What's Next for Mayor Ford & Council?
There's some debate on what comes next if the judge's decision to toss Mayor Rob Ford from office is upheld.
It doesn't seem like many councillors have made up their minds about whether to appoint a mayor or call a by-election if Ford's planned appeal fails.
There's also another wrinkle. There seems to be no consenus on whether Rob Ford could even run in a by-election. Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday had no idea, and Clayton Ruby (who represented the man who launched the case) says, "I don't have the faintest idea. That's a municipal law question and there are guys who spend their life on that."
The judge ruled Ford cannot seek public office for the remainder of the term...which seems to suggest to some that he would be able to run in 2014, but the Mayor himself has said he'll run in a byelection, if one is called.
Currently, the Ford team of lawyers are preparing an appeal to Divisional Court and preparing a separate request for a stay of the trial judge's ruling.
The lawyers are likely to ask for an expedited appeal hearing. Mr. Justice Charles Hackland knew that vacating the mayor's office would cause problems so he has given city council 14 days to figure out how to proceed. If, within that 14 days, Rob Ford's lawyers can convince another judge to put the original ruling on hold, he would remain Mayor until there is a ruling on his appeal of the conviction.
City council has a meeting on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
(Files by D. Agar and R. Courtney)