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What's next for City Hall?
How long can Mayor Rob Ford legally stay away from the job?
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So what's next at Toronto City Hall?

Mayor Rob Ford is off to Chicago to reportedly check into a rehab facility there, for what's reported to be a 30 day stint.

The powers that he'd been clinging to as Mayor have now been transferred over to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, who assumes the role of acting Mayor for the City of Toronto. He'll even get to wear the chain of office, if he chooses.

But when it comes to Rob Ford and the amount of time he misses, there is a threshold.

Municipal affairs Lawyer, John Mascarin from Aird and Berlis says if Ford misses every council meeting for 3 months, then the current rules state that the position would be made vacant.

That means all eyes are on the July council meeting.

However, Mascarin says council can pass a resolution extending that leave, if they are requested to do so.

There has also been talk of some city councillors urging Mayor Ford to resign, or possibly asking the province to change the City of Toronto Act.

"I don't think the province wants to touch this in any way" says Mascarin.

He says they have enough to worry about with the budget being tabled on Thursday, and a possible election being triggered because of that. Also, we're so close to a municipal election, so Mascarin says things will likely stay status quo.

If you're Mayor Ford, you have the campaign to worry about. Legally, Mascarin says there's nothing wrong with taking some time out of door-knocking.

He says this could actually work in the Mayor's favour.

"It may give him an opportunity to go away, stay out of the lime-light and not get in any more trouble, and then come back and be lily white."

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So what's next at Toronto City Hall?

Mayor Rob Ford is off to Chicago to reportedly check into a rehab facility there, for what's reported to be a 30 day stint.

The powers that he'd been clinging to as Mayor have now been transferred over to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, who assumes the role of acting Mayor for the City of Toronto. He'll even get to wear the chain of office, if he chooses.

But when it comes to Rob Ford and the amount of time he misses, there is a threshold.

Municipal affairs Lawyer, John Mascarin from Aird and Berlis says if Ford misses every council meeting for 3 months, then the current rules state that the position would be made vacant.

That means all eyes are on the July council meeting.

However, Mascarin says council can pass a resolution extending that leave, if they are requested to do so.

There has also been talk of some city councillors urging Mayor Ford to resign, or possibly asking the province to change the City of Toronto Act.

"I don't think the province wants to touch this in any way" says Mascarin.

He says they have enough to worry about with the budget being tabled on Thursday, and a possible election being triggered because of that. Also, we're so close to a municipal election, so Mascarin says things will likely stay status quo.

If you're Mayor Ford, you have the campaign to worry about. Legally, Mascarin says there's nothing wrong with taking some time out of door-knocking.

He says this could actually work in the Mayor's favour.

"It may give him an opportunity to go away, stay out of the lime-light and not get in any more trouble, and then come back and be lily white."

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