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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stripped of some powers

TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**NO ACCESS CANADA, NEWS USE ONLY, MUST COURTESY TORONTO STAR, NO LIBRARY, NO RESALE BROADCAST*~ He's admitted to smoking crack cocaine. And he's been making international headlines with his - quote - "drunken stupors," obscene outbursts and combative exchanges with reporters. Now, Toronto City Council has voted to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some powers, in a system that has very few legal means to remove him from office. (SOUNDBITE)(English) TORONTO MAYOR ROB FORD, SAYING: "I completely understand the situation that my fellow colleagues are in and if it wouldn't cost the taxpayers an arm and a leg which obviously it's going to, I would have done the same thing. If I had a mayor acting the way I conducted myself I would have done the exact same thing." Council voted 39 to 3 to suspend the mayor's ability to appoint and dismiss the deputy mayor and the heads of council committees. Council also voted 41 to 2 to give the deputy mayo

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