11/06/2013 03:31 EST | Updated 11/08/2013 09:24 EST

10 Things Toronto Used To Be Known For Before The Rob Ford Crack Scandal


Whether you live in Toronto or halfway across the world, chances are you're familiar with the bombshell Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dropped Tuesday afternoon.

In a media scrum outside his office in Toronto City Hall, Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine once in a "drunken stupor", the biggest development in a six-month scandal following the city's embattled mayor. Ford's revelation has since grabbed international headlines and made him and Toronto an easy target of ridicule for comedians.

Meanwhile, some Torontonians remain faithful to the mayor, some have lost faith, some have called for his resignation, while others, like Conrad Black, have even described him as an "embarrassing guest at a family Christmas party".

It would seem that Toronto now joins an exclusive club of cities governed by mayors who've smoked crack. For some, that might be a source of shame or disappointment. But before Toronto because the centre of a massive crack scandal, its call to fame were its sports teams, towers and diverse food scene.

So, the next time someone asks what's Toronto known for, here's some options you can use instead of home to a crack smoking mayor.

With Files From The Canadian Press

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