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Mayor refuses to step aside after crack admission

There were tense scenes in Toronto City Council today as mayor Rob Ford resisted calls to take a break from his duties after admitting to smoking crack among other scandals.

Asked by one councillor whether he had bought illegal drugs in the last two years, Ford answered "Yes I have" but went on to insist he did not have a drink or drugs addiction.

Read: Toronto mayor admits he has smoked crack cocaine

Ford is facing pressure to stand aside after councillors voted almost unanimously for a petition calling on him to take a break from his duties "to address his challenges privately".

Six months ago, a newspaper reported it had acquired a video of him smoking crack. Last week, another video emerged that showed him in an expletive-laden rant threatening murder.

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Toronto mayor 'considers treatment' after rant video

Rob Ford is considering undergoing treatment, according to the Globe and Mail, after a video emerged of the Toronto mayor threatening to kill someone.

Mr Ford apologised over the expletive-ridden video earlier today, adding that he had been "very inebriated".

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford addresses media at City Hall in Toronto earlier this week. Credit: Chris Young/The Canadian Press

“He’s considering options,” Dennis Morris, the mayor’s lawyer and a long-time family friend, told The Globe and Mail in an interview Friday. “And we’ll stay tuned to see what he says in the next few days.”

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Watch the video in full on the Toronto Star website

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Toronto mayor's family: Scandals 'not affected his work'

The family of Rob Ford say he has a 'huge weight problem' Credit: REUTERS/Mark Blinch

The family of embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford have spoken out in his defence, insisting that while he has made mistakes, "it isn't like it has affected his work."

Speaking to a local TV station, his mother Diane Ford said:

"It's not acceptable behaviour. He is the mayor of the city."

But she added that he had done good work for Toronto and would not resign.

“He’s got a huge weight problem and he knows that. And I think that is the first thing he has to attack," she said.

Toronto mayor: 'I'll rip his throat out'

The mayor of Toronto Rob Ford has been caught threatening to kill someone in footage obtained by a Canadian newspaper.

Rob Ford speaks enthusiastically about 'ripping someone's throat out' in newly released video footgae.
Rob Ford speaks about 'ripping someone's throat out' in newly released video footage. Credit: Toronto Star

The expletive-ridden footage, which appears to have been captured on a camera phone, shows a suit-wearing Ford pacing a room and waving his arms around as he discusses the violent act.

"I'm going to kill that f**king guy, I'm telling you it's first-degree murder...he dies or I die brother," the Mayor is heard to say.

"When he's down I'll rip his f**king throat out. I'll poke his eyes out," the 44-year-old continues.

Watch the footage on the Toronto Star site (warning: contains strong and offensive language)

Mayor's family defends behaviour

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Footage shows Toronto mayor in foul-mouthed rant

Toronto mayor Rob Ford has been captured making an expletive-laden rant and behaving erratically in a video obtained by a Canadian newspaper.

The Toronto Star today published new footage of the politician, who this week admitted to smoking crack cocaine, in an apparent state of supreme agitation.

Mayor Ford has insisted he is "not a crackhead" despite having smoked the drug. Credit: Chris Young/The Canadian Press

Ford is heard in the midst of a foul-mouthed rant in which he uses threatening words such as "kill" and "murder", although the target of the mayor's anger is not clear.

Ford has said he was "very, very inebriated" in the video, the Associated Press reported.

Toronto mayor: I feel I've got 1,000 pounds off my back

Mayor Rob Ford says 'I feel like I got 1,000 pounds off my back'.
Mayor Rob Ford says 'I feel like I got 1,000 pounds off my back'. Credit: Reuters

Mayor Rob Ford told the Toronto Sun: "I feel like I got 1,000 pounds off my back. I felt I had to say it. It is what is. I feel two inches high right now but I needed to deal with it. I am not going to quit or take a leave."

"I am not an addict or an alcoholic. I have work to do and I am moving on. The way I see it now, this is over."

He insisted: "I am not a crackhead or junkie."

Watch: Toronto mayor will not resign after crack cocaine admission

Toronto mayor will not resign after crack cocaine admission

Despite admitting that he smoked crack cocaine Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has said that he was elected to do a job and he will continue to do it.

In a speech which many had assumed would signal his resignation the mayor apologised but said that voters would have the chance to make the decision about whether they wanted him to remain in next year's scheduled election.

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Mr Ford said: "With today's announcement I know I embarrassed everyone in this city and I will be forever sorry. There's only one person to blame for this and that is myself.

"I can't explain how difficult this was to do I hope, I hope, that nobody but nobody has to go through what I have gone through.

"I know I have to regain your trust and your confidence. I love my job, and I love this city, love saving tax payers money and I love being your Mayor. For the sake of the tax payers of this great city, for the sake of the tax payers, we must get back to work, immediately.

"I was elected to do a job and that's exactly what I'm going to continue doing. I sincerely, sincerely, sincerely apologise."

Mr Ford's final words were greeted with laughter, as he finished his speech saying: "God bless the people of Toronto."

Toronto mayor admits he has smoked crack cocaine

Police discovered a video on a hard drive which appears to show Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking a crack pipe Credit: Michelle Siu/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has admitted he has smoked crack cocaine after a video emerged that purportedly showed him smoking a crack pipe.

Mr Ford said "I have made mistakes....Yes I have smoked crack cocaine", CP24 reports.

When asked about an earlier denial, the mayor said: "I wasn't lying. You didn't ask the correct questions".

He also denied he was addict and said the video was "probably" filmed about a year ago.

Read: Toronto mayor stays resolute amid crack pipe allegations

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