Wed January 22, 2014
Video of drunken Toronto mayor renews calls for resignation
Toronto's colorful and controversial mayor Rob Ford, is again in the news. A new video has surfaced showing an intoxicated Ford slurring his words and speaking in Jamaican slang.
The cell phone video, taken at a fast food restaurant in the west end of Toronto Monday night, has already become grist for the late night talk shows. Facing reporters outside his office Ford admits he was drinking Monday night, and he says it's not unusual for him to be speaking in Jamaican patois.
"I had met some friends. If I speak that way, that's how I speak with some of my friends. And no I don't think its discriminative at all," Ford said.
The mayor didn't apologize, adding that what he does during his free time is his business. And employees at the restaurant say he was not drunk, calling him a loyal customer.
But members of Toronto city council were quick to express dismay at this latest incident. Some like deputy mayor Norm Kelly said it was shocking and was an example of Ford's lack of judgment. There were more calls for him to step down, and to get professional help.
But some residents of the city continue to stand by their mayor saying, in office he's done what he's promised, and they'll vote for him again come October.
Last year, Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine in what he called a "drunken stupor."