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Mystery of Toronto mayor Rob Ford's whereabouts deepens


TORONTO (AP) -- The mystery of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's whereabouts deepened Tuesday, following reports that he did not enter the United States as expected but instead returned to Canada after landing at a Chicago airport.

Ford's lawyer said last week that the mayor had left Toronto for rehab after a video surfaced that appeared to show him smoking a crack pipe late last month - nearly a year after reports of an initial video that appeared show him smoking the drug. The lawyer, Dennis Morris, said Ford's plane was headed for Chicago.

But Roy Norton, the Consul General of Canada in Chicago, told The Globe and Mail that Ford voluntarily withdrew his application to enter the U.S. when he landed and was "not denied entry, per se." Norton didn't return messages left by The Associated Press, and Canada's foreign affairs department deferred comment to U.S. officials.

Kris Grogan, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said in an email that the federal Privacy Act prevents officials from commenting on "an individual's processing," but he noted that anyone hoping to enter the U.S. must "overcome ALL grounds of inadmissibility." He said there are more than 60 grounds for inadmissibility, including criminality, security reasons and documentation requirements.

Once a foreign visitor is formally denied entry, they have to receive special permission from the government to try to come back. If Ford decided on his own not to ask immigration authorities to let him in, future visits could be as simple as presenting his passport at the border.

Celebrity British chef Nigella Lawson, who acknowledged last year that she had occasionally used cocaine, was denied permission to board a flight to the United States earlier this year.

The last time Ford visited the United States was in early March, when he appeared on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" television show in Los Angeles.

Morris and Doug Ford, Rob's brother, declined to discuss the Globe's report, but insisted Tuesday that the mayor is in rehab.

"The most important thing, everyone who is concerned if he's in rehab, the answer is yes," Doug Ford told the AP. "As for his whereabouts that's personal and that should stay with Rob."

Doug Ford said he has spoken with his brother since he entered the program and that he is doing well.

"He's feeling great actually. He's feeling good. He's bought into the program and he's getting the support he needs," Doug Ford said.

Shelley Carroll, a Toronto city councilor, said Ford's location should be made public. "I'm not buying that it can't be divulged," Carroll said.

Councilor Giorgio Mammoliti said the mayor should provide a doctor's note.

Even as Ford began his treatment at an undisclosed location, another report of the mayor behaving inappropriately while intoxicated emerged last week. A report written by City Hall officials said Ford turned up intoxicated at the front security office at City Hall on St. Patrick's Day and threatened a guard who had reported the mayor for similar behavior two years ago.

The scandal over Ford's crack use broke last May when news reports emerged of the first video. After police said they had obtained that video, Ford admitted that he smoked crack while in a "drunken stupor."

Although Ford has not abandoned his bid to seek a second term in October's elections, the revelation of a second crack video raised even more doubts about his chances of prevailing. His decision to seek treatment comes months after he announced he was finished with alcohol - only to be followed by a steady flow of reports of intoxicated behavior.

Toronto's City Council stripped Ford of most of his powers last year, and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly is running the city.


Associated Press writer Alicia Caldwell in Washington contributed to this report.

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omacees12 May 07 2014 at 9:44 AM

MARIAN BARRY office as stepped out to support ROB FORD and that was verry nice
you all remember MAYOR MARIAN BARRY of WASHINGTON D.C the crack user by trade and he was re elected he stayed on that pipe

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BABY May 07 2014 at 9:01 AM

He looks like a schoolyard bully. An ugly one at that.

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Katiecakes May 07 2014 at 8:55 AM

This man is gross. He is a Flambouant alcohal and drug addict . He is supposed to be a dignified person of respect and honor... this guy smocks crack multiple times on a video.. are you kidding me.. Starts drinking infront of an entire country, And when he flaunted it over and over his collegues begged him to get help and step down.. what does he do puts out another crack tape and starts campaigning to run for office again .. I am sure I could sit here and goon but I think my point is out there. No one is perfect and sure there are plenty of people who need help.. But to go to this extreme as a Government official are you telling me that this is ok because he needs help? He is supposed to be a role model, he is supposed lead his community with pride and dignity . Please do not keep allowing this masoganistic drug addict that everything is not his fault, Because he will not get better until he TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS OWN ACTIONS. He could of resigned and took care of his health.

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appleiphone May 07 2014 at 8:54 AM

Wow a fat crackhead. How is that possible?

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Darren May 07 2014 at 8:54 AM

just another non-story to distract the public from a government destroying us from the inside out.

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pllove49 May 07 2014 at 8:52 AM

Well....a doctors note isn't asking for much is it...a lot of places require that...

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monk6272 pllove49 May 07 2014 at 9:58 AM

Who says a doctor can't be "bought"?

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omacees12 May 07 2014 at 8:51 AM

a MAYOR in CANADA smoke crack
UNITED STATE owes $17 000 000 000 000 TRILLIONS DOLLARS file for bankruptcy

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Hello Dear!! omacees12 May 07 2014 at 8:56 AM

Oh go back to bed.

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jpf917 May 07 2014 at 8:50 AM

It's really nobody's business. He has a disease and is in rehab. Don't think addiction is a disease? You've got more personal problems than he does.

If the press doesn't like that --- Too BAD! Many of the members of the 4th Estate should be reserving rooms and rehabbing too!

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Say NO to libs! jpf917 May 07 2014 at 8:59 AM

CANCER is a DISEASE, Crack and Alcohol addictions are by CHOICE.

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monk6272 Say NO to libs! May 07 2014 at 10:00 AM

Guess you don't know much about mental health, huh?

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exp57 May 07 2014 at 8:49 AM

He lives in a van down by the river.

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christalt1 exp57 May 07 2014 at 9:13 AM

He really does have a resemblance to Chris Farley, albeit somewhat older than Farley died.

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christalt1 christalt1 May 07 2014 at 9:14 AM

*than WHEN Farley died.

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Bill May 07 2014 at 8:47 AM

Another non-story being blown out of proportion.
Wherever he is, I wish him well.

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