What's next for City Hall?

How long can Mayor Rob Ford legally stay away from the job?

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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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 05/02/2014 11:10 AM
    Typical back-stabbing city council at their best.

    Ford finally does what they ask and take a leave of absence- and they're already trying to find a way to boot him out for good. This was probably the very reason why he didn't want to take the leave in the first place.
    1. Alex posted on 05/09/2014 05:31 PM
      @Karl Burgin Rob Ford is a bum.
  2. Adriane Taylr posted on 05/04/2014 07:38 PM
    Rob Ford has been followed and harassed since he won the Mayoralty with more votes than any other politician in the history of Canada. The unelected premier (placed in office with 1100 liberal votes) has finally been forced to seek a genuine mandate from The People. She has side stepped a duly elected Mayor opting instead to meet with a Liberal hack placed in power by less than 44 votes. She continues to shrill about what she conceives to be the missteps of a duly elected Majority Conservative Government in Ottawa. The Fourth Estate an important plank of our Democracy have (with few exceptions) done everything in their power to promote the lefty agenda . No red blooded human being could withstand the concentrated efforts of the left to dishonor him except maybe the Pope (but I doubt it)...I am a 65 year old grandmother and I am certain they could get something on me if they tried as hard as they have with Mayor Ford. Dabbling with recreational drugs in your sister's basement does not make you an addict. Being rude is not illegal in Canada..yet..if Mr. Ford finally gives up and his harassers win you can kiss Democracy goodbye at least in the Province of Ontario. Good luck to all of us if Chow becomes the Mayor and Wynne is the Premier. I for one will be leaving the Province...last one out kindly turn off the lights.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 05/08/2014 10:15 AM
      @Adriane Taylr Well said. And I dearly hope to God your predictions are true.
      If it is, I am certain you will see a mass exodus out of Ontario.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 05/08/2014 10:15 AM
      @Karl Burgin ....hope to God you predictions AREN'T true...
    3. Alex posted on 05/09/2014 05:33 PM
      @Adriane Taylr Try doing something worthwhile like promoting John Tory instead of your defense of Toronto's most scandalous mayor.
  3. Etobi-COKE Non-Conformist and Steak Queen Devotee posted on 07/10/2014 11:18 PM
    Hey, how about those umbrellas on the Waterfront at Sugar Beach .............. remember all the hooting and hollering

    Well, well....................the company that supplied them is the corporate neighbour Deco Labels is Etobi-COKE

    .......................and to add to that and hopefully bury the chances of the Mayor, the Brothers Ford appointed the guy running the umbrella plant to the Toronto Parking Authority at $500 a meeting

    ..............................fThose Ford Boys are real HR specialists
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