Toronto mayor launches appeal to keep his job
TORONTO (REUTERS) - Toronto's controversial mayor, Mr Rob Ford, on Monday launched an appeal against a ruling late last year that ordered him to leave office, a case that has cast a pall of uncertainty over who will run Canada's most populous city in the months ahead.
Mr Ford was evicted from his post by an Ontario Superior Court Judge two years into his term after being found guilty of conflict of interest charges. He later won the right to stay on the job until the appeal could be heard.
Speaking to a packed court room, Mr Ford's lawyer, Mr Alan Lenczner, told a three-judge Divisional Court panel that there were "substantial errors" in the original ruling.
In November, Ontario Superior Court Judge Charles Hackland ruled Mr Ford violated a conflict of interest law when he voted at city council to scrap a fine imposed on him by the city council for accepting donations to his football foundation from lobbyists.