Rob Ford stripped of powers

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 CANADA, Toronto : TORONTO, CANADA- NOVEMBER 15: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands amid the media at City Hall after City Council stripped him of some management powers on November 15, 2013 in Toronto, Canada .The council voted to strip the embattled Ford striped him of striped him of authority during emergency situations and the ability to hire and fire the deputy mayor and appoint members of the executive committee. Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Getty Images/AFP

Controversial Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was stripped of many of his powers after a heated city council debate. The Guardian reports the meeting came in the heels of the mayor’s recent drug abuse revelations and allegations of drunk driving and meeting with a prostitute. Although the city council cannot remove Ford from office unless he is convicted of a crime, it can remove some of his powers as mayor. The council voted to cut Ford’s office budget by 60%, allowed his staff to transfer to the deputy mayor, and stripped him of his power to chair the council’s executive committee. The decision came after a chaotic meeting where Ford paced around the council chamber, heckled the public, and knocked over a council member as he charged at the gallery. Ford said the council’s decision stems from their opposition to his agenda to save taxpayers’ money.

Read the full story on The Guardian.

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