NEWS
07/01/2014 10:53 EDT | Updated 08/31/2014 05:59 EDT

Rob Ford back in mayor mode after return from rehab

A day after Rob Ford made an emotional apology for his behaviour, the mayor is back on the campaign trail.

Ford appeared at the East York Canada Day parade wearing a red and white lei, greeting people along the Woodbine, Coxwell, Cosburn and Sammon Avenues. Ford weathered a downpour with a group of Canada Day revellers.

A steady line of people shook hands with the mayor, telling him he looked good and that they were glad to see him back.

Ford's return was not welcome by all however. He was heckled by groups of onlookers at the parade as he handed out Canadian flags and magnets.

Ford was with his son, Doug, and his brother, Coun. Doug Ford.

Ford marked his return to the mayor's race on Monday, with a 20-minute speech apologizing, thanking the rehab facility that treated him and vowing to continue as mayor for many years to come.

Coun. John Filion says it was "unfortunate" Ford veered into campaign mode, adding the mayor should have ended his speech after apologizing.

And another councillor, Kristyn Wong-Tam, says Ford is "irresponsible" because he didn't say sorry to all the groups he's offended.

Meanwhile, Ford mayoral rival John Tory called Ford's speech unimpressive and said the mayor should resign. Olivia Chow called Ford a "failed mayor" as well.

Ford's role as mayor has been largely symbolic since November, when city council stripped him of most of his power.