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Toronto mayor in rehab: Canadian clinic
Australian Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 5/24/2014 1:31:16 AM

A rehab facility in a small Ontario town has confirmed that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is undergoing treatment at its clinic. GreenStone Clinic Muskoka in Bala, Ontario, said Ford consented to having the facility confirm his stay. Ford announced late last month that he was seeking treatment for an alcohol problem after a new video surfaced that appeared to show Ford smoking a crack pipe late last month. It was the latest twist in the ongoing saga of Ford, whose notorious and frequently filmed behaviour led the city council to strip him of most of his powers after he admitted last year that he had smoked crack in a "drunken stupor"

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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/24/2014 1:31:16 AM     Post Reply
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