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Scandal-plagued Toronto mayor launches re-election bid

Toronto's scandal-plagued mayor Rob Ford, who has admitted to binge drinking and smoking crack, has launched his bid for re-election. Ford kicked off his campaign for the October 27 election telling supporters at a rally in Canada's largest city Thursday that he was grateful to those who have stuck by him. "I soldier on day in, day out because of you people," said Ford said, flanked by his family and volunteers waving "Ford for Mayor" signs, the Toronto Star reported.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holds official launch of re-election campaign

TORONTO - Toronto’s controversial Mayor Rob Ford threw a large party _ complete with recorded music and a live band _ for the official launch of his re-election campaign.< Ford, who was the first to register as a candidate in January, held the event at the Toronto Congress Centre in the west-end Etobicoke area he previously represented as a city councillor. The mayor made his way through the crowd along a red carpet to the stage, led by bag-pipers and volunteers carrying campaign signs as people snapped pictures with cellphones.

Disgraced Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson joins Rob Ford's campaign team

TORONTO - Disgraced Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson and a member of the mockumentary series "Trailer Park Boys" have joined Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's re-election team. Ford emerged from his office at city hall on Tuesday afternoon with Johnson and actor Sam Tarasco to say he's "excited" the pair will be supporting him at certain campaign events. Ford says the two men "know everything" about him and want to focus on the money he's saved the city. Johnson would only say the mayor has his "full support."

B.C. pub cited for serving after hours in Rob Ford visit

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's liquor regulator says a Vancouver-area pub that was apparently visited by Rob Ford during the Toronto Mayor's brief trip to the West Coast was cited for serving patrons after hours over the incident, but it won't face fines or suspensions. The Toronto Star published a story in February that alleged the Foggy Dew pub in Coquitlam, east of Vancouver, served Ford drinks after the bar's last-call time of 2 a.m.

Resident of suspected crack house complained Ford's people coming by: police

TORONTO - A woman living in a suspected crack house, where she suggested the Rob Ford crack video was filmed, complained that the mayor's "people" were stopping by every day following media reports about the video, police allege. Elena Basso is heard on a wiretapped conversation with an alleged gang member saying Ford has "got power" and "it doesn't matter who's right or wrong...we're going to feel the heat everywhere," police allege.

Eye-catching election signs for fake mayoral candidates slag Rob Ford

TORONTO - A group opposed to the re-election of a scandal-plagued Mayor Rob Ford pressed its message Monday with a series of eye-catching road signs for fake candidates that use words like urinate and crack. "When I urinate in public, I never get caught on camera," says one sign, which urges voters to get behind Jim Tomkins. "Anyone's better than Rob Ford." The signs were a collaborative effort between the community group No Ford Nation and Toronto advertising agency Rethink, which did the job for free.

Crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford tells radio show he's 'not a criminal'

TORONTO - The scandal-plagued mayor of Toronto says he's not a criminal and wants people to judge him on his record as he seeks re-election. Rob Ford — who has admitted smoking crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor" while in office among other controversies — made the comments to CBC Radio's Metro Morning. Ford says he's saved the city "a billion dollars" and wants to continue to turn Toronto around. When asked if his personal issues should be considered alongside his work at city hall, Ford says his troubles are "part of it" but "people are starting to become numb."

Ford predicts 'knockout' in first televised debate of Toronto mayoral campaign

TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he's ready for tonight's first televised debate in this year's mayoral campaign — and jokes that he's expecting to win by a knockout. When asked today for his prediction about the debate with the top four challengers for his job, Ford laughingly responded "a knockout in the first 15 seconds."

Liberals must stop giving taxpayer dollars to Drake, MLSE: critics

TORONTO - Ontario's governing Liberals must stop doling out taxpayer dollars to giant corporations and celebrities like Drake while cutting funding to community events, critics said Monday. Multimillionaire rapper Drake has been awarded a $300,000 government grant to stage his two-day OVO Fest in Toronto this summer. According to Ticketmaster, admission ranges from $66.50 to $750 for "platinum" two-day tickets.

Rob Ford denies arranging jailhouse beating of sister's ex-boyfriend

TORONTO - Rob Ford denies that the target of his rant in a video in which he threatens to kill someone was his sister's ex-boyfriend. Ford is one of the targets of a lawsuit filed by Scott MacIntyre, who alleges the mayor conspired to have him attacked in jail to prevent his illicit behaviours from becoming publicly known. In a statement of defence filed Wednesday, Ford says the footage was recorded without his consent or knowledge and shows him "discussing and imitating, as a joke, the pre-match rant of a professional wrestler."
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