brief period it will take Ford to forgive himself.

But they only get one month. The main event — the drama of “der Crack-Burgermeister von Toronto” — goes on and on.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Missing: A Week After Trip to Rehab, Disappears After His Plane Lands in U.S. 

Mayor-Rob-Ford-Goes-Missing-Twitter-Goes-Crazy Toronto’s drug-addled mayor has apparently gone missing on his way to rehab, but those close to him insist it’s not because he fell off the wagon.

Rob Ford planned to leave the Canadian city for Chicago last week — after another video surfaced that appeared to show him smoking crack — but he disappeared once the plane landed in the United States.

The mayor announced he was going to rehab after another video surfaced that showed him apparently smoking crack-cocaine. Credit: THE GLOBE AND MAIL

The mayor announced he was going to rehab after another video surfaced that showed him smoking crack.                   Credit: THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“He voluntarily withdrew his application to enter the USA,” Roy Norton, the Consul General of Canada in Chicago, told The Globe and Mail in an email. Norton said the liquor-loving mayor “was not denied entry, per se.” Ford’s whereabouts have been unknown since, but his brother, Doug, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the liquor-loving mayor was in rehab…(read more)

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And from RT.com:

Toronto, Ontario Mayor Rob Ford has seemingly vanished after a trip to the United States last week supposedly intended to check the embattled city leader into a rehab center was aborted at a Chicago, Illinois airport. Read the rest of this entry »


BREAKING: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Takes Leave Of Absence As New Crack Video Emerges

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A second video obtained by The Globe and Mail shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking what’s described as crack-cocaine by a self-professed drug dealer in his sister’s basement early Saturday morning.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will take a leave of absence to seek help for substance abuse, his lawyer said Wednesday.

The mayor’s decision came shortly after The Globe and Mail reportedly viewed a new video of Ford smoking what’s described as crack-cocaine, and the Toronto Sunobtained a new audio recording of Ford swearing in a bar.

“I have a problem with alcohol and the choices I have made while under the influence,” Ford said in a statement late Wednesday night.
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Good News: Crack-smoking Mayor Seeking Reelection

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Caroline May  reports:  Buckle up, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has registered to run for another term.

Ford — who faced hot pressure to resign in 2013 due to his drug use and bizarre behavior — was the first person to register Thursday morning, according to CBC/Radio-Canada.

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BREAKING: Rob Ford Gets into Screaming Match, Knocks Over Councillor as Council Seeks to Strip Him of Mayoral Powers

Toronto City Council broke into chaos Monday afternoon after Mayor Rob Ford seemingly charged towards a spectator in the galley, knocking over a city councillor in the process, after his brother Doug Ford screamed “scumbags” at the public.

The mayor took off running after his brother got into a verbal argument with the crowd, hitting Councillor Pam McConnell, knocking her backwards, before catching her and helping her steady herself.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris YoungToronto City Mayor Rob Ford has words with people in the public gallery in the council chamber at city hall in Toronto on Monday November 18, 2013.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris YoungToronto City Mayor Rob Ford has words with people in the public gallery in the council chamber at city hall in Toronto on Monday November 18, 2013.

Councillor Ford, who had earlier denounced the “special interest groups” and union members he said were sitting in the audience, was yelling at them: “You got your hands in the cookie jar!”

“Saving money? You don’t like saving money? I save money!” Mayor Ford yelled, as city hall security guards descended, raising their hands in an attempt to get everyone to calm down. Read the rest of this entry »


Crackhead Mayor Gets News TV Show

Mayor Rob Ford speaks to city council members about new allegations against him in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Ford is threatening to take legal action against former aides who told police about their concerns about his drug use and drunken driving. He also denies making sexual advances toward a female staffer.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Mayor Rob Ford speaks to city council members about new allegations against him in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Ford is threatening to take legal action against former aides who told police about their concerns about his drug use and drunken driving. He also denies making sexual advances toward a female staffer. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Globe and Mail:

Less than one week after Toronto’s Newstalk 1010 announced the cancellation of their controversial Sunday afternoon radio talk show, Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug have landed another plum media gig, as hosts of Ford Nation, a new weekly talk show scheduled for Monday evenings on cable channel Sun News Network.

“It is the age of reality television, and there is nothing more real than the Fords,” said Kory Teneycke, the network’s vice-president.

The one-hour, pre-taped show will air at 8 p.m. (ET), a timeslot currently occupied by Ezra Levant’s The Source

Full story here.  John Nolte – Crack-Smoking Mayor Gets Weekly Sun News TV Show