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Defiant Ford’s powers trimmed

NO BACKING DOWN:As the council voted to remove most of his powers, the Toronto mayor lashed out at hecklers in the public gallery and declared ‘war’ on his opponents

AFP, TORONTO

In its aftermath, the mayor now maintains a smaller office budget and a handful of aides, and keeps a seat on the city’s executive council.

He can also still attend official functions as Toronto’s mayor.

However, the deputy mayor assumes most of his other responsibilities.

The prime minister’s office said it “does not condone illegal drug use, especially by elected officials while in office,” but added it would continue to work with Ford.

Others praised the council’s unprecedented move.

“We have clipped his wings. His ability to do damage at city council now is curtailed,” Councilor Joe Mihevc said.

Over the weekend, Ford made the rounds of the US media to try to convey his side of the story, to general incredulity, and attended a Toronto Argonauts football game where fans cheered him on.

“I’m not an alcoholic, I’m not a drug addict,” he said.

Of his critics, he said: “The haters are going to be the haters.”

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