Toronto Mayor Rob Ford soon will begin chemotherapy to treat a rare and aggressive cancer, a doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital in the city said Wednesday. Dr. Zane Cohen said Ford has a malignant liposarcoma, and a second biopsy on his tumor done Monday shows it is aggressive. "However, we are optimistic about this tumor," Cohen said. Ford, who recently announced he will not run for re-election, will start chemotherapy by Friday afternoon.
Rob Ford faces more than a month of chemotherapy treatment for a rare form of cancer with an election less than six weeks away. The mayor has a malignant liposarcoma, a “very rare and a very difficult tumour,” said Dr. Zane Cohen, the renowned colorectal surgeon in charge of the mayor’s medical team at Mt. Sinai Hospital. A week after news that a tumour was discovered in Ford’s abdomen, Cohen said Wednesday the cancer has spread. A second, smaller tumour was discovered in the mayor’s buttocks, behind his left hip. “It’s fairly aggressive, but we are treating this very aggressively in order to eradicate the tumour,” the doctor told reporters in a packed meeting room across from the hospital’s main campus. “It comprises about 1 per cent only of all cancers.”
Yet another video where he seems to be smoking crack has sent everybody's favorite Canadian in search of some help.
The latest video to appear on YouTube featuring Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has spurred one city councillor to call for him to step down, while another says voters will decide if he holds onto his job when they head to the polls in October. Coun. Michael Thompson said the mayor's most recent drunken rant is further proof that Ford is unfit for the office of mayor and should resign for the good of the city.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said he suffered a "setback" this week after a video posted on social media showed him babbling about the city's police chief Monday night while he was at a fast-food restaurant. The mayor, who became infamous for admitting he had smoked crack and drank too much in the past, has said he only had a small amount to drink and didn't take drugs Monday.
Mayor Rob Ford called the events of Monday night a “minor setback” and offered no apology in a Wednesday evening press conference. “As you know, I’m a human being. The same as every one of you. And I’m entitled to a personal life. And my personal life does not interfere with the work I do day in and day out for the taxpayers of this great city,” Ford said. “Monday was unfortunate. I had a minor setback. We all experience these difficult bumps in life,” he said.
The Toronto police’s 474-page document on the Crack Mayor’s antics is like a cross between a Hunter S. Thompson novel and The Wire. We dissect the most insane accusations, from a cell phone lost at a crack den to a hint of heroin.
The scandals involving Toronto Mayor Rob Ford seem never to end—admitted drug use, offensive language, brutish behavior. How is it possible he is still in power? And what might push him to resign? In a forthcoming article, I investigate what makes it more or less likely for politicians to survive scandals. I examined 126 scandals involving U.S. gubernatorial and presidential administrations from 1972 to 2011, charting the duration of each scandal and looking at the factors that hastened the end of each official’s career (through resignation or termination). Although these scandals obviously involved different offices in a different country, they may help explain why Ford may be able to hold on to power for longer than expected. Here are three key factors.
The Toronto city council has voted to strip Mayor Rob Ford of most of his authority, as the embattled city leader resists growing pressure to step down. On Monday, the council transferred most of Mr Ford's budget and many of his powers to the deputy mayor.
Rob Ford’s diminished might at city hall came into stark relief on Tuesday, when his most senior staffers joined Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly’s team, taking with them much of the experience and policy expertise in the mayor’s office.
Embattled Mayor Rob Ford vowed "outright war" after Toronto's City Council voted to strip him of most of his powers Monday in a tumultuous meeting during which a charging Ford knocked down one of its members. Nearly two weeks after Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor" -- an admission forced by a drug probe that resulted in extortion charges against a friend -- the mayor said he was done apologizing. He called Monday's vote "a coup d'etat" and compared it to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, warning council members, "What goes around, comes around, friends."
It seems that the day of reckoning is coming for Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, the fifth-biggest municipality in North America and Canada’s biggest and most influential city. The type of conservative populist who could wring electoral reward out of gaffes and controversies, Ford has been both beloved and despised for his loud, aggressive style. Ford’s run as a politician on the international stage has always had an absurd, I-can’t-believe-what-I’m-seeing quality.
How long might Sir John A. Macdonald have lasted as prime minister if someone had stuck a camera-phone in his office during one of his drunken binges? Similarly, would William Lyon Mackenzie King have stayed in office if a concealed camera had captured video of one of his secret seances with his dead mother?
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has accomplished what no Canadian prime minister — or any Canadian for that matter — has ever achieved. After a video showing him smoking crack was obtained by Toronto police, he’s made front pages around the world, become a Twitter sensation and been featured by Jay Leno, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel in the same evening. The last time a Canadian politician attained any name recognition outside Canada was in 1970, when Pierre Trudeau dated Barbra Streisand.
Rob Ford is a complicated man, a mystery to himself and a riddle to his city. More than that: Rob Ford is engaged in a secret war against a powerful enemy he can’t see. And his war won’t end until he surrenders. Who am I to make such claims? I’ve studied psychoanalytic theories, put in my time on the couch and spent many hours poking a flashlight into my own unconscious. The only way I can make sense of the mayor’s behavior is by putting his psyche under a microscope. Why is Ford so fascinating? Simple: Humans love drama. Drama is conflict. And Rob Ford is conflict made flesh.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted today that he smoked crack cocaine, following months of speculation and denials.