|Mayor Rob Ford meets with media outside his office at City Hall after he was found guilty in the conflict-of-interest case on Monday. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)
TORONTO - A hoarse-voiced Mayor Rob Ford outlined his two key items at council Tuesday but otherwise made no mention of his impending removal from office.
Ford told councillors the city’s impending bag ban coming Jan. 1 and the efforts to protect employment lands in Etobicoke were his priority files for the monthly meeting — both expected to be dealt with Wednesday.
All eyes though will be on another agenda item due up in Tuesday’s morning session — a report from city solicitor Anna Kinastowski on what the city’s options are in responding to the sensational court ruling Monday that ordered Ford to vacate his office in 14 days.
Those options include appointing a new mayor or holding a byelection.
The matter is further complicated by the mayor’s insistence on fighting the ruling. His lawyer is expected to file an appeal Tuesday and apply for a judicial stay of the ruling until that appeal is heard.
Ford was found guilty of violating conflict-of-interest rules.
Also up for discussion at council will be membership on the city’s executive committee — the mayor’s cabinet. Monday saw Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, who had acted as the mayor’s heavy at council meetings, step down over the conflict ruling and now Councillor Josh Colle confirmed to the Sun his name won’t appear either.
Councillor Gary Crawford will replace Colle.
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