Mayor Rob Ford on the ropes again and losing support

Andrea Houston reports from city hall

Mayor Rob Ford’s problems are growing by the minute. Daily Xtra’s Andrea Houston was at Toronto City Hall getting reaction from city councillors to Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair’s claim that police have a video file showing the mayor smoking crack.

By the end of the day Oct 31, all four Toronto daily newspapers had called for Mayor Rob Ford to step down.

Earlier in the day, an Ontario judge released a 400-plus page document that outlines the police case against accused drug dealer Alexander Lisi, Ford’s friend and former driver.

Then, just before noon, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair confirmed that police have the infamous crack video.

The court document outlines in detail Lisi’s movements over a four-month period, including dozens of interactions with Ford, who is mentioned numerous times throughout the document.

Members of Toronto’s media spent Halloween camped outside Ford’s office at city hall waiting for comment. He emerged from his office at around 2pm, only to say he has no plans to step down.

Check out our video from city hall, with comment from Councillor James Pasternak and budget chief Frank Di Giorgio.

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