The continuing drama surrounding Mayor Rob Ford and a drug-related scandal has made headlines worldwide and brought a growing number of foreign news crews to Toronto City Hall.
David Willis, a reporter for the BBC, says Toronto’s "larger than life" mayor is at the centre of a story that has been of interest to anyone who hears about it.
"It’s soap opera, it’s theatre," Willis said Monday, when explaining the wide interest in the story involving Ford.
"Every day, we see something new — more videotape coming out, more sort of explosive allegations. It’s more, really, than we can comprehend and cope with. We’ve never known this sort of thing happening before. It’s just an amazing, compelling, slightly tragic story."
For certain, Ford has been the key figure in an extraordinary month of November at Toronto City Hall.
The 44-year-old Toronto mayor has admitted to having smoked crack cocaine since being elected, as well as to having purchased illegal drugs during that time period.
Ford has also apologized for "mistakes," some of which were alcohol-related, and admitted to potentially getting behind the wheel after drinking.
This month, he also responded to the publication of a bizarre video, which the Toronto Star paid to obtain, showing the mayor ranting and swearing.
Ford has said he was "extremely, extremely inebriated" when the video was filmed, but he did not explain the circumstances under which it was recorded.
But the mayor has endured in his job, despite calls from his colleagues to take a leave of absence or step down.
In recent days, Ford has also made efforts to take his message to U.S. media outlets, including Fox News and CNN.
Click on the video player above to see a full report from the CBC's Marivel Taruc.