03/15/2012 05:56 EDT | Updated 05/15/2012 05:12 EDT

Toronto mayor says he won't stop helping kids after conflict-of-interest lawsuit

TORONTO - Mayor Rob Ford says he's not going to stop helping kids because of a lawsuit seeking to turf him from office because of his private football foundation.

A Toronto man asked the courts this week to force Ford to step down, alleging he violated conflict-of-interest rules by taking part in a council debate and voting on an issue of financial benefit to him.

The integrity commissioner had ordered the mayor to pay money back amid accusations that Ford misused city resources to solicit donations for his foundation.

At a news conference about Toronto's subway plans, Ford told reporters he couldn't comment on the lawsuit.

But, he says, his foundation has helped "thousands of kids" get an education and get off the streets, and he will continue working to help kids.

Ford says he runs his foundation out of the goodness of his heart, and he won't stop coaching kids or helping them get an education.

None of the allegations in the lawsuit have been proven in court.