‘Let’s Get It On’: Rob Ford Is Ready to Rumble

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Mayor Rob Ford (C)leaves his office at Toronto City Hall as he is surrounded by media on November 8, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario. Earlier this week the Mayor admitted to smoking crack cocaine, after months of denials. Mayor Ford was expected back at work Friday after his mother and sister, who is a self-described addict, rebuffed calls for his resignation over having smoked crack. Media lawyers, meanwhile, were in court asking for the release of police documents and seized videos in the prosecution of a Ford friend for his alleged 'extortive efforts to retrieve a recording' at the centre of Ford's troubles.
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has, not surprisingly, had a bit of a rough time of it in the week since he admitted to smoking crack. Monday was a particularly hard day for the mayor as a WWII veteran at a Remembrance Day event refused to shake his hand, and the city's Santa Clause Parade said he wouldn't be participating (Ford's staff insists that's not true). But Ford is not one to take the hint: After that Remembrance Day event he told a supporter, "I'm not going anywhere, guaranteed." And when reporters asked him about a move to try to force him out of office, he said, "let's get it on."

One City Council member, Denzil Minnan-Wong, would very much like to get it on. He's filed a motion calling on Ford to apologize to the city and take a leave of absence. The council is likely to vote on the motion Wednesday. "I think it’s the right thing to do. We’re all distracted by this and I think it’s important that we deal with this as quickly as possible," Minnan-Wong said. Ford, of course, has his die-hard supporters who call themselves "Ford Nation." But their help would probably be more effective if they could get the spelling right on their billboards.