The turmoil continues at Toronto city hall despite Mayor Rob Ford’s vow to remain in office following his admission that he smoked crack cocaine.
His office has confirmed Ford policy advisor Brooks Barnett has quit a day after the mayor’s startling statement and emotional apology.
The mayor’s office has not said why.
It comes as some Toronto city councillors say they’re concerned more information about the mayor will emerge even though Ford said yesterday that he had nothing left to hide.
Karen Stintz, who has said she will run for mayor next year, says more information could be revealed, but she hopes for the city’s sake that this is the end of it.
Denzil Minnan-Wong says he’s “troubled” by the possibility that there is more to come on the mayor, though he says he doesn’t know what it could be.
He’s calling on council to unanimously adopt a motion he will present calling on Ford to take a leave from office.
A judge is expected to make a decision early next week on whether remaining portions of a document that revealed Ford’s ties and covert meetings with an alleged drug dealer can be released.
Ford says citizens who no longer want him in the mayor’s chair can have their say in next year’s election.
He has refused calls to resign, saying he is not an addict and loves both his job and the city.
Ford apologized to Toronto residents and says voters who dislike him can make their views heard at the ballot box in next October’s municipal election.
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Ford may also get a chance to see the video that appears to show him smoking crack cocaine.
A lawyer for a man photographed with Ford outside a house reportedly associated with the video says he’s going to court on Friday seeking copies of two video files related to Ford.
Toronto police say the videos were on hard drives that were seized in June during a gangs and guns investigation called “Project Traveller” that led to charges against Mohammad Khattak.
Lawyer Daniel Brown argues the video files are “relevant disclosure” which may assist Khattak in defending himself on the charges he faces.
Brown says if Ford wants to see himself on the video, he can join the application.
A handful of Toronto councillors say they’ll continue to govern the city despite Ford’s admission.
Councillor Karen Stintz, who has announced she will run against Ford in the next election, says he has betrayed the city.
Councillor Adam Vaughan says those elected to “govern honestly” need to step up and take responsibility.
Ford’s bombshell revelation took the world media by storm.
The news was splashed across major news websites abroad, including CNN and the BBC.
And Ford’s admission also provided fodder for late-night talk shows, with Jay Leno, David Letterman and Jon Stewart all taking shots at the mayor in their opening segments.