Toronto mayor departs for rehab, expected to last at least 30 days
TORONTO — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford began a leave of absence and headed for a rehab center on Thursday, leaving his scandalized city in the dark about his political future because a report surfaced of second video of him apparently smoking crack.
Ford announced on Wednesday that he would take leave for an unspecified amount of time from both his mayoral post and his re-election campaign, but he did not abandon his bid for a second term as mayor of Canada's second largest city. One of his campaign rivals and other Toronto politicians demanded he resign. Toronto police said they were looking into the new video, which was reported by the Globe and Mail newspaper.
A day after announcing his decision, Ford boarded a plane for a treatment program outside Toronto that will last at least 30 days, his lawyer, Dennis Morris, said.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Putin casts off rich cronies as sanctions hit Russian elite
- Australia facing methamphetamine crisis
- Radical left wins Greek parliamentary election on vow to end austerity measures
- Ukraine: Phone calls prove Russia-backed rebels attacked Mariupol, killed 30
- Japan stunned by video claiming death of 1 of 2 Islamic State hostages
- Obama, Modi declare era of ‘new trust’ in US-India relations
- Images of shot Egypt protester revive criticism of police
- Obama defends Yemen counterterrorism strategy
- More than 30 Filipino police commandos killed in clash with rebels
- Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city; scores killed
- Kerry, Hagel rebuke Iraqi PM for criticism of coalition’s effort against terrorists