Mayor Rob Ford on hot seat at city council

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is pictured during a city council meeting on November 13, 2013. (Ernest...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is pictured during a city council meeting on November 13, 2013. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, City Hall Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 2:40 PM ET

Crack-smoking Mayor Rob Ford will be on the hot seat at Toronto city council Wednesday.

Councillors will deal with Ford’s scandalous behaviour as the first item of business.

A motion from Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong asks city council to demand Ford take a leave of absence, apologize for lying to Toronto residents about his crack use, say he's sorry for writing a letter of reference for Sandro Lisi on city letterhead, and co-operate with Toronto Police investigators.

The meeting will be the first time since the crack controversy exploded late last month that Ford will have to stand and publicly address questions about his drug-use and his personal relationships with convicted criminals. He has dodged those questions when reporters ask them.

Minnan-Wong - a member of Ford's own executive committee - has argued it is important for council to weigh in on Ford's lying and crack-smoking behaviour.

"I think it is critically important that council speaks as one voice to say what he has done is wrong, that he should be going to the police and co-operating, that he should be apologizing and fundamentally that he should go, take a leave of absence, remove himself from council while he gets the help he needs and let this city move forward and not be distracted with any of the future information that might be coming out," Minnan-Wong said this week.

On Tuesday, Ford described the meeting as a "rumble in the jungle" and said he was ready.

"Let's get it on," he repeated.

Although he has admitted to smoking crack during one of his "drunken stupors," Ford maintains he is not a crack addict or an alcoholic.

Councillor Doug Ford described the upcoming meeting as a “public butchering” of the mayor.

“I think the council, they want to do their public flogging,” he said.

“They are going to get up, 44 of them, and give my brother a public beating, public butchering and I’m going to have to stand there and watch it happen. We’ll see how it turns out.”

The Sun is at city council covering all the action. Keep checking back for updates:


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