Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford Blames Lack of Power, ‘Too Much Free Time’ for Drug Relapse

TORONTO — Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford has only one entity to blame for his very public relapse: the Toronto City Council, which stripped him of most of his staff, budget, and powers last November.

This, according to the man who has finally agreed to accept treatment for a substance abuse problem he claims was instigated by “having too much free time.”

Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford Said about Drug Relapse

“The devil finds work for idle hands. Leave him alone,” warned Diane Ford, the mayor’s mother, “and Robert will try anything—anything—to regain the attention he so craves.”

Mayor of Toronto explained that her son was an “unremitting camera hog,” hamming it up for guffaws whenever someone pointed a lens or microphone his way.

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Mayor of Toronto Ford’s recent antics have been memorialized in recordings of him smoking crack cocaine and making lewd comments, the latest of which were shot by a self-proclaimed drug dealer and, two days later, a bar patron who watched as the mayor knocked back shooters and tequila.

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The Canadian press responsible for publishing clips of these videos, including The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Sun, organized an intervention after concluding that both Ford and public interest in his “stupors” was bottoming out.

“It was a fun ride while it lasted,” said Jeffery Taylor, The Toronto Sun’s managing editor. “But the shock value of a ‘man bites dog’ headline begins to wane if the same man bites the same dog every week.”

Representatives from the press accepted responsibility for enabling the mayor’s addiction but vowed that such behavior would have to end, even if it meant imposing a media blackout.

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Tearfully Admitted for Drugs

Ford, 44, tearfully admitted that he already has had “more than [his] fair share of blackouts,” and decided to “take a leave” from his reelection campaign and residual ceremonial duties, which the deputy mayor will now assume.

Gawker, which has also profited from video posts of the mayor smoking crack, donated a portion of their advertising revenue to support the creation of the Robert Ford Clinic for Media and Crack Addiction.

Mayor of Toronto’s older brother, a city councilor and his sibling’s campaign manager, told his colleagues on the City Council that they had the ability to facilitate the mayor’s sobriety. “Return his mayoral powers, keep him busy working for the good people of Toronto. Just please, don’t send my jobless brother back home to live with us.”