Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:17:45 GMT — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been in a heated faceoff today with members of the City Council, and with members of the public. As the council took up a motion to take away many of his remaining powers. Ford paced around the council chamber and traded barbs with spectators -- some of whom chanted "shame" at the mayor. At one point, Ford charged at the gallery, knocking over a female member of the council before picking her back up. Under a motion that's already been endorsed by a majority of council members, Ford would have his office budget cut by 60 percent, and his mayoral staff would be allowed to join the deputy mayor. He would retain his title and the ability to represent Toronto at official functions. Ford says he's the target of a "coup." But one council member says it's "time to take away the keys." Ford has vowed to take the council to court and insists he will seek re-election next year.
Last week, after admitting to excessive drinking and buying illegal drugs, Ford disclosed that he is seeking medical help. But he and his family insist he is not an addict and does not need rehab.