Rob Ford sits during World Pride standing ovation

Mayor Rob Ford remains seated while council gives a standing ovation to city staff and volunteers...

Mayor Rob Ford remains seated while council gives a standing ovation to city staff and volunteers that worked on World Pride Toronto. (DON PEAT/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:22 PM ET

TORONTO - Mayor Rob Ford sparked controversy less than an hour into Wednesday's council meeting.

Ford was the lone member of council not to stand up to applaud city staff and volunteers that worked on World Pride Toronto.

The mayor didn't attend the 10-day World Pride festival this year -- it ended a day before he returned to the city from his stint in rehab.

At council Wednesday, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, rather than Ford, made the presentation to World Pride on the council floor. Although Ford did clap briefly, he didn't join councillors in two standing ovations as they saluted World Pride officials. His apparent refusal to stand quickly stirred up negative reaction on social media.

Ford has had a rocky relationship with the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community since he swept to office -- he has repeatedly refused to march in the city's Pride parade.


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