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Toronto mayor Rob Ford spotted in Ontario town

TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was spotted in a small Ontario town Friday despite his lawyer insisting that the embattled leader of Canada's biggest city is still in rehab.

Ford announced late last month that he was seeking treatment for an alcohol problem after a new video surfaced that appeared to show Ford smoking a crack pipe late last month. It was only the latest twist in the ongoing saga of Ford, whose notorious and frequently filmed behavior led the city council to strip him of most of his powers after he admitted last year that he had smoked crack in a "drunken stupor" and was depicted on video threatening to "murder" someone.

On Friday, dozens of people spotted Ford outside a shopping plaza in Bracebridge, a community in the province's countryside, said resident Brody Lisle, 19. Lisle was one of many locals who posed with the mayor for a photo.

"I was so excited, I'm still shaking after seeing him," Lisle said. "He seemed a lot thinner and he was really happy and cheerful."

Ford said rehab was "really good," said Lisle, who called herself a fan of the confessed crack-smoking mayor.

"He's done two weeks so far and he's got six more weeks left," she said, "and he's feeling really good about himself, and health-wise, he's lost a few pounds."

The Bracebridge Examiner first reported that it received a tip Ford was in the area Friday afternoon and posted mobile phone photos of the mayor posing with residents.

More photos of Ford posing with construction workers and staff at a dry cleaning store were posted later on Twitter.

Ford's lawyer Dennis Morris wouldn't confirm his client's whereabouts.

"I cannot tell you where the mayor is, unfortunately," Morris said. "The good news is, he's in rehab, and you know, it's always nice to leave him alone."

Friday marked a year since the Toronto Star and the U.S. website Gawker first reported seeing a video that appeared to show the mayor smoking crack cocaine.

Months later, Ford admitted to trying the drug while drunk and to using drugs while in office.

The mayor has previously publicly swore off alcohol, saying he had cleaned up his act and was working out.

However, he was forced to admit drinking after another videotaped incident in which he used obscene Jamaican slang words and criticized Toronto's chief of police.

The Globe and Mail said last month a drug dealer had shown two of its reporters video of Ford allegedly smoking what was said to be crack in the basement of his sister's home. The paper said it paid $10,000 for frame grabs showing Ford holding a copper pipe.

The Toronto Star also published details of "two nights of utter debauchery" involving Ford at a Toronto nightclub.

Police began investigating Ford after a guns and gangs probe turned up wiretaps that allegedly captured conversations about the first "crack" video.

A friend of Ford's has been charged with extortion related to attempts to retrieve the video.

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deebeedonny May 17 2014 at 11:53 AM

Since the repubs have NOTHING for their next so-called Presidential lineup, maybe they should get Rob Ford, he would be the best of the bunch...

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rettakins deebeedonny May 17 2014 at 12:52 PM

Any republican is beter than a demo

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dutch1649 deebeedonny May 17 2014 at 2:44 PM

This guy is what liberals are all about. He fits right in with the current administration.

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tevroc143 dutch1649 May 17 2014 at 4:02 PM

He's an Independent and former Progressive Conservative. You don't need a politcal party to have a lack of morals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Ford

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Jack May 17 2014 at 12:19 AM

Is Rob Ford related to Rush Limbaugh....they resemble one another and act very similar?

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TR by ML Neal... Jack May 17 2014 at 3:10 AM


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shmtnmusic May 17 2014 at 3:00 PM

Chris Farley didn't die. He just cut his hair and moved to Canada.

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Dick May 17 2014 at 2:07 PM

Too bad he can't run for President in the USA...he would fit right in with the other screwed up do nothing politicians we have in Washington and at home!!

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Hi BulldogandRex Dick May 17 2014 at 2:45 PM

Hey Dick, why don't you run for President?

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Allen Cat Dick May 17 2014 at 7:55 PM

Can he become a US citizen?

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bobparks77 May 17 2014 at 11:19 AM

Have a few more cheeseburgers, Rob.....and throw in a pecan pie.
Man, talk about a walking heart attack.

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deebeedonny bobparks77 May 17 2014 at 11:51 AM

Such as Vhristie who is probaqbly one cannolli away from an explosion.

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cptbfhrt May 17 2014 at 6:02 AM

Having lived near & traveled to Canada since I moved to Buffalo in the 70s, I'm surprised at the level of political buffoonery that exists north of the border. We were always made to feel that the states had the monopoly on such political embarrassments.

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someone905 May 17 2014 at 11:40 AM

He looks a lot like Tommy Boy

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marcbarc May 17 2014 at 7:21 AM

Is this guy a walking saturday night live sketch or what.

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bwaymike May 17 2014 at 3:32 AM

Be a clown, be a clown, all the world loves a clown. But since he's from Canada maybe the lyric should be changed to Bieber Clown, Bieber Clown.....

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Mark May 17 2014 at 7:30 AM

If Chris Farley were still alive, and still on SNL.......Oh the possibilities!!

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Tammy Mark May 17 2014 at 8:39 AM

I thought the SAME thing!! I miss that crazy guy. He always made me laugh.

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