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Toronto city council votes to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers

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    Mayor Rob Ford speaks on a cell phone at city council in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Almost every member of Toronto's City Council stood up and asked Mayor Rob Ford to take a leave of absence during a city council meeting Wednesday after he admitted smoking crack last week."Together we stand to ask you to step aside and take a leave of absence," Councilor Jaye Robinson said, reading open letter to Ford in City Council. The council voted 41-2 to accept the letter Wednesday, with the embattled mayor casting one of the opposing votes. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

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    Mayor Rob Ford speaks at a City Council debate in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted Wednesday that he bought illegal drugs in the past two years and that he will not step down. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

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    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, left, confronts Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong at City Council in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Almost every member of Toronto's City Council stood up and asked Ford to take a leave of absence during the meeting after he admitted smoking crack last week."Together we stand to ask you to step aside and take a leave of absence," Councilor Jaye Robinson said, reading open letter to Ford in City Council. The council voted 41-2 to accept the letter Wednesday, with the embattled mayor casting one of the opposing votes. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

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    Councilor Giorgio Mammoliti, left, speaks as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, center, and his brother Councilor Doug Ford listen during a council meeting in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. A motion being debated Wednesday would call on the mayor to take a leave of absence, apologize to Toronto residents for misleading them and cooperate with police. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

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    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford displays a milk moustache as he takes part in voting with city council members in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Ford denied Thursday that he pressured a female staffer for oral sex, in an obscenity-laced statement on live television in which he also threatened to take legal action against former staffers who spoke to police about his drinking and drug use. The mayor, who admitted last week to smoking crack, later announced he was getting professional help. But he once again refused to step down and used a typical mix of contrition and defiance several public appearances Thursday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

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    Mayor Rob Ford speaks at city council in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Almost every member of Toronto's City Council stood up and asked Mayor Rob Ford to take a leave of absence during a city council meeting Wednesday after he admitted smoking crack last week."Together we stand to ask you to step aside and take a leave of absence," Councilor Jaye Robinson said, reading open letter to Ford in City Council. The council voted 41-2 to accept the letter Wednesday, with the embattled mayor casting one of the opposing votes. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

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    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)

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    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wears a Toronto Argonauts football jersey as he walks into his office on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. In the space a few hours Thursday, Ford spouted an obscenity on live TV, was scolded by Canada's oldest football team for wearing their jersey while making the remarks, and begged the media to give his family privacy. The latest actions by Ford set off another chorus of demands by politicians for him to resign. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

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    Mayor Rob Ford, right, has a conversation with Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti at city hall 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)

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    Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Councillor Doug Ford, left, attend city council in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Almost every member of Toronto's City Council stood up and asked Mayor Rob Ford to take a leave of absence during a city council meeting Wednesday after he admitted smoking crack last week."Together we stand to ask you to step aside and take a leave of absence," Councilor Jaye Robinson said, reading open letter to Ford in City Council. The council voted 41-2 to accept the letter Wednesday, with the embattled mayor casting one of the opposing votes. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

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    Renata Ford attends a news conference as her husband Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks to the media on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Rob Ford has apologized for making crude comments in responding to allegations contained in court documents. Ford said the "graphic"remarks came after six months of relentless pressure. He said "revelations" of cocaine, escorts and prostitution made public Wednesday had pushed him "over the line." He called the allegations "100 per cent lies." (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

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    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands with his wife Renata at a news conference on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Ford has apologized for making crude comments in responding to allegations contained in court documents. Ford said the "graphic"remarks came after six months of relentless pressure. He said "revelations" of cocaine, escorts and prostitution made public Wednesday had pushed him "over the line." He called the allegations "100 per cent lies." (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

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TORONTO — Toronto’s City Council has voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior.

The motion was approved in a 39-3 vote today. It suspends Ford’s authority to appoint and dismiss the deputy mayor and his executive committee, which runs the budget process.

Ford vowed to fight it in court.

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