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Remove Rob Ford: Paul Magder Files Legal Application With Lawyer Clayton Ruby To Boot Toronto Mayor From Office

03/12/2012 09:22 EDT | Updated 03/12/2012 09:22 EDT
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If Paul Magder and his lawyer Clayton Ruby get their way, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will be removed from office.

The Toronto homeowner has filed a legal application to force Ford off city council with the help of prominent lawyer Ruby.

The bid to oust the mayor of Canada's largest city is based on the claim that Ford used city resources to help find funding for his football foundation, according to CTV.

Back in 2010, Toronto integrity commissioner slammed then-councillor Ford for using the city's logo and his office's resources to solicit donations for the Rob Ford Football Foundation, CityTV reported at the time.

Ford was ordered repay more than $3,000 to donors, an order which was later backed by council, according to CBC.

Then, early this year, council voted to overturn that ruling and take no further action against Ford, who had ignored the order. Ford rose during that meeting to argue against paying the money back.

Ruby said on Monday that Ford violated the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act by speaking for and voting on a motion which benefited him personally.

This isn't the first time Ruby has made headlines. He also worked to get accused murderer Guy Paul Morin released from prison and helped win a settlement for three of the Dionno quintuplets in 1998.

Magder is a lifelong Toronto resident who said he learned about the council vote in a local paper and felt it was necessary to hold the mayor accountable. He filed a complaint with the lobbyist registrar in September of 2011 over councillor Doug Ford's plans for a takeover of the city's Port Lands, according to the Toronto Star.

In other Ford news, the mayor cancelled his weekly Monday weigh-in due to March Break. Ford has failed to lose weight for two consecutive weeks.

With files from CBC

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