Toronto Mayor Rob Ford addresses the media at City Hall in Toronto, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Ford acknowledged for the first time that he smoked crack "probably a year ago," when he was in a "drunken stupor," but he refused to resign despite immense pressure to step aside as leader of Canada’s largest city. Allegations that the mayor had been caught on video smoking crack surfaced in news reports in May. Ford initially insisted the video didn't exist, sidestepped questions about whether he had ever smoked crack and rebuffed growing calls to step down. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
TORONTO (AP) — City Councilors are calling on Toronto's deputy mayor to "orchestrate a dignified exit from city hall" for Mayor Rob Ford, who has acknowledged smoking crack in a "drunken stupor."
Councilor James Pasternak said Wednesday the controversy consuming Canada's largest city cannot go on day after day. He's asking Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly to approach Ford again.
After months of evading the question, Ford admitted to smoking crack Tuesday. But he refused to step aside despite immense pressure.
Reports of a video showing Ford smoking what appears to be crack cocaine first surfaced in May, and police said they recovered a copy last week.
Municipal law makes no provision for Ford's forced removal from office unless he is convicted and jailed for a criminal offense. Police have not charged Ford.
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