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)
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.