The big news: Rob Ford’s grip on power loosens

Toronto city council could weaken the mayor’s role at city hall
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands in the council chamber in Toronto on Friday November 15, 2013 where councillors look to pass motions to limit his powers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Chris Young/CP

The story
Rob Ford faces yet another wave of attacks from his colleagues on Toronto’s city council. Today, councillors will convene a special session—they don’t usually meet on Fridays—to open debate on a motion that would strip Ford of many of his powers and limit his budget. Ford would maintain the same budget as a city councillor, lose the chairmanship of the city’s executive committee, and be stripped of the right to vote at standing committees. Premier Kathleen Wynne is even considering her options to provide the city “new tools” to remove Ford. The premier will act only if council provides clear direction, and opposition parties at Queen’s Park are game.

The stat
28: The number of councillors, out of 44, who currently support a motion to transfer many of Ford’s powers to deputy mayor Norm Kelly

The quote
“There’s nothing that [Ford] could say now that will be acceptable to me any more … The province has to step in, because council cannot remove him.” —Toronto City Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong


What’s above the fold

The Globe and MailToronto’s city councillors are poised to remove many of Rob Ford’s powers.
National Post
Many councillors sit with their backs to Ford when the mayor speaks.
Toronto StarPremier Kathleen Wynne could take action on Ford, if council asks.
Ottawa CitizenTrillium Wind Power will move ahead with a $2.25-billion lawsuit.
CBC NewsFord’s showdown with council caps a week’s worth of showdowns.
CTV NewsA majority of Torontonians think the police chief should keep his job.
National NewswatchCouncil will hold a special session today to debate Ford’s powers.


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