Two stunning admissions in one day from Mayor Rob Ford.
After first admitting to smoking crack cocaine, Ford refused calls to step down to even step aside to get his personal life in order.
Ford says he kept his drug use from his family, his staff and his colleagues at city hall because he was ``embarrassed and ashamed.''
The mayor says ``these mistakes will never, ever, ever happen again.''
It was just after noon that Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine, but maintained he is not an addict.
Rather than shouting questions at the Mayor, they calmly asked him if he'd smoked crack, and the answer that came stunned everyone.
When further pressed for details, Mayor Ford admitted he couldn't really remember, but thought it could have been 'in the last year or so'.
``Am I addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors,'' he said.
Ford has been under intense scrutiny for months after two media outlets reported the existence of a video that they said appeared to show the mayor smoking crack.
Until Tuesday, Ford staunchly denied he used the drug and suggested the video did not exist.
``Yes, I've made mistakes, all I can do now is apologize and move on,'' the mayor said.
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``You guys kept referring to alcohol...there's been times when I've been in a drunken stupor. That's why I want to see the tape. I want everyone in the city to see this tape.''
Last week, Toronto's police chief made the jaw-dropping announcement that authorities had recovered a video of the mayor with images that corresponded with media reports about him appearing to smoke crack cocaine.
Ford responded by calling on police to release the tape and repeated his long-heard refrain about not using crack.
``I don't even recall there being a tape or a video and I know that. So I want to see the state that I was in,'' he said.
``I wasn't lying,'' he told reporters. ``You didn't ask the correct questions. No, I'm not an addict and no I do not do drugs.''
Despite the pressure on Ford to step down, municipal law makes no provision for his forced removal from office unless he's convicted and jailed for a criminal offense.
Ford then repeated that he'd made mistakes in the past and was working to fix them, while moving forward with his work at City Hall.
Toronto Sun Columnist and Newstalk1010 host, Joe Warmington spoke to the Mayor shortly after he made his admission and claims the Mayor told him 'it felt like it was getting the monkey off of his back'.
NEWSTALK 1010's Russ Courtney was at City Hall when Mayor Ford made the admission...