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Toronto council strips Mayor Rob Ford of powers

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford makes his way to the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Toronto's City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior. Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3.

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City Council members turn their backs in protest as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, standing top left, addresses the council during a session at City Hall in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

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Toronto's City Council voted overwhelmingly Friday to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers, trying to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior. An unusually subdued Ford vowed to fight the motion in court while also saying he understood why the council was taking the measures. "If I would have had a mayor conducting themselves the way I have, I would have done exactly the same thing," Ford said.
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    • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford makes his way to the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior. Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3.
    •  City Council members turn their backs in protest as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, standing top left, addresses the council during a session at City Hall in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.
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