November 15th, 2013
09:54 AM ET

Pressure Mounts Against Toronto Mayor

Toronto's City Council is introducing a motion Friday to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers as he insisted he would not resign despite the endless stream of revelations about his drinking and drug habits.

The proposal follows yet another a day of shocking behavior during which Ford denied that he pressured a female employee for oral sex in an obscenity-laced statement on live television.

The Toronto City Council voted 37-5 on Wednesday to ask Ford to take a leave of absence, and most members turned their backs on him when he addressed their Thursday meeting, CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Ford's brother Doug, a city council member, is urging him to take a leave of absence, a council source told CNN on condition of anonymity. The source did not want to be identified.

The city council, meanwhile, has scheduled a special meeting on Monday to consider a motion to delegate duties not assigned by statute to the mayor. If approved, the motion would strip Ford of most of his duties.

Among other things the motion calls for reallocating the operating budget of the office of the mayor to the city clerk, according the council's agenda published online.

But in a new twist, Canada's Sun News Network announced that Ford and his brother Doug will begin hosting their own TV show on Monday. The show, "Ford Nation," picks up where the two brothers left off on a talk radio show that ended its run last week, the network said on its website.

A headline on that site posed the question, "Canada's Ultimate Reality Show?" And it quoted Doug Ford saying, "Rob is like Howard Stern or Rush Limbaugh" and "You just never know what he is going to say."

"Mayor Ford seems to be in a no-holds-barred mode," the network said. "There is no filter. There is no careful treading."

Critics of Sun News Network have described its conservatism as "Fox News North," according to a story about its launch in 2011 by the Toronto Globe and Mail.

Ford also recently confessed to having purchased illegal drugs in the past two years, while he was in office. But he has steadfastly refused to step down, saying the voters of Canada's largest city should decide his fate in 2014.

The latest allegations surfaced Wednesday in more than 500 pages of court documents that police used to get a search warrant for Alexander Lisi, Ford's friend and occasional driver, whom police accuse of marijuana possession and trafficking.

Ford responded Thursday morning by threatening legal action against former staffers who claimed the mayor brought a woman appearing to be an escort to his office and drank alcohol while driving. The documents include police interviews with former staff members, information obtained from surveillance crews and cameras, and even an examination of the mayor's garbage.

Denzil Minnan-Wong, a Councilor for the City of Toronto calls these allegations disturbing, adding to them yesterday's incident in front of the mayor's office, when Mayor Ford used what the councilor calls "very vulgar language that was beyond what any of us could expect.” (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

Minnan-Wong says, “It suggests to me that the mayor needs to resign for his good and for the good of the city of Toronto. He needs to put the city of Toronto first, and he needs to get help.”

If Mayor Ford does not resign, Minnan-Wong says he prefers that the provincial government of Ontario, "the Premier step in and initiate legislation to have him removed.”

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