Rob Ford, mayor of Toronto, admitted to smoking crack cocaine in November, 2013, months after he denied he was caught on video smoking what appeared to be crack. The controversy catapulted the politician into the international headlines and late-night shows. He was in the 2014 mayoral race until Sept. 12, 2014, when he announced he would no longer run for the job and instead run for a city councillor seat.
He has since refused to resign, even though city council stripped him of many of his powers. He says he'll run again in the next election.
Rob Ford was elected mayor of Toronto in the 2010 municipal election after promising voters he'd "end the gravy train" of spending at city hall. The youngest of four children, he was born in Etobicoke in 1969 and was first elected to city council in 2000 representing Ward 2 Etobicoke North. Ford won the mayoral race with 47 per cent of the vote, easily defeating his nearest rival, George Smitherman at 35.6 per cent. His first term as mayor has been notable for a number of controversies, his ongoing refusal to speak to the Toronto Star, his