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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Admits to Smoking Crack Cocaine

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he smoked crack cocaine about a year ago in a "drunken stupor." "Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine but ... am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago," Mr. Ford said on Tuesday. "I answered your question. You ask the question properly, I'll answer it. Yes, I've made mistakes. All I can do now is apologize and move on." Earlier in the day, two Toronto city councillors were attempting to limit Mayor Rob Ford's powers via a notice of motion to be presented this month and debated in December. The motion, tabled by councillors John Filion and Paul Ainslie, sets the stage for a showdown at the December council meeting. It asks that city council suspend the mayor's power to appoint and dismiss the deputy mayor and standing committee chairs. It would remove the mayor's ability to shuffle the members of his executive committee and hand that power over to city council at large. The motion cites the police documents and investigations revealed last week as the motivation to strip the mayor of his ability to pick and choose his executive committee. "It appears that a majority of members of council and a significant number of members of the executive committee have expressed serious concerns about the mayor's ability to lead the city government at this time," the motion reads. "He's got to step aside. Take a break. Get some help," says Councillor Paula Fletcher.

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