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November 3, 2013

Toronto mayor apologizes, won't step down

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Kelly said he was "encouraged" by Ford's decision to hired a driver to pick him up in the morning and take him home at night.

"In making that commitment, I think he has lifted the cloud of suspicion that his surrounded his daily behavior," Kelly said. "At the very best he's met the minimum requirements necessary to proceed further on a good faith basis."

Kelly said there would be "no generosity by any of the sides" if Ford slips up again.

Ford told a woman who called into his show that she was a great mother for explaining to her kids that his behavior is not acceptable, but said "''I'm not resigning. I'm not going away."

All four major Toronto newspapers have called on Ford to resign. Many city councilors and The Toronto Board of Trade have also called on him to step down.

Ford called on the police chief to release the video. "Whatever this video shows, Toronto residents deserve to see it and people need to judge for themselves what they see on this video," Ford said.

Police said the video will come out when Ford's associate and occasional driver, Alexander Lisi, goes to trial on drug and extortion charges. Lisi, who was released on bail Friday morning, is accused of threatening two alleged gang members who had been trying to sell the video to the media. Police said they can't release the video because the case is pending before the court.

The mayor is not facing any charges. However, police have said they want to talk to him, but his lawyer has so far declined the request.

Municipal law makes no provision for Ford's forced removal from office unless he's convicted and jailed for a criminal offense. Voters may have the final word in the October 2014 mayoral election, in which Ford has said he plans to run.

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