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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Mayor threatens to kill in new video

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Critics and allies have renewed their claims that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (44) is not fit to lead Canada's largest city after a new video surfaced showing the mayor in a rambling rage, threatening to "murder" someone.

His mother defended him later on Thursday, saying she has advised him to work on his "huge weight problem" as well as his drinking problem and watch the company he keeps. But she insisted that her son, who has acknowledged that he smoked crack about a year ago in a "drunken stupor," is not an addict and did not need to enter rehab.

Moments after the new video was posted, the mayor told reporters that he was "extremely, extremely inebriated" in it and "emb-arrassed" by it. The context of the video is unknown and it's unclear who the target of Ford's wrath is. The video appeared at length on the Toronto Star's website.

City councillors, meanwhile, moved ahead in efforts to force Ford out of office, although there is no clear path to do so.

The controversy surrounding Ford escalated last week when police announced they had obtained a different, long-sought video that shows Ford smoking a crack cocaine pipe.

After months of evading the question, Ford admitted on Tuesday to smoking crack cocaine in a stunning confession to reporters. He also admitted to a drinking problem on his Sunday radio show.

Despite immense pressure, the mayor has refused to resign or take a leave of absence.

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