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26 november 2012

Judge: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford out of office over 'conflict of interest'

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford talks to media after court ruling.

The mayor of Canada's most populous city Toronto was told he has 14 days to wrap up his affairs and leave his post.

Mayor Rob Ford was found guilty of a conflict of interest by Ontario [provincial] Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland who ruled the mayor showed an “ignorance of the law and a lack of diligence in securing professional advice amounting to wilful blindness.”

The conflict of interest involves Ford's involvement in a city council vote over a financial penalty the mayor was ordered to pay when he used city materials to solicit funds for his private football foundation.

The judgement was made after a Toronto resident lodged a legal challenge.

Mayor Ford says he will appeal the decision.

More information:
Mayor Rob Ford will fight the court ruling (info and video) - here
Text of court ruling - here


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