The Many Faces of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has become embroiled in scandal after admitting to reporters that he smoked crack cocaine in one of his "drunken stupors." The Toronto City Council has stripped most of his powers as mayor, but Ford refuses to step down.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford announced he's taking a leave of absence from his campaign to be re-elected as mayor to attend rehab for his alcoholism, NBC News reported. "I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time," he said in a statement released April 30.
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Mayor Rob Ford was very popular with Sikh revellers celebrating Khalsa Day outside City Hall, April 27, 2014. Sikhs mark the New Year and the establishment of the Sikh community in 1699.
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford sits in section 318 six rows from the top of the building during game two between the Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets at the Air Canada Centre April 22, 2014.
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A supporter has his picture taken with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in a keffiyeh which he presented him at the kick-off of Ford's re-election campaign in Toronto on April 17, 2014. Ford, who made worldwide headlines last year after admitting binge drinking and smoking crack, has been stripped of most of his powers.
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THE CANADIAN PRESS
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford cast the sole "no" vote on a City Council motion to offer the Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes kudos on March 2. Minutes earlier, he also was the only council member to vote against a proposal to name a Toronto street after the late Nelson Mandela.
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Mayor Rob Ford appeared on a segment of the "Today" show on Tuesday, Feb. 25 to talk about his recovery and his campaign to win re-election in October. A visibly thinner Ford said he hits the gym every day and has even shed a few pounds. As for his relationship with drugs, he said he is moving on from it in a positive way. "I don’t use illegal drugs. I’ve experimented with them, probably a year ago, but I don’t use drugs. We’re in great shape," he said.
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Budget chief Frank Di Giorgio somehow got a huge smile from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford while horsing around on the council floor January 30, 2014. Ford's apparent cheerfulness is surprising considering he got a grilling from city councillors over his proposed plans on saving tax dollars at the city council budget hearing. Di Giorgio told the Toronto Sun the moment had nothing to do with tickling and everything to do with football. “It was all in fun,” Di Giorgio said.
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, with is brother Doug Ford, filed his nomination papers at Toronto City Hall Jan. 2 to run for Mayor. "My track record speaks for itself," Ford told reporters at the City Hall election office. His slogan this year is "Ford more Years."
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THE CANADIAN PRESS
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wipes his brow in the council chamber as Toronto City council members stripped most of his powers as mayor Monday, Nov. 18. The embattled mayor told "Today's" Matt Lauer that he has not entered any alcohol or drug treatment program. "I have a weight issue," said.
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford tells the media to get off his property as he leaves his home in Toronto on Oct. 31. Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine during a "drunken stupor." Despite being stripped of most of his duties by the Toronto City Council, Ford has refused to step down as mayor.
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THE CANADIAN PRESS
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks from the council chamber during a hearing Monday, Nov. 18. Things got heated during the hearing in which Ford allegedly bowled over a councilwoman, NBC News reported. "It was a complete accident," Ford said later. "I sincerely apologize."
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Toronto mayor Rob Ford is swarmed by media outside City Hall following a city council hearing Monday, Nov. 18 that stripped Ford of many mayoral powers. "I was very, very inebriated," Toronto mayor Rob Ford told the "Today" show in an interview Tuesday, Nov. 19. The embattled mayor will not step down as mayor and insists he is capable of fulfilling his job duties.
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford talks during a City Council debate in Toronto Nov. 13. Ford admitted that day that he bought illegal drugs in the past two years and insists he can still perform his mayoral duties. "I have saved more money than any other mayor in Toronto's history and that's what I'm going to continue to do tomorrow," he told reporters at City Hall Wednesday, Nov. 13he.
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Toronto mayor Rob Ford speaking at a city council hearing Thursday, Nov. 14. "Actions speak louder than words. I invite you to come back. Give me five or six months and if they don't see a difference, I'll eat my words," Toronto mayor Rob Ford told the "Today" show Tuesday, Nov. 19.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"I want to be crystal clear to every single person: These mistakes will never, ever ever happen again," Ford said during a Nov. 5 news conference where he admitted to smoking crack cocaine.
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leads a tour of city hall staff member's children around the offices at city hall on take you kids to work day Nov. 6 in Toronto. City councilors called on the deputy mayor to "orchestrate a dignified" departure for Ford, who was greeted by angry protesters on his first day of work after acknowledging he smoked crack.
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at a city council hearing Monday, Nov. 18. The Toronto city council approved a series of steps that transfer a significant chunk of the mayor’s budget and many of his powers to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. Despite being stripped of his duties and turned into a figurehead, Ford has continually refused to step down as mayor.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"SNL's" Bobby Moynihan recently parodied Rob Ford, poking fun at his appearance and interviews with the press.
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Rob Ford discussed his recent issues with "Today's" Matt Lauer Tuesday. "You're not going to find another Rob Ford," he told Lauer.
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