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Toronto Mayor Starts Rehab After New Drug Video

Rob Ford caught on tape again smoking cocaine, recorded cursing local female politician. Starts 30-day rehab program amid mayoral race.
By Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar
First Publish: 5/2/2014, 10:11 AM

Rob Ford
Rob Ford
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Rob Ford, the controversy-laden Mayor of Toronto, has done it again.

The mayor announced Wednesday that he would take a break from his re-election campaigns to go to drug rehab, after a new video was revealed showing him smoking cocaine last Saturday.

Additionally, a new audio recording captures Ford cursing several politicians while at a bar, reports Shalom Toronto. In particular, he attacked Toronto Council member and mayoral candidate Karen Stintz, who later criticized Ford's misogynistic comments about her.

The audio tape was received by the news agency QMI, while reporters for Globe and Mail obtained the video which shows Ford smoking cocaine in his sister Kathy's basement last Saturday.

According to the news source, the video was recorded secretly by a drug dealer who offered to sell it for over a million dollars. It is currently unknown whether or not additional public figures are seen taking drugs in the video.

Ford has come under heat after police documents revealed he tried to threaten and buy a video of himself taking drugs from a criminal gang of drug dealers. He also has been shown to be associated with drug dealers, one who was gunned down last March, and two others who were arrested last July.

Finally checking in to rehab

While the troubled mayor has remained defiant, saying in March that he is "the best mayor Toronto's ever had," the latest revelation appears to have put him over the edge.

Ford's lawyer announced that the mayor had taken a flight to Chicago for a 30-day treatment program to help him deal with his drug problems, reports BBC.

"I have tried to deal with these issues by myself over the past year. I know that I need professional help and I am now 100% committed to getting myself right," said Ford. "I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence."

Ford remains popular despite the various revelations of drug usage and foul language, and stands in second place in polls for the mayoral election.

David Soknacki, a rival in the mayoral race, called on Ford to step down following the video, saying "Rob Ford isn't just an awful mayor, he's also a disgrace. Toronto can't wait until October 27 (for the elections). Rob Ford must quit immediately!"

Similarly, John Torry, former leader of the Conservative party in Ontario and third in the running for Toronto mayor, also called on Ford to step down.