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Toronto City Council strips mayor of most powers

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 12:00am  ET

JASON DEAREN
Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he's "finished" with alcohol.

In a TV interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Ford acknowledged that his drinking has resulted in "excessive, stupid, immature behavior."

But the Toronto City Council says it wants to be finished with Ford. Following a heated debate, during which spectators shouted "Shame! Shame!" and Ford knocked a councilwoman to the floor while charging toward hecklers, the council voted to strip the mayor of the last of his meaningful powers.

Ford called the move a "coup d'etat" and is vowing an "outright war" in next year's mayoral election.

The council lacks the power to remove Ford from office unless he is convicted of a crime. Instead, the council voted overwhelmingly to slash the mayor's budget by 60 percent and allow his staff to move to the deputy mayor, who now takes on many of the mayor's former powers.

Ford does retain his title and the ability to represent Toronto at official functions.

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APPHOTO CHY101: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford attends a council meeting as councillors look to pass motions to limit his powers in Toronto on Monday Nov. 18, 2013. Under the motion, already endorsed by a majority of council members, Ford would in effect become mayor of Canada's largest city in name only. The council does not have the power to remove Ford from office, barring a criminal conviction. It is pursuing the strongest recourse available after recent revelations that Ford smoked crack cocaine and his repeated outbursts of erratic behavior. Ford has vowed to take the council to court and insists he will seek re-election next year. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young) (18 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO CPT122: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is shown in a video frame grab as he knocks down Councillor Pam McConnell as he ran toward hecklers in the audience at City Hall on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paola Loriggio) (18 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO CPT124: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is shown in a video frame grab as he knocks down Councillor Pam McConnell as he ran toward hecklers in the audience at City Hall on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paola Loriggio) (18 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO CHY138: Toronto Councillor Pam McConnell is pictured in the council chamber as councillors look to pass motions to limit Mayor Rob Ford's powers on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. McConnell was accidentally knocked over by Mayor Rob Ford in the chamber. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young) (18 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO CHY117: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, right, exchanges words with people in the public gallery in the council chamber at city hall in Toronto on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. Rob Ford faced another likely setback Monday as the City Council took up a motion to snatch away many of his remaining powers in a heated council meeting where he knocked over a woman councilor. Ford called the effort a "coup d'etat" and challenged the council to call snap elections. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young) (18 Nov 2013)

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