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Old 11-26-2012, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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TORONTO*-*Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been punted from office, just days short of celebrating his second anniversary of being sworn in.

Justice Charles Hackland's eagerly awaited decision in a conflict of interest case was handed down at 10 a.m. Monday at a downtown courthouse.

Ford had been accused of violating council's conflict guidelines after he spoke to and voted on whether to accept an Integrity Commissioner's report critical of how he raised funds for his football charity last February.

Integrity Commissioner Janet Leiper had ordered Ford to repay $3,000.

Council voted with Ford to reject the report but a private citizen then complained Ford should not have spoken or cast a ballot on the issue.

Hackland could have found Ford didn't violate the guidelines - or that the infringement wasn't significant enough to warrant removal from office.

Instead he becomes the first Toronto mayor to be removed from office. It's expected he will appeal the ruling.

Sunday would have marked two years to the day since Ford was sworn in as mayor, after defeating former deputy premier George Smitherman in the 2010 civic election.
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