Toronto mayor loses powers

Embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford has been stripped of most of his remaining powers as he refuses to quit following revelations that he smoked crack cocaine and threatened to murder someone. During the debate he appeared to push a female councillor.

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Mayor: 'They are not going to find another Rob Ford'

Toronto's beleaguered mayor Rob Ford has told NBC's Today show: "They are not going to find another Rob Ford".

Ford, who eventually admitted smoking crack cocaine after a video surfaced of him doing it, told co-anchor Matt Lauer: "I can't even barely remember it. I was very, very inebriated".

Asked why he initially denied the allegations, Ford said he was asked by reporters, "'Do I use crack cocaine?' No, I don't use crack cocaine. No. Have I tried crack cocaine? Yes, I've tried crack cocaine".

He added: "I've embarrassed, not just myself, my family, my friends, my supporters, the whole city. I take full responsibility for that".

Ford, who faces an electoral race next year, said he "absolutely" still wants to be Toronto mayor, stating: "October 27 - let the people decide".

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